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Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 50 (July 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glen Ford, Trevor Howard, Margot Kidder, Valerie Perrine, Maria Schell, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter & Susannah York

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
This DVD-18 disc offers extensive special features on both sides that include audio commentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz, isolated music score in Dolby Digital 5.0, cast and crew biographies, notes on the Superman legacy in comics, ten additional scenes, an awards list, screen tests, deleted scenes, additional music cues, the theatrical trailer, teaser trailer, and a TV spot. There are also three documentaries: Taking Flight: The Development Of Superman (30 minutes), Making Superman: Filming The Legend (31 minutes), and The Magic Behind The Cape (24 minutes). Also includes DVD-ROM extras including storyboards.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1013
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Rated PG for peril, some mild sensuality and language.
(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Dual Layer (DVD18)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 151
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1978
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/01/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Richard Donner
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Jor-El (Brando) knows that his planet, Krypton, will soon be destroyed, so he decides to send his infant son to the distant planet Earth where he will be safe. Taken in by the Kent family, the young boy, now named Clark, begins to discover he possesses some unusual powers. Knowing he must hide these powers from the mere mortals on Earth, he becomes a man of two identities: the mild mannered reporter for the daily planet, and the most versatile good guy ever...Superman! Christopher Reeve is dashing as the man of steel. The film won an Oscar

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits excellent image quality for the film

The all-new, remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is a complete sonic reworking of the original soundtrack (released to select theatres during its initial run in 70mm with split surrounds). For all Superman fans, this will be an absolutely delightful and exciting opportunity to experience the glory of the vintage audio in its latest reincarnation, with full engagement of the holosonic listening space and impressive clarity. This sound mix has been essentially reconstructed from the original elements, along with a re-purposed John Williams music score (which you can experience isolated and in 5.0), new effects, and incorporation of an abundance of deep bass. The impact, breadth and distinctiveness of the component sound effects make their presence right from the opening credits, as you experience the sweeps between the screen and surround soundstages. Fidelity certainly does exhibit signs of the soundtrack

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DVD-ROM Enhancements Rating:

DVD-ROM Review:
This super film has a super DVD-ROM main menu, which link to not so super features. This links are Super Events, Super Features, Storyboard to Screen, and Play Movie. Clicking the Super Events link will send you to Warner Brother