July 25, 2006 at 11:06 pm #1676
Look out, Jerry! Here’s some news from the Digital Bits about the upcoming DVD re-releases for the original Superman movies and Superman Returns.Quote:Also just officially announced by Warner at Comic-Con is The Christopher Reeve Superman Collection box set for release on 11/28 (SRP $79.92).
This 8-disc set begins with a Superman: The Movie Four Disc Special Edition (SRP $39.92 if purchased separately), which will include BOTH the original 1978 and 2000 DVD versions of the film in anamorphic widescreen video with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras will include new audio commentary by producer Pierre Spengler and executive producer Ilya Salkind on the theatrical version and the previous commentary by director Richard Donner and creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz on the 2000 DVD version, a music-only audio track on the 2000 DVD version, original trailers and TV spots, 3 documentaries (Taking Flight: The Development of Superman, Making Superman: Filming the Legend and The Magic Behind the Cape), restored scenes, screen tests, additional music cues (audio only), the vintage The Making of Superman: The Movie TV special, the 1951 Superman and the Mole-Men feature film (starring George Reeves) and 9 of the original Fleischer Studios Superman cartoons mastered from superior vault elements (including Superman, The Mechanical Monsters, Billion Dollar Limited, The Arctic Giant, The Bulleteers, The Magnetic Telescope, Electric Earthquake, Volcano and Terror on the Midway).
The set continues with the Superman II: Two-Disc Special Edition (SRP $26.99 if purchased separately), which includes the film in anamorphic widescreen video and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, audio commentary by executive producer Ilya Salkind and producer Pierre Spengler, 2 vintage TV specials (The Making of Superman II and Superman 50th Anniversary), the film’s theatrical trailer, the First Flight: The Fleischer Superman Series featurette and 8 more of the original Fleischer Studios Superman cartoons mastered from superior vault elements (including Japoteurs, Showdown, Eleventh Hour, Destruction, Inc., The Mummy Strikes, Jungle Drums, The Underground World and Secret Agent).
So this means that if you purchase the new 8-disc box set, or just the new DVD versions of the first two feature films, you’ll be getting the ENTIRE Fleischer Studios animated Superman series – all 17 cartoons – looking better than you have EVER seen them, believe me. You’ll be amazed at the quality of these things. The restoration work is spectacular.
Next up in the set is a Superman III: Deluxe Edition (SRP $19.97 separately), which will include the film in anamorphic widescreen video with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, audio commentary by executive producer Ilya Salkind and producer Pierre Spengler, the vintage The Making of Superman III TV special, additional scenes (not added back into the film) and the theatrical trailer.
Finally, the set will include Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (SRP $19.97 separately), which will include the film in anamorphic widescreen video with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, audio commentary by screenwriter Mark Rosenthal, additional scenes (not added back into the film) and the theatrical trailer.
Now then… you might be wondering what the deal is with that Donner cut of Superman II. It’s NOT included in the box set. Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut will be available separately on 11/28 (SRP $24.99). This will include an all new 122-minute cut of the film (in anamorphic widescreen video) newly-created by its original director, Richard Donner. According to Warner’s press release: “the “Donner cut” restores the Marlon Brando role, filmed for, but not included in the final theatrical release version of Superman II. The legendary Brando’s performance as Jor-El has finally been restored in key scenes that amplify Superman lore and deepen the profound relationship between father and son. With so many other changes, large and small, including a variety of Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) schemes to unmask Clark Kent as Superman, this Superman II will prove to be an eye-opening experience and an important addition to film history.” The new cut also features newly finished special effects and more. Extras on this DVD will include newly-recorded audio commentary by director Richard Donner and creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz, the Superman II: Restoring the Vision featurette and additional scenes not added back into the film.
You might be surprised to know that the Superman Returns DVD was NOT officially announced at Comic-Con, however director Bryan Singer was on hand at the Con to offer additional details about the release. First of all, it will not be part of the new box set – you’ll need to purchase it separately (we expect it to be announced soon, for release around the same time as the set, in DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-ray formats). The DVD release MAY include a gag-reel (which was shown at the Con). It will NOT feature an extended edition of the film, however it will include SOME of the deleted scenes from the film separately. It will not include the infamous “Return to Krypton” deleted opening sequence – Singer is saving that for a special theatrical or DVD re-release at a later time.
Here’s even more info that you might not be aware of. At our own DVD Sneak Peek 2006 panel (coordinated and sponsored by us here at The Digital Bits), DVD producer Robert Meyer Burnett revealed that he’s working on a new 3-part, feature-length documentary on the making of the film for the DVD, entitled Requiem for Krypton: Making Superman Returns, which will run some two and a half hours. Burnett also showed a very cool clip from this documentary, specifically authorized and hand-picked to show at our panel by director Bryan Singer, in which we see actor Brandon Routh being prepped by wardrobe and make-up for his official screen test for the film. With Singer supervising, Routh is trying on various possible versions of Clark Kent’s glasses and also having his hair cut and styled with Superman’s iconic curl. The cool thing is that Singer had called Burnett in to videotape all this, telling him that Routh was THE guy who was going to play the part… except that Routh hadn’t yet been told he’d gotten the role (and Singer wanted no one to tell him). It was October 5th, 2005, and it would be two additional weeks before Routh was told. So it’s fun to see Routh and the others reacting to one another, with everyone but Routh knowing that he’s the guy. It’s very cool stuff. The documentary will include Routh’s original screen test footage as well, and much, much more. We’ll post additional details on the DVD release of Superman Returns as soon as they’re available.
FYI, we believe all of these Superman titles will be available on HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc high-definition formats as well as standard DVD, but they haven’t yet been announced.
So yeah, if you’re a Superman fan, it’s money-savin’-up time…July 25, 2006 at 11:21 pm #20109BSherrodParticipant
I’m a big fan of the early cartoon’s they are extremly stylistic and awseok to watch.July 26, 2006 at 9:05 pm #20113Jor-ElParticipant
Yes, yes. That is cool. Wow. 122 minutes of addition footage to Superman II. That should be a twist.
I like titties.September 4, 2006 at 1:47 am #20111OctaviousParticipant
Jerry, I think this is going to be in the DVD special features.September 4, 2006 at 5:45 pm #20112Jor-ElParticipant
I had no idea that it was all CG.
I like titties.September 22, 2006 at 1:32 am #20108
Okay, just released on http://www.thedigitalbits.com are the official specs for the 14 (!) disc set — broken down like this —
Superman The Movie — 4 discs
Superman II — 2 discs
Superman II Richard Donner Cut — 1 disc
Superman III — 1 disc
Superman IV — 1 disc
Superman Returns — 2 disc
You Will Believe documentary — 1 disc
Look Up In the Sky — 1 disc
Bryan Singer’s Video Journals — 1 disc
Sounds pretty damn good to me!September 22, 2006 at 5:01 am #20110OctaviousParticipant
That’s sick, NICE!
I think Jerry just fainted.September 22, 2006 at 1:32 pm #20107
Yeah, I forgot to mention that the SRP for it is $99.99, which means it’ll probably sell for $60, $70 bucks. Not bad!
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