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  • Actors: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Parker Posey
  • Directors: Bryan Singer
  • Producers: Bryan Singer, Gilbert Adler, Jon Peters
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Dec. 2006
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BPCUTI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,950 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Adventure sequel set after the events of 'Superman II'. After eliminating General Zod and the other Kryptonian arch-villains, Ursa and Non, Superman (Brandon Routh) leaves Earth to search for his former home planet, Krypton. When he arrives he finds nothing but remnants and returns to Earth. Upon his return, he finds a Metropolis that doesn't need him anymore. Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) is engaged to a relative of his boss (James Marsden), and to make matters worse, his arch-nemesis Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) has contrived a plot to build a continent using the crystals of Krypton that will wipe out most of North America. Superman must again race against time to stop the psychopathic Luthor before it's too late.

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It's fair to say that Superman Returns probably wasn't quite the blockbuster many were expecting. It concentrates its action on a handful of dazzling, audacious sequences, it spends time working with its characters, and it deliberately pays homage to the heritage of the source material. Knitted together by Bryan Singer, the man behind the camera for the first two X-Men features, it's some distance away from the last time the Man of Steel appeared on the big screen.

But that's very much a good thing. Whilst it doesn't quite, and nor did it need to, perform the major surgery that Batman Begins had to undertake on the Dark Knight's adventures, Singer nonetheless leaves distance between his film and some of its predecessors (although there are respectful tips of the hat to the first two films, not least the nostalgia-inducing credits sequence).

The plot finds Superman returning to Earth after several years away, to discover that the world has moved on in his absence. It's not as safe, Lex Luthor is out of prison, and Lois Lane now has a family. Which is the cue for a lot of soul searching, slower, tender moments and character development that divided some sections of the cinema audience.

Yet, thanks to a stirring cast, led by newcomer Brandon Routh, the end product gels extremely well. Routh's performance is a fitting tribute to the late Christopher Reeve, while Kevin Spacey chews up anything he's allowed to as key villain Lex Luthor. Further, credible, support comes in the form of Parker Posey, James Marsden and Kate Bosworth.

It'd be remiss to call Superman Returns a flawless film. After all, the running time could use fifteen minutes taking off, there's not enough Kevin Spacey and there are occasional moments when the pacing feels a little off. But it is a superb return to form for the classic superhero, with the modern day blockbuster ingredients of some meat to go with the action firmly in place. Further instalments, Mr Singer, will be more than welcome. --Simon Brew

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By rene smith on 9 Jan. 2008
Format: Blu-ray
got superman on blu ray and i was a little disappointed. not so much of a different than a standard dvd.but better on blu ray. the HD transfer is poor and should have been better the sound is ok on DD 5.1 but the pcm 5.1 should have been better if only there was one a big shame.i we recommend this movie but don't expect too much
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mick E on 28 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
`Superman Returns' has a lot going for it. I can only imagine the problems trying to replace Christopher Reeve. Reeve captured the essence of both Superman and Clark Kent with a warm, compassionate, funny and yet determined performance - and he managed to look exactly like him too. So, what can be said of Brandon Routh? Thankfully, Routh is excellent. His is a much more restrained Clark Kent, as the bumbling and fumbling of Christopher Reeve's version is brought into 2006 with a more mellow geekiness from Routh. For the modern Clark Kent, this works perfectly. Routh's Superman also seems a little more restrained and straight-faced than Reeve's, but thankfully is still allowed the occasional naive-sounding one-liner. All in all, a good start from a newcomer with some mighty boots to fill. Another with big boots to fill is Kevin Spacey. The difference here is that Spacey is a highly experienced actor and he brings his typical calmness to the role of Lex Luthor. A little more of him wouldn't have gone amiss though.

It almost goes without saying that any current big-budget movie will probably be CGI-laden and modern technology gives a character like Superman the opportunity to do some really incredible stuff. The early action scene involving Superman and a Boeing 777 is shot fantastically and is easily the best section of the film. Mind you, it isn't all perfect; watch the final shot of Superman doing a patrol around the Earth and it`s obvious that Routh's face has been fixed onto a CGI body.

It is also worth tipping the imaginary hat to Singer for his approach to this blockbuster. Instead of going for a plotless, sterile, action-laden behemoth, he actually tries to bring some feeling, relevance and meaning to the world of Superman.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Young on 2 Jan. 2007
Format: HD DVD
This film is still very good...but having watched King Kong first of all in the HD DVD films I have, I have to say I was slightly disappointed. It just doesn't look like this film was shot in HD? Am i wrong? theres only one scene that stands out to me and looks amazing...the bit when Clark is a teenager running through the crops that looks true HD. Having view some films I must say bright colourful scenes really stand out and look stunning on HD.

definitely worth buying for your collection but not one of the best HD films on offer. Do some studios use different HD encoding because Doom and King Kong both look superb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Payne on 26 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
No one will ever replace Christopher Reeve as Superman. He was Superman and always will be. Even the artists who drew the character after the first film came out made him look more like Reeve in the comics.You can't argue with that.To enjoy Superman Returns you need to accept that a new actor needed to step in to those big red boots.With the recent Man of Steel release it's proved that people are ready to move on (even though that movie doesn't really do anything for me.I mean, really.It's so morose and stern in its tone that I feel scared to speak out against it in case it hears me and whacks me over the head once again with its message of sincerity). There is an argument to say that we don't need anymore Superman films, but Hollywood could never do that, not with all the money and franchising opportunities at stake.The world is more complicated now than when Superman first saved Lois Lane from certain death at the hands of a Metropolis pavement and Superman Returns uses this to its advantage. Clark is lost in the contemporary world and in every frame of Brandon Routh's performance you can see his heart breaking. He hears and can see almost everything, but the one person he cares most about in all the world, is out of reach.No change there for Clark, but even his blue tights and outer underwear can't get him what he wants this time, not even a 'thank you' for saving her life for the zillionth time. I don't want to give anything more away in case you haven't seen it, but this film is a love story, a one way love story. Oh, there's action sequences (I love it when a bullet bounces off of Superman's eye) and beauty shots (he flies to the sun for a bit of a recharge, no sunscreen required), but mostly it's a one way love story from Singer to Donner and Kal-El to Lois. It's just a shame there isn't a little more love from us to this different take on a cinematic legend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Clarke on 6 Jan. 2008
Format: HD DVD
After such a long time away from the big screen and with no Christopher Reeve there was a chance this could have been a big disappointment- no chance! Every thing about the movie is good, the action scenes are as you would expect and demand from a Superman movie and the effects are fantastic. The script is also intelligent and in much the same style as the original movie, which means you are engaged throughout.

I can't understand the reviewers who have criticised the acting, Brandon Routh does a magnificent job as Kent/Superman and has perfected Christopher Reeve's mannerisms so well that it's scary. Kevin Spacey is good as Lex Luther but admittedly doesn't have quite the same presence as Gene Hackman, and Kate Bosworth slips comfortably into the role of Lois.

As far as I'm concerned the picture looked sharp throughout (I use a component HD lead through my Xbox 360 hd drive); I don't claim to be an HD purist but it's certainly far better than the standard DVD transfer and your everyday film buff like myself will appreciate the improved quality.
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