Adventures of Superman - The Complete Fifth and Sixth Seasons
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The first super hero created for comic books, Superman leaped from radio to television when Adventures of Superman debuted in 1952. Produced by Robert J. Maxwell (who also produced the radio version) and Bernard Luber (a veteran of Hollywood serials), each episode screens like a classic crime movie, where danger and death lurk in the shadows. Seasons 5 and 6 are the final seasons of this classic TV favorite.]]>
Supplements include a charming chat with co-star Jack Larson in the featurette "Superman's Pal: Jimmy Olson," in which the still spry actor is joined by Neill, special effects expert Bob Burns, and several Superman experts (including actor Jim Beaver of Deadwood fame). A barrage of trailers for previous Superman-related DVDs, including Superman Returns, rounds out the extras. -- Paul Gaita
- 26 episodes on five discs
- Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen: interviews with Jack Larson, Noel Neill, and others
Top Customer Reviews
And I'll give you my reason why I believe that with all my heart in a single word: balance. George Reeves didn't play Kent/Superman as "bumbler moron"/"hero". He played Kent/Superman as "Hero Type A"/"Hero Type B".
There is a marvelous bit of dialogue from the 1st (or was it the 2nd?) season--a bit I'll no-doubt mangle here--that really explains it all. A small group of mobsters are discussing the difficulties of life in Metropolis. Of course they mention Superman. But then, one of them utters the magic lines that go something like this: "Forget Superman. It's that Kent guy at THE DAILY PLANET I worry about. There's times that Kent and his typewriter scare me more than Superman."
That simple speech seared itself into my little eight-year-old mind and heart for all time. Imagine that! The bad guys feared Kent almost as much as they feared Superman! What a fantastic life-lesson to teach a boy: for all his amazing powers, the thugs were almost more scared of the "normal guy who wasn't afraid to stand up for what's right" than they were of "...the amazing being from the planet Krypton, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men."
And it was George Reeves and his courageous portrayal of Kent/Superman who made you believe that could be so.Read more ›
There are moments worth savoring, in viewing the episodes; for Lois at her sexiest, catch "The Tomb of Zaharan", where the Daily Planet business suit is replaced by a tight-fitting 'Egyptian' costume and black wig (Noel Neill is surprisingly voluptuous, and HOT!)...in fact, the entire sixth season offers Lois with bright ORANGE hair, which she actually makes look GOOD...Read more ›
The glorious Technicolor work makes these episodes a joy to behold. They positively radiate with good humor, interesting plots and the so-obvious camaraderie of the best ensemble cast ever assembled.
Everyone should own these DVDs.
For fans of the comic books, the big-budget movies and TV shows of recent decades, Adventures of Superman rightly appears quaint and at times depressingly cheap, but if you stick with it, chances are you'll find that it has a peculiar but very real charm all its own. This year's Hollywoodland, about Superman actor George Reeves' last years as a struggling actor and a private eye's investigation following Reeves' death (barely a year after the last show aired), adopts a curiously contemptuous attitude toward the show and especially its fan base. Though young children took its wild stories at face value, for many adults the very charm of the show is its good-natured goofiness.Adventures of Superman is one of the most iconically '50s/Eisenhowerian programs of its era. Superman was, after all, fighting not only for truth and justice, but also for "the American Way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was my favorite series when I was in elementary school. Well, this and the Twilight Zone. Now I have the complete collection of both and I'm loving every minute of it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rex Downham
This series is the best Superman ever. George Reeves was the best pick for this part. I own the whole series and they are great. This was my childhood favorite. It still is. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wayne Swisher
I watched this series through syndication as a child and now thanks to DVD, I own the entire series. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Superhuman fan
This was a great series. We enjoyed watching the entire series. We bought every season. We definitely recommend watching it.Published 4 months ago by Lynda Dunbar
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