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|Superman - The Movie |
Four-Disc Special Edition
Actors: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman
Director: Richard Donner
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense, Animation
A box-office smash, an Academy Award winner* and a fan favorite since it first flew into theatres in December 1978, Superman: The Movie assembles a cast and creative contingent as only a big movie can. At its heart (just a... more »
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Laura F. (papaschild) from KANSAS CITY, MO
Reviewed on 11/11/2009...
Superman fans will have alot of fun with this edition. There are abundant special features in addition to the original 1978 movie... including a expanded edition, a number of features and documentaries (they are actually really good!), restored scenes, screen tests (including Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder), a 1951 move with George Reeves ("Superman and the Mole Men"), vinatage promotional footage and "making of" feature, 1940's cartoons, etc. And of course the 1978 movie itself which (in our opinion at least) has yet to be outdone by any Superman before or since.
Patricia F. (patticom) from RIVERVIEW, FL
Reviewed on 1/29/2008...
While I was never particularly pleased with Margot Kidder's interpretation of Lois Lane, there is no better Superman than Christopher Reeve. He made the character believable in a way that no one else has matched before or since. Marlon Brando is a magnificent Jor-El. And while I personally prefer the modern interpretation of Lex Luthor seen in the television series "Smallville," no one can deny the genious of Gene Hackman in his delightfully over-the-top portrayal of Superman's nemesis. Every fan of superheros needs this classic in their film collection.
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'Superman' on DVD...THE one to buy!
Benjamin J Burgraff | Las Vegas | 04/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At last, Superman is presented the way it was meant to be! The master print for the 1978 classic had deteriorated so badly that the film, particularly the white-on-white Krypton opening scenes, was almost unwatchable. (I had even gone so far as to write a critique on Amazon.com demanding a 'Director's Cut' DVD edition, digitally transferred and remastered, be made!) 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!"
Superman DVD gets A+
Superfreak | 02/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Last night a friend that works at Warner Brothers brought over a surprise: The Superman-The Movie two disc DVD! And after watching it, I've got some good news, and some bad news. 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+"
Video Quality Review (Blu-ray)
Achilles | 01/31/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a tough one to review. For a film made in 1978, I don't think it could look any better. I'm willing to bet this Blu-ray disc is as good if not better than the premiere screening of Superman back in 78. Great care must have been taken to clean up and restore this picture. It is practically free of scratches and dirt. It is detailed, far above standard definition. Colors are balanced and eye catching. Contrast is natural and evenly spread. Inserted scenes are consistent with the rest of the film. Never looked better. Still, 1978. There are a few scenes with plenty of grain and most of the film gives the impression of being a little out of focus, a little blurred. Five star transfer, four star visual impact. I doubt if a 1080p display is getting much more out of this picture than a 720p display.
(PS3 - 1080p projector - 92")