Superman: The Theatrical Serials Collection
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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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(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. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2010 by falcon
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