An international co-production between the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Panama and the United States, the film stars an ensemble cast featuring Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Jeff East, Margo… While a special device made his cape flap to give the illusion of movement, the actor himself would remain stationary (save for banking his body). Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 25, 2017. Superman was nominated for three Academy Awards (Best Film Editing – (Stuart Baird), Best Original Score – (John Williams) and Best Sound – (Gordon K. McCallum, Graham V. Hartstone, Nicolas Le Messurier and Roy Charman))[88] and received a Special Achievement Academy Award for its visual effects. ~, Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2017. [99], 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. [49][50], In the scene where Lois Lane interviews Superman on the balcony, Superman replies, "I never lie." Luthor then exposes him to the meteor piece's mineral, Kryptonite, which weakens Superman greatly as Luthor taunts him about the second missile, headed east towards the random target of Hackensack, New Jersey. It was like a two-minute car chase. Slow motion was used to simulate the vast amount of water for the Hoover Dam destruction. Reeve stunned the director and producers, but he was told to wear a "muscle suit" to produce the desired muscular physique. I thought maybe they had printed the labels wrong and I was watching a DVD disk...Save your money, this is the single worst 4k movie I have ever seen dressed up to look like a 4k disc on the cover...Probably could get by on a 48" screen, the LG 65 OLED shows it in all it's miserable "glory". This movie is for diehard Superman fans that love collecting Superman memorabilia. Kidder said that as a result, she was only given a cameo appearance for Superman III, and not a main supporting role. The second segment, set in Smallville, is reminiscent of 1950s films, and its small-town atmosphere is meant to evoke a Norman Rockwell painting. Some of the wire-flying work was quite audacious—the penultimate shot where Superman flies out of the prison yard, for example. She is a stunner here! For stationary shots where Superman is seen flying toward or away from the camera, blue screen matte techniques were used. Excellent Presentation - Extended Cut & Special Edition, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 2, 2018. [54] In its third weekend it grossed $13,135,498 for the four day holiday weekend setting a record 18 day gross of $43,697,365. "[80] It was followed by a box set release in the same month, containing "bare bones" editions of Superman II, Superman III, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. The Superman costume was to be a much darker blue, but the use of blue screen made it transparent.[41]. Director Christopher Nolan cited Richard Donner's vision and scope of Superman when pitching the concept for Batman Begins to Warner Bros. in 2002. It still holds up to the test of time. The overall image quality is outstanding, the sound is above average on this version, but not the 5.1 mix of the director's version. Portions of Jerry Goldsmith's work from Planet of the Apes were used in Superman's teaser trailer. [38][39] Brief filming also took place in Gallup, New Mexico; Lake Mead; and Grand Central Terminal. On the planet Krypton, Jor-El of the Kryptonian high council discovers that the planet will be destroyed when its red supergiant sun goes supernova. [85] Also available (with other films) is the nine-disc "Christopher Reeve Superman Collection"[86] and the 14-disc "Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition."[87]. If I can help you in any way, call me. This is a slimline cased 2 disc Bluray set. For landings and take-offs, wire flying riggings were devised and used. More were seen when Donner was able to complete Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, featuring the fall, resurrection and his battle with evil. Superman The Movie Slots. [citation needed] In 2007, the Visual Effects Society listed Superman as the 44th-most influential use of visual effects of all time. Brooklyn Heights was also used. But at some point, you've gotta turn the picture over. You will carry me inside you all the days of your life. [13][19], Ilya wanted to hire Steven Spielberg to direct, but Alexander was skeptical, feeling it was best to "wait until [Spielberg's] big fish opens." "[12] East also tore several thigh muscles when performing the stunt of racing alongside the train. I have been a Superman fan for quite a long time and remember this film with great fondness. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you, my only son. Superman (1940s animated film series), a series of cartoons released in 1941 and 1942 Superman, a Fleischer Studios animated short film; The Adventures of Superman (radio series), a radio show which ran from 1940–1951; Superman, a 1948 movie serial starring Kirk Alyn "[56] Metacritic collected an average score of 80, resulting in "generally favorable reviews", based on 19 reviews. Funny dialog. "Look! "[25], Superman contains large-scale visual effects sequences. But we will never leave you, even in the face of our deaths. Dustin Hoffman, who was previously considered for Superman, turned down Lex Luthor. It is best when it takes itself seriously, worst when it takes the easy way out in giggly camp. "[68] Dave Kehr felt "the tone, style, and point of view change almost from shot to shot. "[25], Jerry Goldsmith, who scored Donner's The Omen, was originally set to compose Superman. Most additions of note were included in the 2001 cut. [8], In each of the three acts, the mythic status of Superman is enhanced by events that recall the hero's journey (or monomyth) as described by Joseph Campbell. I simply have to give this movie a watch every year. Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut also was released in 2006. Instead, the camera would use a mixture of long zoom-ins and zoom-outs and dolly in/dolly outs to cause him to become larger or smaller in the frame. Teschmacher is horrified because her mother lives in Hackensack, but Luthor does not care and leaves Superman to die. It really was completely independent—nobody knew anything about anybody. The second part concerns the teenage Clark Kent's life in Smallville and the beginnings of discovering who he is. While, by contract, Richard Donner had major editorial control over what was theatrically released, the Salkinds had editorial control on what was shown outside of theaters. But always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. [31] Reeve was paid a mere $250,000 for both Superman and Superman II, while his veteran co-stars received huge sums of money: $3.7 million for Brando and $2 million for Hackman for Superman I. You will make my strength your own, and see my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. "[33] Jeff East portrays teenage Clark Kent. Condition better than expected as this film was made from offcuts. I haven't done a movie review on Amazon or anywhere for that matter in probably over 5 or 10 years. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 9, 2019. Superman Returns was released in 2006. [8] Maureen McGovern eventually recorded the single, "Can You Read My Mind?" The score earned John Williams an Academy Award nomination, but he lost to Giorgio Moroder's score for Midnight Express. He won a lot of his lawsuits, but each time he sued the Salkinds in one country, they'd move to another, from Costa Rica to Panama to Switzerland. Rabbi Simcha Weinstein's book Up, Up and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero, says that Superman is both a pillar of society and one whose cape conceals a "nebbish", saying "He's a bumbling, nebbish Jewish stereotype. [citation needed] The film won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. Reeve won Best Newcomer, while Hackman, Unsworth, Barry, and the sound designers earned nominations. Wit". Despite this, the other council members dismiss his claims. His romance with Lois also leads him to contradict Jor-El's orders to avoid altering human history, time traveling to save her from dying. ", CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (, 2001 introduction to Turner Classic Movies broadcast of. Raised by kindly farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, young Clark discovers the source of his superhuman powers and moves to Metropolis to fight evil. Young Clark Kent's long-distance football punt was executed with a wooden football loaded into an air blaster placed in the ground. [22] Brando had it in his contract to complete all of his scenes in twelve days. Reeve went from 188 to 212 pounds during pre-production and filming. Krypton's sun explodes, destroying the planet. Superman (also known as Superman: The Movie) is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner and written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, and Robert Benton from a story by Puzo based on the DC Comics character of the same name. His peace is threatened, when other survivors of his home planet invade Earth. [8] Director Donner had tensions with the Salkinds and Spengler concerning the escalating production budget and the shooting schedule. [17] The filmmakers felt it was best to film Superman and Superman II back-to-back, and to make a negative pickup deal with Warner Bros.[15] William Goldman was approached to write the screenplay, while Leigh Brackett was considered. Although stuntmen were used, Reeve did much of the work himself, and was suspended as high as 50 feet in the air. "[10], Roger Ebert gave the film four out of four stars. [80] Donner commented, "There are a few shots where Chris [Reeve]'s costume looked green. With all the hate that original director Richard Donner has given this TV extended edition (and some fans have as well), I felt that I had to do a review to give this release some justice even though it is just my opinion. [35][36] Upon viewing the footage of Krypton, Warner Bros. decided to distribute in not only North America, but also in foreign countries. The 1970s are remembered for a lot of things, from flared trousers and questionable moustaches, but one of the main aspects we remember is Superman. [40] The filmmakers took a risk: if Superman was a box office bomb, they would not finish Superman II. A TRUE COLLECTORS ITEM! Given the full Hollywood treatment, Superman's popularity soared even higher, and Reeve has been succeeded by the likes of Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill, bringing different flavors of Superman to movie theater and solidifying the DC hero as a mainstay of cinema, as well as comic books. A technique was developed that combined the front projection effect with specially designed zoom lenses. [13], Kidder was supposed to sing "Can You Read My Mind? "[Donner] couldn't make up his mind on stuff. Jonathan tells the boy that he must have been given superhuman powers on Earth for "a reason". Superman instead takes the advice of Jonathan Kent, his father on Earth. If you are NOT a super-fan of the original Superman movie, this may not be for you. Jor-El casts out General Zod from Krypton, a parallel to the casting out of Satan from Heaven. Superman is a pure delight, a wondrous combination of all the old-fashioned things we never really get tired of: adventure and romance, heroes and villains, earthshaking special effects, and -- … In 2017, Superman was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress's National Film Registry. The most expensive film made up to that point, with a budget of $55 million,[6][7] Superman was released in December 1978 to critical and financial success; its worldwide box office earnings of $300 million made it the second-highest-grossing release of the year. The third part follows the adult Clark Kent and his emergence as Superman in Metropolis. Just before the destruction of the planet Krypton, scientist Jor-El sends his infant son Kal-El on a spaceship to Earth. In 1994 (following a pay-cable reissue and its obligatory run on USA Network), Warner Bros. Television syndicated the full 188-minute international television version, most famously on Los Angeles station KCOP. Williams conducted the London Symphony Orchestra to record the soundtrack. This movie is for diehard Superman fans that love collecting Superman memorabilia. "I was not happy about it because the producers never told me what they had in mind", East commented. "[15][19] Though the Salkinds felt that Puzo had written a solid story for the two-part film, they deemed his scripts too long and so hired Robert Benton and David Newman for rewrite work. I already had the Special Edition (which is the Richard Donner revised Director's Cut, by the way) in another boxset, but I really wanted to see the 3 hr version. : The Return of Black Adam, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. [37] Filming in New York lasted five weeks, during the time of the New York City blackout of 1977. When Michael Thau and Warner Home Video started working on a film restoration in 2000, only eight minutes of the added footage that had been used in the TV cut could be considered restored into a version that director Richard Donner now calls his preferred version of the film. At age 18, after Jonathan's death from a heart attack, Clark hears a psychic "call" and discovers a glowing green crystal in the remains of his spacecraft. [41] The illusion of movement was created by zooming in on Reeve while making the front projected image appear to recede. He horrified Salkind by proposing in their first meeting that Jor-El appear as a green suitcase or a bagel with Brando's voice, but Donner used flattery to persuade the actor to portray Jor-El himself. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Massive earthquakes erupt across California, damaging the Golden Gate Bridge and breaching the Hoover Dam. [13] Donner commented in January 1979, "I'd work with Spengler again, but only on my terms. To save Kal-El, his infant son, Jor-El sends him in a spaceship to Earth, where his dense molecular structure will give him superhuman strength and other powers. "[35] Richard Lester, who worked with the Salkinds on The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers, was then brought in as a temporary co-producer to mediate the relationship between Donner and the Salkinds,[19] who by now were refusing to talk to each other. [13], Superman was originally scheduled to be released in June 1978, the 40th anniversary of Action Comics 1, which first introduced Superman, but the problems during filming pushed the film back by six months. [24], Mark Robson was strongly considered and was in talks to direct, but after seeing The Omen, the producers hired Richard Donner. "They had prepared the picture for a year and not one bit was useful to me. This movie is almost 40 yrs old but it still wipes the floor with all of today's superhero movie efforts. I used to hear those wonderful stories in the cutting room that Tom and Dick and Stuart would tell about Superman and that's how I kind of got the ideas for the plots of 'Taking Flight' and 'Making Superman'". It features the Special Edition version & the 3 hour long TV version of the film. Because its first known airing was on the aforementioned KCOP, it is also known in fan circles as the "KCOP Version". However, during an inventory of the Warner Bros. library, an IP master of the full 188-minute television version was discovered. The journey is from Krypton to Earth in the first act, from Smallville to the Fortress of Solitude in the second act, and then from Metropolis to the whole world in the third act. Taking him back to their farm, they decide to raise him as their own, naming him Clark after Martha's maiden name. Still this is an interesting curio for the die hard Superman movie fan, Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. [17][20], In early 1975, Brando signed on as Jor-El with a salary of $3.7 million and 11.75% of the box office gross profits, totaling $19 million. (Comes with TWO versions of the movie), Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2018. It was also a very minor hit on the U.S. Country chart, reaching #93. If you are NOT a super-fan of the original Superman movie, this may not be for you. It was 550 pages. After he and his accomplices Otis and Eve Teschmacher retrieve a piece of it, Luthor lures Superman to his underground lair and reveals his plan to cause everything west of the San Andreas Fault to sink into the Pacific Ocean, leaving Luthor's desert land as the new West Coast of the United States. [95] Ilya Salkind denies any connection between Superman—which began filming in March 1977—and the other films, stating that "I did not know about 'Star Wars'; 'Star Wars' did not know about 'Superman'; 'Close Encounters' did not know about 'Superman.' [48], Many have noted the examples of apparent Christian symbolism. The Versions of Superman (1978): Theatrical Version, Director's Cut & Extended TV-Cut In 1978, Richard Donner set new standards with Superman - for screen adaptions of a comic that is. Williams' "Theme from Superman (Main Title)" was released as a single, reaching #81 on the U.S. East's lines were overdubbed by Reeve during post-production. Where the shot is tracking with Superman as he flies (such as in the Superman and Lois Metropolis flying sequence), front projection was used. "[35] Donner, for his part, wished that he had "had another six months; I would have perfected a lot of things. Hence, Superman's costume varied through the movie. The film consists of three major segments, each with its own style and tone. I was told not to, but I did it. This is certainly the view of Superman producer Ilya Salkind and some who have interviewed him,[13][19] as well as of film production assistant Brad Lohan. As detailed in the Superman: The Movie DVD special effects documentary 'The Magic Behind The Cape', presented by optical effects supervisor Roy Field, in the end, three techniques were used to achieve the flying effects. [25] Donner felt it was best to start from scratch. Select the department you want to search in. The Golden Gate Bridge scale model stood 70 feet long and 20 feet wide. For me...this will always be the definitive Superman movie. Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2017. The release included making-of documentaries directed by Thau and eight minutes of restored footage. After saving the West Coast, Superman brings Luthor and Otis to prison, and flies into the sunrise for further adventures. "In Italy", producer Ilya Salkind remembered, "we lost about $2 million [on flying tests]. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2017. It's exactly what comic book fans hoped it would be. In sum, 'Superman' is the kind of picture critics tear apart, but still say, 'You ought to see it. [20][21] Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Richard Lester (who later directed Superman II and III), Peter Yates, John Guillermin, Ronald Neame and Sam Peckinpah were in negotiations to direct. So, that's what I'll concentrate on. The scripts for Superman and Superman II were now at over 400 pages combined. "[26] Kidder, who portrayed Lois Lane, was dissatisfied by the producers' decision,[35] and also criticized the Salkinds during publicity. [89] In 2008, Empire magazine named it the 174th-greatest film of all time on its list of 500. This was the source of the Warner Archive Collection Blu-Ray release of what would officially be called the "Superman: The Movie Extended Cut", issued on October 3, 2017. They … Sloppy editing. Reeve, Hackman, Donner, Valerie Perrine, and costume designer Yvonne Blake were nominated for their work as well. Jor-El says, "Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and power are needed. Most of these are in pan and scan, as they were made in the 1980s, when films were not letterboxed to preserve the theatrical aspect ratio on old TVs. The extended TV version allowed me to view it with fresh eyes and experience things I had not experienced since my childhood. This edit is commonly known as the "Salkind International Television Cut". – 11:30 p.m-2:00 a.m", "The Three-Hour Extended Cut of Superman: The Movie Is Finally Getting a Home Release", "Superman: The Movie (4-disc special edition)", "Superman: The Movie (4-disc special edition HD DVD)", "The Christopher Reeve Superman Collection", "The 51st Academy Awards (1979) Nominees and Winners", "The Visual Effects Society Unveils 50 Most Influential Visual Effects Films of All Time", "What If "Star Wars" Had Never Been Made? But Dick didn't want to take [that] out [or] the poem. They can be a great people, Kal-El, and they wish to be. [25], Both Neil Diamond and Arnold Schwarzenegger lobbied hard for the role, but were ignored. The ship lands near Smallville, Kansas. Parents need to know that when you're talking superhero sagas, Superman: The Movie is how it's done. While Superman is busy saving others, Lois's car falls into a crevice from one of the aftershocks, trapping her as it fills with dirt and debris. Firstly this review is for the Superman The Movie Blu ray Extended Cut (TV Version 188mins)/Expanded Discs, because for some reason Amazon reviews are jumbled up with other Superman The Move previous releases. The son becomes the father and the father the son. Peckinpah dropped out when he produced a gun during a meeting with Ilya. Ilya Salkind had first conceived the idea for a Superman film in late 1973. 4. With Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane. "[21], Lester was offered producing credit but refused, going uncredited for his work. Superman mitigates the effects of the explosion by sealing the fault line. I have to say, it was amazing watching the Extend TV version for the first time since I was a very young boy! My jaw dropped in disbelief as we watched the 4k disc. Christopher Reeve, may he rest in peace, is Superman. He said, 'Believe me, I'm only doing it because they're paying me the money that they owe me from the lawsuit. [94] Other observers of film history tend to credit the resurgence of science fiction films simply to the Lucas and Spielberg productions, and see Superman as the first of the new cycle of films launched by the first two. The "caped wonder", an instant celebrity, visits Lois at her penthouse apartment the next night and takes her for a flight, allowing her to interview him for an article in which she names him "Superman". Thau felt "the pace of the film's storyline would be adversely affected [and there were] timing problems matching [footage] with John Williams' musical score, etc… The cut of the movie shown on KCOP was put together to make the movie longer when shown on TV as the Television Station paid per minute to air the movie. "[8], Several concepts and items of imagery have been used in Biblical comparisons. Opening on Krypton (where Marlon Brando plays Superman's father), the film follows the Man of Steel (Christopher Reeve) as he's sent to Earth where he develops his alter-ego Clark Kent and is raised by a Midwestern family. [82] In November 2006, a four-disc special edition was released,[83] followed by an HD DVD release[84] and Blu-ray. [8], The Christian imagery in the Reeve films has provoked comment on the Jewish origins of Superman. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is a 1987 British-American superhero film directed by Sidney J. Furie and written by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal from a story by Christopher Reeve, Konner, and Rosenthal based on the DC Comics character Superman. He also argued that the film should have adhered more to the spirit of Mario Puzo's original script, and referred to the first three Superman films collectively as "simply puffed-up TV episodes."[72]. We resolved our issues with each other years later. Paul Newman was offered his choice of roles as Superman, Lex Luthor or Jor-El for $4 million, turning down all three roles. Arnold, Gary (December 15, 1978). George Lucas turned down the offer because of his commitment to Star Wars. [citation needed], Because Superman went into production prior to the releases of Star Wars (May 1977) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (November 1977), some observers credit the three films collectively for launching the reemergence of a large market for science fiction films Monday, October 20th.- 9:00–11:30 pm. "[65] Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote in a mixed review, "The Superman comic strip has been carefully, elaborately, sometimes wittily blown up for the big-theater screen, which, though busy, often seems sort of empty. 4. Billboard Hot 100 and #69 Cash Box. [80], Thau explained, "I worked on Ladyhawke and that's how I really met Dick [Donner] and Tom Mankiewicz. The original climax for Superman II had General Zod, Ursa, and Non destroying the planet, with Superman time traveling to fix the damage. '"[64] Variety called the film "a wonderful, chuckling, preposterously exciting fantasy", adding, "As both the wholesome man of steel and his bumbling secret identity Clark Kent, Reeve is excellent. "[26] Warner Bros. spent $7 million to market and promote the film. 7:00–10:00 pm- WPIX New York airs the theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie, The Salkind International Cut at, "HBO premieres the theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie'. You know, 110 pages is plenty for a script, so even for two features, that was way too much. Shows that you don't need a lot of fancy CGI to make an exciting and thrilling movie. At one point he said, 'Why don't you just schedule the film for the next two days, and then I'll be nine months over?'. He then goes on to thwart a jewel thief attempting to scale the Solow Building, captures robbers fleeing police and depositing their getaway cabin cruiser on Wall Street, rescues a girl's cat from a tree, and saves Air Force One after a lightning strike destroys an engine. Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started. "[29], "We found guys with fabulous physique who couldn't act or wonderful actors who did not look remotely like Superman", creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz remembered. The Making of Superman the Movie, David Michael Petrou, New York:Warner Books, 1978. Storyline Picking up where "Superman: The Movie" left off, three criminals, General Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa, (Sarah Douglas), and Non (Jack O'Halloran) from the planet Krypton are released from the Phantom Zone by a nuclear explosion in space. Cheap nonflying special effects. Adult Contemporary chart, as well as making lesser appearances on the corresponding Canadian charts. Brandon Routh's Superman was intended to be the same character played by Christopher Reeve.Bryan Singer's 2006 film Superman Returns was a sequel to Superman II vaguely set "five years later" that ignored Superman III and IV.Since Routh and Reeve were the same Kryptonian superhero, Routh had all of the powers and did all of the things Reeve did in the first two Superman movies. Superman Returns recreated the shot with lead actor Brandon Routh. The first segment, set on Krypton, is meant to be typical of science fiction films, but also lays the groundwork for an analogy that emerges in the relationship between Jor-El and Kal-El. [35] With his relationship with Spengler, Donner remarked, "At one time if I'd seen him, I would have killed him. This extended cut, which would be utilized for worldwide television distribution, reincorporated some 45 minutes of footage and music deleted from the theatrical cut. Networks and stations could then re-edit their own version at their discretion. [19] In November 1974, after a long, difficult process with DC Comics, the Superman film rights were purchased by Ilya, his father Alexander Salkind, and their partner Pierre Spengler. Since Superman was being shot simultaneously with Superman II, filming lasted nineteen months, until October 1978. Kal-El comes to Jonathan and Martha Kent, who are unable to have children. National Comics Publications, Inc. v. Fawcett Publications, Inc. 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