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A relatively bare release of the second in the Superman series, with just a theatrical trailer, some cast and crew notes, and an extra language track to spice up this dual-layer, single-sided disc. The main menu includes music and has an autoplay function built in, but no animation. The movie has been given an anamorphic transfer at 2.35:1 from a fairly low-contrast print. No attempt was made to restore the material, and while the print seems to be without scratches and major flaws, it also appears a little ...
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A relatively bare release of the second in the Superman series, with just a theatrical trailer, some cast and crew notes, and an extra language track to spice up this dual-layer, single-sided disc. The main menu includes music and has an autoplay function built in, but no animation. The movie has been given an anamorphic transfer at 2.35:1 from a fairly low-contrast print. No attempt was made to restore the material, and while the print seems to be without scratches and major flaws, it also appears a little washed out in places; most of the print is well balanced in terms of color, however, though with somewhat cool flesh tones. Blacks are nice and solid, with good detail. The print is fairly sharp throughout, with some moments of softness. The transfer also seems to be free of artifacting and edge enhancement. Bitrate hovers around the 5.5 Mbps range. The Dolby 2.0 Surround is solid work, with some nice effects, though not very much directional and atmospheric effort. High end seems a little limited, and it's a bit weak in the bass end (and there is some audible distortion in the lower mid-range in a few scenes), but overall it works well. The French-language track is mono and features a good voice cast with poor-quality matching; overall, this track is a bit harsh. Subtitles are available in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. The trailer looks good, but sounds terrible. The feature has 37 chapter stops, and the disc is packaged in a snapcase.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español & Português
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A relative rarity -- a sequel that's just as good as the original -- Superman II continues the Man of Steel's crusade against villainous Lex Luthor and pits him against Kryptonian supercriminals to boot. Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas, and Jack O'Halloran play the mischievous miscreants who, imprisoned long ago in the "Phantom Zone" by Superman's father, finally escape and make their way to Earth to wreak vengeance on his son. Their alliance with Luthor once again played with tongue in cheek by Gene Hackman makes no end of trouble for Krypton's last son, whose final showdown with the superbad guys lays waste to midtown Metropolis. Christopher Reeve, seemingly more comfortable in the familiar red-and-blue costume, is solidly convincing in the title role, and Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper, Ned Beatty, Valerie Perrine, and Marc McClure effectively reprise their roles from the first film. Picking up plot strings left dangling from Superman -- and using extra footage shot by Richard Donner -- director Richard Lester The Three Musketeers wastes no time getting to the action, and as a result the sequel has more comic book flavor than its predecessor. Colorful, extravagant, and fast moving, Superman II is considered the best of the series by some discriminating aficionados.
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Arguably the best of the Superman films, Superman II is darker than its counterparts, with a more foreboding, mythological atmosphere that's arguably closer in tone to the original comic book. High-energy director Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night) lends the franchise a verve the first film lacked. He retains the best aspects of that film -- the sharp performances and impressive visual effects -- and adds a snappier pace and a more sardonic wit. Christopher Reeve is even better than he was in the original, adding more complex shadings to the character's dilemma between his obligations as Superman and his life as Clark Kent. The supporting cast is particularly strong: Terence Stamp is humorously cocky performance as the diabolical Zod, and Gene Hackman is as sleazily entertaining as he was in the first film. Much of the sequel was shot at the same time as the first Superman (by Richard Donner, who was denied a directing credit on this film), enhancing the feeling of continuity between the two.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2001
  • UPC: 085391112020
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo / Mono
  • Sound: stereo, monaural
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Reeve Clark Kent/Superman
Gene Hackman Lex Luthor
Margot Kidder Lois Lane
Ned Beatty Otis
Jackie Cooper Dino/Perry White
Terence Stamp Gen. Zod
Sarah Douglas Ursa
Jack O'Halloran Non
Valerie Perrine Eve Teschmacher
Susannah York Lara
Clifton James Sheriff
Marc McClure Jimmy Olsen
E.G. Marshall President
Hal Galili Man at Bar
Hadley Kay Jason
Dinny Powell Boog
Leueen Willoughby Leueen
Robin Pappas Alice
Roger Kemp Spokesman
Roger Brierley Terrorist
Anthony Milner Terrorist
Richard Griffiths Terrorist
Melissa Wiltsie Nun
Marc Boyle C.R.S. Man
Alan Stuart Cab Driver
John Ratzenberger Controller
Shane Rimmer Controller
John Morton Nate
Angus MacInnes Warden
Antony Sher Bellboy
Elva Mai Hoover Mother
John Hollis Krypton Elder
Gordon Rollings Fisherman
Peter Whitman Deputy
Bill Bailey J.J.
Marcus D'Amico Willie
Richard Le Parmentier Reporter
Don Fellows General
Michael J. Shannon President's Aide
Tony Sibbald Presidential Imposter
Pamela Mandell Waitress
Pepper Martin Rocky
Eugene Lipinski News Vendor
Beth Porter Football Fan (uncredited)
Tommy Duggan Diner Owner
Ken Thorne Conductor
Technical Credits
Richard Lester Director
Stuart Baird Editor
John Barry Production Designer
Yvonne Blake Costumes/Costume Designer
Roy Charman Sound Mixer
Colin Chilvers Special Effects, Special Effects Supervisor
Dusty Symonds Asst. Director
Roy Field Special Effects, Special Effects Supervisor
Maurice Fowler Art Director
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Harry Lange Production Designer
Tom Mankiewicz Consultant/advisor
Peter Murton Production Designer
Leslie Newman Screenwriter
David Newman Screenwriter
Robert Paynter Cinematographer
Zoran Perisic Special Effects
Mario Puzo Original Story, Screenwriter
Ilya Salkind Executive Producer, Producer
Alexander Salkind Producer
John Victor Smith Editor
Pierre Spengler Producer
Ken Thorne Score Composer
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Vincent Winter Production Manager
Sue Yelland Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Trio of traitors. [3:07]
2. Credits and Superman: The Movie recap. [5:25]
3. Headline story in Paris. [3:44]
4. Lois' elevator ride. [5:40]
5. Bomb damage. [4:33]
6. Luthor does laundry. [2:11]
7. Unidentified flying villains. [5:28]
8. Balloon bustout. [2:59]
9. Honeymooners. [4:00]
10. Lois puts it all together. [4:30]
11. Intruders at the Fortress of Solitude. [4:35]
12. Waterlogged to make a point. [3:23]
13. Planet Houston. [1:57]
14. "You are Superman." [3:14]
15. Laying down the law. [2:59]
16. Trip north. [1:07]
17. Beginning to bore him. [2:38]
18. Secrets revealed. [2:00]
19. Something more interesting. [2:51]
20. Blowing a helicopter a kiss. [2:24]
21. Made mortal for love. [1:32]
22. White House visitors. [4:11]
23. Diner Humiliation. [3:31]
24. "I have to go back." [3:25]
25. The green crystal. [1:52]
26. Luthor pays a call. [2:40]
27. Daily Planet visitors. [3:00]
28. Battle of Titans. [3:10]
29. Catching a bus. [7:20]
30. Big wind in Metropolis. [2:00]
31. A coward after all? [2:28]
32. Final confrontation. [2:26]
33. Molecualr rearrangement. [3:47]
34. Slight case of amnesia. [5:10]
35. Return match at the diner. [5:07]
36. Flag flying high. [1:47]
37. End Credits. [:45]
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Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Gene Hackman: Lex Luthor
         Christopher Reeve: Clark Kent/Superman
         Terence Stamp: General Zod
         Directed by Richard Lester
      Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superman 2

    The two films of Superman 2 were both created in the early 80s but only one was put out in theaters. The one that was put out in theaters in 1981 was a little weaker then the one that was put together in 2006. Richard Lester was the director of this film. In this film the way that Louis finds out that Clark is Superman is that he trips over the pink bear rug and his hand falls into the fire. His hand doesn’t burn so he knows that he is superman. The way that Superman gets his powers back is not as detailed as it is in the 2006 version. They just show the green crystal and move on to the next scene where he has his powers back. There are little things in this film that make the film good. This was like the comical scenes like when the villains are using there super powers to blow everyone away. When they are doing this there is a guy on roller blades that they focus on and he just is going backwards helplessly. Another part from this scene is when the man is talking on the phone in the phone booth and is blown over but still tries to talk on the phone while sliding down the sidewalk. In the beginning with the normal criminals that are going to blow up the world was a not necessary in the plot. They did need something to be able to have the villains escape but it didn’t relate to the first movie. The ending of the film was better then the 2006 vision. They “super kiss” was a much better way to end it then having him going to get a pizza and rewinding the whole world. The tone of this film was more of a comic book tone. There were comical parts that were not needed and the serious parts were a little hard to take serious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lester loses!

    The version of Superman II that Richard Donner directed is a movie with stronger characterization. It dispels the goofiness of the original cut and casts a darker light on the story of Superman. Throughout the Superman series, Clark has to hide his secret identity from the woman of his dreams, Lois Lane. However, as an investigative journalist, it is her duty to uncover the truth, which she does. In both versions of the movie, Lois figures out who Superman is. He is unable to hide it any longer, and so, they start a relationship together. In the Lester cut, which is the theatrical release, Lois attempts to draw Clark into becoming Superman by jumping off a platform and into the falls. The Donner cut depicts Lois jumping out of the Daily Planet building from her office, which is several stories up. Jumping from the building is much more perilous than jumping into the water, in this critic’s opinion. She is able to jump into the water and survive. However, if Lois had not landed on the rain shield above the building’s door, which she does, she would have hit the pavement and died. Clark does nothing to save her from the fall into Niagara Falls. All he does is throw her a log to climb onto. In the Donner version, however, Clark discretely uses his powers to quickly open the rain shield and save Lois. He acts much more heroically, which is a pleasant change from the Lester version. Neither of those scenes necessarily proves that Clark is Superman. However, events that follow eventually reveal Clark’s identity to Lois. The scenes that ultimately blow Clark’s cover are distinctly different and characterize Lois much differently, as well. In the Lester cut, Clark trips over a pink bear fur rug and loses his glasses. That is when Lois makes the connection. However, the Donner cut is somewhat darker. The entire hotel scene is omitted. In its place, Lois holds a gun up to Clark’s torso and says that she is so sure he is Superman that she can, in good conscience, shoot him. He starts to get nervous, and the gun goes off. Clark confesses everything, and Lois reveals that it was only a blank. She tricked him into spilling his guts. I found that a lot more interesting than Clark being clumsy. All in all, the Donner version of the movie was much more entertaining in that it is not overly goofy and stuffed with visual gags. While it does include humorous elements, it does not cram them down the viewer’s throat as the Lester version does. Instead, Donner’s version of Superman II is a refreshing, serious, action-adventure flick with some mediocre special effects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    1981 version in comparison to the 2006 Donner cut

    The 1981 version of Superman II by Richard Lester is weaker than the recently released 2006 Richard Donner cut. This film doesn’t have a single scene in which the audience gets to see Superman’s father, other then his hands. This takes away from the movie a bit, especially since Superman is continuously referred to as “Son of Jor-El”. In fact, the entire scene in which Superman’s powers are returned to him, a scene that was initially shot with Jor-El, was completely cut out, leaving the incident unexplained. In the 06 version, both the scene in which Superman gives up his powers, and the scene in which he gets them back results in a lecture from Jor-El. He tells Superman that he is making the wrong decision and that he should help mankind instead of being selfish. In the original version, Superman’s mother is much more sympathetic, and not entirely against the idea. Instead of giving the feeling of punishment when Superman has his powers removed, the scene makes it seem as though it’s just something he has to do if he wants to be with Lois. The plot development between Lois and Clark in this film is also rather weak. Lois finds out that Clark is Superman simply by him tripping over a pink bear rug, his hand going into the fire. The 2006 Donner cut goes brings up a better circumstance to give Lois proof that he is indeed Superman. The tone of this movie is much more comedic than the 06 version, moving further away from realistic, and closer to a comic book feel. The lighter tone of this movie makes it better for certain viewers, but takes away from scenes that are supposed to be more serious. There are, however, some good points in this film. For example, this film shows the crime that condemned the three villains to the shadow zone, where as the other film cuts strait to the trial. This film also introduces the green crystal that gives Superman his powers back earlier in the film, as opposed to introducing it only when he makes use of it. Finally, this film is wrapped up better than the 06 version. The Donner cut leaves plot holes in the story, and it also ends the movie in a situation in which none of the events in the film actually took place. This version has a much more satisfying ending in which Superman has actually saved the world and it stays that way, and he erases Lois’ memory through a special kiss as opposed to turning back time. Despite having certain redeeming factors, the 1981 version of the film is generally weaker than the 2006 version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If You Know Anything About Superman, This Movie Is Not For You.

    The 1981 version of Superman II was designed was a distinctly different goal than the original director had intended when the production of the movie was halted to bring in a different director. Way back when, Richard Donner was supposed to shoot the entirety of the first two Superman films, but due to payment differences and personal issues, was asked to leave the movie in favor of Richard Lester. Donner eventually re-edited and released Superman II as he originally had intentioned in early 2006, but for 25 bleak years, the world had to view Superman through the eyes of Richard Lester. Superman goes on spectacular, all expenses paid vacation to a Niagra Falls honeymoon hotel where both Lois and Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent, stay in an extremely tacky suite complete with a vibrating bed and a huge pink bear skin rug. Superman fights off the Krytonian villains as they destroy New York City and as he is fighting them, the movie focuses on several individuals being whipped backwards by the super breath of the super villains. The first person is talking on a phone booth telephone while being dragged down the street in an apparent attempt at humor by Richard Lester. The second is on roller skates and is being uncontrollably blown backwards while he waves his arms and cries for help, again an apparent attempt at humor. These elements of the 1981 release all contribute to the overall feeling of complete jocularity of the film and help in making it completely and irrevocably hollow. In terms of storyline, SII is definitely a well-developed film. It has a crafted storyline and follows one of the most iconic pop culture images ever created. It has no small task set to complete and it succeeds in laying down a plot line that is comprehensible. The mechanics of the movie are also good. The film is shot well, with creative uses in camera angles and whatnot and the lighting of the film is also well done. Ultimately, one who knows nothing of Superman might have little problem seeing this film because they are presented with a fresh and lively character that is certainly entertaining. But lets be honest. No one has never heard of Superman and everyone has some idea as to what he is about, and this is where the Lester version of SII begins to fall apart. SII is almost campy, and is certainly a glossed over version of real life. Superman is a gritty character. He has a five o ‘clock shadow and he drinks his coffee black. He has to deal with the utter destruction of his planet and the return of three of the most notorious criminals ever to exist in Kryptonian history. But the Lester version of SII makes Superman into a comical character, characterized by bad vocal puns and not-so-subtle innuendo with the ever-present Lois Lane. The movie feels like Superman cares nothing about the villains he is fighting and is merely trying to stop them to put on a show for the good people of Earth who will then devote their every waking moment to praising his existence. It feels superficial and campy and thus, the 1981 release of SII falls short.

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