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Superman III (Deluxe Edition)
Superman III
Deluxe Edition
Actors: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder, Al Matthews, Colin Chilvers
Directors: Richard Lester, Iain Johnstone
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG     2006     2hr 5min

After Superman: The Movie's epic storytelling and Superman II's awesome battles, how could the first two hits be topped? In Superman III, meet Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor), a half-witted computer programming natural. For him...  more »

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Actors: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder, Al Matthews, Colin Chilvers
Directors: Richard Lester, Iain Johnstone
Creators: David Newman, Iain Johnstone, Ilya Salkind, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Leslie Newman
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Superheroes, Richard Pryor, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/28/2006
Original Release Date: 06/17/1983
Theatrical Release Date: 06/17/1983
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 2hr 5min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Special Edition,Deluxe Edition
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 5/30/2013...
The "Superman" franchise officially jumped the shark with this third entry which relies too much on light comedy and not enough on superheroic action. Richard Pryor (??) seems to be the only one in the cast who's having any fun, playing an awkward computer genius who gets roped into helping a super villain (Robert Vaughan) take over the world. Everyone else, including the usually dependable Reeve, seems to be in it for the paycheck. There are a few fun moments mixed in with the needless slapstick, but the only reason this isn't the worst "Superman movie" is because "Superman IV: The Quest For Peace" exists.

Movie Reviews

A Flawed but Fun Film
S. R. | USA | 10/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For this third installment, the producers decided to inject a more modern twist into the Superman mythos via Richard Pryor's antics and the dependence on computer technology theme. The result was met with mixed reviews but did provide Christopher Reeve the opportunity to turn his dual role into a triple. Not only does he play Clark Kent and Superman, but also an evil Superman that manifests after exposure to synthetic Kryptonite (a plot device repeated at nauseum on the 'Smallville' TV series). The fight sequence between Clark Kent and his evil counterpart plays like a scene right out a Superman comic book! As far as the supporting cast is concerned, Margot Kidder's Lois Lane is not given much screen time but Annette O' Toole's Lana Lang (another 'Smallville' TV series staple) fills the role of Clark's old love interest nicely. The flying shots are easily the best of the franchise and Reeve is definitely the most buff he's ever been making him the most realistic physical embodiment of Superman to date. Unlike the previous DVD release, there are extras this time around including a commentary by the producers, a 1983 'Making of' special hosted by Chris Reeve, and almost 20 minutes of deleted scenes! In closing, while this movie isn't quite as magical as the first two Superman films, a terrific performance by Christopher Reeve and some nice supplemental material makes it worthy of another look on DVD."
S. D. Stocker | Annapolis, Maryland USA | 01/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Before writing this review, I viewed the others on this page and I am afraid that my view differs greatly from all but one of theirs. When I first saw this movie I was about 4 or 5 and found it to be fun and exciting. In experiencing these four films on DVD in a widscreen movie format as an adult I think Superman 1 through 3 are equally fantastic. What I liked about Superman 3 is precisely what most everyone else seemed to dislike, the lighter more humorous approuch to the story. I thought it was a nice change from the first two films which were very serious, excellent, but serious. It was in the same vain as Star Trek 4 The voyage Home, which was very light, humourous and adventurous. I thought it was a fitting change of pace from the first three, which delt with some very heavy issues as did the first two Superman Films. The new villain in this film was also a nice change, luther had already appeared in the first two, so having superman face off with someone unkown to him was great. I absolutely loved Richard Pryor in this, he was just so funny and his wonderful comic style helped bring a lighter air to this movie. I Agree with the other reviewers that Richard Donner is an excellent director and should not have been replaced, not to take anything way from Mr. Lester who I thought did a great job with Superman 3. I appreacated all of the opinions I read, as a superman fan who takes the quality of the films seriously, it is good to see that there are others as protective of the super film legacy as I.

Thanks for a great Movie Mr. Reeve and Warner Brothers"
It's not great but better than Superman 4 at least
J. J Woehr | Lindenhurst, NY United States | 12/06/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I'm basically giving Superman 3 *** stars because of the late great Christopher Reeves. A group of rich snobs use red krpytonite to turn Superman bad. Christopher Reeves pulls it off being good and bad in the same movie pretty well. Otherwise this was a pretty disapointing addition in the series next to Superman 1 and 2. Richard Pryor is funny here even if the film shouldn't of tried to be funny. Plus instead of Lex Luther we get 3 snobby people who do nothing for the film. Lois Lane is even a side character in this one. Annette O'Toole (Clark's mom in Smallville) has more screen time here as Clark's High School crush Lana Lang.

I missed Lois here but she was wasted when there was more of her in Superman 4 anyway. I mean that just uses her for a silly scene where Superman has to think of how to date Lois as Superman and another woman as Clark at the same time. So this isn't a great Superman movie but at least it wasn't too much of a soap opera that was hard to take seriously like Superman 4 was either. Although yes this is hard to take seriously at times but it does get a good performance out of Christopher Reeves at least. Plus eventhough it's goofy it has it's entertaining points. It also at least doesn't have a guy named Nuclear Man."