SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE – EXTENDED CUT REVIEWED
“Superman” finally gets the ABC TV cut delivered onto HD formats. Honestly, this is the first version of the movie I can ever remember watching. Younger readers won’t remember a time when Network TV got extended cuts to pad movies out for 2 nights. This was a magical era where now people in their 30s-50s are bitching about not having Scotty’s nephew’s scenes in proper HD. It was a time when studios saw the chance to stuff deleted scenes back into a movie for repackaging.
The only thing it’s missing are commercials for old video games and affordably priced sedans. The second disc is the special edition that has widely been available in the Superman Anthology. If you’re a DC Comics movie completist, then this will be your personal grail. If you’re a casual fan, you’ll wonder why the nerds in your live are squealing over the extended flying sequence. Is it ridiculous? Yeah, but so are period comic book movies.
Enjoy Richard Donner’s best film with a degree of earnest fandom.
- 3 Documentaries
- Screen Tests
- Restored Scenes
- Additional Scenes
- Additional Music Cues
- Music Only Track
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1/2.0 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 10/3/17
- Video - 95%95%
- Audio - 93%93%
- Supplemental Material - 94%94%
- Film Score - 95%95%
The Plot Thus Far
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.
Fans can purchase at www.wbshop.com/warnerarchive or any online retailers where DVDS and Blu-rays are sold.