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In an epic tale of sacrifice, Superman battles the an intergalactic serial killer in a superpowered Armageddon--Superman: Doomsday. After Superman makes the ultimate sacrifice to save Metropolis by giving his life to defeat the foe, those who loved him the most mourn their fallen hero and friend. But a world without Superman proves to be short-lived when the Man of Steel mysteriously returns. Or does he?]]>
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1.) Straight-to-video titles rarely have the production values of theatrical animated releases, so know going in that the animation is no great shakes - a notch above the latest Superman and Justice League shows on Kids WB!, but not a huge step up by any means. There are some inspired moments of animation, but they are few and far between.
2.) Don't be taken in by the "PG-13" rating. I suppose slapping "PG-13" on it works to WB/DC's advantage, suggesting the movie is a "hard" Superman story that attracts the fanboys. But while it does contain some language, violence and themes that you'd never see on the Animated Series on TV, in relation to what you see in theatrical films, this is squarely "PG" all the way.
3.) There is no way they could cram in everything from the Death/Rebirth of Superman storylines into a 90-minute film. I doubt they could effectively squeeze it all into a 3-hour film. So there's no Justice League getting whupped by Doomsday, no Supergirl or "heroic" Lex Luthor II, no Steel or Superboy, no Cyborg and Mongul colluding to destroy Coast City. No Kryptonian War-Suit.
If you go in with all that in mind, the film isn't so bad. IMHO, they did a good job of condensing the essentials of the storyline into a single digestible story. Those who strive for continuity with the comic books need not apply.Read more ›
Gone are the side stories about Superboy and Steel, which were very cool IMHO. Gone also is the interesting story about how Superman came back to life. The mechanics behind how he does so in this DVD are completely different, from what I recall.
Not bad for a fun hour's watching, but don't expect this to be like the original story.
I wish they'd have made the movie of it like they'd planned :(
I know a lot of people seem to hate the fact that this movie is not a panel-by-panel adaptation of the Death and Return of Superman comics, but that may be for the best. The Return of Superman storyline got a bit convoluted, and this adaptation does a great job of streamlining things for casual fans. The return of "Superman" was presented quite differently, and I think this was an improvement over the original stories.
The highlight of the movie was the fighting. The Superman/Doomsday battle was flat out epic, and was choreographed brilliantly. It was highly reminiscent of Japanese anime fighting, and the devastation was incredible. The Superman/Superman battle was almost as impressive, but "bad" Superman lacked Doomsday's menace. The only wonder is how there were any buildings in Metropolis left standing. I also loved the fact that Lex Luthor and the Toyman were far more sinister than before. The Toyman in particular was downright creepy.
The absence of other superheroes both during the fight and at the funeral was decidedly unusual, especially given the sheer volume of DCU characters that rotate in and out of the Justice League series, but then again, none of the live action Superman movies had any guest stars (Richard Pryor doesn't count).
I should also mention the fact that this is rated PG-13. The fighting is intense, there's a fair amount of blood spilling and neck snapping, and there's some scattered profanity as well. I'd recommend parents watch it before exposing it to kids.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband loved it! The disc and case were both in great shape tooPublished 3 hours ago by CaoimheMorana
Well this was as close to a Superman Lives as we will see. This movie was a pretty good interpretation of The Death of Superman comic though with a few changes here and there. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Michael K.
The DVD that I received was glitchy, would skip forward every few seconds and had no menu to speak of. It was completely unwatchable. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jim Gibson
The story of this movie isn't 100% identical to the death and return of the Superman comic because the movie tells Superman's death and return in a different way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jacob Scheffert
My wife bought this for me for xmas and i love it its a Great movie and i would recommend this to anyone who is a fan.Published 1 month ago by Tiffany B.
Arrived on time but I didn't get to "attempt" to watch it until a few weeks later. Dvd doesn't even work and now it's too late for me to return.Published 1 month ago by LAYTON
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Dude, that was the single most helpful post in this entire Amazon page. Thank you for the link!
Aug 1, 2007 by B5Anteros | See all 2 posts
|Spanish Subs or Dubs?||
Regarding this particular Superman movie, it is quite probable Warner Brothers did include a Spanish subtitled format on it. They have done so for almost each and every DVD release animated or live action.
Personally I have grown to hate Spanish dubs for many reasons:
1-Script translations are... Read More
Sep 17, 2007 by E. Ocasio | See all 3 posts
|Lex creates Doomsday!?!||
From the clips I saw doomsday was suggested to come from out of space.
Sep 5, 2007 by David L. Lee | See all 7 posts
|Where were you when Superman died?||
Christopher W. Cooper said "Adults who like this crap need to grow up."
Wow, that's the most childish thing I've read on here, well done sir. It seems to me that you're the one who needs to grow up, douchebag. Glad you took the time to come on a SUPERMAN message board and post that.... Read More
Jun 24, 2008 by J. Exum | See all 5 posts
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