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)