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Look, Up in the Sky!: Amazing Story of Superman, The (2006)

Kevin Burns  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Directors: Kevin Burns
  • Writers: James Grant Goldin, Steven Smith
  • Producers: Kevin Burns, Stacey M. Zipfel, Mark Mclaughlin, Scott Hartford, Bryan Singer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FO0AHY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,622 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Executive-produced by Superman Returns director Bryan Singer and narrated by star Kevin Spacey, Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman is an exhaustive, nearly two-hour documentary covering over 60 years of the Man of Steel. It begins with the early work of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster leading to the 1938 Action Comics debut of Superman, then continues through the Max Fleischer cartoons, the Columbia serials, to the 1950s Adventures of Superman series and the tragic suicide of its star, George Reeves. Then it's on to the 1966 Broadway musical, the 1970s feature films (including screen tests of Stockard Channing and Lesley Anne Warren), the paralysis and death of star Christopher Reeve, the subsequent TV series Lois & Clark and Smallville, and the 2006 feature Superman Returns. The documentary also discusses Superman's transformations during World War II, the atomic age, and the 1960s; events in the comic books such as John Byrne's reboot and The Death of Superman; and obscurities such as a pilot for The Adventures of Superpup and the TV-musical version of It's a Bird… It's a Plane… It's Superman. Interview subjects range from two-production stars such as Noel Neill and Jack Larson (who were in both Adventures of Superman and Superman Returns), and Annette O'Toole (Superman III and Smallville) to producer Ilya Salkind, director Richard Donner, Margot Kidder, Stan Lee, Dean Cain, and Brandon Routh. The animated series deserves more coverage, and some interviewees are conspicuously absent--no surprise Lois & Clark's Teri Hatcher couldn't find the time, but what about Smallville's Tom Welling?--but overall it's an impressive and engaging examination of the DC Comics icon. --David Horiuchi

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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Believe A Man Could Fly June 13, 2006
By Barry
Being a life long fan of Superman and the series, all of the new interest and excitement in the world of the beloved superhero has got me pumped. I've been a huge fan of Smallville for the last 5 years, but this is Superman!. It's like getting back in touch with an old friend. I was so excited when I first heard that this documentary was happening, and even more excited when I learned that I don't have to wait to see it. It's going to be on A&E!. I watched it last night, and it was great. However, I heard from some web sites that the TV version last night had about 30 minutes of material cut, but will be on this DVD. As for the show itself, it was incredibly done. From 1938 to 2006, they pretty much touched upon everything. "Superman Returns" is coming, and I can't wait, and it was great that this was not one big plug for the movie. The new film gets it's little section at the end. What we have here is a very exclusive, in depth look at the history of The Man Of Steel. I learned some things here that I didn't know before. For instance, I had no idea Schuster/Siegal had a Superman that was supposed to be evil. Had no idea!. That is just one of a few splendid moments that shed light on this everlasting character that you just may not know. The film goes thru everything there is to know about Supes' life in the comic books, radio, TV, cartoons, and film. I would've liked to of seen a little more time spent on more of the individual movies, but I guess time was a factor. Maybe there is more on the DVD version. People along for the ride include such Superman regulars as Noel Neill, Jack Larson, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper, Richard Donner, Annette 'O' Toole, Dean Cain, and the cast of the new film. Comic book writers and historians give their two cents, as does Superman fans Mark Hamil and Gene Simmons. Read more ›
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a word: SUPER! June 20, 2006
While it's true this excellent documentary would probably not have been made if there was no SUPERMAN RETURNS, it doesn't matter. Seventy years of Superman history PRIOR to the new movie certainly warrants this much attention.

Virtually no stone is left unturned in this feature-length exploration of Superman's history. From his first comic book appearance through all the t.v. and movie incarnations, this is the definitive visual guide to the Man of Steel. Even die-hard fans are likely to learn a few new things about their favorite hero. For example, did you know there was an attempt at a live-action kids' series in the late 50's called "Superpup"? The never-aired clip from the pilot episode has to be seen to be believed. There was also a never-seen live-action Superboy pilot, as well as a painfully bad musical version in the 70's. You'll marvel with disbelief as the Last Son of Krypton SINGS to bad guys as he's smacking them around, complete with 60's-era Batman-style "Pow!"'s, etc.

Of course, there's plenty of coverage of the successful screen variations, including the still-unsurpassed George Reeves series, some (but not quite all) the animated series, and Smallville. Director Kevin Burns enlists everyone he could find from those shows, as well as celebrity fans like Mark Hamill and Gene Simmons.

I think even a casual Superman fan will enjoy this lengthy, but thoroughly engaging documentary. I expect it is a show I will return to view many times in years to come.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great review June 12, 2006
By lawlady
What the other reviewers did not tell you is that this is a DVD of the 2 hour special that is running on A & E channel this month. I have watched it twice already and will probably buy the DVD since I absolutely love Superman and this is a great review of Superman from Action Comics #1 all the way up through the new movie, Superman Returns.

There is a great deal of depth to the discussions especially that of the 50s TV show and they discuss the death of George Reeves. The show also pays homage to Christopher Reeve and goes behind the scenes to discuss the making of Superman: the Movie.

There is discussion of Superman in every medium- tv shows, movies, cartoons, comics, merchandising and Broadway musical. We can see how the Man of Steel affected lives and see how his popularity rose and fell with the times. There are discussions with the stars of the shows, producers and directors.

This program is very comprehensive and enjoyable if you are a Superman fan. I would highly recommend it
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The Man of Steel is the most beloved modern mythic hero. Whether labeled "the man in blue," "Boy Scout in tights," "political propagandist for the US government," or "hero for truth, justice, and the American way," Superman's resiliency in the personal and collective consciousness has proven that, for many reasons, people need a hero.

Through old filmstrip footage, photos and interviews with comic writers and artists, actors, and historians, this film describes Superman's creation by high school pals Jerry Siegel and Joseph Schuster, and his many subsequent incarnations. The evolution and interpretations of the character depended on the mood and needs of the times. We are escorted through Superman comic strips, comic books, cartoons, TV shows, and movies from the late 40s to the present. Superman comics were translated into Italian, French, Spanish, Swedish, and other languages. Not to mention an amazing array of collectibles including Superman dolls; suitcases, lunchboxes and clothing emblazoned with the "S" logo; toys; patches.

Coverage is given to the TV shows that did well (for instance, Superman with George Reeves) and those that bombed (Superpup, which used animal puppets and thankfully never got on the air). There was also a Superman musical. Several actors appearing in the TV shows and films prior to the 1980s convey what it was like to work with George Reeves and Christopher Reeve. Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen) discusses the unresolved death of George Reeves (probable murder publicized as suicide), and Margo Kidder (Lois Lane) praises the non-super heroics of Chris Reeve, who after his accident became a leading advocate for the needs of the paralyzed. We see some movie sets, learn the perils of flying above a sound stage in a harness, and more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed the history of Superman.
Published 1 month ago by TV Child
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend it!
Excellent and comprehensive look at the Man Of Tomorrow through the years. From his creation to the last "traditional" costume on the silver screen, this documentary has... Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. A. Piccolo
4.0 out of 5 stars History in the making
I enjoyed the history lesson. Very good information on history of Superman. A must hve for collectors. So I want to Thank you
Published 4 months ago by Abraham Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars True Superman Fans Only
A spectacular chronology of the history of Superman. From roots to the 2006 remake. In case you ever wondered why he "leaps tall buildings in a single bound," is in there.
Published 5 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a superman fan are you?
I have been buying these since I found out you have a series of dvds by seasons. This one has quality and content you won't believe and very entertaining for all ages with just a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Syberspaced
5.0 out of 5 stars Superman Lived! Various incarnations and actors have brought this...
It keeps my attention for the whole video-with pieces of history and behind the scenes information that greatly appeal to me. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jonathan S. Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars All Superman fans, BUY THIS !!!
This documentary is a masterpiece for all Superman fans, tell his story since he was created, very amazing dvd !!!
Published 11 months ago by Fabio C. Degrossi
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERMAN
As a look back on the history of Superman this is a great DVD. Just FYI Superman would beat Batman every time.
Published 11 months ago by august
5.0 out of 5 stars Superman Soars!
I really love the in-depth history this dvd shows to the Man of Steel! Great narration. Ken Burns strikes again
Published 11 months ago by Allen Wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable subject and DVD.
I'm a great fan of superman, and I enjoyed watching and learning about the progression of the character of Superman.
Published 12 months ago by Gennie Thomas III
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a Batman version
Hello, Mr. Gorman.
I have seen certain excerpts from this Superman documentary that are included as a special feature on the "SUPERMAN - THE ANIMATED SERIES: VOLUME THREE" DVD. Personally, I would LOVE a Batman documentary like you speak of. And, while they are at it, why not do one... Read More
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All the different actors who played Superman
In a word... YES. His Superman had Kirk changing to an animated character for the flying scenes - all shown in this great documentary from Kevin Burns. I watched it the other night on A&E late-night.
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