Superman - The Complete Collection (1987)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Christopher Reeve
Ned Beatty
Jackie Cooper
Jon Cryer
Sarah Douglas
Glenn Ford
Gene Hackman
Mariel Hemingway
Trevor Howard
Clifton James
Movie Details
Director Richard Donner; Sidney J. Furie
Producer Yoram Globus; Menahem Golan
Writer Robert Benton; Lawrence Konner
Studio Warner Bros.
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 8 hr 13 mins
Color Color
Plot
With great aplomb--and the tag line "You'll Believe a Man Can Fly"--DC Comics' Superman met with movie magic in 1978. The film featured Oscar-winning flying effects, John Williams's soaring music, and an innovative title sequence, and audiences ate it up, along with its thrilling sequel. Director Richard Donner's casting of the then-unknown Christopher Reeve couldn't have been better--the towering Reeve fit the suit and cape masterfully, but his real weapon was making the bumbling Clark Kent into an endearing leading man instead of the dry counterpoint to the Man of Steel that Kent had been in earlier film versions. Although most critics lean toward Richard Lester's Superman II (1980) as the series high point, which offered an endearing love story between the Man of Steel and Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), Donner's first film also deserves just praise in setting the old-fashioned cornball tone for the series and providing Superman's backstory from planet Krypton (featuring a high-priced Marlon Brando as Superman's father). The last two sequels lose much of the magic: 1983's Superman III seems to have been produced only to showcase red-hot comic Richard Pryor as a computer hack turned supervillain, and Reeve himself came up with the story line for 1987's Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, a silly attempt to impart a meaningful message of nuclear disarmament. Throughout the films, the supporting cast is first-rate, with old pros like Valerie Perrine, Jackie Cooper, and Ned Beatty having a grand old time. Even better are the villains, especially Terence Stamp as General Zod and Gene Hackman in his lightest, funniest work ever as Lex Luthor. --Doug Thomas
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Index 115
Collection Status In Collection
Links Amazon US
DVD Empire
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 085392130528
Chapters 149
Release Date 5/1/01
Subtitles French; English; Portuguese; Spanish
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
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