Superman Returns

Featured In Issue 116, January 2007

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Superman (Routh) Returns to Earth, surprised to find that his old enemy Lex Luthor (Spacey) is out of jail and up to his old tricks. But the Man of Steel gets an even bigger shock when he discovers that not only has his true love, Lois Lane (Bosworth), moved on with her life, but she's got a little surprise of her own in store for him. Based on characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics.
(Tricia Spears)

There are no supplements on Disc One of this two-disc DVD set. Special features on Disc Two of the DVD (and on the HD DVD) are super, however, and include the documentary Requiem For Krypton: Making Superman Returns, which is available to watch in individual chapters or in its 174-minute entirety; a four-minute reprisal of Marlon Brando's role in the film ŚResurrecting Jor-El; 11 deleted scenes; the teaser trailer; the theatrical trailer; the Christopher Reeve Superman Collection trailer; two game trailers; and an up-front ad. Special features on the Blu-ray Disc are the same as on the DVD and HD DVD, except with an outtake added and no Christopher Reeve Superman Collection trailer.

While the HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc look very good, fine details are not as well resolved as on the best releases. Colors are vibrant, and visual effects match well with the live footage. Differences between the two high-definition formats are difficult to recognize, if there are any at all. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby« Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is predictably exciting and energetic, with well-placed phantom images around the room and very pleasing fidelity. The surround channels can be delivered at much lower levels, relative to the front channels, than I would like to hear, but in general they are incorporated nicely into the mix. Deep bass is infused into the room well by both the LFE channel and each of the full-range channels, often dropping below 25 Hz in these channels at high levels. This is a very well-crafted soundtrack, but not quite at the level of the greats. The Dolby Digital encoding included with the Blu-ray Disc release has slightly improved fidelity over the DVD release, but it is not as well refined as the Dolby Digital Plus encoding found on the HD DVD release. The lossless Dolby TrueHD encoding is an even greater improvement, with a more smooth, natural response. (Danny Richelieu)