Superman The Movie: The movie that makes a legend come to life. You know the story. The planet Krypton is doomed. Only one man Jor-El knows it and rockets his infant son to refuge on a distant world called Earth. As Jor-El''s son grows to manhood he learns he possesses super-powers he must hide from ordinary mortals around him. It takes a big movie to contain the considerable talents of Marlon Brando Gene Hackman Jackie Cooper Glen Ford Margot Kidder Valerie Perrine and at its heart the most human portrayal of the Man of Steel Christopher Reeve. Superman an Academy... Award winner (1978) for special achievement in visual effects is more than big enough. Directed by Richard Donner Superman: The Movie makes us believe this epic story all over again. Superman II: A nuclear explosion in outer space has freed rebel General Zod and his evil cohorts from their captivity in a fragment of Kryptonite. Having been banished from Krypton for their treachery against Jor-El they now plot revenge on his son - Superman. Arch villian Lex Luthor offers his services to Zod meanwhile Lois Lane has discovered Clark Kent''s identity. Will Superman surrender his superhuman powers to marry her or will he save the city of Metropolis? Original cast members from Superman create a blend of thrills humour and humanity that makes this sequel great fun for the whole family. Superman III: After Superman: The Movie's epic storytelling and Superman II's awesome battles how could the first two hits be topped? In Superman III meet Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor) a half-witted computer programming natural. For him a keyboard is a weapon and Superman faces the microelectronic menace of his life. Christopher Reeve reprises his most beloved role deepening his character's human side as Clark Kent reunites with an old flame (Annette O'Toole) at a Smallville High class reunion. And when Superman becomes his own worst enemy after Kryptonite exposure Reeve pulls off both roles with dazzling conviction. Incredible visual effects abound - but above all it has heart heroism and high-flying humor. All in superabundance of course. Superman IV: Christopher Reeve not only dons the hero's cape for the fourth time in Superman IV: The Quest For Peace but also helped develop the film's provocative theme: nuclear disarmament. For me it's the most personal of the entire series Reeve says. It directly reflects what Superman should be and should be doing. Superman does a lot this time around. To make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants archvillain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow). The two foes clash in an explosive extravaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty plug a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna and rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China. Your quest for superheroic excitement is over! [show more]
"You'll believe a man can fly!" said the publicity. Well, maybe not - but you'll believe that the story of a flying man in blue tights can make a truly great movie, and that in itself is something of a revelation.
Sticking as close as possible to the Siegel & Schuster mythos - and having the audacity to play the story straight - Richard Donner's definitive version of the "Superman" tale has not aged as badly as its more "knowing" sequels. Christopher Reeve's career-defining turn as the Man of Steel effortlessly convinces, his "innocent abroad" act deftly conveying the notion of a non-human who is more Human than the humans around him.
There is a sense in which the story is an updated Gospel; a powerful being from the stars sends his son to Earth, to live amongst men and protect them. But it's the bare bones of the myth, stripped of spiritual baggage and told simply for its own sake.
Many fine superhero movies have been made since "Superman". Few, if any, had been made before it. A modern cinematic tradition owes its longevity largely to this one, definitive classic.
This superb collection contains the best comic book adaptation ever seen on the silver screen. An unknown actor at the time CHRISTOPHER REEVE (superman)puts in one of the most convincing superhero actors ever, from awkward Clark Kent to a powerful superhero. The score is top notch yet another classic theme tune from John Williams. Films 1&2 are easily superior to 3&4 but still decent films non the less. One thing to remember about these films is that the special effects are mind blowing, this is before the digital age of special effects.
Its rated 3 out of 4 due to the lack of special features on discs 2,3 and 4. Simply put these are a must for anyone young at heart.
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