Superman The Movie: Extended Cut & 2-Film Collection
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Decades before blockbuster Extended Cuts were common, Superman proved a true “Man of Tomorrow.” Superman: The Movie received an ahead-of-its-time makeover for its television premiere – nearly 40 more minutes of story, creating a two-night television event. Audiences had already been swept off their feet by Christopher Reeve’s Last Son of Krypton, and now there was more to enjoy. Unseen in decades, this version is paired here with Richard Donner’s definitive vision of his film, the Special Edition Director’s Cut (2000), to create a supersized celebration of Metropolis’ favorite son that preserves the director’s intent while feeding superfan demands.
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Things to note about this version of the movie on Blu-Ray:
1. The Extended TV version is NOT in 5.1 surround sound audio. It is in Stereo only! HOWEVER, the Special Edition version that is included with this collection DOES come with 5.1 surround sound audio.
2. Though the Blu-Ray format is 1080HD, there are scenes that are clearly a lower resolution than others. You will notice a bit of grain with the lower resolution clips if you are watching it on an HD TV. This is a result of an Upconvert from lower res footage. It's equivalent to blowing up and image much larger than it's original size. Being in the business, I know that this is something that has been done a number of times with older movies. In some cases the conversion is not too noticeable, but in others it is, especially with older movies.
3. The thing to remember about this version is, it was intentionally made longer for the purpose of making it a THREE DAY television broadcast. For this reason, there are some scenes that will seem a bit drawn out and far longer than needed.
4. This movie is for diehard Superman fans that love collecting Superman memorabilia. If you are NOT a super-fan of the original Superman movie, this may not be for you. This version is not meant to improve upon the original movie, though there are some scenes that do enhance the film. This film is meant to allow viewers to simply experience the much anticipated, 3 Day television "Superman the Movie" event that many of us got to enjoy many years ago!
tone for the whole production--actors, scenery, special effects, artistic creativity, and especially John William's music--to regale us with
a powerful, optimistic, thrilling story that lives deep in our subconscious,and which most of us would love to be true.
And there's a charming memory I have regarding the movie I'd like to share. Back in the late 70's, while walking East on 42nd
Street on my way home after work, there was a huge crowd milling between 2nd and 3rd Ave. Everybody was looking up and
shouting, and there, on top of the Daily News Building, all brilliantly lit up, was a helicopter perched precariously on the edge of the roof! It was very frightening! I never heard another thing about the event. And then, the next year, the movie, Superman came out,
and there it was!
Blu-ray is good, and there's some colour correction that the original theatrical ( and some broadcast prints) sorely needed.