Adventure Running In The Family…

Love it or loathe it, The Maid Of Might’s 1984 feature is nothing if not a product of its time.

Originally conceived as as the first Superhero movie team-up, the script was hastily re-written when Christopher Reeve declined last minute to participate and the shortfall is evident.  What remains is a curious and somewhat humourless fairytale resplendent with pantomime villainy. Helen Slater’s sensitive and vulnerable performance earned better material while Peter O’ Toole and Faye Dunaway managed to chew up the scenery regardless.

Though their choice of Director (Jeannot Szwarc) was ill-advised, the Salkind’s were prudent enough to retain their effects team from the Superman series and the wirework (especially the ‘Flying Ballet’ sequence) has yet to be surpassed. Beleaguered by poor reviews and a bemused audience expecting another Superman, Supergirl has nonetheless gained a steady cult following over the years thanks in no small part to Jerry Goldsmith’s stirring score.

Shown above is the definitive release from the movie in the form of the Anchor Bay limited Edition DVD from 2000. Years ahead of its time in terms of content, transfer and presentation, this rare 2-disc set contained the never-before-seen directors cut of the film with all-new commentary and the vintage ‘Making Of’ special.

Given the existence of such excellent material and its genuine place in the Superman cinematic canon, its omission from the upcoming Blu-Ray set is mystifying but like everything else associated with this picture, it deserved better…


6 Replies to “Adventure Running In The Family…”

  1. Yes, it's a real shame that it will not be included in the new Superman Blu-Ray collection… by the way, I own this limited edition set, and have to agree with you that it's ahead of its time… especially the bonus features that are rock solid!

  2. i just realised – Jerry Goldsmith was due to do the score for Superman The Movie a few times was he not? (i.e. as the schedule changed williams was going to do it, then Williams couldnt and JG was doing it, then Williams was able to do it)

    i guess what he did for Supergirl is possibly close for what he wouldve done of STM?

  3. Hi there –

    Thanks for the comments!
    Yes indeed, scheduling was the only reason Goldsmith lost out to Williams – One wonders if the Goldsmith score would have the longevity of the Williams one, though given Jerry's other work I'm convinced it would have been powerful stuff.

    And yes, the DVD is 100% genuine Region 1 official release from Anchor Bay in 2000 as stated. They were strictly limited (with a serial no. on the rear) and are now hard to find though I suspect it may pop up on eBay occasionally…

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.