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CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF WARNER BROS. WITH ONE OF FILM’S MOST ICONIC CHARACTERS - SUPERMAN

SUPERMAN 1978 – 1987 5-FILM COLLECTION
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SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, SUPERMAN II, SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT, SUPERMAN III, AND SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME AS A REMASTERED COLLECTION IN 4K RESOLUTION WITH HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)



PURCHASE THE COLLECTION ON 4K ULTRA HD COMBO PACK AND DIGITALLY ON APRIL 18





Burbank, Calif., March 1, 2023 – As part of the year-long centennial celebration for the 100th anniversary of Warner Bros. Studio, five films featuring the iconic DC Super Hero Superman – Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, Superman III, and Superman IV - will be available for purchase in a five-film collection on 4K Ultra HD Disc and Digital on April 18.



Based on the DC character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the Superman films star Christopher Reeve as the legendary “Man of Steel.”



On April 18, the Superman 1978 – 1987 5-Film Collection will be available to purchase on Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Disc from online and in-store at major retailers and available for purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more.



The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Packs will include an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature films in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc with the feature films and special features in HD, and a Digital version of each film.



Ultra HD Blu-ray showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.



For the complete 4K Ultra HD experience with HDR, a 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR, an Ultra HD Blu-ray player and a high-speed HDMI (category 2) cable are required.



Ultra HD Blu-ray Elements

Superman: The Movie Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following previously released special features on Blu-ray Disc:

  • Commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spangler
  • The Making of Superman – vintage featurette
  • Superman and the Mole-Men – vintage featurette
  • Super-Rabbit – 1943 WB cartoon
  • Snafuperman – 1944 WB cartoon
  • Stupor Duck – 1956 WB cartoon
  • TV Spot
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer


    Superman II Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following previously released special features on Blu-ray Disc:
  • Commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler
  • The Making of Superman II – 1980 TV Special
  • Superman’s Soufflé – Deleted scene
  • Fleischer Studios’ Superman vintage cartoons
    • First Flight
    • The Mechanical Monster
    • Billion Dollar Limited
    • The Arctic Giant
    • The Bulleteers
    • The Magnetic Telescope
    • Electric Earthquake
    • Volcano
    • Terror on the Midway
      • Theatrical trailer


      • Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following previously released special features on Blu-ray Disc


        • Commentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz
        • Introduction by Richard Donner – featurette
        • Superman II: Restoring the Vision – featurette
        • Deleted scenes
        • Lex and Ms. Teschmacher head north
        • Lex and Ms. Teschmacher head south
        • The villains enter the fortress
        • He’s all yours, boys
        • Clarke and Jimmy
        • Lex’s gateway
        • Famous Studios vintage cartoons
        • Japoteurs
        • Showdown
        • Eleventh Hour
        • Destruction, Inc.
        • The Mummy Strikes
        • Jungle Drums
        • The Underground World
        • Secret Agent

          Superman III Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following previously released special features on Blu-ray Disc:

          • Commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler
          • The Making of Superman III – 1983 TV special
          • Deleted scenes
          • Save my baby
          • To the rescue
          • Making up
          • Going to see the boss
          • Hatching the plan
          • The con
          • Rooftop ski
          • Boss wants this to go
          • Superman honored
          • Gus’ speech
          • Hanging up on Brad
          • Theatrical trailer


          • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the
            following previously released special features on Blu-ray Disc:

            • Commentary by Mark Rosenthal
            • Superman 50th anniversary special – 1988 TV special
            • Deleted scenes
            • Clark’s morning
            • Jeremy’s letter
            • Superman’s visit
            • Nuclear Man’s prototype
            • Metropolis after hours
            • Lex ponders
            • Flying sequence (extended scene)
            • Battle in Smallville
            • Battle in the U.S.S.R.
            • Nuclear arms race
            • Superman’s sickness
            • Red alert
            • By my side
            • Lark and Lacy say goodbye
            • No borders
            • Theatrical trailer



            • About the Films:



              Superman: The Movie


              Academy Award winners Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman head an all-star cast in the fantastic, action-packed film that made Christopher Reeve an international star playing the greatest superhero of all time. From the doomed planet of Krypton, two parents launch a spaceship carrying their infant son to earth. Here he grows up to become Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for the Metropolis Daily Planet. But with powers and abilities far beyond those of ordinary men, he battles for truth and justice as Superman.



              An Alexander Salkind presentation and directed by Richard Donner (The Goonies, Lethal Weapon, The Lost Boys), the film stars Academy Award winner Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront, The Godfather) as Jor-El, Academy Award winner Gene Hackman (The French Connection,Unforgiven) as Lex Luthor, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent/Superman.

              Based on the DC character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman was produced by Pierre Spengler from a story by Mario Puzo and a screenplay by Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, and Robert Benton. Ilya Salkind served as executive producer. The film also features Ned Beatty as Otis, Jackie Cooper as Perry White, Glen Ford as Jonathan Kent, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, Valerie Perrine as Eve Teschmacher, and Terrance Stamp as General Zod.

              Superman was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Film Editing, Best Music (Original Score) and Best Sound. The film also received a Special Achievement Academy Award for Visual Effects. In 2017, Superman was inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.



              SYNOPSIS

              Superman II (Theatrical Version)

              Unwittingly released from Phantom Zone imprisonment, three superpowered Planet Krypton criminals Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas and Jack O'Halloran) plan to enslave Earth – just when Superman (Christopher Reeve) decides to show a more romantic side to Lois Lane (Margot Kidder). Gene Hackman also returns as Lex Luthor in this sequel that features a top supporting cast, witty Richard Lester direction, and visuals that astound and delight.



              Directed by Richard Lester (A Hard Day’s Night, The Three Musketeers), the film stars Academy Award winner Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent/Superman.

              Based on the DC character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the film was produced by Pierre Spengler from a story by Mario Puzo and a screenplay by Puzo, David Newman, and Leslie Newman. Alexander Salkind and Ilya Salkind served as executive producer. The film also features Ned Beatty as Otis, Jackie Cooper as Perry White, Sarah Douglas as Ursa, Jack O’Halloran as Non, Valerie Perrine as Eve Teschmacher, Susannah York as Lara, and Terrence Stamp as General Zod.



              Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut


              Director Richard Donner began shooting Superman II while concurrently filming Superman: The Movie, though the theatrical version of the film was ultimately directed by Richard Lester. In 2006, Donner’s original unique vision was released for the first time. Jor-El (Marlon Brando in footage cut from the theatrical version) appears in key scenes that amplify Superman lore and deepen the relationship between father and son. Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) plots more schemes to unmask Clark Kent as Superman (Christopher Reeve). With so many changes, large and small, including a different beginning and resolution, this version is an eye-opening alternate experience.



              Directed by Richard Donner, the film stars Academy Award winner Marlon Brando as Jor-El, Academy Award winner Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent/Superman.

              Based on the DC character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the film was produced by Pierre Spengler and Michael Tau from a story by Mario Puzo and a screenplay by Puzo, David Newman, and Leslie Newman. Ilya Salkind served as executive producer. The film also features Ned Beatty as Otis, Jackie Cooper as Perry White, Sarah Douglas as Ursa, Jack O’Halloran as Non, Valerie Perrine as Eve Teschmacher, Susannah York as Lara, and Terrence Stamp as General Zod.



              Superman III

              Meet Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor), a naive computer-programming natural. For him, a keyboard is a weapon – and, as a result, Superman faces the microelectronic menace of his life. Christopher Reeve reprises his signature role, deepening his character’s human side as Clark Kent sees Lana Lang (Annette O’Toole) at a Smallville High class reunion. And when the Man of Steel becomes his own worst enemy after exposure to Kryptonite, Reeve pulls off both roles with dazzling skill. Relive Superman III with all its heart, heroism and high-flying humor.



              Directed by Richard Lester, the film stars Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent/Superman and Margot Kidder as Lois Lane.

              Based on the DC character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the film was produced by Pierre Spengler from a screenplay by David Newman and Leslie Newman. Alexander Salkind and Ilya Salkind served as executive producer. The film also features Richard Pryor as Gus Gorman, Jackie White as Perry White, Marc McClure as Jimmy Olsen, Annette O’Toole as Lana Lang, and Robert Vaughn as Ross Webster.



              Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

              Christopher Reeve not only dons the title hero’s cape for the fourth time but also helped develop the movie’s provocative theme: nuclear disarmament. To make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants, Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow). The two foes clash in an explosive extravaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty, plug the volcanic eruption of Mount Etna and rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China.



              Directed by Sydney J. Furie (The Ipcress File, Iron Eagle), the film stars Academy Award winner Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent/Superman.

              Based on the DC character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the film was produced by Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan from a story by Christopher Reeve & Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal and a screenplay by Konner & Rosenthal. The film also features Jackie Cooper as Perry White, Marc McClure as Jimmy Olsen, Jon Cryer as Lenny, Sam Wanamaker as David Warfield, Mark Pillow as Nuclear Man, and Mariel Hemingway as Lacy Warfield.



              BASICS


              PRODUCT ERP

              Superman 1978 – 1987 5-Film Collection
              $99.99

              4K Ultra HD Combo Pack



              Superman: The Movie

              Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French

              Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

              Run Time: 143 minutes

              Rating: Not Rated

              Physical Street Date: 4/18

              Digital Street Date: 4/18



              Superman II

              Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French

              Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

              Run Time: 127 minutes

              Rating: PG

              Physical Street Date: 4/18

              Digital Street Date: 4/18



              Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut

              Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French

              Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

              Run Time: 116 minutes

              Rating: PG For sequences of action violence, some language, and brief mild sensuality

              Physical Street Date: 4/18

              Digital Street Date: 4/18



              Superman III

              Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French

              Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

              Run Time: 125 minutes

              Rating: PG

              Physical Street Date: 4/18

              Digital Street Date: 4/18



              Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

              Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French

              Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

              Run Time: 90 minutes

              Rating: PG

              Physical Street Date: 4/18

              Digital Street Date: 4/18​



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I don't why I thought the steelbooks would be UK exclusive. Was frantically looking for a Preorder at Zavvi initially over the weekend, when I couldn't find one I went to Amazon UK and placed an order there. Now I have to cancel that one lol.

Glad there are alternate steelbook versions with nice art. Those individuals are atrocious.
 

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Small update via The Bits

Now then, back on the topic of Superman 4K for a moment, it’s starting to look as if there will not be 4K singles of the films in the new collection here in the States, but rather simply the box set in deluxe Steelbook and standard Amaray packaging (you can see the Amazon US listings here and here). There are 4K singles available in the UK if you want them (we have them linked in our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits now, but curiously not Superman: The Movie—just the sequels—which could indicate that the new remaster of Superman: The Movie may be exclusive to the box set for a while. We’ll have to wait for Warner’s official press release to be sure.
 

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Small update via The Bits

Now then, back on the topic of Superman 4K for a moment, it’s starting to look as if there will not be 4K singles of the films in the new collection here in the States, but rather simply the box set in deluxe Steelbook and standard Amaray packaging (you can see the Amazon US listings here and here). There are 4K singles available in the UK if you want them (we have them linked in our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits now, but curiously not Superman: The Movie—just the sequels—which could indicate that the new remaster of Superman: The Movie may be exclusive to the box set for a while. We’ll have to wait for Warner’s official press release to be sure.

Damn. Not good news. I was certain if those standalone 4k titles were released in the U.K., the same would follow here.

So, let's see what happens once Warner sends a press release. May have to opt for the complete set once it drops to $40 or less.
 

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Sorry if this is the wrong thread to ask this, but what was wrong with the initial 4K release of Superman: the movie?
I have watched it and it looked really fine to me.
 

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The armchair colorists at the other forum were complaining about the HDR cast being too washed out or something. Otherwise nothing can be done about that grain and the picture resolution. There's simply no 4k there, let alone even 2k.
 

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Has it been confirmed that the Amazon exclusive contains individual steelbooks of each film ? The photo looks like it may be a single steelbook with the 5 films all in one case like Universal's original 4K steelbook of the first 5 Jurassic Park films.
 

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Has it been confirmed that the Amazon exclusive contains individual steelbooks of each film ? The photo looks like it may be a single steelbook with the 5 films all in one case like Universal's original 4K steelbook of the first 5 Jurassic Park films.
The Amazon listing shows the same individual steelbooks as the UK release. If you go to the site, you will see them.
 

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I just don't get why people think a "new transfer"* of Superman: The Movie is somehow going to make it look better. I mean Unsworth heavily brickwalled the ONeg with all those diffusion filters, and as I said at this forum multiple times when the last release came out:

Honestly with all the fog and diffusion filters in the film, there might not actually be 4k worth of information there.

As I have said multiple times, you really need to check your expectations at the door for this title since the fog and diffusion filters are going to knock the overall resolution down a few notches.

HDR is probably the only thing you could add that would be moderately perceptible. As it stands, there's probably about 1.8k worth of information there.

AND YET... here we go again.

*and honest to god I will laugh my ass off if it actually isn't new.
 

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Getting Donner’s Directors cut of S:TM might have been an enticement (why does that option not seem possible?) I already have the original release of S:TM, would have wanted SII both cuts, may have went up to III (not a good movie but I have a childhood nostalgia for it) I don’t want to have to buy a whole set for a UHD I already own and S IV
 

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Getting Donner’s Directors cut of S:TM might have been an enticement (why does that option not seem possible?) I already have the original release of S:TM, would have wanted SII both cuts, may have went up to III (not a good movie but I have a childhood nostalgia for it) I don’t want to have to buy a whole set for a UHD I already own and S IV
The extended cut of Superman TM is not the director’s version. The extended cut is just a TV thing meant to sell more ad time.
 

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The extended cut of Superman TM is not the director’s version. The extended cut is just a TV thing meant to sell more ad time.

There are two different extended cuts that somewhat confusingly have been billed under the same description at different times but one actually is a Donner-sanctioned edit.

When the first DVD of Superman: The Movie came out in 2000, Richard Donner was asked to create a director’s cut utilizing his choice of the extra material shot. It runs about ten minutes longer than the theatrical version. The DVD called it the “Extended Edition.” It’s about 2 1/2 hours.

When the 3 hour TV cut was released on disc back in 2017, the studio decided to call this the “Extended Cut.” The director’s cut was then renamed the “Special Edition.”
 

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I think the studio is worried that nobody will buy standalone copies of III or IV.
I'm curious if the two Joel Schumacher Batman films sold well as individual releases. As with probably the majority only really wanting Superman I & II, I suspect probably the majority also only wanted Batman and Batman Returns.
 

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