Superman I-The Movie

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The Best Of The Set.

on 9/8/2004

Of all the Superman films, this one in the original, and by far the best of the four. Richard Donner does a great job, transfering the famous comic book hero to the big screen. Now, with this special edition, I'm sure it's even better. This one is definitely going to be added to my collection of DVD's.

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Newly enhanced adventure spanning the man of steel's life from his krypton infancy and midwest boyhood to his career as daily planet report clark kent and through his titanic struggle with archnemisis lex luthor.


Studio Warner
SKU 40151133
UPC 012569101326
UPC 14 00012569101326
Format DVD
Release Date 11/19/2013
Rating Rating
Comic Book
Essential Cinema
Family (General)
Switching Roles
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The Superman myth is well told, from his birth on the doomed planet Krypton to his childhood in a small Kansas town and beyond, in Richard Donner's blockbuster. After he comes of age, young Clark Kent, as his Earth parents have named him, learns the truth of his alien birth on a voyage of discovery to the Arctic. It is there that he learns--through a link to his long-dead birth parents--of his superhuman abilities and his responsibility to preserve and protect "truth, justice and the American Way." Once he adjusts to life in the big city, Metropolis, he discovers that hiding his superpowers as mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve) isn't easy as he flirts with hard-nosed Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) and battles supervillain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). The film's all-star cast includes Jackie Cooper, Marlon Brando, Ned Beatty, Glenn Ford, Terence Stamp, and Valerie Perrine, among others, all camping it up wonderfully.
Plot Summary
Summary This star-packed extravaganza brings the comic book legend to the screen in grand style. It begins with Superman's scientist dad sending the infant superhero down to Earth just as the home planet, Krypton, explodes into a zillion pieces. Taking up permanent residence on Earth, the young Superman grows up into supernormal reporter Clark Kent, wooing winsome colleague Lois Lane and keeping his true identity hidden from the world. But when three villains come up with a dastardly real estate scheme that involves shoving California into the ocean, Clark Kent decides it's time to don his cape and fight the forces of evil.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You've got me? Who's got you?"--Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) to Superman (Christopher Reeve)
Variety "...A wonderful, chuckling, preposterously exciting fantasy....Reeve is excellent....Superman's ultimate triumph involves a lot more than super-feats of strength, exercising the heart muscles as well..." 12/13/1978
New York Times "...Good, clean, simple-minded fun....[Reeve] manages to be both funny and comic-strip heroic..." 12/15/1978 p.C15
USA Today "...The movie still makes you believe a man can fly..." 05/04/2001 p.7E
Premiere "Its overall design continues to be the template for comic-book-movie success..." 12/01/2003 p.13
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he definitive superhero movie....This release offers a brand new lease of life for one of the most loved Science Fiction films of all time." 05/01/2007 p.84
Richard Donner
Margot Kidder
Christopher Reeve
Cast & Crew
Christopher Reeve - Actor
Gene Hackman - Actor
Glenn Ford - Actor
Jackie Cooper - Actor
Margot Kidder - Actor
Maria Schell - Actor
Marlon Brando - Actor
Ned Beatty - Actor
Phyllis Thaxter - Actor
Susannah York - Actor
Terence Stamp - Actor
Trevor Howard - Actor
Valerie Perrine - Actor
Tom Mankiewicz - Creative Consultant
Richard Donner - Directed By
Richard Donner - Director
Geoffrey Unsworth - Director of Photography
Ilya Salkind - Executive Producer
John Williams - Music By
John Williams - Musical Score
Alexander Salkind - Presents...
Pierre Spengler - Produced By
Charles F. Greenlaw, et al. - Producer
John Barry - Production Designer
Mario Puzo, et al. - Screenplay By
Mario Puzo - Story By
Mario Puzo, et al. - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1978
Catalog ID 1013
UPC 00012569101326
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 151 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1979) Lew Bowie, et al., Winner, Special Achievement Award,John Williams, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score
Golden Globe (1979) John Williams, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score
DVD, Widescreen, Special Edition
Product Attributes
Actor Reeve,Christopher
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Dynamic, grandly entertaining saga... Great fun.
Roger Ebert's Video Companion ...a pure delight. Terrific entertainment.

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