Superman Returns

Directed By: Bryan Singer Starring: Brandon Routh

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Amazing visuals and special effects

by Matt on 1/30/2007

Being a fan of the original Superman the Movie I was surprised to see so much material shown in Superman Returns. It was also a nice touch to use the original music at the beginnig of the movie. As with most big budget movies today, the special effects are excellent. Just like the original Superman the actor playing Lex Luthor stole the show. Kevin Spacey was an excellent choice to take over from Gene Hackman. On the other hand Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane was a let down. She didn't have the tenacity that Margot Kidder brought to the same role. Overall, the movie was very enjoyable even for people, like myself, who don't read or follow the comic books. HD is the only way to see it. Read More

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Product Overview

Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, this is a story of love, death, spirituality and fragility of our existence in this world.


Studio Warner
SKU 203143272
UPC 012569810372
UPC 14 00012569810372
Format HD DVD
Release Date 11/28/2006
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note For five years, Superman (Brandon Routh) has been away from Earth, coaxed into space by a belief that Krypton may still exist. Finding nothing, he comes back to a changed world--not only has terrorism become rampant, but Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has married, started a family, and won the Pulitzer for her piece "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman." After a stop in Smallville to see his adopted mother (Eva Marie Saint), Superman is back in Metropolis, and Clark Kent has his old job back at the Daily Planet, with everyone still incredibly oblivious to his alter ego. But where there's Superman, there's Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey), and he is likely to be planning something dastardly--in this case, using a piece of pilfered kryptonite to grow an entirely new continent that he will control. ^Bryan Singer (X-MEN 1 and 2), armed with a script by Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, approaches the red cape with reverence for the lore of the character, and respect for Richard Donner's SUPERMAN (1980) and Richard Lester's 1980 sequel, films that ushered in the era of the modern superhero film. Singer's SUPERMAN is filled with melancholy, and not so subtly suggests the notion of Superman as a Christ figure, sacrificing himself to save mankind. But there are still laughs, mostly courtesy of Spacey (clearly having a blast) and Parker Posey as his moll, Kitty Kowalski, as well as plenty of gasp-inducing set pieces, including a spectacular and terrifying almost-plane crash and a sinking boat. While modern visual effects have allowed Superman to go to entirely new realms, Singer keeps them from becoming the film's raison d'être, thus keeping the Man of Steel's gigantic heart intact--heavy though it may be.
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 5 -- "Spacey powers the movie with ripe, nasty fun....All the actors serve Singer's vision." 07/13/2006 p.124
Entertainment Weekly "Routh and Bosworth have a puppyish connection that grows on you, and it's tapped by a shrewd romantic story." -- Grade: B 06/30/2006 p.135
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's the deftness with which the director walks this line between classic and contemporary that makes SUPERMAN RETURNS a success." 08/01/2006 p.28
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "The performances are all outstanding, especially Bosworth, who is fetching and interesting as Lois Lane, but the biggest key to the film is Routh's excellent performance in the title role." 08/01/2006 p.80
Box Office 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[The] elements -- the casting, cinematography, design and score -- ultimately serve Singer's greatest achievement, which is the storytelling." 08/01/2006 p.40
Sight and Sound "As in the X-MEN films, Singer keeps coming up with interesting ways to demonstrate superpowers....A satisfying installment which goes beyond soap to show a genuine development in the life of its heroes." 09/01/2006 p.76
Uncut 4 stars out of 4 -- "For all the digital dazzle, it harks back to a more innocent age....This is a good old-fashioned romantic fantasy." 09/01/2006 p.121
Bryan Singer
Brandon Routh
Cast & Crew
Brandon Routh - Actor
Bryan Singer - Director
Dan Harris - Screenplay
Elliot Graham - Editor
Frank Langella - Actor
Gilbert Adler - Producer
James Marsden - Actor
Jerry Siegel - Based On Characters Created By
Joe Shuster - Based On Characters Created By
John Ottman - Original Music By
John Ottman - Editor
Kal Penn - Actor
Kate Bosworth - Actor
Kevin Spacey - Actor
Michael Dougherty - Screenplay
Newton Thomas Sigel - Cinematographer
Parker Posey - Actor
Sam Huntington - Actor
William Fay - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 81037
UPC 00012569810372
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 154 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review At the end of Superman II, the producers promised "Coming Soon: Superman III." It has taken 26 years for that promise to be fulfilled. To be sure, there were movies in the 1980s called Superman III and Superman IV, but those were bad jokes masquerading as motion pictures, unimaginative stories cashing in on a pay-day. These many years later, Bryan Singer has gotten it right. In fact, Superman Returns is not only a credit to the first two Superman movies; it may be the best of the series. Its combination of romance and fantasy adventure is unparalleled in superhero comic book-to-movie sagas.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Variety
Review "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman" reads the title of a piece that wins Lois Lane the Pulitzer Prize in "Superman Returns," the latest bigscreen revival of comicdom's strongest and fastest hero. Not only is she wrong in the context of the story (not to mention real life), but she'll be wrong in the court of public opinion once the world gets a look at this most grandly conceived and sensitively drawn "Superman" saga. Sure to rate with aficionados alongside "Spider-Man 2" and, for many, "Batman Begins" on the short list of best superhero spectaculars...Topping off these aspects is the evocative, darkly lyrical score by John Ottman...
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Hybrid, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format HD DVD
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Eye-popping epic...Superman returns with a bang.
Richard Corliss, Time Pure exhilaration...It's beyond Super. It's Superb.
Stuart Lee, Mind blowing special effects!!
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