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Superman: The Theatrical Serials Collection

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Superman Serials: The Complete 1948 & 1950 Collection (DVD)


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Whether this set of 1948-1950 black-and-white serials is for you would really depend on what type of Superman fan you are. If you're an older Superman fan that originally saw and loved these serials in the theatres back in the day, you'll probably be ecstatic that this set has finally made it to DVD. But if you're part of a younger generation that maybe watches superhero movies for the big, elaborate action and special effects you'll probably be disappointed by the two serials included here, as Supes' action is mostly limited to punching the bad guys, bending the occasional bar, and letting bullets bounce off his chest, while the flying is done mainly by blending animation with live action. There are scenes where he does significantly more, but they are few and far between. Also the acting, though never bad, isn't the greatest; there is a little too much smiling from everyone, particularly from Kirk Alyn's Superman (mind you I'd probably be smiling all the time too if I was Superman), and there is a bit of repetitiveness to the serials (Lois and/or Jimmy follow the bad guys, get caught, Superman rescues them from near-death situations).

But having said all that, taken for what it is it's actually quite enjoyable, particularly if you liked the TV show from the same era. The second serial, Atom Man Vs. Superman, is the better of the two, as Superman squares off against Lex Luthor, while having some interesting sub-plots (Superman trapped in a Phantom-Zone type void, Lois Lane going to work for Luthor, Perry White concluding Clark is Superman and ordering Lois and Jimmy to write about it, etc.), and there is considerably more action than the first serial.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Yves-Michel TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The splendid packaging says it all. A sturdy multi-disk box, neatly decorated with glossy vintage Superman pictures, makes it a true collectible. The special features are to be seen prior to the two serials. Watching the short history of Serial productions will set the mood. Great stuff, not too long, but loaded with infos and trivias.

Low-budget horror film maestro, Sam Katzman is the producer of both Serials (as well as the 1949 Batman). The 1st serial is less entertaining. It seems like it is a rehearsal for the 2nd, and far more elaborate, one.

The 1st serial in the boxset will introduce you to the a fine selection of well-selected actors/actresses. Everything expected from Superman action is there, except it is not taken far enough. You get the feeling that it is a great serial, until you see the 2nd one. The Spider Lady is a cool Catwoman look-a-like villain, but she is not surrounded with enough substance (visual effect, fancy gears and other eye-catching stuff) to make her really interesting. The whole story flows nicely, but it is not mega-entertaining.

"Superman vs Atom Man" is the complete package. A very convincing Lex Luthor steals the show. Every second episode, he brings a brand-new weapon that will bring mass-destruction to Metropolis. His arsenal is very impressive. He has a gun for all occasions !!!! The episodes are jam packed with special effects, storyline twists and wait-t'ill next week cliffhangers. During the 15 weeks run-time, the serial outdid all other movies at the box office. A true classic.....

Eventhough it is a must-get, there a few bad things to be said about it. Lois Lane is captured or faints every week (yawn !!!) and some of the stunts are repetitive (numerous train and car stopping).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hysterical Oct. 5 2010
By falcon
Format:DVD
(note:this is not the 1950's George Reeves series)how this has not been given the MST3K treatment,i don't know.it's astoundingly bad.my roommate and i laughed our butts off.it definitely falls under the category of so bad,it's good.i don't want to give too much away,lest i spoil anyone's enjoyment.suffice to say,it is definitely worth watching if you have a chance.i bought the whole 15 chapter serial cheap and i don't regret it for a minute.i'm guessing budget constraints had something to do with how bad the show was,but that doesn't explain away every thing.all i know is,it's endlessly entertaining,and a great cure for depression.for me,Superman is a 5/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superman 1948 March 21 2010
Format:DVD
I had purchased the entire collection of Superman from the 1950s that starred George Reeves.So this appeared to be an excellent addition to my collection.To my surprise my four year old grandson watched every episode and was captivated.All this with sparse special effects in the shows.DVD quality is very good.
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