Supergirl (1984) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Supergirl (1984) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Jeannot Szwarc
STARRING: Faye Dunaway, Helen Slater, Peter O’Toole
RATED: UR/REGION O/2:40/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Warner Archive Collection

After a power source for the community of Krypton survivors is accidentally whisked to earth, Kara-El, cousin to Superman and niece to Jor-El, chooses to go to earth to find it, and bring it back. Upon her arrival, she becomes just a powerful and Super as her cousin, but encounters dangerous battles and unexpected obstacles when a mean spirited woman who practices rituals of the occult takes the power source for herself, and uses it to cause destruction and attempt zenith human status.

I’m sure it goes without saying that Supergirl isn’t going to be anyone’s favorite DC Comics-based movie of the 80’s, but it does have Billie Jean herself, Helen Slater in it and that goes a long way with your humble reviewer you have here. Connected a bit loosely to the Superman films of the same time, Clark’s cousin comes to earth and does a whole lot of cheesy things in the running time of the film. Jimmy Olsen manages to pop in from the regular Superman series, but Superman himself is limited to just posters and other sorts of cameos. Supergirl herself is a charming character and brings life to the movie that otherwise seems to be running a bit of fumes. I guess one way you could look at it is we have a great Supergirl in the middle of a pretty sub-par environment and film here in 1984’s Supergirl.

This Blu-ray release comes with a DVD that packs the Director’s Cut of Supergirl and that’s cool, but I just don’t think it adds much more to the film than we get on the regular cut of it. But it is a cool thing to include in the release none the less and should be well received for the completist, even if it is in the form of a DVD and not a Blu-ray. All in all 1984’s Supergirl isn’t that great of a movie, unfortunately, even if it packs a very cute leading lady and some pretty good actors. The Blu-ray looks good enough on its own, but you can sort of see why they never toss this movie in with Superman collections.

Extras

– DVD of Director’s Cut
– The Making of Supergirl Vintage Documentary
– Commentary by Director Jeannot Szwarc and Special Products Consultant Scott Michael Bosco
– Trailer

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 89%