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The Complete Superman Collection

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With great aplomb--and the tag line "You'll Believe a Man Can Fly"--DC Comics' Superman met with movie magic in 1978. The film featured Oscar-winning flying effects, John Williams's soaring music, and an innovative title sequence, and audiences ate it up, along with its thrilling sequel. Director Richard Donner's casting of the then-unknown Christopher Reeve couldn't have been better--the towering Reeve fit the suit and cape masterfully, but his real weapon was making the bumbling Clark Kent into an endearing leading man instead of the dry counterpoint to the Man of Steel that Kent had been in earlier film versions. Although most critics lean toward Richard Lester's Superman II (1980) as the series high point, which offered an endearing love story between the Man of Steel and Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), Donner's first film also deserves just praise in setting the old-fashioned cornball tone for the series and providing Superman's backstory from planet Krypton (featuring a high-priced Marlon Brando as Superman's father). The last two sequels lose much of the magic: 1983's Superman III seems to have been produced only to showcase red-hot comic Richard Pryor as a computer hack turned supervillain, and Reeve himself came up with the story line for 1987's Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, a silly attempt to impart a meaningful message of nuclear disarmament. Throughout the films, the supporting cast is first-rate, with old pros like Valerie Perrine, Jackie Cooper, and Ned Beatty having a grand old time. Even better are the villains, especially Terence Stamp as General Zod and Gene Hackman in his lightest, funniest work ever as Lex Luthor. --Doug Thomas

Additional Features

Only the initial movie has been remixed and restored for this collection, and it features eight minutes of footage that was originally shown on television broadcasts in the 1980s. Also included are interviews made some 20 years after the original film, and screen tests from Reeve and Kidder--and other Lois Lanes such as Anne Archer and Stockard Channing who didn't make the final cut. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

  • This Box Set Includes the Following: (see individual listings for complete details)
  • Superman: The Movie (Single-Disc Edition) (Anamorphic 2.35:1, 151 min.), Superman II (Anamorphic 2.35:1, 127 min.), Superman III (Anamorphic 2.35:1, 125 minutes), & Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (Anamorphic 2.35:1, 90 min.)

Product Details

  • Actors: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Richard Pryor, Marlon Brando
  • Directors: Richard Donner, Richard Lester, Sidney J. Furie
  • Writers: Christopher Reeve, David Newman, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Lawrence Konner
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
  • Run Time: 496 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059Z8L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Complete Superman Collection" on IMDb

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135 of 138 people found the following review helpful By John M Spangler on December 9, 2004
Format: DVD
I was really excited when this box set came out and even with the new Superman Returns on the horizon, you should never forget how it all got started. Mind you Superman and Superman II are really the only movies worth forking out the dough for in this box set, but fans won't care and will want to have them all just for the sake.

Superman clearly got the best treatment in this box set. It's packed with extra features, featurettes, music scores, the making of, trailers, etc. The rest of the movies however received zero extra features with the exception of theatrical trailers. What the heck Warner Bros? Gettin' lazy are we? It's a major bummer because many believe part II to be a better movie than the first and deserves some extra goodies. Where is the love for fans?

Superman: The Movie - **** "You will believe a man can fly." That's what the movie posters and trailers wanted you to believe before seeing the movie in 1978. Did they pull it off? Better watch for yourself and see! A tremendous movie even by today's standards. Superman is must see for anyone who enjoys a good popcorn movie. We all must remember this was made in 1978 with nearly no computer technology in sight! But amazingly, most won't notice and it's still fun in 2006. Kids who have never seen it will enjoy it as I did in 1978 when I was a mere 6 years old. Just a little side note... Director, Richard Donner, known for his blockbuster hits "Lethal Weapon 1-4" was literally shot down by Warner Brothers 3/4 through directing part II. Shortly after finishing part 1 and nearly finishing 3/4 of part II and without provocation or notice, Donner was fired as director for Superman II.
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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful By B. Mah on July 6, 2001
Format: DVD
I bought this four pack DVD box set since I'm a die hard Superman fan. Yes, it saddens me that the last two films in the series aren't as good as the first two movies. The original film, though, was of course the one given the DVD Special Edition treatment.
There's a lot of extra stuff on the Superman: The Movie Expanded Edition. Here they are: audio commentary by director Richard Donner and creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz, soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, music-only audio track, three behind-the-scenes documentaries with the cast & crew, deleted scenes, screen tests for Lois Lane, Ursa, and Superman, audio outtakes, two theatrical trailers, TV spot
This is really one of the best DVDs that I have ever seen released. Truly stuff that movie fans want to see. I'm truly thrilled that one of the best films ever made got the DVD magic. For that alone, given the extra treatment that Superman: The Movie got, I rate this box set 5 stars!
Also, get a copy of the 2 disc Superman: The Movie remastered soundtrack released by Rhino Records. This soundtrack includes previously unreleased material by composer John Williams, and who can't say that Williams' Superman theme is one of the best themes ever composed?
As for the three Superman sequels, they all got their trailers as the bonus, and widescreen treatment. Sure, it's great to see them all in widescreen to see the maximum view of footage, but still I wish they got some extra bonuses of some kind.
Superman II is a great sequel, but I wish something was done to see more of Richard Donner's footage as an extra bonus. Superman III is an awful film to watch (too much Richard Pryor and the silly campiness).
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tom Benton on March 27, 2006
Format: DVD
The classic Superman film series is one of the most popular movie series ever made. Though it suffers from the Law of Diminishing Returns, it remains a fun series, largely responsible for the superhero film genre.

SUPERMAN (1978) was a major hit upon its release, and for good reason. Director Richard Donner crafted an epic masterpiece, working from a script by master novelist Mario Puzo and David & Leslie Newman. The movie chronicles the life of Superman (played by Christopher Reeve): sent from the planet Krypton as a baby, he arrives on Earth, where he is taken in by the Kents (Glenn Ford and Phyllis Thaxter) and re-named Clark. We follow Clark through his teenage years to his training as Superman until, finally, he arrives in Metropolis and becomes a reporter for the Daily Planet. He meets reporter Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), who is unattracted to Clark but harbors a love for Superman; also, Superman becomes the target of criminal genius Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). SUPERMAN features a terrific score by John Williams, the highlight of which is the "Theme from 'Superman'", a wonderful composition which captures the feeling of the Superman legend perfectly. It also features moments of relaxed humor, which would be imitated in nearly all of the superhero films which followed. The cast includes the great Marlon Brando as Jor-El, Superman's biological father.

While most fans consider SUPERMAN to be the highlight of the series, critics tend to favor the stellar sequel, SUPERMAN II. In SUPERMAN II, the Man of Steel gives up his powers to be with the love of his life, Lois Lane; unfortunately, as he does so, three Kryptonian criminals (led by Terence Stamp as General Zod) escape from imprisonment and come to Earth to terrorize its people.
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