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  • Actors: James Spader, Peter Facinelli, Robin Tunney, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Sholder, Walter Hill
  • Writers: Daniel Chuba, David C. Wilson, William Malone
  • Producers: Ash R. Shah, Daniel Chuba
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305922675
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,382 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Supernova" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 20 minutes of Deleted Footage including an alternate ending
  • Never-before-seen R rated version

Editorial Reviews


Filmmakers apparently count on the fact that generational turnover renders old formulas fresh again for new audiences. Which is the only explanation for this sci-fi thriller, which could kindly be called an homage to Ridley Scott's trendsetting Alien. A medical rescue ship responds to a distress call from a mining colony and finds only one survivor: a strange young man (Peter Facinelli), who comes aboard carrying an even stranger alien artifact. But the plot of this film, which was directed and then disowned by Walter Hill, grows confused as it tries to explain the sinister force that will lead to a star going to supernova status, causing a universe-shattering explosion. Some nice sexual tension between James Spader (as a recovering drug addict who is the ship's copilot) and Angela Bassett (as the ship's doctor). Notable mostly, however, for the eerie resemblance, both physical and vocal, between Facinelli and Tom Cruise. --Marshall Fine

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Beyond comprehension, beyond imagination and beyond the deepest regions of this galaxy...life as weknow it is about to end! James Spader and OscarÂ(r) nominee* Angela Bassett "strike sparks"(Los Angeles Times) and Lou Diamond Phillips, OscarÂ(r) nominee** Robert Forster andthe mesmerizing Robin Tunney are stunning in this spectacular sci-fi thriller that expands the universe of suspense to a whole new realm of raw power and unspeakable terror. In the farthest reaches of deep space, the medical vessel Nightingale keeps a lonely vigil for those in trouble. When a frantic cry for help pierces the void, the crew responds with a near fatal, hyperspace dimensionjump into the gravitational pull of a dying star. The disabled ship rescues a shuttlecraft containing a mysterious survivor and a strange alien artifact. Now the crew must unravel a chilling secret and escape the nearby imploding star before the forming supernova blasts them and the entire galaxy into oblivion! *1993: Actress, What's Love Got To Do With It **1997: Supporting Actor, Jackie Brown

Customer Reviews

This movie was bad.
C. Hyde
The story is about a medical rescue ship in outer space, which gets an emergency call from a survivor (so he claims).
Gripes about poor plot development or sparse dialogue seem to be ignoring the origins of this film.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kali on April 17, 2006
Format: DVD
I actually really liked this movie, I thought it was fun, fairly intelligent, sexy, humorous, quite suspenseful and the special effects were pretty good too.

Okay so I am a fan of Angela Bassett and James Spader, and they were pretty hot in this movie you have to admit! Angela plays Dr Kaela Evers the ship's medical officer and James is the ship's hunky co-pilot Nick Vanzant who has a lustful eye on Kaela who isn't that interested in him much to his disappointment.

The action takes place on medical spaceship and were an alien artefact is secreted aboard by a miner the aforesaid medical spaceship and its crew rescue who unbeknown to them is slowly mutating into something not quite human courtesy of the alien artefact. There is also a ship's computer called Sweetie with a female persona who is pretty much running the show from a technology point of view and a star that is about to go supernova.

One by one the crew are picked off by the demented miner, who has mayhem on his mind, and soon only Spader and Bassett are left on the ship which is in danger of being sucked into the gravitational field of the crumbling star and there is only one life pod left and to share it means the possibility of Kaela and Nick's DNA merging together which it does partially, in that they both end up with one blue and one green eye but miracle of miracle's Kaela also ends up pregnant, a condition she never expected to be in!

All in all it is a pretty good sci-fi film, shame it was panned so much because it is well worth watching but I have noticed over the years I have been reviewing films that the more intelligent the sci-fi film on offer, the less likely it is appreciated by the "green slime and mega-blood and guts" brigade as I call them.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hiel on January 1, 2004
Format: DVD
1) It really feels like you're in space and far from home.
2) The acting from everyone was amazingly good.
3) 9th dimentional matter is very cool as a concept. The special-effects rendition of what it looks like and how it effects humans is astonishing.
4) The indestructable man Carl (strengthened by the 9th dimentional matter), who just keeps coming no matter what you do to him (and they did a LOT), was simply eye-popping to watch.
5) The main spaceship's dimentia-drive (that seemed to be a less safe precursor to hyperspace or warp drive) was an interesting addition.
6) The deleted scenes are numerous and MUST-sees.
7) You get to see Robin Tunney topless twice (ha).
1) The scientific jargon is a little hard to understand (or believe) sometimes.
2) The ending (even the alternate version) was predictable, but they threw in some conceptual touches to make you think - hmm.
The price is good. Get it even if you aren't a huge sci-fi fan.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Catharsise on August 22, 2000
Format: DVD
Seeing the R-Rated DVD version of SUPERNOVA magnifies the creative differences between the Motion Picture corporate mindset and the creative control of the Director. How? The DVD contains a little more non-frontal nudity and about twenty minutes of deleted scenes which if incorporated into the original theatrical release would have resulted in a totally difference film. The alternate ending conjures up memories of THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE and answers the question, where's the Supernova. The deleted scenes make this movie more complex by actually making key elements of the plot more visible. Synopsis: The medical rescue ship NIGHTINGALE "light-Jumps" to answer the distress calls of a mining planet. Upon arrival, they find the mining planet threatened by a "Blue Giant" (a sun going supernova). The ship is damaged coming out of the "jump" and now the rescuers' survival is threatened unless they can repair their ship and re-jump before the blue giant explodes. The reason for the distress call is a mystery to the crew until, one survivor is brought aboard carrying an alien artifact of unknown purpose and power. What follows can easily be called a non-threatening copy of ALIEN. BUT, then we view the deleted scenes (unfortunately grouped separately under DELETED SCENES) and the "copy" takes on new properties with questions answered, scenes extended to a point where they actually make sense, and what sounds to be a difference soundtrack with a little more HEAVY METAL (movie) influence. What Happened to this film? It could have been a classic if left uncut. Even the deleted scenes suggest additional film sequences were abandoned and/or not included on this DVD.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jon Saboe on November 19, 2001
Format: DVD
Very sharp sets, cool lighting, and interesting characters re-tell a suspenseful 'alien' tale; except that the intruder is a mutated trojan horse with a time bomb created by ETs (and script writers) who know something about Quantum Collapse and 9-dimensional matter. (Current super-string theory holds that present day matter {3 dimension plus time} is the result of a universal collapse of an earlier 9 dimensional {plus time} reality. See Introduction to Superstrings and M-Theory (Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics)

The idea that advanced aliens would lay booby-traps for unsuspecting, potential competitors, and that the bait would be pretty crystals and super human strength is VERY original; not to mention that the results of unleashing such matter WOULD, in fact, cause a light-speed tidal wave that completely annihilated everything in it's path by recreating matter with 9 dimensional characteristics.

If that's not interesting enough, then enjoy the chess playing computer, Angela Bassett, Lou Diamond Phillips, or the really cool shots of space around a blue giant.

Remember: If you only saw the VHS version, you haven't seen the movie. The restored scenes on the DVD make the movie, and I can only guess that they must have been deleted by someone who thought they were too cerebral.

Minor complaint: The gratuitous nudity got a little silly.
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