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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (677 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ECQ5SY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,915 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • When Heroes Die: The Making of Superman Doomsday featurette
  • The Clash of the Juggernauts featurette
  • Requiem and Rebirth: Superman Lives!: a comprehensive documentary about how the DC Comics team decided Superman's fate
  • Commentary by producer Bruce Timm, writer Duane Capizzi, voice director Andrea Romano, and executive producer Gregory Noveck
  • Justice League: The New Frontier teaser
  • Wonder Woman sneak peek
  • Behind the Voice featurette
  • Bruce Timm's top picks: 4 bonus episodes from Superman including "The Animated Series: Apokolips... Now! parts 1 and 2," "Brave New Metropolis," and "Mxyzpixilated"

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Customer Reviews

All great stories compressed into a feature well done.
Michael E.
After you read the story you will realize how bad this movie really is.
xmenspidey
You would wait 5 minutes or so and then watch for a few minutes.
Sara Berry

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54 of 64 people found the following review helpful By R. Vashko on October 23, 2007
Format: DVD
There's good stuff to recommend in this DVD, but there are some awfully big caveats I feel one should know before buying:

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.
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54 of 67 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 9, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The first in a line of straight to DVD animated features adapted from classic DC stories, Superman: Doomsday re-tells the much maligned Death of Superman saga from the early 90's in animated form, and despite what many of the negative reviews here say otherwise, it works. The Man of Steel (voiced by Serenity's Adam Baldwin) is in love with Lois Lane (voiced quite stiffly by Anne Heche) and both are enjoying their relationship, until his world is rocked by the arrival of the murderous creature Doomsday, who is inadvertantly let loose by Lex Luthor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's James "Spike" Marsters). If you've read the comics, you know what happens next, but the animated feature wisely ignores the Reign of the Supermen part of the arc, in place of an imposter created by Luthor, which results in an apocalyptic showdown. Being the first in a line of newly animated features, don't go into this expecting something among the lines of the DC animated series' that had come before it. The animation itself looks similar to what we've seen before (veteran animator Bruce Timm is heavily involved here), but the tone is noticibly different. The voice acting is solid (Marsters is magnificent as Luthor, while Baldwin is servicable as Superman) and the action is nicely orchestrated as well, all of which makes Superman: Doomsday an animated treat. This new two-disc edition has a few new features, including episodes from the underrated 90's Superman animated series, but there isn't anything else here that really warrants getting double-dipped for.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By John Dougherty on September 20, 2007
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I read the book/graphic novel over ten years ago, if I remember. This isn't much like that at all. Superman fights something called Doomsday and dies, then comes back to life. That's about all that remains of the original story.
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 :(
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crimson Emotions on November 28, 2010
Format: DVD
The Death of Superman storyline is what got me back into the Superman comics in the early 90's, and I remained a fan until the early 00's when the change of art direction and the insane plotting pretty much killed it for me again. Still, I was quite interested in seeing what they would do with this and the result is a mixed blessing.

First, I wasn't a fan that Lois was hooking up with Superman, but not Clark (even though she strongly suspects they are the same anyway). What made the comics so great in the Byrne era was the Superman was CLark's alternate identity and not vice versa.

I also wasn't too crazy about the resolution of the storyline where they essentially mixed the Eradicator part of the Reign of Supermen with the KnightsEnd story from the Batman.

What did work in the movie? I liked Jimmy Olsen's character, who was pretty much following the same arc of the comics in the mid 90's. I also liked Marster's portrayal of Luthor. Although a bit cliched, the fake Superman was done pretty well also. But what really made the movie itself worth watching were the two major fight sequences, both of which were suitably epic.

Finally, the DVD itself is worth getting for the 45 minute documentary of the original Death of Superman, which was a great reminder of just how good that storyline was, and how much it helped rebuild DC comics in the early 90's. There was also a passable, but brief, segment with the voice actors, although Marsters' portrayal of Luthor was left off for some reason.

All in all, a pretty decent portrayal, even if it couldn't come anywhere near what they did in the comics.
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