18 September 2017 [UPDATED 25 SEPTEMBER 2017]
At last! It’s official! The TV edit of Superman-The Movie is being officially released by the Warner Archive Collection!
I’ve known about this upcoming release for a few months now (thanks to two insiders pals), and am so pleased it is being released on October 3, 2017.
This extended 3-hour US Blu-ray release of Superman-The Movie is region-free (plays in any Blu-ray machine worldwide), and is the debut for this cut of the movie in the original theatrical widescreen on any home format!
The more successful this release is for the Warner Archive Collection division of Warner Bros., the more likely it is that we will see similar high-definition releases for the other Christopher Reeve Superman movies.
There are no guarantees, but if our enthusiasm is clear to Warner Bros. in the sales figures, we make seeing the other movies released more likely than ever, but Superman-The Movie: Extended Cut needs to do well immediately upon release – not slow burning over months as people get around to it.
So please consider ordering an extra copy for someone you know who might appreciate it as a gift this festive season from the following webpages:
A MESSAGE TO THE SUPERMAN MOVIE COMMUNITY:
by CapedWonder Writer Bill Williams
Next month sees the long-awaited release of the complete extended version of Superman: The Movie on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection!
It’s been a week since we first received the news, and like many of you I, too, am excited about this new Blu-ray release, which will give the fans nearly 40 minutes of additional footage not included in the original theatrical release, and much of which we have seen in various TV broadcasts, and at that in fullscreen format only. But now it will be presented on disc in its original widescreen format, which we have long waited for!
As you know, next year marks the 40th anniversary of the theatrical release of Superman: The Movie and I can think of no better way for all of us in the CapedWonder community to celebrate the film by supporting this new Blu-ray release. The potential is endless. This year alone we have seen new anniversary screenings of film classics such as Smokey and the Bandit, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, to name a few.
Supporting the new Superman-The Movie: Extended Cut Blu-ray can send a message to Warner Bros. that a new anniversary screening of the film can happen back on the big screen.
For the past few years our team leader Jim Bowers has worked tirelessly to bring to life his coffee table book on the development of the Superman films, which has received outstanding support from those fans, the cast members, and Richard Donner. Getting the new Blu-ray release will further support Jim’s book and bring his dream project to life.
And with the increase in Ultra 4K HD, what better way to watch Superman: The Movie than in this new format? Supporting the new Blu-ray will let Warner Home Video know that Superman: The Movie should be brought to life in this new format.
But none of this can happen without your help. The demand for this new release of a beloved classic film can be high, and such response can only support the film for its 40th anniversary.
And who knows what the response might mean for the sequels?
Tell your friends and fellow film buffs to get this new Blu-ray release of Superman-The Movie: Extended Cut, and let’s let Warner Bros. know that we still believe a man can fly!
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE – EXTENDED CUT & SPECIAL EDITION 2-FILM COLLECTION (1978,2000)
Run Time 188 Minutes-EXTENDED CUT (NEW 2017 1080p HD MASTER)
151 Minutes-SPECIAL EDITION
Subtitles Spanish, French, English SDH
DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English (EXTENDED CUT)
DTS HD-Master Audio 5.1 – English, DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND 5.1 – French, DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND 5.1 – Spanish
ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO – 2.40:1, 16 X 9 LETTERBOX
Special Features (on Superman The Special Edition Disc): Commentary by Director Richard Donner and Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz; 3 Documentaries Taking Flight: The Development of Superman, Making Superman: Filming the Legend and The Magic Behind the Cape; Screen Tests; Restored Scenes; Additional Scenes; Additional Music Cues; Music-Only Track
Decades before blockbuster Extended Cuts were common, Superman proved a true “Man of Tomorrow.” Superman: The Movie received an ahead-of-its-time makeover for its television premiere – nearly 40 more minutes of story, creating a two-night television event. Audiences had already been swept off their feet by Christopher Reeve’s Last Son of Krypton, and now there was more to enjoy. Unseen in decades, this version is paired here with Richard Donner’s definitive vision of his film, the Special Edition Director’s Cut (2000), to create a supersized celebration of Metropolis’ favorite son that preserves the director’s intent while feeding superfan demands.