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Supergirl
(1984)
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1985 Varèse
1993 Silva
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
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Both the 1985 and 1993 albums are regular commercial releases. The 1985 Varèse Sarabande album went out of print quickly and sold for over $100 until the debut of the 1993 Silva Screen album, which has remained available for about $20 for more than fifteen years.
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Buy it... if you don't mind your superhero scores flying into the realm of ultra-positive, campy and lofty optimism, especially if they're performed with a massive scope of symphonic power.

Avoid it... if you detest adventure and fantasy scores that can't seem to decide if they're going to address their subject matter seriously or in parody fashion, because while Jerry Goldsmith was apparently attempting to give Supergirl a credible identity, his fluffy tone betrays that purpose.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,475
WRITTEN 7/20/09
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Supergirl: (Jerry Goldsmith) Rarely are films as terrible as Supergirl. Being terrible doesn't necessarily doom a film if there are either redeeming aspects of its production or a campy taste to its ambience that causes it to unintentionally become a comedy. Neither saving grace came to the rescue of Supergirl, a small studio attempt to draw earnings away from the concurrent Superman franchise. It was originally the intent to explicitly connect the two in Supergirl, though with Christopher Reeve bowing out of his cousin's franchise at the last minute, only slight references are made to establish a connection. In the revised lore of the Superman universe, adapted for the convenience of this picture, there were apparently many survivors of the demolished planet of Krypton, floating about space in small cities. When a young woman accidentally disturbs the power source for her little residential utopia, the city's power source is accidentally lost to Earth and the woman follows it in pursuit. There, she has to wrestle the power source away from Faye Dunaway, fall in love with a dork who eventually connects her two identities, go back to the purgatory where General Zod escaped from and save Peter O'Toole, and generally look cute in her outfit while doing all of this. The script was so unsalvageable that the film was edited several times before its various international release dates. Nothing could save the film once it decided not to tackle its silly subject matter with anything other than complete seriousness. Too many dumb secondary elements and too much self-deprecating dialogue exist in Supergirl to give it a chance at survival. Someone obviously failed to alert Jerry Goldsmith to fact that this production was a disaster befitting of a cheesy score, because the veteran composer evidently chose to address it with an absolutely straight-laced adventure scheme. He doesn't offer the same completely serious demeanor that John Williams attempted to infuse into the more famous superhero's franchise, but he does stir up a significant amount of power and thematic grace. That said, the formula that Goldsmith employs for Supergirl is remarkably similar to that of Williams, dividing the score between similar thematic components and conveying them with immense symphonic bravado. Goldsmith's take is still much more lighthearted, however, exposing perhaps some recognition by the composer that his endeavors were doomed to accompany a disastrous film. It is precisely this bouncing spirit that defines Supergirl as both a success and failure.

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Average: 3.31 Stars
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**** 50 4 Stars
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Caio - September 7, 2012, at 10:41 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1985 Varèse Sarabande Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 39:35
• 1. Main Title (3:12)
• 2. "Where is She?" (1:05)
• 3. Black Magic (4:06)
• 4. First Flight (4:14)
• 5. The Butterfly (1:34)
• 6. "Where is Linda?" (1:14)
• 7. The Monster Tractor (7:26)
• 8. The Bracelet (1:24)
• 9. Monster Storm (2:55)
• 10. A New School (2:08)
• 11. The Flying Car (1:25)
• 12. The Map (1:10)
• 13. 9M-3 (1:41)
• 14. End Title (6:05)
1993 Silva Screen Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 77:37

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Both the 1985 and 1993 albums contain notes about the score and/or film.
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