9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2010
The theatrical serials on this Superman DVD are a genuine attempt to portray the Superman of the DC comic books on the cinema screen. By and large they succeed, apart from the fact that when Superman flies he is shown (limited by the technology of the day) in cartoon form. Kirk Alyn is likeable as Superman, although my own favourite was George Reeves. Unlike the George Reeves Superman TV series, however, the Kirk Alyn Superman emulates many of the dramatic stunts of the comic books: he stops trains, he single-handedly supports a failing bridge, and so on. As typical of the cinema serials of the time, each fifteen minute episode ends with a cliffhanger. A must for any Superman fan.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is yet another Warner Bros. Region 1 release that will play on a Region 2 DVD player. Having arrived from watching the 1950's TV series 'The Adventures of Superman' starring George Reeves, I have to say that Mr. Reeves is a hard act to compete with, although Kirk Alyn is rather good as the man of steel here.
This collection of two theatrical series is made up of SUPERMAN and ATOM MAN VS. SUPERMAN. Each story is spread over 15 chapters, with each instalment ending in a cliffhanger finale, a familiar format of the time.
The opening series tells the familiar story of Superman landing on Earth, before eventually battling the evil forces of Spiderwoman (Carol Forman) and her relativity reducer ray. Series two sees Superman facing the threat to Metropolis posed by an atom bomb, the mastermind behind the plot is none other than old adversary Lex Luthor (Lyle Talbot). Each instalment motors along at a good pace, while the performances are good. Noel Neill is a feisty Lois Lane (eventually reprising her role in the TV series). The special effects are of their time, with the animation action sequences possessing a quaint charm. The very charismatic George Reeves remains my favourite Superman, but this collection is still good entertainment......This looks like a job for.......SUPERMAN!!!
The picture and sound quality on this black and white collection is OK. The subtitles are in French and Spanish but NOT English. More details of the two series are featured below.....
*SUPERMAN (1948) - Running time: 4 hrs 7 mins approx.
*ATOM MAN VS. SUPERMAN (1950) - Running time: 4 hrs 10 mins approx.
*Saturdays with Superman: A 9-minute look at the making of the two series, with Noel Neill and historians Bob Burns, Donald Glut, Gary Grossman, Jim Harman and Jan Henderson.
*Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman: A 6-minute collection of excerpts from the new documentary produced by Bryan Singer and Kevin Burns.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2015
This theatrical version of Superman was new to me. I was not sure what to expect, but the series works very well and is totally enjoyable. While being made on a tight budget, the quality of picture and sound is good, given the vintage of the material. (1948-1950). The stories are good, the acting delightful, and Noel Neill, who also played Lois Lane in the TV series, makes a great job of portraying Lois. Kirk Alyn makes for a very enthusiastic portrayal of Superman. Despite the fact that Clark Kent is obviously Superman, the specs fooling no-one, in this series I found the portrayal of the two characters totally convincing, and sufficiently different. The animated sequences for special effects, mainly Superman flying, work very well. Some of the shots used in the first series are used in the second, but not extensively. All the aspects of Superman we would expect are here, stopping trains, flying over buildings, being susceptible to the effects of Kryptonite, and the professional rivalry with Lois. The series has a charm all of its own, with each episode offering a good cliff-hanger. The dvds play on my region 2 player with no problems. More bonus material would be welcome, but there is some at least.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2012
I remember seeing these two serials when they first did the rounds of the cinema. The gentle humour and presentation was excellent. With whats on the box nowadays it is comforting to reach for this DVD when the schedules show that the evenings tv will leave you depressed or disgusted.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2014
Saturday cinema was an essential part of growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the serial was an essential part of that. Yes, they are rather dated, but no less enjoyable for that. I really enjoyed the nostalgia in these serials.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2013
A very good product. The information indicates that the DVDs are Region 1 only, and I was quite happy to play them only on my computer, however I have tried them in other cheap domestic DVD players and they work perfectly so presumably they are multi -regional (it does not indicate this on the box)
Very pleased with them.