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.