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DVD Shopping Bag: Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray

Already? Wait I know…

By Robert T. Trate     June 07, 2011

 

After checking Amazon, and as far as I can tell, this is the first time that all the Superman films have been offered together on Blu-ray. Back in 2006 I picked up Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition (Superman - The Movie/ Superman II/ Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut/ Superman III/ Superman IV - The Quest for Peace/ Superman Returns) to have them all. Richard Donner’s Director’s Cut of Superman 2 was the first thing I watched. I had long heard about what the Salkinds had done to Donner during production. They had shot enough for two films, bumped Donner from the project or did he leave the film? Any way, I wanted to see his version. Having seen Richard Lester’s Superman 3 and knowing full well how goofy it was I assumed that Donner’s version of 2 would be a tad more serious. I arranged a screening with the biggest Superman fan I knew and we watched the film. We were both left with a perplexing dilemma. That being the Lester version is the stronger of the two. It was shocking to both of us, but despite the footage and the rewinding the Earth at the end the rest of it left us flat. I personally haven’t watched it since. Lester’s version is still my favorite so I put the politics, legends and the facts aside to watch this great film.
 
What amazes me about this new Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray set is the timing. Much like that of the new film, Man of Steel arriving in 2012, it has been rushed to stores before the rights are split up between Warner Brothers and the families of Superman's original creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. I am extremely appreciative of two things in this release. The first is having both Superman 3 and 4 on Blu-ray for the first time. Superman 3, outside of Richard Pryor chewing up the screen, has that great confrontation between Evil Superman and Clark Kent. With 4 it is just a treat seeing Christopher Reeve doing his thing one last time. The second thing is the coupon to receive eight dollars off my Green Lantern ticket. Superman 1, 2 and Returns have been on Blu-ray before meaning this edition has to be one last stab at racking in some bucks.
 
Everything from the Ultimate Collector’s Edition is included here yet again. The Blu-ray transfers are a plus, despite the highlighting of dated special effects. The packaging is not quite as bulky as the previous release. If I’m talking about packaging there is obviously a problem. Where is the new gimmick, the lure, the buy this version and ditch your old incentive? With Warner Brothers releasing both the extended version of 1 and 2 previously only one thing remains… the full cut of Superman 4: The Quest for Peace.
 
I would have never even known such a thing existed if not for an old Starlog Magazine I found at a yard sale. The issue in question featured another Nuclear Man (Clive Mantle) involved with the story, there were actually two. Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) created another guy, who looked more like a member of The Cure than Superman. There were tons of pictures and actor profiles. So where is this footage? Even it if is terrible that is what special features are for. Superman 4 director, Sidney J. Furie, is still alive and directing so let’s have at it. A commentary by him and a look at this footage is what this release needs.
 
If you have Superman 1, 2 and Returns on Blu-ray and wish to hold out for the others individually it will only be a matter of time. After all, despite whatever legal problems the Man of Steel faces Zach Snyder’s film will be out next year. This would give Warner Brothers another chance to give this fan what he really wants.
 
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Top 5 Picks of the Week:
 
1. The Man Who Would Be King [Blu-ray Book]
2. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (see Tim Janson’s Review)
3. The Bridge on the River Kwai [Blu-ray]
4. The Outlaw Josey Wales (Blu-ray Book Packaging)
5. True Grit (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
 
American History X / A History of Violence [Blu-ray] Starring Edward Norton and Viggo Mortensen
 
Beyond Recognition [Blu-ray] Starring Jimmie Jones and Patrick Holder
 
Bobby G. Can't Swim [Blu-ray] Starring John-Luke Montias
 
Bulletproof [Blu-ray] Starring Damon Wayans and James Caan
 
Collateral Damage / Eraser [Blu-ray] Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams, James Caan
 
Firefox / Heartbreak Ridge (2-Movie Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Clint Eastwood
 
Jackie Chan Kung Fu Master [Blu-Ray] Starring Jackie Chan
 
Long Riders [Blu-ray] Starring David Carradine, Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine
 
The Man Who Would Be King [Blu-ray Book] Starring Sean Connery and Christopher Plummer
 
The Outlaw Josey Wales (Blu-ray Book Packaging) Starring Clint Eastwood
 
Posse [Blu-ray] Starring Stephen Baldwin, Charles Lane, Tommy Lister
 
Sanctum (Two-Disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo + Digital Copy) Starring Richard Roxburgh and Ioan Gruffudd
 
Sanctum
 
Shadows and Lies [Blu-ray] Starring James Franco, Josh Lucas, Julianne Nicholson
 
True Grit (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) Starring Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges
 
True Grit
 
Vera Cruz [Blu-ray] Starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster
 
The Wild Hunt Starring Ricky Mabe and Trevor Hayes
 
Wyatt Earp / The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [Blu-ray] Starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard and Kevin Costner
 
ANIME
 
Maid Sama Collection 1
 
Mazinkaiser Skl
 
Moribito: Guardian of Spirit: Comp Collection 1-8
 
Tenchi Muyo Ryo Ohki: Box Set (Classic) Starring Annie Pastrano, Tony Oliver and Barbara Goodson
 
Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Season 1 S.A.V.E. Starring Vic Mignona, Carrie Savate, Jason Liebrecht
 
Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Season One Box Set S.A.V.E. [Blu-ray]
 
CARTOONS
 
Frankenstein Jr & Impossibles
 
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) Starring Nathan Fillion, Jason Isaacs and Elisabeth Moss
 
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
 
Transformers Beast Wars: Season One Starring Scott McNeil, Garry Chalk and Ian James Corlett
 
CLASSICS
 
Animal Crackers Starring Groucho Marx and Chico Marx
 
The Bridge on the River Kwai [Blu-ray] Starring William Holden
 
The Cocoanuts Starring Groucho Marx and Zeppo Marx
 
Duck Soup Starring Groucho Marx and Chico Marx
 
Horse Feathers Starring Groucho Marx and Chico Marx
 
Monkey Business Starring Groucho Marx and Chico Marx
 
Wheeler Dealers Starring James Garner, Lee Remick, Phil Harris and Chill Wills
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
Billy Madison [Blu-ray] Starring Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson
 
Every Which Way But Loose / Any Which Way You Can (2-Movie Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Clint Eastwood
 
Happy Gilmore [Blu-ray] Starring Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen
 
The Stunt Man [Blu-ray] Starring Peter O'Toole and Barbara Hershey
 
HORROR
 
Ancient Warriors [Blu-ray] Starring Daniel Baldwin and Franco Columbu
 
Asylum of the Damned [Blu-ray] Starring Bruce Payne and Matt Stasi
 
Burial Ground [Blu-ray] Starring Gianluigi Chirizzi
 
Children of the Corn VII: Revelation Starring Claudette Mink, Kyle Cassie, Michael Ironside
 
Devil's Grove Starring Chris Cochran, Susie Silva and Kimberly Magness
 
Exorcismus Starring Doug Bradley and Stephen Billington
 
Hellraiser VIII: Hellworld Starring Lance Henriksen, Katheryn Winnick and Henry Cavill
 
The Housemaid Starring Do-Yeon Jeon and Seo-Hyeon Ahn
In Her Skin Starring Guy Pearce and Miranda Otto
The Passing Starring Colleen Shannon, Tara Carroll and Paul Gleason
 
The Prophecy: Forsaken Starring Jason Scott Lee, Kari Wuhrer, Jason London and Tony Todd
 
The Prophecy: Uprising Starring Kari Wuhrer, Jason London and John Light
 
River of Darkness [Blu-ray] Starring Kurt Angle, S. William Hinzman and Kevin Nash
 
Slices of Life Starring Jack Guasta, Alan Rowe Kelly, Marv Blauvelt
 
Tortured Starring Nick Stoppani and Rami Hilmi
The Wild Hunt Starring Ricky Mabe and Trevor Hayes
 
Wrong House Starring Stacy Ann Strang, Brendan Potter, Megan Mathieu
 
MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY
 
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert [Blu-ray] Starring Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp
 
61* [Blu-ray] Starring Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane, Anthony Michael Hall
 
Hair [Blu-ray] Starring John Savage, Treat Williams and Dorsey Wright
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
 
The Phantom Empire - Gene Autry (1935) 12 Part Serial *Authorized by The Gene Autry Estate* Starring Gene Autry, Frankie Darro, Betsy King Ross
 
Transformers [Blu-ray] Starring Shia Labeouf, Bernie Mac, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson
 
TV LAND
 
Breaking Bad: The Complete Third Season Starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn and RJ Mitte
 
Breaking Bad: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray]
 
Burn Notice: Season Four Starring Jeffrey Donovan, Bruce Campbell, Gabrielle Anwar
 
The Gene Autry Show: The Complete First Season (1950-1951) 26 Episodes *Authorized by the Gene Autry Estate* Starring Gene Autry, Cass County Boys, Sheila Ryan and Alan Hale Jr.
 
Hopalong Cassidy: The Complete Series (1952-1954) 52 Episodes Starring William Boyd, Edgar Buchanan and Topper
 
Leverage: Third Season Starring Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane
Rawhide: Season Four V.1 Starring Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, Steve Raines
 
Robin of Sherwood: Set 1 [Blu-ray] Starring Michael Praed and Ray Winstone
 
Rome: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] Starring Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker and Kerry Condon
 
Rome: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] Starring Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker and Kerry Condon
 
Wyatt Earp / The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [Blu-ray] Starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard and Kevin Costner
 
BOX SETS
 
La Femme Nikita: Complete Seasons 1-5 Starring Don Francks, Eugene Robert Glazer, Roy Dupuis
 
Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) [Blu-ray] Starring Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.
 

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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lusiphur 6/7/2011 10:20:32 AM

Hey ... Beast Wars season 1!  Sweet.

Krasch 6/7/2011 11:51:16 AM

They should have thrown in a Blu-Ray release of Supergirl as well for completeness-sake. (The longer International release of course)

VTGamehendge 6/7/2011 12:18:43 PM

I also own the Superman Ultimate.  Great box set to own.  Oddly enough though, I haven't watched the Donner version of #2, but  after reading this I'm definitely gonna have to check it out. 

Krasch:  I agree with your Supergirl comment.  I used to love that movie when I was a kid.  We always expected there to be a crossover movie with her and Superman.  Aren't they cousins or something?  And if I remember correctly, she even made a comment to that effect in the movie.

VTGamehendge 6/7/2011 12:22:30 PM

Also, I've always loved Superman 3, despite all the crap some people like to talk.  As a kid it was my favorite of them all.

Jeremiah29 6/7/2011 3:08:21 PM

I always liked Superman III as well.

"I asked you to kill Superman, and you're telling me you couldn't do that one, simple thing?"

ultrazilla2000 6/7/2011 5:16:51 PM

That "lost footage" edited from Superman 4 can be found on Youtube...and it's AWFUL!  The movie stinks enough as it is, but believe me when I say the removed footage was a good idea.  Seriously, it's embarassing...

ultrazilla2000 6/7/2011 5:17:45 PM

That "lost footage" edited from Superman 4 can be found on Youtube...and it's AWFUL!  The movie stinks enough as it is, but believe me when I say the removed footage was a good idea.  Seriously, it's embarassing...

redhairs99 6/7/2011 5:29:07 PM

Bob, I gotta agree with you on Superman 2.  There's a few things that bother me with the Donner Cut.  First, if the spinning the world back on it's axis was the original ending to film #2 then what the heck was the ending for part 1 supposed to be.  I don't think I've ever heard that addressed.  That leads me to my cheif complaint with the Donner Cut.  Superman turns the world back, turning back time and then goes to the diner and beats the crap out of that truck driver who beat him up with he gave up his powers.  So Supes beats this guy up for something that never actually happens (thanks to Superman's ability to turn back time).  Basically it makes Superman look like a dick.

avihandler 6/7/2011 9:12:42 PM

 Actually in the Donner Cut of part 2 I believe they left the "spinning the world back" in as the ending because they never had a proper ending at the time of Donner's departure from the project so they stuck it on or were "going to figure some way to end it later on in the production".  I may be wrong but I think that's a ballpark on what went down.

redhairs99 6/8/2011 5:43:46 PM

It was said in one of the many behind the scenes documentaries on the previous sets that the "spinning the world back" ending was suppose to be the ending of part 2, but the producers weren't happy with the ending to the first film (probably a cliffhanger/lead-up ending) and felt they needed a BIG ending to the first film, so they had Supes turn back time in the first film rather than the second.

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