Buy Superman - 4 Film Favorites
Superman - 4 Christopher Reeve Film Favorites
One Super Low Price! Best deal you can get on the Christopher Reeve
Superman movies. Get all 4 movies cheaper than you can buy each
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Can't beat the deal
For any fan of superman this is an excellent deal...and if you are just
a superhero movie fan...then three outta four ain't bad...especially for
the price. The quest for peace being the weakest link in this four film
set makes the purchase a no brainer. You don't get the ultra spiffy
re-edited Donner cut of superman 2....but Zod still rules..and the
original is still a great version of the film.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - "Superman 4 Film
This is a 2-disc set that includes the four Superman films starring
Superman has a commentary by the producer and exec. producer, along with
theatrical trailers and tv spots.
Superman II has a commentary by the producer and exec. producer, a
theatrical trailer, and "Superman's Souffle" deleted scene
Superman III has another commentary by the producer and exec. producer,
vintage tv special "The Making of Superman III", additional scenes, and
Superman IV has commentary by co-screenwriter Mark Rosenthal, additional
scenes and thaetrical trailer.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Superman (4 Film
Favorites): A Treasure Trove for New Fans
For those who still don't believe that a man can fly, this four-DVD pack
provides a wonderful opportunity for children of any age who haven't yet
discovered the timeless magic of the late Christopher Reeve's
performance as the legendary Man of Steel.
The four films (I-1978, II-1981, III-1983, and IV-1987) are presented
here double-sided (I/II) and (III/IV) in their theatrical release form.
Each movie will features a trailer and a producer's commentary, in
addition to a few extra goodies (i.e. tv commercials, a "Superman III"
documentary, and some deleted scenes). Perhaps the best deleted scene is
from "Superman II," offering a rare glimpse inside the Fortress of
Solitude as Lois gently offers Superman a few baking tips. Its amusing
romantic context is much appreciated as an added attraction.
In terms of rating the film with their extras:
"Superman: The Movie": *****
"Superman II": **** 1/2
"Superman III": ***
"Superman IV: The Quest for Peace": ** 1/2
Overall: **** (plus an additional * for the generously low cost).
About the movies
Superman the Movie
Superman The Movie tells the story of Superman's arrival on earth, and
his quest for truth and justice and the American way. Superman the movie
is considered the best by most. It starred Christopher Reeve, of course,
as both Clark Kent and Superman. Gene Hackman played the evil Lex Luthor.
I still picture Gene Hackman as evil even today. He wasn't just evil
though, he was hilarious especially in Superman II.
Jackie Cooper played Perry White. Glenn Ford was perfect as Jonathan
Kent. He was a great actor. I don't think anyone else could have played
the down the earth yet very wise foster father of Clark Kent as well as
he did. I only wish he was given more time in the movie. Margot Kidder
of course did a great job as Lois Lane, and Marlon Brando as Jor-el was
also a brilliant choice. Marlon Brando didn't do to bad on the part. He
was paid $4 million dollars for his ten minutes on the screen.
Two very notable cameos were Kirk Alyn the first Superman and Noel Neill
the first Lois Lane. She played in the serials and the tv show. Kirk
Alyn's part was edited out.
And of course there is the magnificent score from John Williams which is
some of the best movie music ever conducted.
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The story of
Superman vs the evil kryptonians who Jor-el had exiled to the
The sequel to Superman the movie was almost as good, and I say that
having 20 years to think about it. During my childhood I thought of
Superman II as the best because of the action sequences and special
effects, but over all I think the original has just a little more
Superman II (Two-Disc Special Edition)
It was the only Superman film to be
filmed by two directors. For this reason the film is surrounded with
controversy since original director Richard Donner had completed, by
his estimation, roughly 75% of the movie in 1977 before being taken
off the project. Many of the scenes shot by second director Richard
Lester (who had been an uncredited producer on the first film) in
1979 are refilmed Donner sequences.
It was released in Europe and
Australia in late 1980 but not in the United States until June 19, 1981
(one week after the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark). Selected
premiere engagements of Superman II were presented in Megasound, a
high-impact surround sound system similar to Sensurround. It has since
become the most fan-edited movie of all time, surpassing even the Star
According to statements by Donner, roughly 25% of the theatrical cut of
Superman II contains footage he shot, including all of Gene Hackman's
scenes. In 1984, when Superman II premiered on television, 24 minutes
were re-inserted into the film (17 minutes on ABC). Much of the extra
footage was directed by Richard Donner. In the ABC-TV version, a U.S.
"polar patrol" is shown picking up the three Kryptonians and Lex Luthor
at the end of the film. Without this ending, it appears that Superman
has let the Kryptonians die, though Superman has a strict code against
killing and their deaths aren't necessary once they are depowered. On
the other hand, the theatrical version's ending implies that Luthor is
left stranded at the Fortress of Solitude, leaving the viewer to wonder
how he got to prison in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace--that question
was answered in the extended versions. The ending of the extended cuts
also has Superman, with Lois standing beside him, destroy the Fortress
A brand new re-cut of the film, restoring as much of Donner's original
conception as possible, titled Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, was
released in November 2006, with approximately 83% of the footage therein
having been filmed by Donner, and the remainder being Richard Lester
footage kept to fill in the gaps of footage that Donner had never been
able to film before his firing. The latter part of the aforementioned
scene can also be found on Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, while
the part where the police arrive is a deleted scene.
sequel Superman fights against himself and a super computer created by
Gus Gorman, played by Richard Pryor. This gets a lot of criticism, but I
think that is really due to the fact that the high quality of the first
two movies made expectations too high for further installments of these
sequels. Richard Pryor wouldn't have been my first choice to star with
Christopher Reeve, and it was disappointing not to see the continuation
of the Lois and Superman romance, but all in all it was a good movie. I
didn't really like the whole super computer bit, but the scenes from
Smallville were great, and the fight between Clark and the evil Superman
was the most exciting part of the movie. I wish the movie had surrounded
the Clark vs Superman concept. It could have really been as big as the
second movie with the battle against the phantom zone villains.
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* Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent / Superman: After discovering his
roots and origins from his native planet Krypton, he sets himself to
fulfill his destiny and help those on Earth. After beating former arch
enemy Lex Luthor twice, Superman meets a new villain: Ross Webster, who
is determined to control the world's coffee and oil supply.
* Richard Pryor as Gus Gorman: A bumbling computer genius who is forced
to work for Ross Webster and destroy Superman.
* Robert Vaughn as Ross Webster: A villainous multimillionaire who is
the head of his company. After failing to take over the world's coffee
supply when Superman stopped him, Ross is determined to destroy the Man
of Steel before he can stop his plan to control the world's oil supply.
* Annette O'Toole as Lana Lang: Clark's old high school sweetheart who
reconciles with Clark after seeing him again during their High school
* Annie Ross as Vera Webster: Ross' sister and partner, both in his
corporation and villainous plans.
* Pamela Stephenson as Lorelei Ambrosia: Ross' assistant and sweetheart.
Lorelei acts unintelligent to fool people but is in fact quite smart,
outwitting both Ross and Vera multiple times.
* Margot Kidder as Lois Lane: A reporter at The Daily Planet who has a
long history with both Clark Kent and Superman through the first two
films in the series. However, Lois remembers nothing due to her amnesia
from when she kissed Clark Kent at the end of Superman II.
* Marc McClure as Jimmy Olsen: A photographer for The Daily Planet.
* Jackie Cooper as Perry White: The editor of The Daily Planet.
Superman takes on the
nuclear arms race, and the Nuclear Man
This one really gets
blasted, but again this movie's biggest enemy is the high expectations
created by the first two movies. The first Superman movie in my humble
opinion was probably the best movie ever made, at the least the most
spectacular, and it makes it hard to watch Superman IV with an open mind
without expecting to much from it.
The problem with
Superman IV is that it seemed to be thrown together too quickly. The
whole movie seemed choppy. Like someone decided to have 10 different
directors go film 10 different sequences and put it together. It lacked
the heart and soul of the first three movies, but compared to a lot of
other sci-fi movies I have seen since, it was still worth watching. Any
big fan of Superman can still get some enjoyment from this picture.
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