Superman: The Movie 3 hour TV version coming to Blu-Ray

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by jupiter8, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. jupiter8

    jupiter8 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    NJ, USA
    Warner Archive just announced this on Facebook

    Run Time 188 Minutes-EXTENDED CUT (NEW 2017 1080p HD MASTER)
    151 Minutes-SPECIAL EDITION
    Subtitles Spanish, French, English SDH
    DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English (EXTENDED CUT)
    DTS HD-Master Audio 5.1 - English, DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND 5.1 - French, DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND 5.1 - Spanish
    2-BD 50
    Special Features (on Superman The Special Edition Disc): Commentary by Director Richard Donner and Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz; 3 Documentaries Taking Flight: The Development of Superman, Making Superman: Filming the Legend and The Magic Behind the Cape; Screen Tests; Restored Scenes; Additional Scenes; Additional Music Cues; Music-Only Track

    Decades before blockbuster Extended Cuts were common, Superman proved a true “Man of Tomorrow.” Superman: The Movie received an ahead-of-its-time makeover for its television premiere – nearly 40 more minutes of story, creating a two-night television event. Audiences had already been swept off their feet by Christopher Reeve’s Last Son of Krypton, and now there was more to enjoy. Unseen in decades, this version is paired here with Richard Donner’s definitive vision of his film, the Special Edition Director’s Cut (2000), to create a supersized celebration of Metropolis’ favorite son that preserves the director’s intent while feeding superfan demands.

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  2. malcolm reynolds

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  3. Larry Geller

    Larry Geller Surround sound lunatic

    Bayside, NY
    4K version coming out?
  4. jojopuppyfish

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  5. Solaris

    Solaris a bullet in flight

    New Orleans, LA
    I remember when my dad taped that off TV over the two nights when it aired. He somehow managed to do an almost seamless, in-machine edit at just the right point to join the first part and the second part (in the shot where Superman catches Lois falling from the helicopter). Would be fun to watch that TV version again.
  6. guy incognito

    guy incognito Senior Member

    Pity one of the bonus features isn't the ABC intro with Ernie Anderson's voiceover.

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  7. The Hermit

    The Hermit Wavin' that magick glowstick since 1976

    Yet the (definitive) theatrical cut still isn't available on Blu ray... y'know, the version actually released in cinemas back in '78!!!
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  8. Cerebus

    Cerebus Forum Resident

    I'm pretty sure I saw it on TV but don't remember anything about what was changed.

    Forty years later and I still remember seeing it in the theater in 1978.
  9. jojopuppyfish

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  10. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

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  11. JCM

    JCM Years ago, I was an angry young man

    Columbus, Ohio
    And yet Disney sits on the theatrical versions of the Star Wars trilogy.

  12. xdawg

    xdawg I heard it on the X

    Roswell, GA, USA
    Wow! I was not watching much TV back then, so I had no idea this existed. Awesome!
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  13. longdist01

    longdist01 Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    Hopefully.... someday in this galaxy it will get released!

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  14. Remington Steele

    Remington Steele Forum Resident

    Saint George, Utah
    Perhaps they'll do the extended tv versions of 2 & 3. Unfortunately the extended version of 3 goes so far into the comedy realm it feels like a Richard Pryor movie that happens to have Superman in it.
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  15. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
    It seems there are two extended cuts, the one prepared for ABC and the Salkind International Extended Cut (also known as the KCOP cut after the station it first aired on). Is there a difference between the two?

    Well, some of the footage added to Superman II for TV was footage Donner shot.
  16. Encuentro

    Encuentro Forum Resident

    Does the 3-hour TV version have the scene in which Miss Tessmacher is dropped down the elevator shaft? I remember the scene very well, but I'm pretty sure I only saw the scene once despite having seen the film multiple times.

    Kind of an odd choice to pair the first film with the Donner cut of the second film, being that they both have the Superman reversing the rotation of the Earth ending.
  17. The Hud

    The Hud File Not Pictured, Either

    It is the 3 hour TV version and the director's cut of the first Superman movie, not the second.
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  18. Encuentro

    Encuentro Forum Resident

    Oh! Thank you for the clarification.
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  19. It's wonderful news seeing the extended television cut, never before officially released on home video, getting out on Blu-ray.

    Fans have been begging for it for years. I wonder what led to it getting out through Warner Archive. There was little consideration of the television footage in prior Superman box sets.

    I have the feeling a 40th Anniversary edition may have been in preparation for 2018 and Warner Bros scuttled those plans.
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  20. The Hermit

    The Hermit Wavin' that magick glowstick since 1976

    Didn't know that, muchos gracias for the info.

    The '78 theatrical cut is the only cut that matters, it's the one that is culturally significant, and the one people should be able to buy separately if they so choose... ditto with the Star Wars theatricals or indeed any theatrical release of cultural note. Even the Lester version of II should be alongside the Donner version in a single purchase, let people decide which to watch.

    Has the Lester version of II been given a remastering, what's the PQ on the Blu ray box-set like?
  21. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
    Here is a comparison between the BluRay's of Donner's cut and Lester's cut.
  22. jojopuppyfish

    jojopuppyfish Forum Resident

    That link I posted has blu ray of Lester II. I think they look good.

    There is only one scene I liked in the tv version that I wish was added to the theatrical cut and its when Lois was a little girl and she sees Superman from a train.
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  23. Heavy Music

    Heavy Music Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Are Warner Archive releases sometimes "on-demand" DVD-r or BD-r? I hope this one is not. Someone please clarify, Thanks!
  24. mark renard

    mark renard Forum Resident

    I was wondering the same thing. I found this on Wikipedia: "In November 2012, Warner announced that the Archive collection would begin releasing some titles on Blu-ray, with all discs being pressed, unlike the DVD series."
  25. The Hermit

    The Hermit Wavin' that magick glowstick since 1976

    The extended version of Superman: The Movie is not the director's cut... Donner's director's cut was the original 1978 theatrical cut; the (slightly) extended version was put together by archivist Michael Thau for the 2000 DVD release of that film, done with only the nominal supervision and approval of Donner himself. Thau wanted to go much further and actually re-edit whole parts of the film, including cutting out the 'Can You Read My Mind' sequence (he hated it), but Donner thankfully put his foot down and instructed Thau to leave it as was, but consented to the additional eight minutes reintegrated back into the film... none of which actually added anything of substance, in my opinion.

    Stuart Baird did a terrific job on that movie (they had a mere ten weeks to get it finished in post before release... ten weeks!!!), I see no reason why the powers-that-be can't just leave it alone. A pity Baird didn't return for II, but neither would I after what the Salkinds' did to Donner...
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2017

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