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5.0 out of 5 stars Kirk Alyn Superman DVD, 1 May 2010
This review is from: Superman Serials: Complete 1948 & 1950 Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOSTALGIA UNLIMITED, 25 Nov 2012
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I. Smith "Ian H" (Bournemouth) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Superman Serials: Complete 1948 & 1950 Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Warner Bros. Region 1 release that will play on a R2 DVD player, 27 April 2012
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Alan James "Maebuschfan" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Superman Serials: Complete 1948 & 1950 Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
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.

*SPECIAL FEATURES:
*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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy, 29 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Superman Serials: Complete 1948 & 1950 Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of all Superman movies!!, 12 Aug 2013
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Charles Hall (Hadleigh, Essex) - See all my reviews
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This is the best movie offering of Superman; and certainly four stars ahead of the latest so-called blockbuster, 'Man of Steel'.
Even the title music is more exciting than all the post versions.
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