The Look, Up in the Sky!: Amazing Story of Superman
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It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a worldwide cultural phenomenon! The story of Superman is the story of the most influential, merchandised, and imitated character in the history of superheroes. But more than that, it is also the story of America. Since his arrival in the pages of Detective Comics in 1938, Superman has emerged as the ultimate symbol of the American dream--an immigrant who leaves his devastated homeland, to triumph (and re-invent himself) in the land of opportunity. Created by the sons of Jewish immigrants during a turbulent decade that saw the rise of totalitarian dictatorships, gangsterism, and the Great Depression, Superman--the unflinching champion of truth, justice and the American way--struck an immediate chord among both children and adults. Now, follow the story of a superhero who has endured generations of cultural change and spread to become a worldwide icon in Look, Up In The Sky! The Amazing Story Of Superman.]]>
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Virtually no stone is left unturned in this feature-length exploration of Superman's history. From his first comic book appearance through all the t.v. and movie incarnations, this is the definitive visual guide to the Man of Steel. Even die-hard fans are likely to learn a few new things about their favorite hero. For example, did you know there was an attempt at a live-action kids' series in the late 50's called "Superpup"? The never-aired clip from the pilot episode has to be seen to be believed. There was also a never-seen live-action Superboy pilot, as well as a painfully bad musical version in the 70's. You'll marvel with disbelief as the Last Son of Krypton SINGS to bad guys as he's smacking them around, complete with 60's-era Batman-style "Pow!"'s, etc.
Of course, there's plenty of coverage of the successful screen variations, including the still-unsurpassed George Reeves series, some (but not quite all) the animated series, and Smallville. Director Kevin Burns enlists everyone he could find from those shows, as well as celebrity fans like Mark Hamill and Gene Simmons.
I think even a casual Superman fan will enjoy this lengthy, but thoroughly engaging documentary. I expect it is a show I will return to view many times in years to come.
There is a great deal of depth to the discussions especially that of the 50s TV show and they discuss the death of George Reeves. The show also pays homage to Christopher Reeve and goes behind the scenes to discuss the making of Superman: the Movie.
There is discussion of Superman in every medium- tv shows, movies, cartoons, comics, merchandising and Broadway musical. We can see how the Man of Steel affected lives and see how his popularity rose and fell with the times. There are discussions with the stars of the shows, producers and directors.
This program is very comprehensive and enjoyable if you are a Superman fan. I would highly recommend it
Through old filmstrip footage, photos and interviews with comic writers and artists, actors, and historians, this film describes Superman's creation by high school pals Jerry Siegel and Joseph Schuster, and his many subsequent incarnations. The evolution and interpretations of the character depended on the mood and needs of the times. We are escorted through Superman comic strips, comic books, cartoons, TV shows, and movies from the late 40s to the present. Superman comics were translated into Italian, French, Spanish, Swedish, and other languages. Not to mention an amazing array of collectibles including Superman dolls; suitcases, lunchboxes and clothing emblazoned with the "S" logo; toys; patches.
Coverage is given to the TV shows that did well (for instance, Superman with George Reeves) and those that bombed (Superpup, which used animal puppets and thankfully never got on the air). There was also a Superman musical. Several actors appearing in the TV shows and films prior to the 1980s convey what it was like to work with George Reeves and Christopher Reeve. Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen) discusses the unresolved death of George Reeves (probable murder publicized as suicide), and Margo Kidder (Lois Lane) praises the non-super heroics of Chris Reeve, who after his accident became a leading advocate for the needs of the paralyzed. We see some movie sets, learn the perils of flying above a sound stage in a harness, and more.Read more ›
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A great almost to the Superman franchise and all the great actors who portrayed him. I only get this for stars because of the scant personal interviews with the great man who wore... Read morePublished 15 months ago by ClarityOfMind
Everything I could have asked for! LOVE Noel Neill in the original Superman movie serials....This movie even showed her co-star the ultimate Dorkman Kirk Alyn! Great interviews!Published 17 months ago by Ken Miller
I would have given this 5 stars, as this documentary is very good at covering the various live-action and comic book versions of Superman over the years. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
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