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Superman: The Movie [Blu-ray]

Christopher Reeve , Margot Kidder , Richard Donner    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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Richard Donner's 1978 epic about the Man of Steel showed how a film about a superhero could be a moving and romantic experience even for people who long ago gave up comic books. Beginning on the icy planet Krypton, the story follows the baby Kal-El, whose rocket ship lands in Smallville, Kansas. He is found there by a childless couple and raised as the shy Clark Kent (the young Kent is played by Jeff East). The film is perhaps most touching in these sequences, with expanses of wheat fields blowing in the wind and with a young man who can't figure out what part in destiny his great powers are meant to play. The second half, with Reeve taking over as Clark/Superman, is bustling, enchanting (the scene in which Superman flies girlfriend Lois Lane--played by Margot Kidder--through the night sky is great date material), and funny, thanks largely to Gene Hackman's sardonic portrayal of nemesis Lex Luthor. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

Only the initial movie has been remixed and restored for this collection, and it features eight minutes of footage that was originally shown on television broadcasts in the 1980s. Also included are interviews made some 20 years after the original film, and screen tests from Reeve and Kidder--and other Lois Lanes such as Anne Archer and Stockard Channing who didn't make the final cut. --Doug Thomas

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy Customer... April 1 2010
Format:Blu-ray
To be honest, I have had every rendition of this movie available to me for home viewing, so this was to not put too much of a fine point on it, not really a necessary purchase. Nevertheless, It was my birthday and I was kinda feeling a bit down, so I went to the store and searched the Blu-ray section for some movies I might have missed. Then, what should my wondering eyes behold? SUPERMAN THE MOVIE on Blu-ray DVD! I thought, what the heck! Now the price was fairly decent, and there was a few extras on the disc. I watched that night after work, and found that the movie seemed kinda different with the added clarity and better sound, it was like a whole new movie. Now I know this movie pretty much backwards and forwards, but when a new format makes a old movie seem like new, that kind of purchase makes you sad day a bit happier. I recommend this movie for Superman fans and people like classic movies. Nuff said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By falcon
Format:DVD
considering this movie was made in the late 1970's,it is a remarkable
achievement.technically,it is nearly flawless,in my opinion.i guess
there are few tiny details you could pick apart if you wanted to,but
overall,it's a brilliant piece of work.as for the movie itself,i
thought the story was superb,with a lot of depth to it.the movie was
well acted and believable.Having Marlon Brandon and Gene Hackman was a
stroke of luck,as well as genius.and hiring a then unknown Christopher
Reeve in the title role was equally genius.having an unknown keeps the
focus on the character and the story,not the actor.a famous actor in
the role would not have been believable.Margot Kidder was also good as
Lois Lane.the rest of the supporting cast was also great.this movie is
a true epic,which still has an impact today.the special effects were
cutting edge at the time.i think the movie as a whole has more than
stood the test of time.an easy 5/5 in my opinion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a Great Movie & Bluray Looks Best March 11 2014
By From the Musician's Pen TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I bought this on Amazon for about $12. You really have to search for it because there are many versions and the prices vary a lot.

Made in 1978, this was the first serious attempt at making a film based on a comic superhero, and it's still one of the best. Making Superman "fly" was very difficult to do back then and may not look as good as today's HD films and effects but, on a whole, this is the best Superman film to date. This film is for the whole family, so it's lighter and has comic elements. The newer films are darker and more serious and take more liberties. Maybe I'm biased, having grown up in that era, but Christopher Reeves makes a great Superman.

This film has been released many times, so which is the best? That depends on what you want. You can get this film packaged with Superman 2, or you can get the whole Reeves films collection; you might still find the original 1978 version on DVD, or you can get the 2000 expanded version on DVD and Bluray. You can get lots of special features or very few.

I owned the original DVD of this film, the 1978 version, and I later got the 4-DVD set, with the remastered 1978 version plus the remastered 2000 expanded version by original director Richard Donner plus LOTS of bonus features (documentaries, TV specials, 1951 George Reeves film, remastered 1940's Fleischer Studios cartoons). That one looked better than the original DVD.

Now I own this Bluray, and it looks the best so far. However, I should say that there are inconsistencies in the film quality - some parts look grainier (or whiter and hazier, to be more exact) and other parts look cleaner and clearer - but that's just the way the it was originally filmed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Movie format wrong Jan. 1 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The movie was NOT NCTS but was PAL and my machine couldn't read it. The package cover said NCTS. I didn't try to exchange it fearing the same would happen again.
Greg Gordon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Superman is the way to go Dec 7 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I had it on vhs, on dvd and now on Blu-ray and this is by far the best version to watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kid-friendly Superman!! Oct. 29 2013
By JM
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We have a 3 yr old bson who was suddenly wanting everything Superman. The local video store recommended this movie as being fairly 'benign' and suitable for little ones so we rented it, and then rented it again and again. Eventually I opted to buy it as he would've continued to want to rent it! The newer Superman movies are far too violent for a young kid. This one is sweet. Oh and our son is adopted and wouldn't you know it there is kind of an adoption storyline, Superman's birth parents have to make the decision to send him to Earth where he is adopted by a kind couple who raise him. He then later has contact with his 'Birth Dad'. Anyways if you are an adoptive parent you'll appreciate where I'm coming from....
Great movie for little ones who love Superman!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best movie of its type EVER made! July 10 2004
Format:DVD
More than a quarter of a century since it first played, absolutely NO movie in this genre compares to Superman!
This DVD version is just icing on the cake.
For exquisitely lush cinematography, to an incomparable score, to special effects that sturdily hold up 26 years later, one of the original slogans of this movie holds true to this day: "You will believe a man can FLY!"
You don't have to be a Superman junkie to adore this movie (although I guarantee you'll become one if you watch the restored DVD version.) Richard Donner's loving and respectful take on Superman is absolutely incomparable from the first scenes - showing a child turning the pages of an Action comic (the first venue of Superman), filmed in black and white.
Superman's humble beginnings on the pages of a Depression-era comic book, to this amazing movie, is just perfection the way Donner films it.
The early days as Superman grows up are a golden tribute to the American heartland (make no mistake about it; Donner's vision of Superman isn't just about a comicbook hero, but where and how that hero fits into the American vision of this country.)
I fell in love with Glenn Ford all over again as Pa Kent (and yes, the great, handsome actor is still alive and kicking!) Marlon Brando as Jor-El, Superman's Kryptonian birth father, is worth every penny of the more than $3 million he was paid for two weeks' work (you gotta love the SERIOUSNESS with which Brando portrays Jor-El; it just enhances the Superman mythology.)
The original Daily News building in Manhattan plays home to the Daily Planet. Lots of shots of 1978 New York in this flick, including the World Trade Center merrily blinking in the background as Superman takes Lois Lane for a nighttime spin through the Manhattan skyline.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ne correspond pas à la description du produit
Malgré le fait que le film soit titré en français, seule la langue anglaise est disponible. Il y a des sous-titre en français. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stefanie Boutin
4.0 out of 5 stars Superman: The Movie
Superman: The Movie is the best of the Superman movies and Christopher Reeve will always be "Superman" Great villains played by Gene Hackman and Ned Beatty and who else could be... Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2011 by Lethlitwin
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll believe a man can fly!
This movie was simply made for High Definition. The blue, cloud speckled sky through which Superman soars, the delicate wind swept grain fields of Clark Kent's youth. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2007 by Joseph Kayne
5.0 out of 5 stars I certainly believed that Christopher Reeve was Superman
As soon as I heard that Christopher Reeve died the first thing that came to my mind was my favorite scene in "Superman. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2004 by Lawrance M. Bernabo
4.0 out of 5 stars Born on Krypton, raised by the Kents on Earth, Becomes Hero
The Man of Steel flys into the spectactular motion picture, Based The DC Comic and also appearing in Action Comics, Christopher Reeve stars as Clark Kent. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Tyler Reece
1.0 out of 5 stars Release Superman into our 21st century!
Very bad film.
They released Spiderman into the 21st century, why not Superman?
I've always found him to be the most appealing comic book character. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Hani
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but Special Edition not so special
I like Superman: The Movie. But I wasn't that impressed by the extra 8 minutes. I like the vagueness of less Brando and less explanation for him being here. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Morris B
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