SUPERGIRL (1984) Home Video Releases

Warner Home Video

124-minute International Version (labelled “European” version by Warner)
Release Date: November 28, 2006

Available on DVD and digital download: | iTunes | Microsoft Store | Google Play

Bonus features: Theatrical Trailer and Audio Commentary by Director Jeannot Szwarc and Historian Scott Bosco (previously released on the Anchor Bay DVD).

Warner Bros. is the current rights holder for the Supergirl and Superman films. They re-released the Supergirl International Version on DVD in 2006. This is the only version currently in print on Region 1 DVD.

Anchor Bay Entertainment (Out of print)

Limited Edition DVD

Release Date: August 8, 2000 (50,000 copies)
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
2-disc package of the International Version and the Director’s Cut releases (listed below).

International Edition DVD

DVD - International Edition

Release date: August 8, 2000
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Standalone release of the 124-minute International Version.

Bonus features: 16-page full color booklet; Audio Commentary with Director Jeannot Szwarc and Special Project Consultant Scott Michael Bosco; “The Making of Supergirl” Featurette; U.S. & Foreign Theatrical Trailers; U.S. TV Spots; Original Storyboards; Still & Poster Galleries; Talent Bios.

The original theatrical version of SUPERGIRL was released in North America for the first time in 2000 by Anchor Bay Entertainment. This 124-minute International Version had been released theatrically throughout the world except in the USA (and probably Canada), which received a heavily edited version that ran 114 minutes.

Director’s Cut DVD

DVD - Special Edition

Release Date: May 7, 2002
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Standalone release of the 138-minute Director’s Cut. No bonus features.

Anchor Bay also released a previously unseen 138-minute Director’s Cut containing scenes and dialogue missing from the international version which further enhance the story. This is the longest cut known to exist (the original rough cut was 150 minutes), although no one knows exactly who created it, and the director had no knowledge of its existence. The elements for this cut were discovered by accident in a container labeled “Do Not Use”, and it was believed to be a cut intended for TV syndication, as some expletives have been dubbed or cut. (Source: Superman Cinema Interview with Scott M. Bosco [archival link])

Superman Cinema: Director’s Cut Analysis [archival link] breaks down what was left out in the international version and lists the very few lines that were cut or dubbed from the Director’s Cut. The IMDB SUPERGIRL Alternate Versions page lists details of scenes not included in even the director’s cut, presumably originating from the original rough cut.

Behind the making of the SUPERGIRL DVD

By Scott Michael Bosco, special project consultant on the Anchor Bay SUPERGIRL DVD release

“The making of this DVD started about 2 years ago when I first became introduced to ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT. The company had plans to evolve their DVD production and I suggested some titles, which were of interest to me, and had been missing from home video in general for a few years. Two of the titles I had suggested were SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE and SUPERGIRL. The legal rights of course had to be procured and once they were I was brought in as a project consultant. The film’s director [Jeannot Szarc] was of course extremely eager to participate who I interviewed first before a Commentary was decided. […]

ANCHOR BAY sent their technical specialist who oversees their film transfers to Europe where the film’s elements were stored. Together he and I confirmed the different versions of the film on phone and he later located the Trailers, TV spots and “Making Of” Featurette. To our surprise 3 versions were found. The Domestic version (with the shortest running time), the International version and a never before seen Director’s Cut. It was decided that the International and Director’s Cut be released on DVD. Because of the different elements used for the Director’s Cut the audio would be MONO. Upon viewing this version of the film I realized that what had been found was probably meant for television syndication, as was done for the SUPERMAN films. I concluded this mostly from edited lines of dialogue. Missing are references to Jehovah’s Witness’. A line originally spoken, “She’s retarded!”, is now, “She’s rotten!”. Brenda Vaccaro’s exclamation of, “Jez-sus!”, is blotted out completely as is Faye Dunaway’s line as she toasts Hart Bochner, “Here’s to the seeds we’ll sow.” – a double pun made to him being a gardener and her future plans for him. Last but not least the infamous “dingle berry” line is no more. Although most additions are minor, longer walk-ons and offs three ae some extra lines of dialog – one of the best spoken by Faye Dunaway to Peter Cook, “I’m a nasty little pill that’s hard to swallow.” Other worthy additions: in Argo City there is an odd, yet interesting bit with citizens practicing a kind of yoga – akin to something out of ZARDOZ. One of my favorite additions is a sweet scene between Lucy Lane and Jimmy Olsen. Also, after the final confrontation there is a better tying up of the individual story lines.

In February of 2000, on Saturday the 26th I detailed the Chapter Selections and where they would be. Then on the 27th the Commentary with Jeannot was recorded. We viewed only a test transfer which was still anamorphically compressed so when I received the first test disc 4 months later I was astounded by the quality. Before the recording of the Commentary Jeannot and I had decided we would steer clear of comic origins and deal with the production of the film. This happened to be a wise decision since months later DC Comics decided not to allow certain material to be included in the insert booklet. Although the film was not well received upon its theatrical release (especially in America where audiences given a terrible edited-down edition) in its longer versions it stands up better in retrospect. There is no doubt if done today technically there would be improvements, but in terms of how it was presented – with good taste, I doubt it could be done better. And in terms of the royal treatment given to it on home video, I don’t know of any other company that would have rolled out the red carpet. Thank you ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT.”

REVIEW by Scott Michael Bosco ©

Source: Digital Cinema: SUPERGIRL DVD Review (archival link)