While the Extended Cut's stereo sound doesn't have all the bells, whistles, and occasional feeling of immersiveness that the Special Edition track does, it certainly feels more natural and more in tone with what this 1978 film should sound like. The Donner-influenced Special Edition probably finishes second, as the right sequences are restored into the print, while the ones that slow down the storytelling have been kept out. I recently attended a Superman film festival in Austin and was reminded of just how true this was. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the Blu-ray is region free - like many other Warner releases. Two longer versions have been released since the original. Watching Superman again isn't just like being a kid again. Superman: The Movie Special Edition 1.
I didn't get comped this set, I bought it, and that's because of what it's offered me, which so far has been a really great experience. The quieter moments also benefit from the incidental music and really help to set the tone. The Special Edition's feature track is English 5. Looking back over this disc, I was struck by how well Superman has aged. The commentary itself doesn't add too incredibly much to what we already know, it's basically Ilya being nostalgic about the process and what happened making the film. For that reason, I can't give this two-disc release a rousing recommendation, but I think it's still worth owning, nevertheless.
There's no denying it, the Special Edition looks a little better than this new Extended Cut. Of course we probably would never have seen Batman and Robin or Captain America either. 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. . Another major difference included the deletion of the film's closing credits.
And I'd do it for you anyway. The extended versions contain footage and music not used in the theatrical version, but the television edits have more material than the 2000 restoration, including extensions of the destruction of Krypton, Smallville, Fortress of Solitude, Daily Planet and earthquake scenes. The print Luthor is a wealthy, high class criminal, a man of taste, a man with a lust for power. The commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler is the major presence on this disc, that and the trailer, which is oft-talked about in the multitudinous documentaries. You get little bits every now and again that make the commentary more fun and worthwhile, like when Clark and Lois are leaving the Daily Planet and Donner points out that you can see him in the glass, and pointing out the Donner cameo I didn't know was in there. Comic Review: Superman Special Edition. It's got a lot in common with Batman and Robin.
No actual material was cut from this release, instead scenes with no dialogue and the opening credits were sped up. There is a downside though: According to , Warner screwed up the audio during the opening. While Hackman attempts to convey this, at times he comes off more as a genius lowlife who won the lottery rather than a multifaceted media super- mogul. Said version was edited by the Salkinds Donner was not involved at all. Enjoy more footage of the Krypton Council, a glimpse of stars of prior Superman incarnations, more of Jor-El underscoring his son's purpose on Earth andan extended sequence inside Lex Luthor's gauntlet of doom.
He opens a hidden entrance and looks down. I didn't watch the whole thing, but I skipped around to my favorite parts, mostly because there's a lot of dry quiet space, and that's just creepy without the dialogue. The theatrical cut will always be my personal favorite, possibly because it's the version I watched first, but also because it gets the pacing right. Superman 3 and 4 are garbage. Admittedly, Hackman's portrayal is somewhat different from that of the comic book bald baddy. And hey, narration by Marc McClure - Jimmy Olsen from the films.
The score, written and orchestrated by John Williams, is stylish and adds a solid dimension to this film. He explains a little more what it was like to work with the actors, what the experience was, and the commentary is a bit more fulfilling. Superman: The Movie Special Edition. Compared to that, the new Blu-ray is some kind of revelation. The color timing isn't the same here either, nor is the framing if you compare some of the shots of the Extended Cut with their counterparts on the Special Edition. I question whether the same source print or negative if they went that route was used for both transfers. Another clue to just how long and presumably expensive preparing this release must have been is the extras list.
Worth at least a look. He will call himself Clark Kent. The World will know him as Superman. Lana does not seem to feel well. Because that is the way to look at the Extended Edition. Unlike the restored scenes, there is no option here to watch them individually. Clark and Lois go to examine a drilling rig that's dug into the center of the Earth, and out pop these short dudes with bald heads who are radioactive.
Less Superman-y, more just a neat story, but Superman pops in once or twice to bend a gun, stop bullets, or fly somewhere. Isolation in the Phantom Zone, an eternal living death. Gene Hackman is every bit the Lex Luthor of comic book fame, it's his henchman that make him seem the fool. Course he has a seriously over developed boy- scout complex, but he's a loveable blue lunkhead. I hate re-issues, and usually refuse to buy them on principle when I've already bought a set, as I have with the Superman movies, but there's so much in these sets I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Those who are familiar with the different version will already have noticed one of the longer scenes from the Director's Cut when I mentioned the Hollywood sign. Now, however, it'd just be annoying.