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Donner's Superman II specifications

Superman.jpgFinally we're going to get to see Richard Donner's version of Superman II. For those of you who don't know (very few I suspect) Donner created the first Superman movie and completed Superman II, having shot most of the footage during the filming of Superman. However, all too typically, the money people didn't agree with the filmmakers and Donner left. Richard Lester arrived and although there wasn't much to do to complete the film he reworked most of it. Thankfully the footage remained and over time, and with the help of very persistant fans, the film has been released.

Here are the specifications for the DVD entitled Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (US$24.98), and details of the footage changes from DVD Times:

Most notably, the "Donner cut" restores the Marlon Brando role, filmed for, but not included in the final theatrical release version of Superman II. The legendary Brando's performance as Jor-El has finally been restored in key scenes that amplify Superman lore and deepen the profound relationship between father and son.

With so many other changes, large and small, including a variety of Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) schemes to unmask Clark Kent as Superman, this Superman II will prove to be an eye-opening experience and an important addition to film history.

DVD Special Features:

  • All new introduction by director Richard Donner

  • Commentary by director Richard Donner and creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz

  • New featurette Superman II: Restoring the Vision

  • Additional scenes

  • Subtitles: English, French & Spanish (feature film only)

This is a necessary purchase, perhaps more so than The Christopher Reeve Superman Collection (US$79.92). It'll be very interesting to see how much of a different film this turns out to be.





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I really dont mind buying this DVD as I got the Superman boxset SOOO cheap anyway.


Another massive, amazing box is coming out soon, including this Donner version and Superman Returns. How smart are the distributors huh?

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