The first 2 seasons are most fun and memorable to watch!
If you're a fan of the old black and white Superman series staring George Reeves, Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill and others,then the first and second season dvd sets are for you.Once they got to the third season, the stories became a little more hokey and not as well written. These are just plain fun to watch! I enjoyed these episodes as a very young boy on tv, and now I am glad to have them on dvd in my collection. The episodes are also great conversation pieces amongst other fans at family gatherings and parties with others of our own age! There's just too much cgi in everything produced these days which takes away from the fun.
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Excellent series. Excellent season.
This is the last season in black and white. This season contains the episode "Panic in the Sky" which is the favorite of many fans including Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Maurer adapted "Panic in the Sky" into an episode for the Superboy series called "Superboy...Lost" (1990), Bryce Zabel and Jackson Gillis adapted "Panic in the Sky" into an episode of the Lois and Clark series called "All Shook Up" (1994) and Bryan Singer adapted some elements of "Panic in the Sky" for a scene in Superman Returns (2006). "Superman in Exile" is a great episode where Superman saves a nuclear reactor from exploding and becomes radioactive, kills plants, glows in the dark and must leave the city or anyone close to him will die from the radiation. Kryptonite is introduced in the series in "The Defeat of Superman", George Reeves plays an amazing duel role in "The Face and the Voice" showing his versatility, Superman fights a gorilla in "Jungle Devil", "Around the World with Superman", "A Ghost for Scotland Yard" and "The Clown Who Cried" are great episodes. A special rarely seen patriotic episode sponsored by the U.S. Treasury department promoting savings bonds called "Stamp Day for Superman" is included. Noel Neill and Jack Larson provide commentary for the episodes "Panic in the Sky" and "Semi-Private Eye". There's also a tribute to Noel Neill called "First Lady of Metropolis". Highly recommended DVD set of classic Americana!Read full review
A thrilling and fun adventure as you go up, up, and away!
After being unsuccessful in watch these classic episodes on You Tube I wanted to see more. Remembering many of them when I was 7-8 years old. The special effects for the early days of TV are quite good compared to the latest CGI images. The color episodes filmed 8 years before color TV came about are dazzling and I'm sure they are the reason this series is still so popular. The stories are simple and thrilling perfect for kids. A lot better than the current interpretation of Superman. I recommend this to any Baby Boomer!
Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than???
I've been a fan of The Adventures of Superman since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some of my memories are of seeing "The Unknown People" with my brothers and sisters gathered around the old Zenith and with total amazement seeing George Reeves in costume for the first time. Whatever George's feelings were about playing the comic book hero, there wasn't a kid in the bunch of us tiny tikes who didn't believe in Superman. Reeves remains for me the true Man of Steel. The second year box set seems to be some of the best of the Adventures of Superman. With nearly three years seperating the first and second seasons you can see the shift in tone from a hard-edged crime drama to a more humorous approach. There were still quite a few dramatic episodes, including the apex of the series, "Panic in the Sky", "Superman in Exile", and "The Defeat of Superman". Aside from the episodes, the best thing about this collection are the few, but excellent, features, a Valentine to the best Lois Lane in any version of the TV or movie exploits, Noel Neill. Besides a nice interview with this delightful lady, she's also paired with her old partner in crime, Jack Larson, to do audio commentary on their two favorite episodes, the aforementioned "Panic" and Larson's showcase for his wonderful comic talents, "Semi-Private Eye". This is a true treasure trove of Superman's TV exploits at their very best. The following year, the series would start its slow decline to eternal re-run heaven, a reduction in quality and the number of produced episodes that not even the change to full color would be able to help. Actors: George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Noel Neill, Jack Larson, John Hamilton Directors: George Blair, Philip Ford Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC Language: English Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 5 Studio: Warner Home Video DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006 Run Time: 683 minutes DVD Features: Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 1.0) 26 episodes on five discs Commentary by Noel Neill and Jack Larson on two episodes Documentary: The First Lady of Metropolis profiling Noel Neill Stamp Day for Superman: special episode promoting savings bonds with a new introduction by Jack LarsonRead full review