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2.0 out of 5 stars Why remove the Eiffel Tower scene?, 12 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut [Blu-ray] [2006] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
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 nuclear missles going into space and releasing the three villains (instead of the Eiffel Tower smashing into their 'prison').

Also, they replaced one of my favourite lines of the film where General Zod says to Lex Luther: 'why do you say this, when you know I will kill you for it?' - they've used a different take of this scene, with Zod saying it in a dull sober tone, without the incredulousness he showed in the original.

On the HD front, like Superman 1 on blu-ray, it still looks like DVD resolution.

The added scenes that weren't recycled from Superman 1 are worth having, and the one from the screen test is well done, but it's quite odd seeing the actors suddenly looking 5 years younger, and with different makeup.
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Initial post: 24 Aug 2012 13:16:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Aug 2012 13:18:41 BDT
The Chief says:
I whole heartedly agree with your review of this film, the removal of the Eiffel Tower scene and the change to the Zod line "why do you say this, when you know I will kill you for it?" are BIG BIG let downs. As one previous reviewer states the only things that adds to this version are the Brando scenes and the cool opening titles, aside from this the Lester version is a much more enjoyable experience.

Posted on 6 Mar 2013 16:58:34 GMT
Why? Because Richard Donner never directed it. This is Donner's cut. Vast bulk of 'Superman II' was shot alongside the first one. Donner was dismissed from the project half way through. In terms of Donner's new cut, and it is HIS cut, only 15% of Lester'sversion is in the film. Though both cuts follow the same plot, tone and atmosphere is different. Read James Christie's biography of Richard Donner for the full story. Donner for me.
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