17 November 2018; Superman-The Movie 4K UHD Screenshots!
I’m starting to upload Superman-The Movie 4K UHD screenshots to the CapedWonder SmugMug account in no particular order (for now). There’s already hundreds of Superman-The Movie Blu-ray screenshots on SmugMug that I recommend checking out.
15 November 2018; Jay Towers’ Superman-The Movie 40th Special
Here’s a Superman-The Movie 40th anniversary special that my good friend Jay Towers released this past May. Yours truly shows up too! 🙂
14 November 2018; Superman-The Movie 4K and Fathom Events Update!
The Superman-The Movie 4K UHD disc (read Digital Bits’ review here) has been out for just over a week here in the States, and it’s been a joy to experience. I hope you’ve had the opportunity to at least see a streaming version of it. I’ve had a lot of conversations with fellow Superman movie fans like you about it, and the general consensus is that it’s a winner.
As many of you are aware by now, there are two sound mix options on the disc: a 5.1 audio mixed from the original 1978 6-track 70mm tapes and an Atmos sound mix that features the 2001 mix with further enhancements created just for Atmos. My personal favorite is the remastered 1978 original 6-track 70mm sound mix, which is surprisingly the default sound mix on the disc. I’ve listened to that mix twice now; once through my home theater speakers and secondly through ARS reference headphones. I was amazed how lovely it truly is. Being a big fan of cats, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Frisky’s purr after Superman gives him to the little girl, something I never remembered hearing before (there’s no purring in the Atmos mix).
I encourage each of you to invest in the 4K UHD disc, along with a 4K player and 4K HDR TV, to be able to fully appreciate this new release, both picture and sound. Try the 5.1 audio mixed from the original 1978 6-track 70mm tapes the first time you watch the disc; it truly is as close to the original theatrical experience as we can get (for now).
Streaming – The streaming versions of this new 4K release, available on Movies Anywhere, VUDU and iTunes, feature the 17-year-old 2001 “enhanced” sound mix first heard on the DVD released on May 1, 2001 and later on Blu-ray in 2006 and 2011. The 5.1 audio mixed from the original 1978 6-track 70mm tapes is not an option. A bonus that comes with the iTunes file is the 188-minute TV cut of the movie.
Fathom Events – I have confirmed today that the Fathom Events screenings throughout the U.S. (November 25 & 27, and December 3 in select theaters) will feature EXACTLY what is available via streaming: a 4K picture with the 17-year-old 2001 “enhanced” sound mix. I recommend contacting your local theaters’ managers to confirm that a 4K picture will be shown because some theaters affiliated with Fathom Events do not have 4K projectors, and instead project a 2K picture. I have no news about any international screenings.
Enjoy and keep believing a man can fly!
06 November 2018; Superman-The Movie on 4K Ultra HD!
The theatrical cut of Superman-The Movie is being released TODAY on 4K Ultra HD disc!
The U.S. version contains both the 4K Ultra HD disc and the 2011 theatrical Blu-ray disc (143 minutes). The UK version contains both the 4K Ultra HD disc and the 2011 Special Edition Blu-ray disc (151 minutes), despite what the packaging states. Why the difference between the U.S. and UK versions? Your guess is as good as mine. No need to worry because the 4K Ultra HD disc is the same inside both versions.
Read Bill Hunt’s excellent review on Digital Bits.
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
ANNOUNCES THE CLASSIC DC SUPER HERO FILM
TO BE RELEASED ON ULTRA HD BLU-RAY COMBO PACK
CELEBRATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LANDMARK FILM AND
THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BELOVED DC SUPER HERO,
SUPERMAN WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4K RESOLUTION WITH HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)
BURBANK, CA, September 25, 2018 – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced today that 1978’s Superman, featuring the beloved DC Super Hero, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on November 6th. An Alexander Salkind presentation and directed by Richard Donner (The Goonies, Lethal Weapon, The Lost Boys), the film stars Academy Award® winner Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront, The Godfather) as Jor-El, Academy Award winner Gene Hackman (The French Connection, Unforgiven) as Lex Luthor, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent/Superman.
Based on the DC character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman was produced by Pierre Spengler from a story by Mario Puzo and a screenplay by Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, and Robert Benton. Ilya Salkind served as executive producer. The film also features Ned Beatty as Otis, Jackie Cooper as Perry White, Glen Ford as Jonathan Kent, Valerie Perrine as Eva Teschmacher, and Terrance Stamp as General Zod.
Superman was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Film Editing, Best Music (Original Score) and Best Sound. The film also received a Special Achievement Academy Award for Visual Effects. In 2017, Superman was inducted in to the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Ultra HD* showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Superman will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Superman will also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
Superman will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $41.99 SRP and includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc with the feature film and special features. Fans can also own Superman in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on November 6th.
Academy Award winners Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman head an all-star cast in the fantastic, action-packed film that made Christopher Reeve an international star playing the greatest superhero of all time. From the doomed planet of Krypton, two parents launch a spaceship carrying their infant son to earth. Here he grows up to become Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for the Metropolis Daily Planet. But with powers and abilities far beyond those of ordinary men, he battles for truth and justice as Superman.
Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Elements
Superman Ultra HD Blu-ray contains the following previously released special feature:
• Commentary by Pierre Spengler and Ilya Salkind
Superman Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:
• Commentary by Pierre Spengler and Ilya Salkind
• The Making of Superman: The Movie 1978 TV Special
• Superman and the Mole-Men
• TV Spots and Trailers
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On November 6th, Superman 4K UHD will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including GooglePlay, Vudu, Xbox and others, and will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
*Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services like CinemaNow, Flixster Video, Vudu and more. For more information on compatible devices and services go to wb.com/digitalmoviefaq. Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.
Ultra HD Blu-ray $41.99*
Standard Street Date: November 6, 2018
EST Street Date: November 6, 2018
Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English, Latin Spanish
Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
Running Time: 143 minutes
Rating: Rated PG
DOLBY ATMOS [CC]
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.
ABOUT DC ENTERTAINMENT
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, the Flash), DC Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Warner Media. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.
Please enjoy this Superman-The Movie 40th anniversary poster that I put together the other day using some of Warner Bros’ elements. I returned Superman’s hair and face to a photographic appearance, and added the tagline, credits, etc., and Voila!
15 October 2018; New Imagery!
03 October 2018; Superman II / Superman III 3-CD Soundtrack Set is Coming!
I am so excited that this amazing Superman II / Superman III 3-CD soundtrack set is coming October 30th from La-La Land Records! It was an absolute pleasure being Creative Consultant on this fabulous project! Super Special Thanks to Mike Matessino! (I was not involved with the other CD sets pictured.)
02 October 2018; Superman-The Movie is Returning to Theaters!
Fathom Events will be screening Superman-The Movie on November 25 & 27, 2018 and December 3, 2018 in select theaters across the United States to celebrate the classic movie’s 40th anniversary! Click here to buy tickets. There are reports circulating that Max Fleischer’s 10-minute-long animated Superman short, Mechanical Monsters, will screen before the movie; its will be the short’s first time shown on the big screen since its debut in 1941. Very exciting stuff!
No word yet if Superman-The Movie will return to theaters outside of the United States.
25 September 2018; Christopher Reeve’s Birthday
Christopher Reeve, known to many as “TOPH”, was born on this day in 1952. He has inspired me for nearly 40 years. Happy Birthday, Chris — Our Friend.
Please enjoy this photo that I shot in my home yesterday. It features a greeting card sent to me by Dana Reeve in January 2005. Pictured on the front of the card is Chris in his sailboat; the writing below says the following: “The beauty of a life well lived never dies…” The card sits on Christopher Reeve’s original director’s chair that he used in Shepperton and Pinewood Studios whilst filming ‘Superman’ under the direction of Richard Donner (1977-1978). The card and chair are among the most important, significant, and cherished items that I own.
Also featured below is the entire card from Dana Reeve.
14 September 2018; Photos Galore!
11 September 2018; Custom Christopher Reeve Bust
A gifted sculptor who goes by the on-line name of “Admiral Mick” created this amazing Christopher Reeve Superman bust, and I am thrilled to have it on display in my office. Behind it is the painting, “Someone To Believe In” by artist Kristopher B. Meadows. Enjoy!