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Adventures of Superman: The Complete Third & Fourth Seasons (1954)

George Reeves , Phyllis Coates  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Noel Neill, Jack Larson, John Hamilton
  • Producers: Whitney Ellsworth, Bernard Luber, Robert Maxwell
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
  • Run Time: 706 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EU1Q3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,335 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Adventures of Superman: The Complete Third & Fourth Seasons" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 26 episodes on five discs
  • "Adventures of Superman: The Color Era" featurette
  • "Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Special Effects" featurette
  • Excerpts from "Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman" documentary

Editorial Reviews

George Reeves returns as Superman (aka Clark Kent) in 26 episodes comprising Season 3 and Season 4 of the program that ran six seasons total. This time his exploits take him to stuffy European monarchy, a remote desert isle and even a cave in the year 50,000 BC. And now for the first time the Man of Steel's exciting flights, fights, and super heroics are presented in color!

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158 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superman in Color for all ages March 27, 2006
Format:DVD
The third installment of The Adventures of Superman DVD series is due out June 20, and this time two seasons are combined in one package - seasons 3 & 4, originally shown in 1955 and 1956.

A quick bit of history - a few major changes happened to the show at the start of the third season. While seasons 1 & 2 both had 26 episodes per season, beginning with season 3 the number of episodes produced per season was cut in half to only 13. The show also went to color, which took up a large part of the show's budget. (As a side note, these episodes were originally shown on TV in black and white, first appearing in color in the 1960's.) Also, by the time of the third season, the focus on the show had really changed to more of a "kid's" show, with little of the violence that had defined the first season in particular. It certainly makes the show a very different show to watch from the previous first two seasons, but enjoyable in it's own right. And you might find this box easier to watch with the whole family.
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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Entertaining, and Reeves is Superb! June 29, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I've written often about the deterioration in quality of "The Adventures of Superman" after color was introduced, in 1954, and I'll still stand by the statement, for the last seasons of the series...But having just sat through this collection of the third and fourth seasons' color episodes, allow me to "eat crow"...these episodes are VERY entertaining, and certainly are far better than I remembered!

The decision to shoot in color was a bold move, by sponsor Kellogg's, producer Whitney Ellsworth, and the series' home studio, Motion Pictures for Television Inc,(MPTV), as the technology to even air color programming would not be widely available to local television stations for nearly a decade. Series like AOS, "The Cisco Kid", and "The Lone Ranger", in choosing to use the far more expensive process, understood that these programs would have a 'lifespan' far beyond the 1950s audience. Certainly, in the case of AOS, the continuing popularity of the show, and the sales of these collections prove their point!

Because of the expense of color, the seasons would be slashed from 26 to 13 episodes per season, which was a godsend to the cast, particularly George Reeves. Lighting for color was MUCH brighter and hotter than for black and white, and the costume department realized Reeves' original brown-and-gray, frequently sweat-stained "shoulder-padded longjohns" would be even more of a problem in future. A 'genius' decided to redesign the costume, creating a thicker, full-body red and blue suit of foam rubber, which would not 'show' perspiration (but would, sadly, make the actor appear much stockier). While in theory this was a great idea, in truth, it was a disaster, as the suit didn't 'breathe', with 'locked-in' sweat causing severe rashes and frequent heat exhaustion for Reeves.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up in the SKY! June 29, 2006
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Format:DVD
It's Superman, back with his color episodes. I am 12 years old and I love the Superman series! With George Reeves as the man of steel, Noel Neil as Lois, Jack Larson as Jimmy, and John Hamilton as Perry White, who is my favorite.

I watched some old tapes of the show that my Dad had when I was six. I loved it from Day one. Now 6 years later I am 12 and Superman is on DVD. My Dad and I are so happy! We now have every season!

These seasons include real color! It also includes some funny and serious episodes. These seasons are a mix of serious and funny episodes. Some bad episodes such as the caveman and great episodes such as Jimmy the Kid! The special features reveal the secrets of how the special effects were made and Superman through the years. My favorite season in season 2 because it has some funny episodes but more serious, plus great story plots like the Professor.

I recomend buying all the Superman seasons. The only thing about this one is the color is sometimes perfect but in some senes it's washy. The TV show is much better than the movies and comics and the Lois and Clark and Smallville T.V shows.

I LOVE SUPERMAN!!!!!!!!:)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Great Fun June 26, 2006
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I have to say that seasons 3 and 4 are different in tone than the first 2 seasons. One reviewer said that in many respects it looks like a different show. I have to agree. I'm not in favor of the decision made to shoot these subsequent seasons in color although I understand the economic reasons why the decision was made. Still the show remains fresh and top notch compared to other series and there are some more adult-like episodes to match the black and white seasons. "The Seven Souvenirs" is a prime example and is, to my mind, the most perfectly paced episode of the whole series. It glides along and George Reeves is at the very top if his game, acting-wise, throughout the episode. Watch his delivery during the climax when he is revealing what the thefts are really about. Jimmy Olsen playing a twin bad guy, in another episode, is a riot in that part. Many of the villians are played in a more Damon Runyon style and are very funny. There's plenty to enjoy from these episodes. After seasons 1 and 2, you just need to do a little adjustment and enjoy the shows on their terms. They're still an absolute joy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Item brand new perfect condition great service
great price Item received in perfect condition excellent service nice features in box set color episodes for this box set is a must for collectors
Published 2 months ago by paulroberts
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Treat
While the technical aspects of The Adventures of Superman pale next to today's amazing breakthroughs, even on the little screen, this was the fifties, after all. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Townsend
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining..would have given 3 1/2 stars if I had the option
I was given Season 2, and upon finishing it I wanted to watch more so I ordered the other 5 seasons. Just finished watching the 3rd & 4th season today. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is What I expected
This is What I expected. Good quality, decent packaging, great add on to my tv show collection, great childhood memories.
Published 3 months ago by joey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
I have enjoyed these and watched them over and over. Great quality for the price! Highly recommended for the collector. They did a good job on reconditioning this old series.
Published 3 months ago by Still Singin'
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Can't Love Superman?
...or at least the original one!?! Classic with no sex and nothing but good guy over evil. What a lifelong pursuit to guide our children by!
Published 3 months ago by david
5.0 out of 5 stars Great investment to treasure
A great viewing gift for anybody to have .i will treasure this purchase . And pass it down to my kids.
Published 3 months ago by Vito Schwendemann
4.0 out of 5 stars Adding color was a great choice but the plots begin to be watered down...
Adding color was pure genius - especially in hindsight as it allowed the show to have a wider showing in the 1960's to about 1980. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David W. Nesbitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Love George
Ok the stories became cheesey to the point that i felt like i was watching very old cartoons.

But they were also CHARMING. George as Clark was fantastic. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MasonTganes
3.0 out of 5 stars Decline into silly repetitiveness.
while technically clean, these episodes are pretty silly and slapped together, reusing the same actors and sets. The special features are nothing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Christopher Dunne
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