Superman Ultimate 14-Disc Collector's Edition DVD

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Superman in a super collection.

on 4/26/2012

Nice collection of all Superman movies to date. All wrapped up in a nice collector's case. Superman marathon coming soon to my living room. Read More

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Great collection of a classic hero

by John on 4/26/2012

I grew up watching the original Superman movies, and at this sale price, this was quite the steal for such a comprehensive collection. I plan on enjoying this with my children for years to come. Read More

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It's a bird...it's a plane...it's the Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition! This 14 disc collection includes SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE - 2000 EXPANDED EDITION, SUPERMAN II, SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT, SUPERMAN III, SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE, and SUPERMAN RETURNS: SPECIAL EDITION!

SUPERMAN: A box-office smash, an Academy Award winner and a fan favorite since it first flew into theatres in December 1978, SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE assembles a cast and creative contingent as only a big movie can. At its heart (just as in three sequels) is Christopher Reeve's intelligent, affectionate portrayal of a most human Man of Steel.

SUPERMAN - 2000 EXPANDED EDITION: Watching SUPERMAN again isn't just like being a kid again. It's better. The movie's legacy soared even higher when director Richard Donner revisited this beloved adventure 22 years later and integrated eight minutes into the film. Enjoy more footage of the Krypton Council, a glimpse of stars of prior Superman incarnations, more of Jor-El underscoring his son's purpose on Earth and an extended sequence inside Lex Luthor's gauntlet of doom. Reeve, Marlon Brando (Jor-El), Gene Hackman (Luthor) and Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) give indelible performances that fuel the film's aura of legend. Looks like a swell night for flying. Why not come along?

SUPERMAN II: "I thought the original SUPERMAN was terrific entertainment," the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert wrote, "and so I was a little startled to discover that I liked SUPERMAN II even more." Unwittingly released from Phantom Zone imprisonment, three super-powered Kryptonian 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 (as Lex Luthor) also returns from the first film and with a top supporting cast, witty Richard Lester direction and visuals that astound and delight, SUPERMAN II saves the day any day you watch it!

SUPERMAN II - THE RICHARD DONNER CUT: In the year of Superman Returns, SUPERMAN II starring Christopher Reeve also returns - with a totally different beginning and resolution. With Jor-El (Marlon Brando in recently discovered footage) in key scenes that amplify Superman lore and deepen the profound relationship between father and son. With different Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) schemes to unmask Clark Kent as Superman. With...well, with so many changes, large and small, that this Superman II is an eye-opening alternate experience. Director Richard Donner began shooting his vision of SUPERMAN II while concurrently filming SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE. Now, for the first time, his never-before-seen vision is here. And it's a must for every Superman fan, an important addition to the legend of the Man of Steel.

SUPERMAN III: After SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE's epic storytelling and SUPERMAN II's awesome battles, how could the first two hits be topped? In SUPERMAN III, meet Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor), a half-witted computer programming natural. For him a keyboard is a weapon - and Superman faces the microelectronic menace of his life. Christopher Reeve reprises his most beloved role, deepening his character's human side as Clark Kent reunites with old flame Lana Lang (Annette O'Toole) at a Smallville High class reunion. And when Superman becomes his own worst enemy after Kryptonite exposure, Reeve pulls off both roles with dazzling skill. Incredible visual effects abound - but above all it has heart, heroism and high-flying humor. All in superabundance.

SUPERMAN IV: 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. "For me, it's the most personal of the entire series," Reeve said. "It directly reflects what Superman should be, and should be doing." Superman does a lot this time around. 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 a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna and rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China. Your quest for excitement is over!

SUPERMAN RETURNS: He's back. A hero for our millennium. And not a moment too soon, because during the five years (much longer in movie-fan years!) Superman sought his home planet, things changed on his adopted planet. Nations moved on without him. Lois Lane now has a son, a fiance and a Pulitzer for "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman." And Lex Luthor has a plan that will destroy millions - no, billions - of lives. Filmmaker Bryan Singer (X-Men) gives the world the Superman it needs, honoring the legend everyone loves while taking it in a powerful new direction. Brandon Routh proves a perfect choice to wear the hero's cape, leading a top cast that includes Kate Bosworth as Lois and Kevin Spacey as Lex. And the thrills - from a sky-grapple with a tumbling jumbo jet to a continent-convulsing showdown - redefine Wow. "I'm always around," Superman tells Lois. You'll be glad he is.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 204394761
UPC 085391165262
UPC 14 00085391165262
Format DVD
Sales Rank 3311
Keywords
Action
Heroes
Journalists/Journalism
Superheroes
Editors Note
Note This collection of SUPERMAN titles includes many different incarnations of the kryptonite-fearing comicbook figure. Included in the ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S EDITION are: SUPERMAN THE MOVIE: SPECIAL EDITION, SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT, SUPERMAN II: SPECIAL EDITION, SUPERMAN III: DELUXE EDITION, SUPERMAN IV: DELUXE EDITION, SUPERMAN RETURNS: SPECIAL EDITION, BRYAN SINGER'S JOURNALS: EXTENDED EDITION, YOU WILL BELIEVE: THE CINEMATIC SAGA OF SUPERMAN. Please see individual titles for synopsis information.
Directors
Bryan Singer
Actors
Brandon Routh
Christopher Reeve
Cast & Crew
Brandon Routh - [Returns] Actor
Bryan Singer - [Returns] Director
Christopher Reeve - [1, 2, 3, 4] Actor
Gene Hackman - [1, 2, 4] Actor
Kate Bosworth - [Returns] Actor
Kevin Spacey - [Returns] Actor
Margot Kidder - [1, 2, 3, 4] Actor
Mariel Hemingway - [4] Actor
Marlon Brando - [1] Actor
Ned Beatty - [2] Actor
Parker Posey - [Returns] Actor
Richard Donner - [1] Director
Richard Lester - [2, 3] Director
Richard Pryor - [3] Actor
Robert Vaughn - [3] Actor
Sidney J. Furie - [4] Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 116526
UPC 00085391165262
Number of Discs 14
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Awards
Nominee (2007) British Academy Awards, Mark Stetson, et. al., [Returns] Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects,Oscar, Mark Stetson, et. al., [Returns] Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Winner (1979) British Academy Awards, Christopher Reeve, [1] Best Newcomer,Oscar, Les Bowie, et. al., [1] Special Achievement Award
Nominee (1979) Golden Globe, John Williams, [1] Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Oscar, Stuart Baird, [1] Best Film Editing,Oscar, John Williams, [1] Best Music, Original Score,Oscar, Gordon K. McCallum, et. al., [1] Best Sound
Reviews
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review [4] Christopher Reeve, in his fourth consecutive role, wrote the story for this film -- an unabashed nuclear disarmament message. But by the end of this movie (produced by the Golan-Globus conspiracy), nuclear winter seems more appealing than the prospect of "Superman V"...The movie's climactic scenes apparently occur when the superbeings battle above Manhattan, the Great Wall of China and the moon. After this fight, you'll look fondly on Saturday morning wrestling. And after this film, you'll look fondly at just about anything.
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Reviewer Desson Howe
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review [2] Rectifying one of Superman's flaws, Superman II offers not just one, but three, effective villains. Each of the criminals from Krypton is as strong as the Man of Steel, and their amorality makes them far more dangerous...Superman acquaints us with the characters and sets up the scenario; Superman II takes the plot threads introduced in the original and resolves them. In my review of Superman, I noted that it is possible to watch and enjoy that film without having seen the sequel. A similar comment can be made regarding Superman II - having viewed its predecessor is not a necessary prerequisite to appreciating the second installment.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [1] "Superman" is a pure delight, a wondrous combination of all the old-fashioned things we never really get tired of: adventure and romance, heroes and villains, earthshaking special effects, and -- you know what else? Wit. That surprised me more than anything: That this big-budget epic, which was half a decade making its way to the screen, would turn out to have an intelligent sense of humor about itself...And then the special effects. They're as good in their way as any you've seen, and they come thick and fast...The movie is, in fact, a triumph of imagination over both the difficulties of technology and the inhibitions of money. "Superman" wasn't easy to bring to the screen, but the filmmakers kept at it until they had it right.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Variety
Review [Returns] "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...
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Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Gift Set, Box Set, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Superman
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader [2] ...a big, generous, beautifully crafted piece of entertainment...
Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle [1] ...smart screenplay...striking cinematography...winning performance by Christopher Reeve...
Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews [3] Reeve continues his traditions of graceful flying moves, confident carriage, and twinkly warmth.
Richard Corliss, Time [Returns] Pure exhilaration...It's beyond Super. It's Superb.
Ryan Olson, DVD Answers [4] Pay particular attention to the detail and the depth of this film.
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