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Supernova (Sous-titres français) [Import]

2.4 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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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: Widescreen, Subtitled, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • Release Date: April 1 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305922675
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Supernova

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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

Customer Reviews

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I saw Supernova during its limited theater release and I wasn't thrilled by it but I didn't feel ripped off or anything. When I saw it years later, I liked it a little more and now that I've purchased it, I've seen it twice more and it has grown on me. The behind-the-scenes wrangling is now legend and it is easy to see that there was a much better version that could have been made, but despite its flaws, I enjoy watching it.

THE BAD:
The film is too short and could use more backstory and explanation. There are too many dimly lit scenes and an unnecessary strobe effect sometimes. There were some glaring cut corners during editing. Too many characters seemed dour and occasional levity would have helped.

THE GOOD:
There are interesting special effects both in concept and execution and the future technologies were well imagined. A beefed up James Spader makes for a really cool good guy. Most importantly, even given the bad circumstances the actors were forced to work under, mainly involving frequent rewrites, they managed to make me care about the fate of the characters. And as long as I'm rooting for a desired outcome, I will usually enjoy a film like this.

Overall, this movie will probably seem off the mark for typical viewers and it's unlikely they would like it. It has a terrible reputation and is usually lambasted by critics. Maybe it just makes a bad first impression due to its inconsistencies. I found that I liked it more on subsequent viewings.

The Blu-Ray has some recent interviews for those who are interested in the history of this film. Many people involved in making the film acknowledge the criticisms as there is often a 'What went wrong?' element to the interviews. Also, deleted scenes and alternate ending. Originally rated R (USA), re-rated PG-13, UK 15 - Sci-fi action violence, sensuality/nudity
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2014
Format: DVD
You would think a movie about a ninth-dimensional alien artifact, a supernova, a mutated maniac and a lot of murders would be more fun than this.

But sadly, "Supernova" ends up being a hot mess -- mostly because it can't decide what kind of sci-fi movie it wants to be. It constantly plays it safe with the slasher/"Alien" horror, but it also tries to integrate a cerebral subplot about a mysterious, godlike alien race... and then drops it like a hot coal. It has too many seeds of excellence, and too few seedlings.

The medical patrol ship Nightingale receives a distress call from an abandoned mining station on a rogue planet. Despite some malfunctions in the dimensional stabilization pods, they make a dimensional jump to get there. But when they arrive, the captain is accidentally killed and the ship ends up trapped in orbit around a blue giant.

While they wait for the engines to recharge, the crew rescues a mysterious young man (Peter Facinelli) from the planet. He claims to be the son of Dr. Kaela Evers' (Angela Basset) abusive former lover, Karl Larsen. And he has brought something with him: a mysterious extradimensional artifact.

Evers begins analyzing the artifact, and discovers that it's something far more amazing -- and terrifying -- than any human has ever seen before. Meanwhile, acting captain Nick Vanzant (James Spader) starts to become suspicious of the young man. Their visitor begins manipulating the crew around him -- and then starts murdering people who get in his way.

"Supernova" = "Alien" + "Event Horizon" + a dash of "2001: A Space Odyssey" + a dash of "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.
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This blatently derivative (hat tip to Ridley Scott's Alien, with a hint of Stanley Donen's Saturn 3 thrown in) movie should surely win the award for the most irritatingly gratuitous over-use of strobe lighting ever. This makes it extremely uncomfortable to watch and is, presumably, employed to detract from the lack of any genuine thrills. Throw in a ridiculously precocious ship's computer and a downright silly robot, and this adds up to one helluva big turkey in space. James Spader and Angela Bassett do their best to make something out of an inadequate script and plot, but this is unremittingly dreadful and dull. The "happy ever after" finale will probably make you cringe in its corniness. Supernova's only redeeming factor is that it is very short.
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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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