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Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) (1978)

Saturday 11th June 2011

In the run up to the much anticipated 2012 release of the new Superman movie, Warner Home Video is proud to present Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006), released on the 13th June 2011. Rediscover the heritage of the cultural icon and quintessential superhero, Superman, in the first five classic films.
Glenn Ford, Jackie Cooper, Ned Beatty, Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando
Richard Donner
Richard Lester, Pierre Spengler, Ilya Salkind, Charles F. Greenlaw
Warner Home Video
2 hours 23 minutes
13/06/2011
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In the run up to the much anticipated 2012 release of the new Superman movie, Warner Home Video is proud to present Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006), released on the 13th June 2011. Rediscover the heritage of the cultural icon and quintessential superhero, Superman, in the first five classic films.

In this exciting eight disc collection, the Superman myth is depicted, from his birth on the doomed planet of Krypton to his life as a reporter in the big city of Metropolis. He discovers that hiding his superpowers as mild-mannered Clark Kent isn't easy when trying to sustain a job at the ever inquisitive Daily Planet, wooing hard-nosed Lois Lane and constantly battling with super villains across Metropolis.

For the first time ever, films one to four, Superman: The Movie (Original Theatrical), Superman II (Original Theatrical), Superman III and Superman IV - The Quest For Peace, are available on high def blu-ray. The collection also includes the recent blockbuster; Superman Returns, plus Superman: the Movie (Expanded Edition) and Superman II (the Director Richard Donner cut).

Fans will also be treated to 20 hours of bonus features, including the never-before-seen original opening to Superman Returns, along with documentaries, deleted scenes and a 'making of' feature.

A box-office smash, an Academy Award winner and a fan favourite since it first flew into theatres in December 1978, Superman: The Movie assembles a cast and creative contingent as only a big movie can. At its heart (just as in three sequels) is Christopher Reeve's intelligent, affectionate portrayal of a most human Man of Steel.

The movie's legacy soared even higher when director Richard Donner revisited this beloved adventure 22 years later and integrated eight additional minutes into the film. Enjoy more footage of the Krypton Council, a glimpse of stars of prior Superman incarnations, more of Jor-El underscoring his son's purpose on Earth and an extended sequence inside Lex Luthor's gauntlet of doom. Reeve, Marlon Brando (Jor-El), Gene Hackman (Luthor) and Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) give indelible performances that fuel the film's aura of legend.

Disc One

  • Superman: The Movie, Original Theatrical
  • Commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler (Original Theatrical Version)
  • The Making of Superman: The Movie [1978 TV special]
  • Superman and the Mole-Men [1951 feature]
  • Warner Bros. Cartoons
  • Super-Rabbit [1943 WB cartoon]
  • Snafuperman [1944 WB cartoon]
  • Stupor Duck [1956 WB cartoon]
  • Trailers

Disc Two

  • Superman: The Movie, Expanded Edition
  • Commentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz (Extended Version)
  • Taking Flight: The Development of Superman
  • Making Superman: Filming the Legend
  • The Magic Behind the Cape
  • Screen Tests - Superman; Lois Lane with Optional Commentary; Ursa
  • A Selection of Restored Scenes
  • Additional Music Cues - Main Titles; Alternate Main Titles; The Council's Decision; The Krypton Quake; More Mugger/Introducing Otis; Air Force One; Can You Read My Mind (Pop Version)
  • Music Only Track (Donner Cut)

Unwittingly released from Phantom Zone imprisonment, three super-powered Kryptonian criminals (Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas and Jack O'Halloran) plan to enslave Earth - just when Superman (Christopher Reeve) decides to show a more romantic side to Lois Lane (Margot Kidder). Gene Hackman (as Lex Luthor) also returns from the first film, with a top supporting cast, witty Richard Lester direction and visuals that astound and delight.

Disc Three

  • Superman II, Original Theatrical
  • Commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler (Original Theatrical Version)
  • The Making of Superman II [1980 TV special]
  • Deleted Scene
  • First Flight: The Fleischer Superman Series
  • Fleischer Studios' Superman - Superman; The Mechanical Monsters; Billion Dollar Limited; The Arctic Giant; The Bulleteers; The Magnetic Telescope; Electric Earthquake; Volcano; Terror on the Midway
  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc Four

  • Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut
  • Commentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz (Donner Cut)
  • Introduction by Richard Donner
  • Superman II: Restoring the Vision
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Famous Studios' Superman - Japoteurs; Showdown; Eleventh Hourl; Destruction, Inc; The Mummy Strikes; Jungle Drums; The Underground World; Secret Agent

In Superman III, meet Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor), a half-witted computer programming natural. For him a keyboard is a weapon - and Superman faces the microelectronic menace of his life. Christopher Reeve reprises his most beloved role, deepening his character's human side as Clark Kent reunites with old flame Lana Lang (Annette O'Toole) at a Smallville High class reunion. And when Superman becomes his own worst enemy after Kryptonite exposure, Reeve pulls off both roles with dazzling skill. Incredible visual effects abound - but above all it has heart, heroism and high-flying humor.

Disc Five

  • Superman III Theatrical Version
  • Commentary by Iilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler
  • The Making of Superman III (1983 TV Special)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

Christopher Reeve not only dons the cape for the fourth time but also helped develop the movie's provocative theme: nuclear disarmament. "For me, it's the most personal of the entire series", Reeve said. "It directly reflects what Superman should be, and should be doing." Superman does a lot this time around. To make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants, Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow). The two foes clash in an explosive extravaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty, plug a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna and rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China.

Disc Six

  • Superman IV The Quest For Peace Theatrical Version
  • Commentary by Mark Rosenthal
  • Superman 50th Anniversary Special (1988 TV Special)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

He's back. A hero for our millennium. And not a moment too soon, because during the five years Superman sought his home planet, things changed on his adopted planet. Nations moved on without him. Lois Lane now has a son, a fiancé and a Pulitzer for "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman." And Lex Luthor has a plan that will destroy millions - no, billions - of lives.

Filmmaker Bryan Singer (X-Men) gives the world the Superman it needs, honoring the legend everyone loves while taking it in a powerful new direction. Brandon Routh proves a perfect choice to wear the hero's cape, leading a top cast that includes Kate Bosworth as Lois and Kevin Spacey as Lex. And the thrills - from a sky-grapple with a tumbling jumbo jet to a continent-convulsing showdown - redefine wow.

Disc Seven

  • Superman Returns
  • Requiem for Krypton: Making Superman Returns; Pt. 1 Secret Origins and First Issues: Crystallizing Superman; Pt. 2 The Crystal Method: Designing Superman; Pt. 3 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman on the Farm; Pt. 4 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman in the City; Pt. 5 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman in Peril; Pt. 6 The Joy of Lex: Menacing Superman; Pt. 7 He's Always Around: Wrapping Superman
  • Resurrecting Jor-El
  • Deleted Scenes including the never-before-seen original opening to Superman Returns
  • Bryan Singer's Journals - Video production journals
  • Trailers

Disc Eight

  • Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman [Hi-Def]
  • You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman - Pt. 1- Origin; Pt. 2- Vision; Pt. 3- Ascent; Pt. 4- Crisis; Pt. 5- Redemption
  • The Science of Superman [Hi-Def]
  • The Mythology of Superman
  • The Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve
  • The Adventures of Superpup [1958 TV pilot]
  • None or TBC

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

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