Superman II

Superman II

Christopher Reeve
Director: Richard Donner Cast: Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve
, Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
, Margot Kidder
Margot Kidder
Richard Donner

Blu-ray (Director's Cut / Wide Screen)

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Overview

Reconstructed using archival film and sound elements long thought to be extinct, this special cut of Superman II pieces together unseen footage shot by Richard Donner in order to present the most comprehensive version of what was to be the original cut of the blockbuster sequel. As initially planned, the first two films were to be filmed back-to-back using the same sets and actors to save on production costs. However, with a budget escalating out of control and Warner Bros. breathing down the producers' necks, the decision was made to drop any further filming on the sequel in order to finish the first movie and usher it into theaters. Of course, the first Superman was a wild success, so then it was just a matter of ramping up production again, though this time, Donner was not asked back. Instead, producers went with Richard Lester, who had served them well with his Three Musketeers films. Decisions were made to drop most of the key scenes that were already in the can, including all of the footage featuring Marlon Brando as Jor-El, the Man of Steel's father. After completion, the sequel found much success in theatrical and home-video box-office returns, though that didn't stop die-hard fans from speculating what Donner's cut would have looked like. Once the Internet was spawned, Warner Bros. saw interest grow more and more for this alternate version, even prompting the company to send cease and desist letters to individuals who had posted a re-edit of the film using deleted footage taken from an alternate TV version from the U.K. With the release of Superman Returns, the company saw this as a chance to finally deliver what people had wanted for years and enlisted Michael Thau to oversee the restoration process. Under the tutelage of Donner's notes, scripts, storyboards, and the director himself, the new version was delivered to home audiences in 2006, thereby not only giving people a look into what could have been, but giving a director an unprecedented chance to realize a vision long thought lost in the annals of movie history.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/28/2006
UPC: 0085391131045
Original Release: 2006
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Home Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 7,644

Special Features

Commentary by director Richard Donner and creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz; Introduction by director Richard Donner; New featurette Superman II: Restoring the Vision; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Reeve Clark Kent/Superman
Gene Hackman Lex Luthor
Margot Kidder Lois Lane
Marlon Brando Jor-El
Ned Beatty Otis
John Cooper Dino/Perry White
Terence Stamp Gen. Zod
Sarah Douglas Ursa
Jack O'Halloran Non
Valerie Perrine Eve Teschmacher
Clifton James Sheriff
Marc McClure Jimmy Olsen
E.G. Marshall President

Technical Credits
Richard Donner Director
John Barry Production Designer
Tom Mankiewicz Consultant/advisor
Leslie Newman Screenwriter
David Newman Screenwriter
Mario Puzo Original Story,Screenwriter
Ilya Salkind Executive Producer
Pierre Spengler Producer
Michael Thau Editor,Producer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
28. Chapter 28
29. Chapter 29
30. Chapter 30
31. Chapter 31
32. Chapter 32
33. Chapter 33

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