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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2009
Supergirl [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

I am a great lover of all comic films, this is a real
favourite of mine, but the Reigon 1 DVD has much more
to offer, the extended version has an extra 15 mins.
So if you like nostalga you will love this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2014
SuperGirl sexy Helen Slater is amazing in this movie and quite frankly a reason worth owning it, she plays the hot cousin of Superman who has to go to earth to find an artefact that will save her world but it falls into the wrong hands as usual, the story has a bit of a weak set up at the beginning but is pretty good fun as the story goes on, its all set around the same timeline of Superman but he's apparently off on another planet helping them at the time, the effects are cool and good budget for the 80's and the soundtrack of course is good, there's plenty of corny action and cheesy lines etc but its all good fun, Helen Slater is a beautiful SuperGirl and looks amazing in her tight red and blue outfit, certainly worth going back too and picking up cheap if you don't have it already!! Be nice to see this on Blu-ray somebody??

UK DVD Picture is pretty decent, no special features (RUNS 120min)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.5 out of 5

After accidentally losing the Omegahedron, Argo City’s power source, Kara Zor-El (Helen Slater) embarks on a journey to go recover it before Argo City perishes. Upon arriving on Earth, she discovers she has superpowers and adopts the identity of Supergirl, which she uses to help others while on her quest to recover the Omegahedron.

Elsewhere, the Omegahedron has fallen into the hands of Selena (Faye Dunaway), a flunky witch who quickly becomes powerful because of it and who sets her sights on Supergirl, ready to eliminate the Girl of Steel the first chance she can get.

Can Supergirl recover the Omegahedron before Argo City goes dark and Selena is victorious?

It’s superheroine versus supervillainness in this ’80s classic of Good vs Evil.

This flick is every bit a part of my childhood as the Superman movies were. At the time, of course, I was too young to understand the story, but now older, it’s not too bad. Sure, it has some flaws and continuity issues, but at its heart it’s the story about someone trying to right a grievous mistake, something that most of us can relate to.

The visuals and hints of Kryptonian mythology put forth quickly link it to the Superman movies—Supergirl identifies herself as Superman’s cousin while in costume, and also as Clark Kent’s cousin when she’s in disguise as Linda Lee; her supersuit is basically the Christopher Reeve costume from the waist up—and it has a cinematic score that carries a similar heroic tone to that of its male counterpart. Likewise, Marc McClure reprises his role as Jimmy Olsen from the Superman movies and appears as Lucy Lane’s boyfriend (Lucy is Lois Lane’s younger sister).

They seem to want to jump right into Kara being Supergirl so don’t give an explanation as to why she leaves Argo City in that bubble ship in one outfit then transforms inside the ship and flies out of the water in her supersuit, but whatever. They do a good job of showing her discovering her powers, the joy of having them, and also the satisfaction of using them for good.

As hopeful and cheery as this flick is at times, it’s also equally dark thanks to Selena being a witch. There is a ton of occult imagery and when you’re watching this stuff as a kid, it creeps you right out. And that funhouse that Supergirl’s “man in distress” has to find his way out of? Shivers, man. But who isn’t afraid of creepy funhouses, right?

The pacing was pretty decent and each obstacle Supergirl must overcome as the movie rolls along keeps getting bigger and bigger until the end when it seems all hope is lost and even the Girl of Steel is helpless.

What was especially cool is during the time of Supergirl’s tenure on Earth, Superman was elsewhere in the galaxy doing his thing, so when the story wraps up, Supergirl asks those who knew of her presence to forget she was there and flies off triumphant back to Argo City. This, of course, kept the two super franchises separate while still linking them. I heard Christopher Reeve was supposed to have a cameo in Supergirl but it didn’t work out, with Reeve citing personal reasons (whatever those might’ve been). Would’ve been amazing had the two teamed up for it. Maybe we’ll finally get to see Supergirl and Superman together in Man of Steel 2 . . .

In the end, Supergirl is an overall enjoyable flick that is from a time before superhero movies got all dark and gritty, the hero was filled with angst and turmoil, and it enjoys itself for what it is: a movie about a girl who can fly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2015
This film has had a fare share of bad reviews and publicity but I don't think it's fair and justifiable.

I watched this as a child long before Superman so it is part of my memories and remembering loving it so much, thanks to Faye Dunaway's performance and good use of humor. I agree, it's not in the same league as Superman, but it's much more entertaining than Superman III which I got bored with half way through. With this it's fun throughout and found it is refreshing that all the female characters are strong and individualistic rather than damsels in distress (Louis Lane) and the flying sequences are much more believable in this movie than the first Superman because of the advance in technology in the 80's. Also, people discredit Helen Slater's wonderful performance. This was not only her first film, but also a starring role. And beautifully shows the differences in character of Kara and Linda Lee. Unlike Superman who has lived on Earth most of his life, Kara has just come. Therefore audience may have been baffled as to why Helen's performance makes it look like she's puzzled all the time, that's because she's growing and learning throughout the film (It's basically a coming-of-age film) and I think the score is wonderful by Jerry Goldsmith. Sorry for the long comment and hope you find it useful. It is worth the watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Cheesy but enjoyable this spin off of the Christopher Reeve Superman films has had a bad rep over the years but actually isn't that bad. Certainly nowhere near as bad as the awfull Superman 4 The Quest For Peace Supergirl does at least have a good cast even if they are all hamming it up for all its worth and make Supergirl worth a watch. The plot which sees Superman's cousin Kara played by Helen Slater come to Earth looking for an object that powers her home Argo City which somehow survived the destruction of Superman's home planet Krypton only to find it has fallen into the hands of witch Faye Dunaway and her partner in crime Peter Cook. A very hammy, camp, cheesy, over the top film which also stars Mia Farrow as Supergirl's mother and Peter O' Toole as her mentor and sees Marc Mcclure reprise his role as Jimmy Olsen from the Superman movies for some reason surely Margot Kidder as Lois Lane would have made more sense seeing as one of the characters is her sister Lucy. More female superhero films would be welcome but so far none have been great. A remake as part of DC comics new movie universe as a spin off of Man Of Steel would also strangely be welcome. The film is an odd curiousity then but worth a watch. Just don't expect a classic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2001
This is one of the most memorable films from my childhood and it is great to be able to now have it in my video collection.It tells the story of Supermans cousin,Kara, and her journey to earth to reclaim her planets power source,the omegahedron.
The acting is exceptional and is a film that everyone will enjoy - especially girls as it is the earliest example of Girl Power that I can remember. Sit back and watch in awe and envy at the witches house in the funfair - Imagine living in a ghost train.
Altogether it is an excellent film that you will watch time and time again. Bring It On!
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on 23 June 2015
No

This should work its got a better story than Superman but it dosen't it needs a modern rethink, rewrite and through remake the performances are terrible and the story is so bad its painful

oh and this is vital a female lead a dose not look like food is an Alien concept ie one who actually looks like they can lift a knife and fork

this was the 80s back when women actual looked like women and there were a number around who could act too

mind she is very pretty
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2014
not bad but still could have been better tbh, still worth watching i guess, but its not as good as superman
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on 29 March 2015
Huge fan of the Superman and loved Supergirl growing up as a kid as well. This is a brilliant spin off to Superman and it is full of magic and wonder of its Super cousin . Helen Slater plays Supergirl spot on and the film doesn't deserve the negative reviews. Doesn't try and be anything it is not the film and it is basic but fun warm and very enjoyable . A must for any Superman fan.
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on 23 December 2013
This movie was never going to win any awards, despite the talents of Peter O'Toole and Faye Dunaway. Helen Slater's portrayal of Linda Lee/Kara/Supergirl fits well with the feel of the rest of the movie. I do think this movie is sometimes unfairly slated. Sure, it's got more cheese than a 3-cheese pizza, but it's still entertaining enough.
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