Adventures of Superman: The Complete Collection
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Overall this is a very good release, long overdue and greatly appreciated.
Another superhero classic, made in a time when television was young, there were good actors and special effects weren't all done with the computer. This series was groundbreaking in many ways, which I'll touch upon when I get to it. For those who haven't seen the series yet, a little info: none of Superman's villains (Lex Luthor, Brainiac, General Zod, Mr. Mxyzptlk, etc.) don't appear, the character instead fighting scientists, foreign agents, corrupt politicians (again, when aren't they evil) or thugs. Also, the Fortress of Solitude never appears (that didn't come around in the comics until 1958) and Kryptonite is used rarely as a weapon against Superman. First I'll talk about the actors.
George Reeves is my personal favorite Superman actor, portraying him with a sense of believability, both in and out of the costume. I already talked about this in my reviews for Superman: The Movie and the individual first season release, so I won't reiterate here. Between the two Lois', I prefer Phyllis Coates. She played the character with spunk and attitude, character traits not present in women on TV back then and traits that I really don't see in other actresses who would play the part (other than Margot Kidder). Coates' Lois, when captured, would actually put up quite a good fight and probably could've gotten out of the situation, but thanks to Superman, she doesn't sustain as many bruises. Noel Neill plays her as your typical damsel in distress, but since she stays with the show longer, she's able to develop the character more (like in the episode "The Wedding of Superman", where Lois' real emotions come out).Read more ›
While it's not quite the same to see these shows now, I find that I have a smile on my face the whole time an episode is playing. I purchased this series in April 09 and have 4 or 5 episodes left to view, I've been sort of rationing the shows to make them last longer.
The overall quality of these shows is much better that the quality of the television reception that we experienced in that era, what with the antenna on the fringe of the stations' reception area. The video in some of the shows displays washed out color then returns to good , I don't know why, but it's not a reason to put off purchasing this set if you're a fan of the Superman portrayed by George Reeves-the real Superman!
Season 2 was easy to get open as well, but the other two sets, Seasons 3/4 and 5/6 were not. Those outer covers were way too tight and even by carefully trying to get them open it pulled the outer cardboard holder apart at the glued area. I also tried opening the flap on the other side of each set, but they also were tight and sustained some damage.
I have made my own sets for dvds using the same cardboard technique for outer cases but use slim dvd cases to the hold the discs. This is the way most of the sets I buy usually come and any damaged cases are easily replaced if needed. Since the items are shipped I believe that is where the majority of the damage is caused. Especially when shipped during the winter to colder locations which makes the plastic more brittle and vulnerable.
Regarding the programs themselves I would give them 5 stars so far (I have only viewed the first two discs due to the scratches). The picture is really great considering the age of the show. It is really fun to be able to recite the "Truth, Justice and the American Way" motto that Superman fights for described in each opening. A far cry from what is on TV these days.
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Even so, I faithfully watched the Man Of Steel and collected his comic books. There's an episode in here about two clowns, one of whom is a thief who steals the other's extra... Read morePublished 25 days ago by R. L. MILLER
I remember watching this series as a kid! Love being able to watch again.Published 1 month ago by MRB
George Reeves will always be the one and only Superman. Too bad he died right after the series.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer