Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut [HD DVD]
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Top Customer Reviews
Other reviewers point out redundancies, over-long scenes, and character development problems in the Donner version, but these aren't really fair arguments; what you see are the basic scenes, originally shot; Donner, himself, admitted that had he continued on the film, he would have had to do reshoots of several key scenes, and, of course, would have been involved in the editing process (which couldn't be accomplished to the same degree, in the 'restored' edition). The 'turning the world back' resolution was intended for "Superman II"; when the Salkinds chose not to end the first film with a cliffhanger ending, Donner shot the Lois 'death' scene, and Supes turns back time to save her...so repeating the same resolution in "Superman II" was simply a case of using the original film conclusion, which Donner would have changed, had he continued with the film.
There are plotholes, and leaps of logic; as the film stands, Luthor is apparently in the Fortress of Solitude when Superman destroys it(!); Clark's 'revenge' against the diner bully makes no sense, since, after winding back time, the original confrontation never took place; indeed, the Jor-El 'farewell' scene would have been unnecessary, as well, insomuch as Supes rewound time back to before he lost and regained his powers. And what ever became of Miss Teschmacher?
All this having been said, there are moments where I think Richard Lester's lack of understanding of Superman and his Universe makes me stand in Donner's corner; he introduced abilities Supes never had (Saran-wrap symbols...Read more ›
1st thing people who truely think that Richard Lester is a great director & did a great job on SII need a reality check. All he did was take an already great script done by SUPERMAN I creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz, and 70-80% shot by Richard Donner shift around some stuff & make the film (all the actors were there for him, a donkey could have done it).
Lester would also add some unneeded slap stick humor (e.g. Metropolis fight scene where the three super villains use their super breath to blow out the Metropolis civilians where after an unneeded and very cheesey moment of slap stick bad homage to Charlie Chaplin stances take place & the earlier scene of when the supervillains are introduced by duking it out in the American wild west???).
Lester would be found out as a director in the poor Superman III where his slap stick humour would basically ruin the film but not to say his version of Superman II is bad but it just doesn't compare to the brilliance of number 1, especially after repeated watchings II just seems like a poor boys substiute!!
Donner on the other hand had completely different thinking for II it was meant to be on the same epic scale & feeling a I & in quality terms match it if not even better it. Also around 30% of the Lester film uses Donner's footage whilst in the SII:DC it uses around 80% footage & will feel like a completely different film.
Having already seen some of the new scenes, e.g.Read more ›
POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT:
I will not mention what new Richard Donner footage there is, (you should enjoy that for the first time yourself) but for those of you who want to know exactly what "dumb humor" or illogical stuff that has been cut from Lester's version that IS NOT in Richard Donner's version, read on below...
Lois' chain-smoking orange juice squeezing scene. - Gone!
Zod raising farmer with silver beam from his finger. - Gone!
Ursa beating farmer at arm wrestling. - Gone!
Almost all jokes relating to Non's dumbness including his inability to use heat vision like the others. - Gone!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I remember the petitions we all signed to get this film made so many years ago. A must have for the fans of Richard Donner and the Reeve era Superman films. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Vincent N. Lonano
Do yourself a favor and order the other version. The ending here is very poor. The flow from scene to scene is stilted. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Louis Brunelli
It is important to not approach these classic Superman movies with the same anticipation of realism and seriousness of today's popular superhero films. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ALSZambrano
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|Where's the scene where Non kills the boy??||
It was filmed by Richard Lester. That info comes from IMDB when the actor who played NON (Jack O'Halloran) was doing a sorta impromtu fan interview online. I saw it in the theather when it was released in 1980 and that scene was in it. It was Sara Douglas Role as Ursa that I thought killed... Read More
Sep 8, 2011 by Kent G. Thorne | See all 3 posts
|This just Donner's version or both versions?||
I believe it's mostly Donners Vision (80%), with a smattering of Lesters footage used as connective tissue.
Jun 9, 2008 by Joseph Christl | See all 3 posts
|does this mean this is a different movie?||
This is the orginal Superman II that Richard Dooner was working on before he was fired.It has a diffrent opening then the Richard Lester version.Also the scene where Lois finaly figures out Clak Kent is Superman in the Lester version Clark trips on a stuff bar and his hand fell into the fire and... Read More
Nov 1, 2006 by Kindle Customer | See all 4 posts
I thought Bryan Singer's film was great, but it didn't quite have the magic of the first Donner film, and now we finally get the chance to see Richard Donner's version of SUPERMAN II. After reading a lot about the changes Lester made it will be great to finally see the originally intended... Read More
Sep 16, 2006 by gatchaman | See all 4 posts
|Scenes for TV version||
Seen it & much of the "East Houston" segment has been cut out including the part you mentioned with the little boy. This version is hit or miss--the picture quality is better than the original theatrical release (remember being able to see through the man in the East... Read More
Nov 28, 2006 by J. S Thompson | See all 2 posts
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