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Supernova

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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

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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

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (574 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305922675
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Supernova" on IMDb

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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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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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Format: DVD
Best:
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).
Worst:
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.
Recommendation:
The price is good. Get it even if you aren't a huge sci-fi fan.
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Format: Blu-ray
It’s always interesting to go back and watch movies made by actors who have moved on to better times. The small role in a long forgotten flick or the starring role in a movie that few ever discovered, each one gives us a glimpse at a star in the making. With the success of THE BLACKLIST there are a number of James Spader movies being rediscovered. How nice it is to see a movie that had so many problems but that turned out to be pretty good come out finally on blu-ray thanks to Shout Factory.

SUPERNOVA arrived in theaters amid a number of science fiction outer space films that were recent blockbusters. Ever since ALIEN captured audience’s imaginations years before the outer space genre had seen a re-emergence as a viable cash generating movie experience. Some were good, some bad, some high end budget and other low end. This particular film started low, got bigger, had problems getting made and ended up tossed out with little to no fanfare. It’s only through fandom and the home market that it got any attention.

Up front know that the movie was originally begun by writer/director Walter Hill, famous for his films like 48 HOURS, THE WARRIORS and STREETS OF FIRE, but he left after a number of issues with the studio responsible for this film. Having shot most of the film it was left in the hands of Jack Sholder, another solid director who took the footage shot and turned it into a final releasable film. Of course this was after Francis Ford Coppola put his hands on it for a short time as well. With so many people trying to make the film their own it ended up suffering more than being helped. As is the case when studio suits attempt to put their two cents in while silencing the creators behind any movie, something definitely gets lost in translation.
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