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William Moore

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Title: Superman

Tagline: You'll Believe a Man Can Fly!

Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Adventure

Director: Richard Donner

Cast: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Marlon Brando, Jackie Cooper, Terence Stamp, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Trevor Howard, Jack O'Halloran, Valerie Perrine, Maria Schell, Susannah York, Jeff East, Marc McClure, Sarah Douglas, Harry Andrews, Vass Anderson, John Hollis, James Garbutt, Michael Gover, David Neal, Penelope Lee, John Stuart, Alan Cullen, Lee Quigley, Aaron Smolinski, Diane Sherry Case, Jeff Atcheson, Brad Flock, David Petrou, Billy J. Mitchell, Robert Henderson, Larry Lamb, James Brockington, John Cassady, John F. Parker, Harry Scott, Ray Evans, Su Shifrin, Miquel Brown, Vincent Marzello, Benjamin Feitelson, Lise Hilboldt, Leueen Willoughby, Jill Ingham, Pieter Stuyck, Rex Reed, Weston Gavin, Steve Kahan, Ray Hassett, Randy Jurgensen, Matt Russo, Colin Skeaping, Bo Rucker, Paul Avery, David Baxt, George Harris II, Michael Harrigan, John Cording, Raymond Thompson, Oz Clarke, Rex Everhart, Jayne Tottman, Frank Lazarus, Brian Protheroe, Lawrence Trimble, Robert Whelan, David Calder, Norwich Duff, Keith Alexander, Michael Ensign, Larry Hagman, Paul Tuerpe, Graham McPherson, David Yorston, Robert O'Neill, Robert MacLeod, John Ratzenberger, Alan Tilvern, Phil Brown, Bill Bailey, Burnell Tucker, Chief Tug Smith, Norman Warwick, Chuck Julian, Colin Etherington, Mark Wynter, Roy Stevens, William Russell, Noel Neill, Kirk Alyn, Edward Finneran, Tony Selby

Release: 1978-12-13

Runtime: 143

Plot: Mild-mannered Clark Kent works as a reporter at the Daily Planet alongside his crush, Lois Lane. Clark must summon his superhero alter-ego when the nefarious Lex Luthor launches a plan to take over the world.

I am a huge fan of this 1978 classic, not to mention being a fan of Christopher Reeve, having managed a movie theatre in Wichita, Kansas, which hosted it's local premiere during the Christmas season, 1978. What a glorious time that was! We had four showings per day in a thousand-seat theatre. Talk about busy! Anyway, I already own this film on BD, which came out several years ago, but I discovered a 4K release just recently on Amazon, so I'm assuming that there was a new "hi-rez" scan made of the negatives for that release. The package also includes a regular BD disc of the movie and I'm hoping that this disc was mastered from that new scan, as well. One thing I noticed is that the soundtrack on the new BD is in DTS Master Audio, which makes me think that the BD is also remastered, since the original BD was in plain old Dolby Digital. Any comments?
 

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The answer you're looking for won't be in that linked review. There is no standard Blu-ray of the new 4K remaster. The included Blu-ray in the 4K package is the same exact disc of the theatrical cut from the Superman Anthology Box which came out in 2011. If you are looking for the Special Edition cut (151 min) it is only in the Anthology box with lossless audio, as the standalone disc has lossy audio. And then of course there is the TV cut (188 min) which was released by Warner Archive and is a scan of completely different elements and has mono sound.
 

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The answer you're looking for won't be in that linked review. There is no standard Blu-ray of the new 4K remaster. The included Blu-ray in the 4K package is the same exact disc of the theatrical cut from the Superman Anthology Box which came out in 2011. If you are looking for the Special Edition cut (151 min) it is only in the Anthology box with lossless audio, as the standalone disc has lossy audio. And then of course there is the TV cut (188 min) which was released by Warner Archive and is a scan of completely different elements and has mono sound.
Well then, my BD shows a run time of 151 minutes and indicated that it was the "extended version" created by Richard Donner in 2000 and the sound is Dolby Digital 5.1; however, the description I read for the included BD with the 4K release states that the audio is DTS Master Audio. It then seems to me that the soundtrack was remastered, so why not the video?
 

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It then seems to me that the soundtrack was remastered, so why not the video?
They re-authored the Blu-ray for the Anthology box in 2011 and at that time the new 4K remaster wasn't available. The only way you are going to see the 2018 remaster is with a 4K Blu-ray player, or else a 4K digital purchase.
 

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They re-authored the Blu-ray for the Anthology box in 2011 and at that time the new 4K remaster wasn't available. The only way you are going to see the 2018 remaster is with a 4K Blu-ray player, or else a 4K digital purchase.
Not like converting the 4k remaster to SHD would matter much. Superman The Movie's extreme degree of filtering and film overprocessing makes ever home video release look like the format that came before it. There's probably only about 2.2K worth of visual information before you hit the brickwall.
 

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Well, it looks pretty good to me on my professionally- calibrated 1080P 60" Pioneer Plasma TV and obviously the process photography suffers a little, but in my view, certainly not enough to detract from the overall presentation. You must not like this movie at all. Too bad!
 

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They re-authored the Blu-ray for the Anthology box in 2011 and at that time the new 4K remaster wasn't available. The only way you are going to see the 2018 remaster is with a 4K Blu-ray player, or else a 4K digital purchase.
I own an Oppo 203 player and I wonder if there is a way which would enable me to play the 4K version on my set, using a "down-conversion" mode maybe?
 

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Yeah I hate this movie so much I've owned five different copies over the years.


 
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