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The planet Krypton is doomed and Jor-El sends his infant son to refuge on a distant planet where he develops superhuman powers that he must hide from the mortals around him.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Release Date: 8-FEB-2005
Media Type: DVD
Filled out with about eight minutes of additional footage, this deluxe Superman almost doubles Marlon Brando's screen time with added scenes on Krypton and in the Fortress of Solitude and fills out the early life of Clark Kent, contributing to a more mythic portrait of America's greatest hero. There is also more disaster footage during the earthquake climax, and Lex Luthor's "Gauntlet of Death" sequence (seen on network TV broadcasts) is reinstated.
The commentary by director Richard Donner and "creative consultant" Tom Mankeiwicz lacks the focus and detail of a filmmaker really grappling with his work (it has been almost 25 years, after all), but it's full of interesting asides, casting trivia (Goldie Hawn as Miss Teschmacher?), and the good-humored byplay of two old friends.
The three documentary featurettes hosted by Marc McClure (Jimmy Olsen) are essentially chapters of a comprehensive behind-the-scenes study, full of illuminating interviews (Donner and Mankeiwicz are more revealing here), special-effects tests (including all the failed attempts to make you believe a man can fly), and the bizarre true story of the unceremonious firing of Richard Donner after he had turned Superman into a worldwide smash and shot about 70 percent of the sequel.
A separate supplement features screen tests for Christopher Reeve and five different Lois Lanes (including a giggly Leslie Ann Warren and a snappy Stockard Channing), and two legendary, delightfully demented scenes featuring Lex Luthor's snarling "babies" (also seen on TV broadcasts) are featured in the gallery of Deleted Scenes. --Sean Axmaker
The only thing disappointing for me is they didn't add the extra minutes of certain scenes that were shown in the TV cut years ago and it would have made the film more epic. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Fan 1
Is this an old movie? Yes it is. Are the special effect cheesy? Yes they are. Is it a classic? YES IT IS !! They don't make movies like these anymore.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by OCADTECH
Hadn't seen it in years- still loved it. Christopher Reeves was perfect- soooooo perfect. Had forgotten Brando was in it, what a treat!Published 1 month ago by Brian Kelly
Very good for all the background. Too much fighting at the end.Published 1 month ago by Rodney D. Hixon
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The "S" is the family symbol for the House of El! Remenber to us it is an "S" but it is in fact a Kryptonian glyph. Think ancient egyptians or sumerians.
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I like Superman 2, but I love the first one. It is my favorite superhero film and even one of my favorite films in any genre. I think it is a miracle of a film. It works because of the incredible cast, great dialogue and a dual performance by Christopher Reeve that is just flawless. He really did... Read More
Mar 15, 2012 by Cornhusker | See all 8 posts
your lucky,that was the original release version when they first aired it over 30 years ago on abc, i wish i had that version, although i do have superman 2 on vhs when abc first aired it, like in the mid 80s, it has 14 minutes of extra footage not on the theatrical release, the superman dvd has... Read More
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