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Superman: The Movie

by JC Alvarez
Tuesday Nov 6, 2018
Superman: The Movie

Look up in the sky!

Director Richard Donner promised audiences they would believe that a man would fly, and considering the year that the film was released, in 1978, the pioneering precedent of a cinematic blockbuster set in a galaxy, far, far away, demanded certain expectations from a full-length feature based on the most popular pulp-fiction comic book character that's ever existed. "Superman: The Movie" is represented and re-released now in 4K Ultra HD. Donner's masterpiece has never looked better or appeared more relevant.

From the opening moments after the credits blaze across the screen and transports the audience through the red sun to the ill-fated planet of Krypton, it's clear (crystal clear) that "Superman: The Movie" has been waiting for the 4K Ultra HD format, which finally delivers the highest dynamic range with a picture that is brighter, deeper and more lifelike, with the most honest color reads of any of its previous home video releases, bringing the film right up and aligned proper with its contemporaries.

There's nary a human being alive who hasn't seen the film's star Christopher Reeve in the red cape and iconic suit as the Man of Steel, nor succumb to the miraculous moment that Margot Kidder as Lois Lane takes a moonlit flight over the Metropolis skyline (which looks very much like New York City in the '70s). The two actors became solidified in the public's consciousness as the Daily Planet's top reporters. Gene Hackman brought an entirely new dimension to the nefarious Lex Luthor, Superman's arch nemesis, who is hellbent on destroying our hero.

The colors on Superman's classic red and blue suit have never looked better, and the subterranean lair of his evil foe, situated beneath Grand Central Station, gleams as glorious as the crystal spires of the alien landscape of Krypton and as wide-green and bountiful as the Kansas farm of The Kents. Donner's direction and narrative humanized the scale of the comic book classic and rooted the 2D-hero in reality, but he never compromised in the grand scope of the blockbuster. In 4K "Superman: The Movie" looks as spectacular as you remember, and feels impressively brand new.

In the years and then decades that followed, a parade of sequels and other superhero films would follow suit, but "Superman: The Movie" still remains the standard by which all others would be judged. Just in time to celebrate the feature's 40th Anniversary (and Superman's 80th birthday), both the Man of Steel and the movie have held up wonderfully, and now in 4K Ultra HD an entirely new generation of fans can marvel and believe that a man can fly faster than a speeding bullet, is more powerful than a locomotive, and is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

"Superman: The Movie" in 4K Ultra HD is bundle along with a Blu-ray, both featuring the Theatrical Version and including Special Features including commentary by the production team. Also as part of the package, enjoy the 1978 TV special "The Making of Superman: The Movie," classic cartoon and the original TV spots and trailers, and the combo pack includes a Digital Download to watch the video on demand. The film is also enhanced in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Audio for an immersive experience that will turn your living room into a state of the art cineplex!

Includes commentary by the producers Pierre Spengler and Ilya Salkind and a behind-the-scenes 1978 TV special on "The Making of Superman: The Movie." Also included is the classic black and while serial "Superman and the Mole-Men," starring George Reeves as Superman and Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane (who makes a cameo in the 1978 film as Lois Lane's mother).

"Superman: The Movie"
available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital HD

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".


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