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Supernova [DVD] [2000]

James Spader , Peter Facinelli , Francis Ford Coppola , Jack Sholder    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 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: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Polish, Dutch, Finnish
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000050GQP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,692 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The makers of Supernova are apparently counting on the fact that generational turnover renders old formulas fresh again for new audiences. This is the only explanation for a sci-fi thriller that could charitably be called a "homage" to Ridley Scott's trend setting 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 artefact. 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 transforming to supernova status, causing a universe-shattering explosion. Some nice sexual tension between James Spader (as the recovering drug-addict co-pilot) 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, Amazon.com

Product Description

Shortly after co-pilot Nick Vanzant (James Spader) joins 22nd medical rescue vessel the Nightingale 299, the ship receives a distress call from a mine on a rogue moon. The signal was apparently sent by Karl Larson, abusive former lover of the Nightingale's chief medical officer, Kaela Evers (Angela Bassett). The crew have to make a dimension jump to get to the moon, during which the captain is killed and the fuel supply is damaged. Nick takes command, and upon arrival the ship docks with a patrol vehicle carrying the sole survivor of the mining expedition; Karl's son, Troy, who is carrying a strange alien artefact. However, when Nick travels to the moon in search of fuel, Kaela soon realizes that Troy Larson is not all he seems.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars visually stunning but somewhat flawed 23 Jan 2002
By A Customer
This is an exciting,visually stunning but flawed sci-fi film:it is quite derivative in places,mostly echoing "alien" and has a female computer which is kind of a flip-side to Hal from "2001...".Also,the film does not seem quite sure what it is trying to say or how philosophically its trying to say it(the excellent deleted scenes section of the dvd shows just how much the message had been tweaked by the time of release).Despite these faults-which are not glaringly obvious as you watch-I found it thoroughly enjoyable.Spader is quietly mesmeric as the ex drug addict forced to take control of the ship and is ably backed up by the initially frosty Angela Basset.The special effects are stunning and perform exactly as they should,drawing you into the film without being too flashy.Well worth viewing if you like sci-fi films and the cut-scenes on the dvd are a good addition.Someone should tell Lou Diamond Phillips to give up his day job though...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi Fun 28 Nov 2012
This is an entertaining movie, which certainly takes its cues from 'Alien'. A mixture of sci-fi, with some minor horror elements thrown in as well. The plot revolves around a 9th dimensional object that has the potential to cause a catastrophic cosmic event, and that has had some rather strange side affects on the man found with it. Most of the cast seem to take their clothes off every so often, which adds to the entertainment, but does make it quite hard to take seriously.

Can't argue with the good cast though: James Spader, Angela Bassett and in a brief role Robert Forester. They all do their best, but the sum of its parts never quite add up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An entertaining, if somewhat gory, SF movie. With a reasonable level of intelligence, and well-drawn characters, this manages to rise above being "a horror film set in space". My main gripe was that while the science and technology is just about hard enough to satisfy, it could have been elaborated on more. Still, to be fair, there's more hard science here than there is in most SF movies, and most of it comes in the backstory that is slowly revealed to excellent effect as it interacts with the plot. As for the deep space visuals, ship models and FX, they're flawless. Worth watching, but it's very much "a see-once cinema movie" and I doubt it'll keep its attraction as a DVD film beyond a second or third viewing.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed classic awaiting the Director's Cut 9 Jan 2001
By A Customer
This is a classic representation of the Sci Fi genre set in a 'Alien' environment complete with familiar characters. The film however has the potential to be greater than the cut that we actual see and it is only by viewing the deleted scenes that we can start to appreciate the potential of this vision. I can see this film revised in ten years as a Director's cut with a new opening sequence and added tension leading to a pay off finish. If you saw the film at the cinema it is worth getting the DVD to see the lost sequences and allow yourself to reedit the film and enjoy something that the Director must have originally envisaged.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
This film is not really a masterpiece and I understand those reviewers who gave it only two or three stars, as it could have been better with some effort from the scenarist, but I still enjoyed it, for numerous following reasons:

1. The cast.

James Spader is not exactly an actor associated with action movies and before watching "Supernova" I would have problems to picture him as an action hero. But in this film he is VERY convincing as a surprisingly tough, clever and coolheaded pilot of a spaceship, who after recovering from drug addiction is granted a second chance, at the condition of taking the difficult, dangerous and not so well paid job on board of a rescue vessel operating in deep space. His performance surprised and impressed me.

Angela Bassett is a very good actress and a very beautiful woman and honestly I think that in this film she is at her most gorgeous. She plays the doctor working on board of the rescue vessel and she is impressive with her display of competence, dignity and calm authority - and that even when she is completely naked...

Peter Facinelli became worldly famous for his role of Dr Carlisle Cullen in "Twilight" saga - here he plays a young man named Larson who survived a disaster on a distant mining colony and is found still alive by the deep space rescue ship. Considering how noble is Carlisle in "Twilight" movies it becomes immediately obvious how gifted and versatile an actor Peter Facinelli is, because his caracter in "Supernova" is completely different - and he is very credible in portraying it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Blows up 24 Feb 2014
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for blu ray
Such a great film it would be perfect for blu ray,the film just works from start to finish, well worth five stars
Published 2 months ago by Andy g
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT A BAD ROMP
Watched this recently and enjoyed it
Pretty good visuals and 5.1 sound
A wee bit too much rumpy pumpy but overall worth a look
Published 6 months ago by Vlad the emailer
3.0 out of 5 stars bought because of amazon link
bought this because of movies I'd bought before, and although I do love the old time eighties set wobbling movies I did quite like it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Tullett
4.0 out of 5 stars underrated film
This is a good film with well established actors. It has an unusual plot. Good for a sci fi fan.
Published 11 months ago by rainowl
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish!
Rubbish don't waste your money can't say anything positive about this don't buy not even fit for kids poor story and acting
Published 12 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Supernover
I love action pact films and this is an action packed film. The family keep borrowing it, so I am looking forward to getting it back
Published 15 months ago by Bracon
4.0 out of 5 stars well executed superior sci-fi
Well worth watching. Not one of the "greats" but still worth it. Strong performances all round - good special effects, and well written. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Exiled warrior
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
A good space drama. Not on a par with 'Alien' or similar science fiction films, but okay if you're a sci-fi fan. Not much about a supernova in this film though.
Published 22 months ago by Liam Mariscotti
2.0 out of 5 stars poor show
A relatively slow dull film that really didn't go anywhere. I love a bit of SF but this was a poor showing.
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by Pete
1.0 out of 5 stars Superawful!
What a waste. James Spader is excellent, and what does he get to work with? Nothing!
It's obvious immediately the guy they pick up is a rejuvenated version of the bad guy they... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by Justice Peace
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