Superman: The Movie (Blu-ray Disc, 2006)
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Variety - Har. (12/13/1978)
USA Today - Mike Clark (05/04/2001)
Premiere - Premiere Staff (12/01/2003)
New York Times - Vincent Canby (12/15/1978)
Ultimate DVD - David Richardson (05/01/2007)
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- bigjimspack1976Sep 9, 2015by
Brilliant piece of filmaking
Awesome one of the greatest if not the greatest superhero film ever made. has a lot of heart Christopher Reeve was born to play Superman
- get-my-cool-stu...Feb 16, 2010by
Real Life Superman Christopher Reeve
If you want to see a Superman then watch any of the first four Superman motion pictures. Christopher Reeve played the best and was a true hero! I could never say enough good about the man! I have seen the four movies so many times I know them by heart. A great loss! On May 27, 1995, Reeve became a quadriplegic after being thrown from his horse in an eventing competition in Culpeper, Virginia. He required a wheelchair and breathing apparatus for the rest of his life. He lobbied on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries, and for human embryonic stem cell research afterward. He founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation and co-founded the Reeve-Irvine Research Center. After My Life, Stark Hesseltine told Reeve that he had been asked to audition for the leading role as Clark Kent/Superman in the big budget film, Superman: The Movie (1978). Lynn Stalmaster, the casting director, put Reeve's picture and resume on the top of the pile three separate times, only to have the producers throw it out each time. Through Stalmaster's persistent pleading, a meeting between director Richard Donner, producer Ilya Salkind and Reeve was set in January 1977 at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel on Fifth Avenue. The morning after the meeting, Reeve was sent a 300 page script. He was thrilled that the script took the subject matter seriously, and that Richard Donner's motto was verisimilitude. Reeve immediately flew to London for a screen test, and on the way was told that Marlon Brando was going to play Jor-El and Gene Hackman was going to play Lex Luthor. Reeve still did not think he had much of a chance. Though he was 6 ft 4, he was a self-described "skinny WASP." On the plane ride to London, he imagined how his approach to the role would be. He later said, "By the late 1970s the masculine image had changed... Now it was acceptable for a man to show gentleness and vulnerability. I felt that the new Superman ought to reflect that contemporary male image." He based his portrayal of Clark Kent on Cary Grant in his role in Bringing up Baby. After the screen test, his driver said, "I'm not supposed to tell you this, but you've got the part."
Despite his youth and maturing physique, Reeve was a talented all-around athlete. Portraying the role of Superman would be a stretch for the young actor, but he was tall enough for the role and had the necessary blue eyes and handsome features. However, his physique was slim. He refused to wear fake muscles under the suit, and instead went through an intense two-month training regimen supervised by former British weightlifting champion David Prowse, the man under the Darth Vader suit in the Star Wars films. The training regime consisted of running in the morning, followed by two hours of weightlifting and ninety minutes on the trampoline. In addition, Reeve doubled his food intake and adopted a high protein diet. He put on thirty pounds (14kg) of muscle to his thin 190 pound (86kg) frame. He later made even higher gains for Superman III (1983), though for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) he decided it would be healthier to focus more on cardiovascular workouts.
Reeve was never a Superman or comic book fan, though he had watched Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves. However, he found that the role offered a suitable challenge because it was a dual role. He said, "there must be some difference stylistically between Clark and Superman. Otherwise, you just have a pair of glasses standing in for a charactRead full review
- classicrockaddi...Jan 21, 2014by
A cinematic classic. The visuals of the movie to the music astounds me. It's a movie that will never get old.
- 2626269May 2, 2012by
purchase the item, because it was one of my favorite series and even still see. excellent the movie too.
- partekrasherAug 10, 2011by
A Superhero Movie Classic...on Beautiful Blu-Ray!
I've always been a fan of this movie since seeing it for the first time, and now seeing it on blu-ray makes the experience even better. This movie set the standard for superhero movies of the last thirty years in telling the story of the character, in this instance from birth to his ascension to "The Man of Steel".
The story telling in this movie is fantastic as it starts from the very beginning of Superman's existence. It shows the loss of his planet, him being sent to Earth, being raised by the Kents and eventually finding his destiny on his new planet. The acting is superb. Marlon Brando as Jor-El has brief screen time but helps set the foundation for the movie. Gene Hackman is great as Lex Luthor and Ned Beatty is golden as his bumbling sidekick Otis. Margot Kidder shines as Lois Lane and helped define, in my opinion, the strong female protagonist to go opposite of our hero. Granted she gets herself in more bad situations in this movie than most of us do in our lives, but she is a headstrong female who doesn't like to take second place to anyone. The real star of this movie though is Christopher Reeve as his performance as Clark Kent/Superman is spot on. It has always been joked about how the only difference between the two is the glasses, but the way Reeve plays the two characters has you firmly believing that they are two different individuals. It was a role that defined his career, and rightfully so.
The only drawback to being on blu-ray is that you can see the difference in special effects technology between now and the late 70's. Some of the scenes do look badly edited under high definition, but this shouldn't deter you if you are a fan of the movie. I might also complain about the lack of screen time for Gene Hackman as he played the Lex Luthor character so well that it left you wanting more. A few more extra features would of been nice also, since this is a blu-ray disc and that is one of the great appeals over dvd.
In closing, I would highly suggest picking this up on blu-ray if you are either a fan of the movie or if you have never seen it and want to see a great superhero flick. You could say this is the one that started it all and I believe is still the measuring stick for subsequent comic book based movies.Read full review