While some of the Superman movies had previously been available on Blu-ray, Warner Home Video has just announced a complete collection.
Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) comes to Blu-ray on June 7, containing all five movies (the four starring Christopher Reeve plus Superman Returns), two alternate versions (for Superman 1 and 2; the first includes eight additional minutes, while the second is known as “the Richard Donner cut”), and lots of special features. The bonuses are headlined by “the never-before-seen original opening to Superman Returns.” Otherwise, this looks a lot like a hi-def version of the tin-box DVD set Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition that came out four years ago. (Although I don’t know if the Blu-ray set comes with the minicomic reprinting Superman #7.)
The two documentaries, “Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman” and “The Science of Superman”, are available in high definition, plus deleted scenes and other extras. List price is $129.95, but the purchase includes Movie Cash worth $8 for admission to Green Lantern. Look for additional Blu-ray releases with the same Movie Cash offer, including 300, the first four Batman movies, Jonah Hex, Constantine, V for Vendetta, Watchmen, and Catwoman.
I compared the listed extras on the eight-disc Blu-ray set against the previous DVD release, and they appear to contain the same material, although the Blu-rays reorder some of it. The only Blu-ray special feature I didn’t see listed on the DVD set (in additional to the new opening mentioned above) was “The Science of Superman”, originally a National Geographic Channel TV special aired in June 2006. Here’s the trailer for Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006):
Where’s Kate Bosworth? We see both Supermen, Reeve and Brandon Routh, but only Margot Kidder as Lois Lane. Probably just as well — she’ll always fill the role in my memories.
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