Richard Donner's big-budget blockbuster Superman: The Movie is an immensely entertaining recounting of the origin of the famous comic book character. 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. In no time, the movie has run through his teenage years, and Clark gets a job at the Daily Planet, where he is a news reporter. It's there that he falls in love with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), who is already in love with Superman. But the love story is quickly sidetracked once the villainous Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) launches a diabolical plan to conquer the world and kill Superman. Superman: The Movie is filled with action, special effects and a surprising amount of humor.~Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Commentary by director Richard Donner and creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz
I really enjoyed watching this 3 hours cut of Superman the movie on blu ray. Also, I’m a huge fan of DC Comics, Star Wars, and Marvel comics in old and new movies. Although, I still wish they would have the DVD version and 4K of 3 hour cut Superman the movie. I was very happy to see the special edition of Superman the movie with special features from 2001 DVD as a kid. Hopefully, they’ll have Superman 2, Richard Donner cut, 3, and 4.
I have loved this film since seeing it as an 8-yr. old way back in 1978. The tagline back then was that "You Will Believe A Man Can Fly!" And boy did I ever! Special effects have certainly changed over the years, but I'll always hold a special place in my heart for films like this one that truly made me believe in the impossible. I'm thrilled to add this new 4k remaster of one of my favorite films to my collection!
While not a major improvement over the previous blu ray releases, this is still worth picking up, especially if you don't already have this in your collection. The uptick in detail is noticeable, and the HDR is more restrained than one might expect, but is faithful to the source material. Be aware that the picture will look soft in places, and there is noticeable grain--these aren't necessarily bad things, people. There are a lot of practical/optical effects, which include rear projection screens, so this is very much how the picture originally appeared.
The superman that started it all. Call me slow BUT I didn't notice a difference between this 4K format and blu ray, but I highly recommend. Now just release ALL FOUR of these movies in a 4K bundle and I'll be soaring into the store to pick it up;)
Superman The Movie is one of my all-time favorites. With an amazing score and stellar visuals, this film will always remain a classic.
Seeing it on a crystal clear 4K transfer with Dolby Atmos sound, this is the ULTIMATE way to experience this film. If you’re a fan of comic book movies, Superman, or just film in general, this is a MUST OWN set for any movie collector!!
OK, yeah, so it's a bit cheesy, but it's still one of the best super-hero movies. Christopher Reeve did an incredible job as both Superman and Clark Kent. The color and sound were first rate. There were some weak spots, but that was to be expected given the limitations of special effects in the 70s.
This is not a review of the movie but rather a personal review of the 4k restoration. When Superman: The Movie was first made the green screen technology did not exist to correct the shift in colors. Hence, Superman's costume varied through the movie. For the 4k restoration Donner painstakingly supervised the color correcting of the problem areas and enhanced the audio. This is the best Superman has ever looked or sound. While the image is slightly sharper, it retains the soft film grain look of all previous formats.