SUPERNOVA revolves around the crew of medical
Nightingale who answer an emergency distress call sent directly to them from an
abandoned moon orbiting a blue giant.
Once there, the ship is damaged and loses most of their fuel and must
wait for the dimensional drive to recharge (with 11 minutes to spare). They
rescue the mysterious Troy
(Peter Facnelli) who has brought aboard an ancient alien artifact which contains
transdimensional matter which can make people younger and stronger in addition
to other properties.
SUPERNOVA had a troubled production history and
it is only
half a good movie which has great production design, special effects, music
score, and actors (like James Spader, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Angela
Bassett). The first 50 minutes are
great, but the last 40 minutes are a mess which makes wonder what would have
happened if MGM stayed out of trying to make
the movie with him. SUPERNOVA was the
result of too many cooks in the kitchen where a movie like EVENT HORIZON got
everything right. I wish SUPERNOVA was
able to tap more into the Pandora’s Box parallels with the transdimensional
matter object though. Maybe if the studio
wasn’t trying to rework it every day (or let Walter Hill do his reshoots),
SUPERNOVA might be a better film.
The retrospective featurette has interviews with
Diamond Phillips and Robert Forster, and producers Daniel Chuba and Jack
Sholder as they talk about the problems with making the moving and the editing
of it from Walter Hill walking off the project after the first edit after MGM
refused to have him to do some reshoots first before the first test screening
and Francis Ford Coppola coming to edit it.
You will also hear about how James Spader campaigned and prepared for
his role in the movie.
14 minutes of deleted scenes are rightfully cut
they do give a little extra clarification to parts of the story, but they were
rightfully cut. Also included is an
alternate ending which still has the same problems the theatrical ending had.
Also included on the blu-ray is the theatrical
it would have been nice to see some of the spoilerific TV spots for it on this
disc. Rounding out the disc are
previews for LIFEFORCE, INVADERS FROM MARS, and THE MELTING MAN.
SUPERNOVA could have been a good movie, but creative meddling dooms the
last 40 minutes. The Scream Factory
blu-ray is top notch though.
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David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments
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