Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006 [Blu-ray]

Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006 [Blu-ray]

Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006 [Blu-ray]

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  • Format: Blu-ray
  • AC-3; Dolby; DTS Surround Sound; Widescreen

Soar to New Hi-Def Heights with the Complete Movie Collection in Breathtaking Blu-ray Clarity and Sound! Deluxe 8-disc set with over 20 hours of bonus features! Includes:
Superman The Movie
Superman The Movie: Expanded Edition
Superman II
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
Superman III
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Superman Returns

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  1. David J. Brown September 1, 2012 at 1:07 am
    83 of 91 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Wow. Just wow., June 7, 2011
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    David J. Brown
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)

    Finally, the original Superman series hits Blu ray. I still don’t get why this didn’t happen way back in 2006 when the dvd set came out. All we got were a poor transfer of the extended version of the first film, a great transfer of the Donner Cut of part 2, and a fairly poor transfer of Superman Returns. Here we get ‘em all, plus they are all new transfers from the previous releases making it beyond worth picking up.

    All, and I mean ALL, the special features from the previous dvd set is included in this eight blu ray disc box set. Now maybe someone out there can correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall, on the box set dvd or the blu ray, the previous releases of Superman Returns having the deleted scene of Superman returning the barron and destroyed planet Krypton searching for life in his crystal spaceship. I’ve never seen this five minutes sequence before in my life. I’ve only seen snippets of it on the theatrical trailers for the film. Well, I got to see it for the first time today. While Returns is no great film, this scene should have been left in. It would’ve opened the film up more. Even weirder is this scene is completely finished. All the effects are GREAT and finished and polished. I can’t believe they cut this scene. Hell, there were even action figures made of Superman’s space suit and his ship back in 2006 for a sequence that was never even seen by mainstream film goers. Whatever. All the other deleted scenes and extended cuts are here too. All the films have their commentaries included, except Returns which never had one unfortunately.

    Of course some of the special features are repetitive. The commentaries repeat some of the info give in the featurettes and documentaries. Back in 2001 a box set for the first four films was released on dvd. Only the first film had special features and an extended cut. The documentary, cut into three parts, is included. While this doc repeats a lot of what is on the eighth disc’s featurettes regarding the whole series’ history, it does skim over the on set tensions and the firing of Richard Donner from the directing duties of part 2. So, essentially, if you’re a hardcore fan like me, you will have to view both. We get the first feature film of Superman starring George Reeves called Superman and the Mole Men, not really in HD unfortunately. Even better is we the classic animated shorts from Fleischer studios. They’re not cleaned up but they look pretty good in a low grade version of hi def. The audio of all movies has been upgraded and it reall shows.

    Shockingly to me, is that the AWFUL Superman IV: The Quest for Peace looks really good in hi def. I mean, it never looked that good, and all the edges of the effects always showed, but the blu ray transfer doesn’t make them MORE apparent, but the colors look good. Go figure. My favorite part of the part IV disc is the deleted scenes. Now these scenes make the film seem more whole and help it make a ton more sense, especially towards the third act, but the movie stilled would’ve been just as awful. It just would’ve been a comprehensible mess as opposed to what it is. I also appreciate co-screenwriter Mark Rosenthal committing a commentary to this disc, as well as an interview for the 8th disc docs. He is frank and never once tries to polish this turd that he worked on. He’s the only one from this film that even bothered to comment, so I more than appreciate it. Something about filmmakers talking about movies that didn’t work always intrigues me more than the ones that do, just see the Joel Schumacher commentary for Batman and Robin. Superman Returns FINALLY looks the way it should. The colors pop and the sound booms. All previous dvd and blu ray versions of this film were terrible, and even more so when you see the new disc, which kept all the previous releases special features and included the video diaries which were an exclusive to the Superman tin from 2006.

    Finally, the last thing I’ll mention, is Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut. This is the best special feature ever made for any movie ever made in the history of movies. I’m super happy that Warner Brothers paid to have this experiment made, that Donner cared enough to give it a whirl, and that it was worth watching. Most people who initially reviewed this movie just DIDN’T GET IT. It wasn’t a complete representation of Donner’s vision for Superman II. Most people complained that it had the same ending as the first film. Well, if you bothered to listen to the commentary or watch the doc that accompanies the disc you would know that they were behind while shooting both films back to back, and decided to hedge their bets and not assume that Superman: The Movie would be an instant hit. They stole the ending from part II and stuck it on the first film. Since Donner never got to make part II he has no ending to put but the one that was scripted when he was making the film…

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  2. The Red-Blue Blur September 1, 2012 at 1:19 am
    22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Still missing deleted scenes from films…, June 12, 2011
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    The Red-Blue Blur (Metropolis, USA) –

    This review is from: Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)

    I was really excited to see the never-before-released “Return to Krypton” sequence from “Superman Returns,” but I know there are still several deleted scenes from “Superman: The Movie,” Superman II,” and “Superman III” which have NEVER been released anywhere that I know of. What’s the reasoning behind this? In “The Movie,” from what I’ve heard there was a scene from a TV version where Jonathan and Martha Kent are talking in the truck about their lives right before the meteor lands. There was also an extended scene between young Clark Kent and Lana Lang with Jeff East’s original voice not dubbed (this one can be seen on Youtube). In “Superman II,” there’s a cut scene where the young boy from the town the villains invade jumps on a white pony and tries to escape, then General Zod said “I said NO ONE LEAVES!” and Non throws a police car siren at the boy, killing him. Part of this scene appeared in the documentary “You Will Believe” included on the set, but not all of it. There are also several other scenes that were shown in previous TV versions, such as two pilots on an airplane seeing Superman fly by. In “Superman III,” it would have been nice to include the original opening title sequence which took place in outer space (this is also viewable on Youtube). From “Superman Returns,” we’re still missing the scene where young Clark discovers the crystals in the barn (a clip was seen in the trailer), Clark Kent hiding his Superman outfit in a janitor’s closet at the Daily Planet, and a meeting between Perry White and Superman on the street (this was shown in a TV version). I guess we’ll never be able to have any of these scenes on an actual disc to enjoy over and over again. :-(

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  3. 13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    THIS SET HAS IT ALL!!, July 4, 2011
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    Dr H.Alloy (Australia) –

    This review is from: Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)

    Superb. Comprehensive. All any fan will ever need.

    Extras are fabulous. Multiple documentaries and commentaries with plenty of terrific, fascinating retrospective info that digs deep into what a monumental achievement getting the original 1978 “Superman” to screen was, followed by the bizarre downward slide of the series.

    And, once and for all, we get the lowdown on how Director Richard Donner and the Producers parted company in such poisonous fashion. Amazing considering they’d just released one of the most popular movies of all time, the progenitor and benchmark for all superhero films to follow.

    The mostly diabolical “Superman IV” looks nice and crisp on Blu. The commentary by writer Mark Rosenthal dishes on the troubled production – you can tell he’s struggling to be gracious. And his bitterness manifests in amusing ways like his utter contempt for poor Mark Pillow as Nuclear Man (or more specifically his haircut..) wow, did Pillow beat up Rosenthal for his lunch money or something?

    As dreadful as the fourth movie is, ‘Superman III’ comes off as the most misbegotten of the series. Trashing the spirit and integrity of the character for cheap, flat slapstick humour – humour that had began to seep into Lester’s ‘Superman II’ sequences.

    What the Hell was Superman ever doing playing second banana to Richard Pryor? Worst of all, he and the movie simply aren’t funny. Apart from the ever reliable Reeve, virtually EVERYTHING that made I & II so memorable is missing.

    Ironically, Bryan Singer was so reverential to the Donner original, it became a millstone round his neck that makes ‘Superman Returns’ a suprisingly dull retread. And it really doesn’t pop on Blu-ray like it should.

    Here’s hoping new director Zack Snyder can make Superman fly high again. The Man of Steel deserves it.

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