Superman The Movie: Extended Cut & 2-Film Collection
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(Oct 03, 2017)
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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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Case in point, the Extended Cut of Richard Donner's Superman (1978) made its television premiere with over 40-minutes of story added to stretch the debut to a two-night event. Some bits and pieces of this expanded footage has turned up in various incarnations of the film on home video over the years, but we've never had the full 188-minute epic released on hi-def until now. Is it the final say on what many still consider to be the best superhero movie of all time...or too much of a good thing?
As you might imagine, it's a little of both.
Superman was ahead of it's time from the get-go considering Donner actually shot both the original and most of the sequel - featuring General Zod and his evil cronies - back-to-back before being replaced by Richard Lester. And while Donner's version of Superman II eventually saw the light of day (again, thanks to fan demand), it was a compromised version of what could have been. The new Extended Cut of the original still feels like Donner's film, just a more loose and organic version that - depending on your point of view - needs a bit of pruning.
It's difficult and tedious to point out exactly what's "new" here; there are plenty of fan websites for that. Suffice to say that those additional 40-minutes are spread out amongst the entirety of the film, resulting in scene extensions and casual character asides you might not even notice. In fact, a lot of the new footage is almost contextually invisible. And that's a good thing! There are very few moments that stick out as obvious add-ons, nothing that changes the mood or a motivations, no Greedo-shoots-first controversy to debate. But it's also obvious which new scenes are unnecessary; bits needed to be cut short for reasons of narrative content not commercial necessity. In short, Superman: The Extended Cut is the same film, only longer. And in an era of rejiggered, reimagined and often completely reinvented restorations, that's particularly satisfying all by itself.
Warner Archive's Blu-ray edition offers up all the new material in seamless high-definition; there's no noticeable change in quality from one scene to the next. And the 2-film collection in throws in the special edition of Superman: The Movie (previously released on Blu) for comparisons sake. All of the previous special features for that one are carried over, including Donner's commentary, three documentaries, screen tests, additional scenes and a music only track of John Williams iconic score.
the 188min version which was broadcast to TV over 2 nights back in the 80's so 95mins each including commercials
i personally think the 188min is the best version of the film, my second best is Richard Donner's 145min version
i've had the 188min version on VHS tape for many many years now which i can now throw out
warner bros have finally official released this much longer 188min version on blu-ray which is a milestone i think
WB have included it with Richard donner's 145min version called superman the movie special edition so it's 2 disc set
i guess the Warner executives finally realized it's time release the longer 188min version, how amazing
the Longer TV cut will be in 1:33:1 HD transfer which may be formatted to fit widescreen ratio anyway,
so no black pillars on either side of the screen, the sound quality is new 2.0 master stereo mix
there's no new extras for the Longer tv version, no surprise there
i think it's an effort in itself that warners have decided to release the longer cut at all
Disc 2 which is richard donner's special edition version is exact same as the previous blu-ray version
all the making of featurettes, Deleted scenes, Richard donner's commentary, Theatrical trailer etc have been carried over
5 stars i give for this new reissue cause the longer TV cut being officially released to buy is a celebration, a milestone
Definitely worth buying if you havn't seen the much Longer version before & you can decide for your self which version is the best
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