Superman - The Movie [HD DVD]
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Somebody was listening! While this isn't a 'Director's Cut' (Donner has said that the version that premiered in 1978 was the version he preferred), the movie has been expanded, to include a couple of brief scenes with Brando, and the famous Superman Gauntlet sequence at Luthor's underground lair (the remaining unused sequences can be seen in the 'Deleted Scenes' Chapter, on Side 2).
Technically, the DVD is fabulous; the Krypton sequences are now clean and sharp, a couple of shots where, previously, color balancing problems had turned Superman's costume green have been corrected, and, best of all, the soundtrack has been digitally remastered and sounds even better than it did in 1978!
Three fabulous documentaries are included on Side 2 about the making of the film, and how the flying effects were achieved. This was an incredibly expensive and difficult film to make (so much so that Donner, after 'Superman' was released to rave reviews, was fired, and replaced by Richard Lester, for 'Superman 2'), and through interviews with Donner, Christopher Reeve (who is honored for his work in the film, and his courage since his crippling accident), Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, and several of the creative team, you can appreciate what a unique and wonderful film this is!
Two other 'pluses'; a full-length audio commentary track with Richard Donner, and a 'music only' option, where you can admire one of composer John Williams' greatest scores!
This Special Edition DVD should be an essential part of any film lover's collection!
(PS3 - 1080p projector - 92")
First the good news- This new version is even better that the original edit of the film. A lot more of Marlon Brando's scenes. And the really cool sequence in Lex Luthor's underground hide out where he tries to kill Superman with bullets, fire & cold. Plus more...
The picture quality is just stunning. Krypton has this insane glow to it. And the new sound rivals brand new movies. The music is bright & vibrant, swirling all around you, and the entire 5.1 mix is used very well.
Now, the bad news- There's only the one version of the movie. I had hoped you'd be able to play the original, too.
More good news- The second disc has an enormous amount of brand new special features (almost two hours worth.) In their entirety, they seem to transport you back in time to relive the fascinating story of how the two Superman movies got made--up until director Richard Donner was stupidly fired, and not brought back to finish the second film. There's a lot of never-been-seen before, behind-the-scenes footage. In the casting tests you can see early versions of the Superman costume as Chris Reeve plays against many actresses including Leslie Warren, Anne Archer (both who were very good,) and of course Margot Kidder.
And then there are the two exceptional documentaries with new interviews from almost everybody. They follow the history of the two films, and include very interesting business aspects. Chris Reeves' story is very touching. Also included is a documentary on the special effects with neat(!) early flying tests.
Now more bad news- My friend took the discs with her.
To some up: this is the most complete, classy & top notch DVD package I have ever seen. Very well done ! A+
Also, Amazon has the Richard Donner Cut of Superman II available for pre-order which has the extended version of the film never before available (the special edition will be the theatrical release only).
"You'll believe a man can fly." That was the advertising tagline. Well, I can't think of many instances of it, but this was one time when a movie delivered on its hype. "Superman" fires on many cylinders, but the main one, the integral one, was believability. This film is an absolute achievement in terms of tone, style, and effects. For 1978, the effects are terrific, but also the performances and the writing really gel and sell the concept to the audience.
We haven't seen yet the actor who can top Christopher Reeve's Superman. The solidness, the goodness radiating from his presence in costume, combined with the vulnerability and sheer hilarity of his Clark Kent are (perhaps) impossible to top. Margot Kidder turns in a feisty Lois Lane, and their chemistry is great. Gene Hackman is a credible Lex Luthor, both funny and menacing at the same time. Supporting players fill out a cast that just really inhabits the world and never feels less than real.
The run time of the movie is perhaps a bit flabby, and this edition adds about 3 minute of new material. But I for one am quick to forgive it - it just so captures a feeling of innocence, wonder, Americana, that I'm willing to just bask in it, even when the action slows down.
Well, this is not one of the discs you'll pop in to show off "how great HD looks." The film was shot almost throughout with soft focus filters which bump up the haze of lighting and obscure detail.
BUT: It looks as good as it probably ever can and ever will. In A-B comparisons with the previous DVD (which was great for its day) the upgrade is subtle but evident. Some shots show very strong detail, when it's in focus. Check out the foliage in Lois' rooftop apartment.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful classic! I rented it for my son to watch and now he's obsessed with superman.Published 15 days ago by Lissa Holt
I bought this on Amazon for about $12. You really have to search for it because there are many versions and the prices vary a lot. Read morePublished 18 days ago by From the Musician's Pen
It's the original, love it and romantic in a cheesy way - very campy and no one did superman like reevesPublished 27 days ago by J.
Classic still stands up. Great introduction to super hero movies.. not so violent and in your face as the newer onesPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The digital stream for this movie is messed up. It is starts with the opening credits for Superman: The Movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tricia A Iacovangelo
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|Why does Marlon Brando wears the "S" on his chest at the beginning of...||
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.
Jan 2, 2013 by J. RAMIREZ | See all 5 posts
|Problems with Superman DVD's||
I love Superman I. It was great in the theater. Then, it was sold to TV many years ago, at which time about 45 minutes was added to the film that knocked my socks off again leaving me to wonder why these scenes were not part of the film to begin with. Now the original release was about 128... Read More
Mar 21, 2012 by Ray Sutton | See all 4 posts
|Why does reversing the rotation of the Earth make time go backwards?||
Speeding up would only make time for you go slower than people on earth but it would still be going forward. Even Einstein never figured out how to go backward in time. It was just for effect and fun. It never bothered me but it does kinda amaze me than in a film where a man flies and has x-ray... Read More
Jul 23, 2010 by Cornhusker | See all 13 posts
|Superman 2 was better.||
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
Mar 2, 2012 by Donny | See all 4 posts
|Which version is the BD: 1978 release cut (Donner's fav), or the 2000...||Be the first to reply|
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