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Superman II [HD DVD] [2006] [US Import]

Gene Hackman , Christopher Reeve , Richard Donner , Richard Lester    HD DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper
  • Directors: Richard Donner, Richard Lester
  • Writers: David Newman, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Leslie Newman, Mario Puzo
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Director's Cut, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2JKE2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,944 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Director Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night) took over the franchise with this first sequel in the series, though the film doesn't look much like his usual stylish work. (Superman III is far more Lesteresque.) Still, there is a lot to like about this film, which finds Superman grappling with the conflict between his responsibilities as Earth's saviour and his own needs of the heart. Choosing the latter, he gives up his powers to be with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), but the timing is awful: three renegades from his home planet, Krypton, are smashing up the White House, aided by the mocking Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). The film isn't nearly as ambitious as its predecessor, but the accent on relationships over special effects (not that there aren't plenty of them) is very satisfying. --Tom Keogh


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Film Ever ! 6 Aug 2001
Format:DVD
Superman 2 overall is the best Superman film ever made. Christopher Reeve once again plays the characters of Superman and Clark Kent which he does absolutely brilliantly. The way he plays the two character's different personalities shows how talented he really is.
This film shows Superman facing his greatest battle of all against three villians from his home planet Krypton. These three have the same powers as Superman and plan to take over the planet Earth. This they do actually achieve for about three days as Superman and Lois Lane fall in love and are unaware of what disaster the world is in.
The three villians led by General Zod who is played by the talented actor Terence Stamp, are unaware that there is someone on earth that can stop them. Until Lex Luther superbly escapes from jail and informs them of Superman. General Zod realises that Superman's father Jor'el is the one that jailed them while they were residents on Krypton and decides to get revenge by challenging Superman to a battle.
This film has brilliant special effects and an excellant story line. The great story line is due to the way they join together a love story with the fairy tale action.
This one is not be missed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY INTERESTING FOR THE FAN 24 Nov 2006
By jona
Format:DVD
Once I heard about the background to the making of Superman 1 & 2, this release was always going to be of great interest. The new scenes are an excellent alternative to the theatrical release especially the Marlon Brando sequences. They make the film much more believable and add much more depth to the story. It would have been nice for Richard Donner to have been able to finish Superman 2 before he was fired but this version is a great watch, the only downside being the lazy ending which is just all too easy. All in all with the DVD containing both Theatrical (with DD5.1) and this alternative version it is great value and a must for all Superman fans.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Superman Movie 31 July 2006
By Dave B
Format:DVD
This is by far the best of the superman movies, this is a total classic. this is one superman movie i can watch over and over again. If you not seen this and you love superhero movies get this or if you like superman you will love this anyway, Superman at its best, Top class
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the top grossing films of 1981!! 21 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Its easy to understand why this movie became an enduring classic.
All the actors in Superman II played even better then in the first. It was one of the most expensive films to date. The special-effects stands up very well even today. They used different types of effect shots in the superman films because they where made long before computer animation. Some of them are glas painting and motion blurring. This movie will always be remembered as one of the biggest science fiction films ever made.
Buy it today!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but different.. 18 Nov 2006
By Luke73
Format:DVD
Having viewed this version of Superman 2, it is radically different. I viewed this film as a separate entity and I found in its own right if Richard Donner had completed this film back in the late 1970s the edit of scenes in the film would have been flawless, but in 2006 as Richard explains in the interview on this DVD, only his footage around 70 percent was filmed, therefore compared to the theatrical version the Donner Version on this DVD looks like huge chunks of the film are missing. Nevertheless the Marlon Brando scenes are spectacular. The fight scenes are a bit more brutal.

If you watch this 'Donner Version', watch it as an independant film, and you will enjoy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superman Really Returns 4 May 2007
Format:DVD
Now, for those of you who loved the first film like I do, then if you've never seen this sequel or any of the sequels then my personal opinion this is the best of the sequels (followed closely by number 3 which is at times very good and is a far cry better than number 4).

This sequel has it all, it's got action and , at the time and even by todays standard, great special effects. Good poiginiant moments like when Clark Kent gets beaten up for the first time by a ordiniary human bully after he's given up being Superman. It's got comical moments although perhaps a little too much of them times, especially from Lex Luthor like in the original. It's also got three great main Kryptonian villains, one of them being a really hot and sexy Kryptonian vialliness. So sexy she is that you really wouldn't mind her killing you.

Lois Lane gets a lot more screentime this time around and, as usual it's got 'that' tune to listen to all over again.

My only complaint is that at times it gets a little too jokey and corny. But not much.****
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 13 Jun 2000
Great movie,great opening sequence,great actors,great story,great effects,funny,sad and exiting prepeare for some SUPER fun!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the Richard Donner cut 20 Mar 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
NB - As is their wont, Amazon have put the reviews for multiple format releases of this title together on the same page.

Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut isn't a perfect film by any means, but it's a huge improvement over the Richard Lester theatrical version, which I found almost completely lacking in soul and filled with incredibly awkward shifts in tone - indeed, Lester's determination to abandon the verisimilitude that was Donner's watchword and turn the whole thing into a cheap custard pie comedy showed how little he cared for the material. As with Superman III, where he had more of a free hand, he seemed more interested in an Adam West-style slapstick spoof than anything else.

Although some have compared it to a rough cut, despite Donner only finishing about 70% of the film, the reconstruction is a lot smoother than expected. Aside from the awkward 'Last week on Superman' opening which goes on forever, it doesn't look bad at all - even the screen test used for one key sequence is shot in full costume on a fully dressed set, and is more competently executed than many of Lester's scenes. Using the first film's turning back the Earth plot device yet again is awkward and the effects reintegrating the unused Brando scenes aren't always as smooth as they might be, but it never looks particularly unfinished. If anything I found the editing much more disjointed in Lester's cut, where the additions were painfully noticeable - not just the different film stock or change in tone but the fact that everyone suddenly looked so much older in the reshot footage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super three-disc edition
Disc 1 is the film that was released to cinemas and home entertainment. It has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ergoatlantis
5.0 out of 5 stars Crude noisemaker....
A group of terrorists seize the Eiffel Tower and threaten Paris with a hydrogen bomb if the French government does not meet their demands. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
4.0 out of 5 stars super man 2 on dvd
The product was in mint condition and deliverd on tine and myself and four kids aged between 1 and 8 enjoyed watching the film,the kids have all watched it several times since we... Read more
Published 7 months ago by gemma procter
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting comparison - Donner Kebab is not superior
My view of this oscillates over time. It is special as a childhood memory but rejected in adulthood as a painful mindless cheesy blockbuster. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Elspeth
1.0 out of 5 stars hd problem
I cannot say if ilike it or not as unfortunately I didnt realise i couldnt play it
on my dvd player! Thats why i hate it!!
Published 14 months ago by Colin Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Superman 2, the 2nd cut
Good movie. Had no idea this existed until I search for Superman DVDs. Interesting story behind the making of it.
Published 19 months ago by Danny McFadden
5.0 out of 5 stars The real version of a eternal classic...
Dedicate for the lovely fans of 70's and 80's sci-fi and adventure movies. The Richard Donner's review offers a good new point of view with a lot of new scenes and restoring the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by ROBOTE
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok. but great when i was young
im sorry donner but lesters version is abit better. both same but u took away eiffel tower. even in fight scenes. at end
Published on 14 July 2012 by tango
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant for the kids.
i loved 1 and 2. as a kid. but want both again in my collection. plus i aint seen doner version yet. great for price....
Published on 8 July 2012 by tango
2.0 out of 5 stars Why remove the Eiffel Tower scene?
It's nice to have, but I'm still going to get the theatrical version of this film, unbelievably they replaced the Eiffel Tower scene with cuts from Superman 1 showing one of the... Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by Iain S
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