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Superman III

Genre: Fantasy Adventure

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

Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes cast and crew biographies and the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11320
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 125
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1983
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/01/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Richard Lester
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
What the heck is comic genius Richard Pryor doing in the silly comic-book comedy Superman III? Being very, very funny as Gus Gorman, an unemployed non-bum who discovers he

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a nicely rendered picture, with images that are solid and generally sharp and detailed, noticeably sharper than the first two titles (which were photographed in a more filtered style by Geoffrey Unsworth). Even the occasional soft scenes exhibit good clarity. Colors are nicely rendered, with good balance, accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. The picture is very clean, with few distractions in the way of pixelization and edge enhancement. The source element is occasionally revealing of film grain and artifacts. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 2.0 matrix surround soundtrack is noticeably higher in overall level than the previous LaserDisc, but otherwise is similarly pretty much a run-of-the-mill sonic presentation. Fidelity is dated and the sonic character is veiled, especially with the music score. Much of the audio also tends to be focused toward the center channel. The surrounds are also limited as well. Like the DVD soundtrack on Superman II, this is quite functional movie sound for its purpose, but the disappointment with this soundtrack is the decision by Warner not to fully repurpose the audio as for the original, particularly considering the fact that a Dolby Stereo 70mm six-track soundtrack was originally created. (Perry Sun)