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BLU-RAY REVIEW

Superman II

Featured In Issue 116, January 2007

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(Studio/Distributor):
Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number):
81012
(MPAA Rating):
PG
(Rating Reason):
For seqences of action violence, some language, and brief mild sexuality
(Retail Price):
$28.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (HD-30)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
116
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
Not Indicated
(Theatrical Year):
1980
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
11/28/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Richard Donner
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital+ 5.1
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After 30 years, and voluminous numbers of petitions, letters, calls, and emails from fans, the Richard Donner Cut of Superman II has finally come to be. Hired as the original director, Richard Donner and the producers parted ways during the filming due to artistic differences, and Richard Lester was hired to complete the job, choosing to make major changes in the film. Now back at the helm, Richard Donner has added a substantial amount of unused footage, and has seen his original version restored. (Jack Kelley)

Special features include an introduction by Director Richard Donner, optional commentary with Donner and Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz, a 13-minute featurette about restoring the vision of this film, and six additional footage scenes.

The VC-1-encoded 2.40:1 HD DVD is not up to par with most other high-definition releases, as colors can be slightly mundane and withheld, and details are not very well resolved. Source element artifacts are cleaned up very well. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1-channel soundtrack is very basic, dominated by the center channel with a simple front stereo stage. Surround envelopment is adequate. Fidelity is good, but is not pristine. (Danny Richelieu)