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Ruby-Spears Superman (2009)

Beau Weaver , Ginny McSwain  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Beau Weaver, Ginny McSwain, Mark L. Taylor, Stanley Ralph Ross, Alan Oppenheimer
  • Producers: John Dorman, Larry Huber, Joe Ruby, Ken Spears
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002K0WBDM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,747 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • All 13 episodes
  • Corporation of the Corrupt: The Rise of Lexcorp

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One of the lesser-known chapters in the Superman story, this 1988 one-season wonder was produced to coincide with the Man of Steel's 50th anniversary. Set to a reorchestrated version of John Williams's Superman theme from the 1978 feature film, the show's rousing opening packs a potent retro charge, with narration courtesy of the vintage George Reeves TV series ("More powerful than a locomotive…"). Superman fans who prefer superhero action to romance will take heart when within two minutes of the first episode, Superman and Lois Lane's idyllic nighttime flight over Metropolis is interrupted by a Lex Luthor-devised tank attack. In addition to Luthor, this series offered other memorable villains, including Cybron, a cyborg from the future; Morpheus, a deranged doctor who strips Superman of his powers; and the Hunter, a cunning and adaptable beast created by General Zod to exterminate Superman. Perhaps the highlight of the series is the episode in which Superman teams up with Wonder Woman to recapture an escaped evil sorceress. Some bona fide super talent guided the series, including Marv Wolfman, who, with John Byrne, cowrote the 1986 comic book reboot of the franchise, which, among other changes, transformed Luthor from mad scientist to corrupt industrialist (with a kryptonite ring and an impertinent habit of calling Superman "Supes"). Legendary DC artist Gil Kane did the character design. The animation is a marked improvement over previous Superman animated series. The voice acting is less inspired, but there is a cheesy charm to dialogue such as, "I've got to stop this comet before it hits Earth." A highlight of each episode is a "Superman Family Album" segment that traces Superman's rambunctious (and not a little bratty) adolescence in Smallville. A bonus feature, "Corporation of the Corrupt: The Rise of Lexcorp," is geared toward older viewers as it places the evolution of Lex's character in historical context, from the fear-of-science '40s and '50s to the "greed is good" '80s. Beyond its obvious nostalgic appeal for those who fondly (or dimly) remember this short-lived series, this two-disc set comprising all 13 episodes fills a gap in the Superman universe. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

As a 50th anniversary gift, DC Comics legendary Man of Steel got a brand-new Saturday morning cartoon. Produced by Ruby-Spears, this new Superman series brought back a few familiar foes, along with new unfriendly faces, for weekly battles and a peek into the private life of the man with the S on his chest.

The final four minutes of each Superman episode were devoted to a brief snapshot from the Superman Family Album. These biographical segments showed the kids at home what it was like to grow up as the most powerful boy in Smallville. Unfortunately, super powers only made awkward childhood and adolescent situations even more awkward, as young Clark was forced to deal with his first day at school, an overnight scouting campout, getting a driver's license, his first date, and more.


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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short-Lived Effort Soars Onto DVD! August 4, 2009
By S. R.
Format:DVD
Premiering on CBS in 1988 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Superman, this Joseph Ruby and Kenneth Spears (Ruby-Spears) produced cartoon series marked the first time that elements of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies and the post-Crisis Superman were combined onscreen. Veteran comic book writer Marv Wolfman acted as the lead story editor for the series and helped transform Lex Luthor from the mad scientist featured in the Superfriends cartoons to the billionaire industrialist found in the 1986 John Byrne penned Man of Steel revamp. Each episode consisted of a lead 18-minute Superman story, followed by a 4-minute flashback story that was part of the 'Superman's Family Album' segment, which chronicled Superman's life from his adoption by the Kents to his first appearance in costume. With character designs by the legendary artist Gil Kane, this series featured some of the finest animation that Superman had seen in decades, despite having lasted for only one season. The tone of the stories were also slightly more mature than what had been previously seen of Superman on the Saturday morning landscape, save for the underrated Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians cartoon series. The title sequence for each episode started off with the music cue from the John Williams ... Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT!! December 8, 2009
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I have been waiting a long time for this set. So when it came out, I purchased multiple copies. Superman has never been drawn as well as this series. Like many cartoons from the 80's (ie. Pryde of the X-men, Inhumanoids, JEM, Visionaries, Super Powers: Galactic Guardians etc.), the character designs were very well done and this series was no acception. Superman has a hyper real, larger than life, comic book look, that most, if not all contemporary Super-Hero shows lack today.

Ruby-Spears did an incredible job on this series. Although the full series aired only once on network television in 1988, to celebrate Superman's 50th Anniversay, it left a lasting impression on many who were lucky enough to see it. I highly recommend this DVD set to any fan!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic animation at its best November 4, 2009
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Ruby-Spears Superman series finally gets the DVD treatment that is deserves. This show for a superman fan such as myself was classic animation at its best. Superman is an american icon and this short lived series was a great tribute to The Man of Steel. This series along with both of the Super Powers series will remain classics forever. This would make for a perfect christmas gift for any superman fan that you may have in your family. Ruby-Spears Superman series is fun for the whole family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but very close. March 6, 2012
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I grew up watching George Reeves play Superman in the '50s, and have been a fan of all things Superman ever since. As far as the animated versions go the 1940s originals by the Fleischer brothers is still the best, but this one is a close second. I recently purchased the version from the late '60s and was very disappointed. Then I got this one and was very pleasantly surprised. The twenty-minute format gives time for good story development. The concept bridges the gap between the old universe and the new one pioneered by John Byrne in 1986. This is best shown by the portrayal of Lex Luthor, a cross between Gene Hackman's version in the movies and the businessman of the new version. The bad news is that a lot of it is laughable, with Luthor's criminal activities being quite over-the top. On the other hand the portrayal of the main characters is pretty good, and the art is much less cartoony than the latest animated version, if the stories aren't as good.

All in all it was worth the purchase, especially at the low price I paid at Amazon.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This was always a tough Superman series to track down, even on the bootleg market. With only one season, it was never re-run anywhere that I know of and kind of forgotten.

The quality of the series was standard for its time. While the stories are a little more mature than the previous animated Superman incarnation in "Super Friends," it wasn't quite as groundbreaking "Batman: The Animated Series" (and later it's own Superman spin-off) which premiered a few years later.

The "Superman Family Album" segments are something that really makes this series stand apart. As a kid, these were my favorite aspects of the series and it makes you think that it could have been a series all its own. It's also pretty interesting how the last few segments showing Clark Kent's teenage years share aspects of the show "Smallville."

But, like I said, this is a collection worth having for it's rareness alone. The one featurette, about the transformation of Lex Luthor as a mad scientist to a corporate villian, is also extremely well done.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by tim
2.0 out of 5 stars Trying to complete a collection?
This is the only reason for buying this. The only outstanding piece to my otherwise complete Superman collection. The animation is poor and the stories are poor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Prerston Glazer
4.0 out of 5 stars A well done series
I didn't think this series would be available on DVD. Episodes and animation are are well done and bring back memories. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Eric Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars perfect
clear no skippng vert good kool alittle to low on voice but other then that it was ok needs to be louder
Published 4 months ago by Nanies
5.0 out of 5 stars best superhero series out there for kids
daughter 51/2 and son is almost 3 and this show is good. they both love it and i like it too
Published 4 months ago by beth and chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Ruby-Spears Superman
I enjoyed the animations, decent graphics, OK video quality and animation definitely not as good as Max Fleischer's Superman. I would buy other games from this vendor
Published 4 months ago by Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars tot son loves it!
Now he talks about "lois" all day long!!! good times. somewhat watchable as an adult too. Geez. there's a required amount of words now for a review? wow.
Published 4 months ago by Debra A. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great superman cartoon
I bought this DVD and was so happy to see a cartoon that I haven't seen in years and nobody I knew believed it actually existed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by DEADMAN1313
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding superman tv series
Ruby-Spears Superman is the greatest cartoon series of superman i have ever seen. In my opinion it is the most realistic cartoon to date that resembles the drawing's of the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by superman fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Superman Cartoon
Superman is cool. My 3 year old thinks so. My 6 year old loves the flash back scenes/episodes of him as a kid. I like the animation. Good shows.
Published 6 months ago by SminkySue
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