The Adventures of Superman - Seasons 5 & 6

The Adventures of Superman - Seasons 5 & 6

Director: George Blair, Harry Gerstad, Howard P. Bretherton Cast: George Reeves

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Overview

The Adventures of Superman - Seasons 5 & 6

The fifth and sixth seasons of The Adventures of Superman close out Warner Home Video's DVD release of the series in the same grand style seen on the earlier season installments. As with Seasons Three and Four, which had short production schedules of 13 episodes each, owing to the switch to color shooting, there are a total of 26 episodes in the five-platter package, with all of the bonus materials this time confined to the fifth disc. The full-screen (1.33-to-1) film-to-video transfers are, if anything, generally slightly better and more consistent in these two rounds of episodes than on the previous color releases, and run rings around the old laserdisc releases, but there's still considerable variation in color tones between shots and scenes in the same episodes, owing to weaknesses in the preservation of original materials. Some shots (starting with the main-title sequence) have a depth and richness that approaches Technicolor, while others have a pale, dupey quality, for which the producers have done a fairly good job of compensating in the transfer itself. The sound is consistent, and set at a healthy volume, and the same easy-to-use menu seen on earlier volumes is present on each of these discs. The DVD volume closes out with a close look at the character of Jimmy Olsen as portrayed by Jack Larson, who has participated in the supplementary sections of all of these releases -- the interview and factual material are good as far as they go, but one heartily wishes that someone had drawn Larson out on what he learned as an actor on the series from director Tommy Carr, who helmed a major part of the first two seasons, and also from some of the veteran co-stars and guest stars; the most entertaining moment in the entire round of supplements derives from this volume, and a fan reaction to a dual role that he portrayed in one episode of the series. Given the usual track record on vintage series supplements for DVD, it's difficult to complain too loudly about the shortcomings, although one does hope that Larson will write an autobiography someday that really addresses his work, the series, and his character, which is one of the most memorable portrayals in early television.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2006
UPC: 0012569825192
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 11:17:00
Sales rank: 15,250

Special Features

Superman's Pal: Jimmy Olsen - Jack Larson celebrates his series character along with co-star Noel Neill and author/historians Jim Beaver, Gary Grossman, Michael J. Hayde and Jan Anderson; Subtitles: Français & Español (episodes only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Reeves Actor
Billy Curtis Mr. Zero
Carl Ritchie Frank Smullins
Charles Gray Fake Arresting Officer
Dabbs Greer Mr. Pebbles,Dan Dobey
Donald Lawton President Bateo
Everett Glass Prof. LaSerne,Prof. La Serne
Freeman Lusk D.W. Griswald
Gregory Moffat Johnny Wilson
Joi Lansing Sgt. Helen J. O'Hara
Mark Cavell Pepe
Marshall Bradford Sir Arthur
Mauritz Hugo Slim,Tiger
Michael Fox Lead Criminal
Milton Frome Lank Garrit,Gannis
Noel Neill Actress
Phil Tead Prof. Pepperwinkle
Raskin Ben-Ari Dr. Latislav
Rick Vallin Rick Sable,Pallini
Robert Shayne Insp. Lona
Sid Tomack Harmon the Great
Stephen Wooton Bobby Jackson
Ted Hecht Abdul Ben Bay
Tris Coffin Maj. Osborn
Ben Welden Henchman,Jody Malone,Lefty
Buddy Lewis Eddie Vogel
Dale Van Sickel Henchman
Elaine Riley Miss Collins (X-29)
Herb Vigran Georgie Glep,Muggsy Maples
Jack Reitzen Ali Zing,Philippe Gonzalez
John Cliff Ed Crowley
John Eldredge Mr. X
Ken Mayer Albert
Lilyan Chauvin Anna Constantine
Paul Cavanaugh Delbert Carter
Paul Power Sir Gawaine
Raymond Hatton Grandfather Jackson
Richard Benedict Tony Gambini
Richard Elliot Fake Judge,Mr. Gobey
Robert Tafur Vice-President Oberon
Sam Finn Fingers Danny
Steve Mitchell Henchman
Thomas E. Jackson Mr. Haley
Billy Nelson Knuckles Nelson
Buddy Baer Atlas
Charles Mawell Boris
Donald Diamond Harry Fix
Eve McVeagh Mrs. Wilson
Frank Richards Marty
George Barrows Slouchy McGoo
George Khoury Prefecture of Police,Nicoli
George Selk Prof. Von Brunner
Jan Arvan Zarinski (X-49)
John Bennes Dugan
John Vivyan Duke
Keith Richards Steve Barton
Len Hendry Nick Mitchell
Peter Mamakos Gregor
Phil Arnold "Q" Ball
Pierre Watkin Sir Lancelot
Richard Emory Fire Lieutenant
Terry Frost Fake Officer
William Challee Cliffy Jones
Yvonne White Ethel,Sarah Green
Albert Carrier Pierre Lumont
Bruce Wendell Paul Barton
Craig Duncan Tex Dawson
Daniel White Mike
Frank Connor Driver Who Pays Fine
Frank Kreig The Brain
Gregg Martell Busher
Harry Arnie Blinkie,Old Moe
Jack Kruschen 1st Airport Robber
Jack Littlefield Elbows Logan,Jail Guard,Joe,Mickey Bragg
Jack Lomas Big Jack
Jack Reynolds Kramer
Jason Johnson Sir Henry
John Ferry Trigger Nelson
Leon Altin Store Clerk
Natividad Vacio Insp. Tomaio
Orville Sherman Gangster Scientist
Walter Reed Gen. Barret
Charles La Torre Raoul Durrant
Eddie LeVeque Senor Juan Lucke
Frank Fenton Mortimer Vanderlip
Gabriel Mooradian 2nd Airport Robber
George Spotts Space Ruler
I. Stanford Jolley Spike
Joel Riordan Torch Operator
Ken Alton Burns
Paula Houston Celia Adams
Thomas P. Dillon Museum Guard
Wayne Heffley Duke Barlow
Wilkie de Martel Mr. McTavish

Technical Credits
George Blair Director
George Reeves Director
Harry Gerstad Director
Howard P. Bretherton Director
Lew Landers Director
Philip Ford Director
Thomas Carr Director

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