Confirming earlier reports (see Blu-ray.com, January 18), information from UK retailers indicates that, on June 13, Warner Home Video will release The Superman Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006), comprised of Superman, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and Superman Returns. No release details are available, other than it will reportedly be a five-disc set.
Note that this does not necessarily indicate that a US release will happen at the same time.
Here's to hoping for all new transfers for all these films (Superman could look a lot better, and Superman Returns is just plain Ugly for a BD), but something tells me that this will be collecting the previously released movies though.
I've been holding off buying any of the Superman movies because of the lack of lossless audio. Except for Superman Returns, it has lossless, but I got that one free anyway. Here's hoping to new transfers and I will definitely buy this, although I don't really care about III or IV
im with threefiftyrocket on this one. Superman 1 & 2 are two of my most favourite films but not bought them on blu cos of the audio soundtrack. Give the fans what they want and this will be day one purchase for me :-)
I think that Superman Returns is rightfully included here considering its storyline is set in the same continuity as the Reeves films, while Zack Snyder's take on it will reportedly be more of a reboot.
Wonder if they'll include all the extras from the 13-disc set. Those documentaries and the Fleischer cartoons are must haves!
My favorite Superman is the Richard Lester version of Superman II, but I can't pay money for III and IV, so I'll likely wait until Lester's cut appears as a single disc edition.
I like Richard Donner's original Superman, but never warmed to the Donner cut of Superman II. I realize that he was at a disadvantage having to use screentest footage and all, but I quite like the Paris scene at the beginning and the manner that Lois discovers Superman's identity in the Lester cut (which seemed perfectly in-keeping with his clumsy alter-ego).
Well i've already got Superman and Superman Returns so the only other one id like is Superman II original because the Donner cut sucked.Will have to wait for a seperate release.Could be the Donner cut though.
I dont really understand why people like the Donner cut. That cut is made for people to watch objectively, basically seeing what could have been. Demanded by fans. The cut of the movie though is very rough and since it is so unpolished no where near at least in my opinion as enjoyable to watch as the theatrical cut.
I'm shocked (and pleased) that it finally got released. But I never understood why it was given such high-profile -- it's essentially an interesting experiment, not a finished film. Better as a supplement and a curiosity, in my opinion.
I didn't get why that was the only version released on BD/HD-DVD. Hope that gets fixed this time around...
I'm with GC Riot - no dice for me unless it contains ALL of the supplemental content from the ULTIMATE DVD SET back in 2006. "Look, Up In The Sky" is a fantastic documentary and looks pretty damn amazing, even on DVD...not to mention the other docs.
Then again, I may just wait until they release these as individual Blu-rays...only interested in the first two films. I can live with III and IV on standard DVD, not to mention the supplemental documentaries and Fleischer cartoons, which all look fantastic on DVD. Chances are WB will just include those in the set as regular DVD's anyway.
And, though I'm a huge Donner fan, his director's cut of II is sub-par to the Lester version we all grew up with. He only shot 70% of SUPERMAN II and only had access to the footage he shot, which seriously hindered the structure. BUT, it was nice to finally see it in 2006 after all of the broohaha the last 25 years of whether or not it would ever see the light of day. I still think to this day WB should have given both Donner and Lester dual directing credits for SUPERMAN II - the Salkinds screwed Donner on this one by getting their revenge on him for leaving the project and giving Lester sole credit.
Hmm....I might consider this. Would be fun to watch Quest for Peace. I still dread a certain scene in Superman 3 though, to this date I'm not sure why they put that scene in there as it looked more like something you'd see in Videodrome or The Fly compared to Superman. But the collection is good, so I might grab this one.
First, ZonaDVD says that it will contain both versions of I and II. Also, both versions of II are great, BUT, since the theatrical version of II is technically made by two directors, of course it'll be the best of both (as in entertainment value). I guess that in order for you to get the whole thing, we would've needed to see what Donner would've done with both, what ending he was gonna use for I and II, and how he would've really done with II. His cut, is just an approximation to our dream, and will never come true.
Also, I would like for them to add ALL the 'lost footage' of Superman IV. I know I'm in the minority when I say III is the worse, and IV actually has charm, and some scenes are greatly done, specially the 'double date' between Lois, Clark, Superman and the other chick.
Finally, I agree, WB should give us ALL of the extras from the other boxset that I'm more than sure most of us purchased when it was released AND lossless audio. I don't doubt it, WB has been giving us really good releases.
I have to agree with previous posts. The Donner cut is nothing more than a curiosity. The scene that includes the toilet flush at the "Fortress of Solitude" is just painfully lame and belonged on the cutting room floor. I eagerly await the superior theatrical cut of the film. That being said, I hope they include both versions in the set or at least the deleted scenes. I also hope they port over most of the extras from the previous set, especially the Fleischer animated shorts.
Unless is a total upgrade like 7.1 audio, total remaster of all films, plus new bonus content along with the previously released content then I'll probably stick with the Ultimate DVD Set. Unless the price is set right. I hope the new Star Wars release will have all new bonus content; but, we'll see. Hey buy the way where's the Indy set on blu? Any word on when that's coming out?
Big fan of these movies (excluding 3 and 4, anyway). Will definitely pick up, though I hope for lossless audio and improved transfers for the first movie and Returns. Also, they'll hopefully have both cuts of Superman II available- Donner's cut is much better.
Hopefully we will get both versions of Superman II. I do miss the Paris scene and the others, so it would be nice to get both versions. I'd probably watch Superman III and IV once, just to remember how bad they were
Awesome. Love the cover art. I have the DVD set and will definitely be getting this. I would like to see the missing scenes from Superman Returns (Return to Krypton, etc...) that everyone keeps talking about. Maybe they should wait to release this with The Man Of Steel included, but that would be at least two years since it doesn't come out until December 2012.
It's about damn time! They were talking about this set the last time they did a Superman box set then whimped out at the last minute.
What we want are the theatrical versions as well as the longest available cuts of each film (including Superman Returns) via seamless branching. Lossless audio for all of course.
And we should get new transfers of the first 2 films and Superman Returns because they look like crap on their current BDs. I understand the idea of not including Superman Returns since it's sort of out of continuity with the other films. It pretends Supes III-IV never happened, which is fine but seems strange when boxed together with them.
It would be nice if they included Supergirl as they were first contemplating with the last set, but it's not absolutely necessary.
I'd only be interested in this if Superman1 and 2 have been restored/remastered and if they gave us the original verion, not the Donner cut for Superman 2. I really only want Superman as I consider this movie to be the benchmark for all superhero movies. The current Blu-ray looks ok, but it could certainly look better.
Hopefully this will be announced soon for the U.S. More than likely all the extras from the UCE tin will be ported over, so I'm not expecting anything new. I'm hoping that this isn't going to turn out like the recent Lethal Weapon boxset and be a U.K.-only release, otherwise I'll have to import...
@ beric3236: Yes, Clark does indeed go to the Metro Club disco in Superman IV, and the sequence was filmed. The problem is that the deleted scenes on the previous release represent all that remains of the missing 45 minutes, and all of the interiors of the Metro Club were among those completely lost. Bloody Cannon and their "get 'em out in & out in 90 minutes" approach to filling their own cinemas! The same thing happened with Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, including junking the original negatives of the final print.
Few more details here folks about the set and versions.
Superman: The Movie - Special Edition sees the birth of a legend as we are introduced to the titular superhero and his Kryptonian origins. Also included is the expanded edition, which features an additional eight minutes of screen time.
This is followed by Superman II - Special Edition in which our boy in blue must do battle with three escaped super criminals bent on destroying the earth. Presented here in both its theatrical and director's cut versions, the latter is expanded by an alternate beginning and ending, as well as 15 minutes of restored footage of Marlon Brando as Jor-El.
In the third instalment in the franchise, Superman III - Deluxe Edition, Superman learns of his Achilles heel when he is exposed to kryptonite.
The penultimate Superman IV - The Quest For Peace sees the Man of Steel take on Nuclear Man, culminating in an explosive showdown of epic proportions.
When the Super One returns to Earth in Superman Returns - Special Edition, he discovers that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life, and must figure out how to protect a world that has learned to survive without him.
As bad as III and IV are they do have a certain charm to them. Superman Returns is just a bad movie. I've tried several times to try and "like" it but the movie is so damn dour. Everything that made the first 2 Superman movies great has been stripped clean. It's a shame that the film will always be boxed together now and forever with the other films. I assume we will have the same problem with Indy Jones box set and that damn crystal skull!!
If this set has lossless audio and the theatrical cut of Superman: The Movie, day 1 buy for me! Yes, even with that Singer abomination!
I'm hoping for lossless audio for SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE and SUPERMAN II (the only films in this collection I'm interested in owning) and individual film availability down the road. III, IV (the absolute WORST), and RETURNS are just terrible.
my question for fans, why not just wait for them to be released individually, rather than buy into the superman films most seem to think suck? You know this is a series that will be double dipped every few years
3 cheers for the greatest squandering of a superhero franchise - ever. Batman is not far behind. What is it about the DC characters' really bad movies? The Superman franchise is - for me - unwatchable. I have every movie in HD. Forget lossless audio, they need a better movie. I'd take that over lossless audio anytime.