Superman: The Movie

Production year: 1978

Super Heroes PG   Running time: 2:34

IMDB rating:   7.3     Aspect: Wide;  Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Italian;  Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian;  Audio: DD 5.1

Richard Donner's 1978 epic about the Man of Steel showed how a film about a superhero could be a moving and romantic experience even for people who long ago gave up comic books. Beginning on the icy planet Krypton, the story follows the baby Kal-El, whose rocket ship lands in Smallville, Kansas. He is found there by a childless couple and raised as the shy Clark Kent (the young Kent is played by Jeff East). The film is perhaps most touching in these sequences, with expanses of wheat fields blowing in the wind and with a young man who can't figure out what part in destiny his great powers are meant to play. The second half, with Reeve taking over as Clark/Superman, is bustling, enchanting (the scene in which Superman flies girlfriend Lois Lane--played by Margot Kidder--through the night sky is great date material), and funny, thanks largely to Gene Hackman's sardonic portrayal of nemesis Lex Luthor.

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Features

Audio commentary
Deleted/extended scenes
DVD-ROM content
Featurettes/Behind-The-Scenes/Documentaries
Gag Reel/Bloopers/Outtakes
Trailers/TV spots

Special features

Commentary by Director Richard Donner and Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz
Taking Flight: The Development Of Superman
Making Superman: Filming The Legend
Superman Screen Test
1951 Theatrical Feature "Superman and the Mole-Men" Starring George Reeves
Classic Cartoons Super-Rabbit, Snafuperman and Stupor Duck
Superman: The Movie