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Superman - The Movie

Released on 24 September 2001

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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The movie that makes a legend come to life. The planet Krypton is doomed. Only one man, Jor-El, knows it and rockets his infant son to refuge on a distant world called Earth. As Jor-El´s son grows to manhood, he learns that he possesses super-powers he must hide from ordinary mortals around him.

It takes a big movie to contain the considerable talents of Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Jackie Cooper, Glen Ford, Margot Kidder, Valerie Perrine and at its heart, the most human portrayal of the Man of Steel, Christopher Reeve.

Superman, an Academy Award winner (1978) for special achievement in visual effects, is more than big enough. Directed by Richard Donner, Superman: The Movie makes us believe this epic story all over again.
  • Audio Commentary by Director Richard Donner & Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz
  • 10 Added Scenes
  • 3 Special Effects Documentaries: 'The Magic Behind The Cape' - 23 minutes, Making Superman: Filming the Legend - 30 minutes, Taking Flight: The Development of Superman - 30 minutes
  • Screen Tests, With a Commentary by the Casting Director
  • TV spot
  • Trailers
  • Storyboard to Screen (DVD ROM only)
  • Interactive Menus & Scene access

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 You Will Believe A Man Can Fly

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Brilliant Movie. One of the Original and Best Superhero movies ever made.
The film takes its time to establish events and characters and then when the story kicks on, it is genuinely exciting.
The casting is spot on, Christopher Reeves IS Superman, I dont think anyone will ever be as good as him.
The rest of the cast are in top form with Gene Hackman hamming it up, Marlon Brando adding Gravitas and Margot Kidder very good as Lois Lane.
No point really writing much. Its a Classic. It's Superman

 The daddy of the big budget comic strip based films

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Yes thats right. If it wasn't for this big money extravaganza from 1978 there may very well have been no X-Men, Fantastic Four, Batman etc etc. Warner Bros poured a huge amount of money into this film, some $50 million which 30 years ago was a hell of a lot. The good thing is that every penny is up there on the screen. New special effects had to be invented for parts of this film because it was so innovative and although this was years before CGI, the production team did a fabulous job (only the scene where young Clark runs alongside the train looks really fake).

A top notch cast helped propel this to box office success, Hackman and Brando especially. However where the film really scores is with the casting of the then unknown Christopher Reeve, who is superlative and easily the best Superman ever. Kudos must go to the producers, the Salkind brothers, who refused to cave in to Warner Bros demands to cast a named actor (Warners wanted Burt Reynolds!). I think even Warner Bros must admit that they were glad they lost that argument.

The film is long, a good 2.5 hours from what i remember but what a ride! The scene where Superman saves Lois Lane (a well cast Margot Kidder) when she falls out of a helicopter is worth the cost of the disc alone. The effects are all top drawer for the time and were done by the people who worked on the Bond movies and Gerry Anderson tv shows (like Space 1999). A mention must also go to John Williams masterful soundtrack. The theme became so iconic that when Bryan Singer made Superman Returns in 2006 he said he would only do so providing he could use the same piece of music as the theme.

This film is excellent, although a little long for small children. Characters are given a chance to develop and the script is quite intelligent and witty. However for an extra £9 you can buy the exactly same disc plus the other 3 Christopher Reeve films (Superman 2 is great fun, 3 is so so but has some great moments and 4 is not a good film but worth watching).

This disc has some decent extras. The screen tests, the documentaries and the deleted scenes give make up a fine dvd release and add to the quality of this release.

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One of the definitive comic book movies, director Donner infuses this with all the right ingredients - grandeur, comedy, adventure, heart, an all star cast - to make this a truly wondrous spectacle. Reeve was a real find but the rest of the cast play it for all its worth too. Some of the special effects which were groundbreaking in its day may now appear a little ropey but that's a small price to pay for this definitive film version of the Man of Steel.

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DirectorRichard Donner
CertificatePG
Year1978
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesArabic ; Bulgarian ; Dutch ; English ; French ; German ; Italian ; Portuguese ; Romanian ; Spanish
Duration2 hours and 26 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.