Superman III

Superman III

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Director: Richard Lester

Cast: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper

     
 

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Oh, the pain. Superman: The Movie was something special, despite its flaws, and Superman II was a solid sequel. Superman III, however, flew in the face of all the lessons learned, taking the low road to camp, and adding Richard Pryor as the doofus patsy to the bad guy. It is no surprise that Warner Bros. has taken the easy road with the DVDSee more details below

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Oh, the pain. Superman: The Movie was something special, despite its flaws, and Superman II was a solid sequel. Superman III, however, flew in the face of all the lessons learned, taking the low road to camp, and adding Richard Pryor as the doofus patsy to the bad guy. It is no surprise that Warner Bros. has taken the easy road with the DVD release of the title -- extras are limited to a theatrical trailer (anamorphic presentation at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1) and cast/crew pages (limited to filmographies for Christopher Reeve and Richard Pryor). The trailer -- which covers the entire story in three minutes -- has good color balance, but otherwise a soft, mushy look. The disc is single-sided and dual-layered, which provides plenty of room for the feature and therefore a good bitrate. The image is presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio (the titles are windowboxed at about 2:1, the way they were originally presented) in an anamorphic transfer. The image is free of grain, and the color balance is generally good, though colors are muted and contrast is low throughout. The transfer seems to have been sourced from a new print, so there are no visible blemishes or scratches. Black levels are good, with reasonable shadow detail. There are no apparent compression artifacts and almost no indications of edge enhancement. The Dolby Digital soundtrack is adequate to the task, providing a basic surround soundstage and good directional effects. Dialogue is clear and well-separated. Ken Thorne's score is placed nicely across the front stage. Bass is solid, though at a moderate level; some scenes will give the speakers a workout. There is no perceptible distortion. The French Dolby Digital soundtrack has a fairly good voice cast, though the actual dubbing is a bit slipshod. Subtitles are provided in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. The feature has 39 chapter stops and is packaged in a standard Warner Bros. snap case.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Enhancing its comic book action with broad comedy -- and lots of it -- Superman III gives Christopher Reeve's Man of Steel a delightful foil in Richard Pryor, whose energetic performance adds considerable oomph to this 1983 entry in the series. Pryor plays a skittish, wisecracking computer operator who inadvertently contributes to Superman's near defeat at the hands of archvillain Robert Vaughn. Annette O'Toole contributes additional spice as Clark Kent's old flame, Lana Lang, who sparks the mild-mannered reporter's fires while Margot Kidder's Lois Lane has a diminished role. Director Richard Lester sacrifices some of the series' mythic qualities in his single-minded pursuit of laughs, as evidenced by an opening-reel slapstick smorgasbord, in addition to Pryor's typical manic antics. Less dramatically intense than the first two installments, Superman III still offers plenty of superpowered action for fans and is clearly the fastest, funniest, and most family friendly film in the series.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2001
UPC:
0085391132028
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo, monaural]
Time:
2:05:00

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Reeve Clark Kent/Superman
Richard Pryor Gus Gorman
John Cooper Perry White
Marc McClure Jimmy Olsen
Annette O'Toole Lana Lang
Annie Ross Vera Webster
Pamela Stephenson Lorelei Ambrosia
Robert Vaughn Ross Webster
Margot Kidder Lois Lane
Gavan O'Herlihy Brad
Christopher Malcolm Actor
Nancy Roberts Unemployment Clerk
Graham Stark Blind Man
Henry Woolf Penguin Man
Gordon Rollings Man in Cap
Justin Case Mime
Bob Todd Dignified Gent
Terry Camilleri Delivery Man
Stefan Kalipha Data School Instructor
Helen Horton Miss Henderson
Lou Hirsch Fred
Bill Reimbold Wages Man
Shane Rimmer State Policeman
Al Matthews Fire Chief
Barry Dennen Dr. McClean
Enid Saunders Minnie Bannister
Robert Henderson Mr. Simpson
R.J. Bell Mr. Stokis
Pamela Mandell Mrs. Stokis
Peter Whitman Man at Cash Point
Ronnie Brody Husband
Sandra Dickinson Wife
Philip Gilbert Newsreader
Pat Starr White-Coated Scientist
Gordon Signer Mayor
John Bluthal Pisa Vendor
George Chisholm Street Sweeper
Robert Beatty Tanker Captain
Larry Lamb Miner
David Winning Commuter

Technical Credits
Richard Lester Director
Brian Ackland-Snow Art Director
Terry Ackland-Snow Art Director
Charles Bishop Art Director
Roy Charman Sound Mixer
Colin Chilvers Special Effects
Bert Davey Art Director,Production Designer
Dusty Symonds Asst. Director
Paul Engelen Makeup
Roy Field Special Effects
Graham Freeborn Makeup
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Martin Gutteridge Special Effects
John Harris Camera Operator
Evangeline Harrison Costumes/Costume Designer
Vangie Harrison Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Hollywood Editor
Giorgio Moroder Songwriter
Peter Murton Production Designer
David Newman Screenwriter
Leslie Newman Screenwriter
Robert Paynter Cinematographer
Zoran Perisic Consultant/advisor
Ilya Salkind Executive Producer
Alexander Salkind Producer
Bob Simmonds Associate Producer
John Victor Smith Editor
Pierre Spengler Producer
Ken Thorne Score Composer
Brian Warner Special Effects
Paul Weston & His Orchestra Stunts
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Vincent Winter Production Manager
Peter Young Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Job hunter Gus Gorman. [2:36]
2. Metropolis Credits and chaos. [5:55]
3. Travel plans. [3:34]
4. Penny Larceny. [2:25]
5. Blazing chemicals. [5:28]
6. A lake-sized miracle. [1:53]
7. Smallville Class of 1965 (Roll over Beethoven [4:36]
8. Lana Lang and the one that got away? [2:08]
9. Complete and utter moron. [2:08]
10. Bowled over. [2:00]
11. Push-button proposition. [5:05]
12. Gus in Smallville. [1:23]
13. Ricky's close call. [4:41]
14. Drinking away the night shift. [2:36]
15. Hacker havoc. [2:21]
16. Stormy weather. [2:29]
17. Rooftop skiing. [2:19]
18. Formula for Kryptonite. [5:23]
19. Key to Smallville. [3:09]
20. Three-star saboteur. [1:00]
21. Too late the hero. [3:35]
22. No more Mr. Nice Guy. [2:38]
23. Gus's pocketful of plans. [3:13]
24. The big spill. [4:03]
25. Young fan's encouragement. [6:46]
26. His own worst enemy. [2:18]
27. Rid of his bad self. [5:55]
28. What a Jukebox! [2:49]
29. Let the games begin. [3:45]
30. Defensive action. [3:02]
31. Lethal green ray. [2:16]
32. Yo-yo to the rescue? [2:39]
33. Attack of the cyberwoman. [2:07]
34. Micro meltdown. [2:09]
35. Gus flies high. [2:12]
36. A ring from Superman. [3:55]
37. New face. [1:46]
38. Lean on Superman. [1:23]
39. End Credits. [1:13]

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