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VINE VOICEon 13 June 2011
***WARNING***
My review of this Blu Ray collection has been duplicated by Amazon so it appears on 2 products.The review I originally posted was for the 8 disc version which has the case with the Superman symbol in the middle with the Fortress of Solitude in the background and uses this product link The Complete Superman Collection [Blu-ray] [1978][Region Free]. This is the edition you want if you want all the extra goodies - because i don't own the other collection I can't tell you what is missing in terms of extras in the 5 disc package though from reading various comments i understand that this package doesn't have the extended cuts of the films and i am guessing more of the extras are missing too!When you think about is a three disc difference in the two packages so i would guess quite a lot is missing from the 5 disc set. Incidentally the 5 disc set has the Superman symbol on a PLAIN BLACK BACKGROUND and it's product link is Superman Complete Collection (5-disc Edition) [Blu-ray] [1978][Region Free].
My personal recommendation is to go for the 8 disc edition as it contains a huge amount of extras as listed in the main review below, and is only slightly more expensive than the 5 disc version. I apologise to anyone who accidentally bought the 5 disc version on the strength of my review - it is purely down to Amazon duplicating the review and not me posting it twice.

***MAKE SURE YOU ORDER THE CORRECT EDITION FOR YOU***

This is an amazing Blu Ray package and one I would recommend to any Superman fan.
For a start, there are 8 discs included in this set absolutely packed with all the films so far - Superman I(theatrical release),Superman I (expanded edition) Superman II (cinematic version), Superman II (the Richard Donner cut), Superman III, Superman IV and Superman Returns. So, before you even get into all the extras, this package is an absolute bargain (just over £4 per Blu ray disc is amazing!).
One issue that has been posted in the discussion regarding this blu ray is the fact that the discs all have Spanish printed on them. However, the rest of the packaging and the playback of the blu ray discs are ALL in English - so fear not! Also, the title denoting which disc it is, is very hard to find on the actual disc (it is in tiny writing around the edge) and this makes it a little annoying when trying to separate the two versions of Superman:The Movie, and the two versions of Superman II (cinematic release, and the Richard Donner cut). But ultimately, this makes no difference to me and didn't frustrate me in the slightest - so don't let this very minor niggle put you off!
For those of you who already own the DVD version of this set, Superman - The Ultimate Collection [DVD] I can honestly say that it is worth upgrading to this Blu Ray version. All the extra features in the DVD collection have been transferred to the Blu Ray version, and with a couple of extra goodies that haven't been seen before on a collection. These include Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve, The Science of Superman, and most notably the unseen start to Superman Returns. This has never been released, and for the ultra-fan is probably going to be the place to start. Without spoiling what goes on, this sequence shows Superman returning to the destroyed fragments of Krypton.
I am not completely au fait with all the technical aspects of what these Blu Ray discs play like - so I can't talk about aspect ratios, frame rates or sound specifics, I am afraid. However, I can tell you that all the films have been lovingly cleaned up on Blu Ray. They all look fantastic - very clean, precise and rich in colour, and if you compare the quality of the films to the prints contained in the deleted scenes section of the discs you will see what I mean.
The packaging is of a high quality too - my copy arrived with all the discs securely attached,and unlike some boxed sets, I expect this to last a very long time without falling apart.
I am a huge Superman fan. Superman: The Movie is the first film I can remember going to see at the cinema (showing my age now!) and it was an amazing experience for me back then in 1978(is it really that long ago now??!!), and this blu ray collection brings it all back to me. It is great to see the films so lovingly restored. Warner Bros deserve a lot of credit for producing a package of this quality.
If you loved these films, you will definitely want to own this box set. If you are a Superman fan, you will simply HAVE to own this set - buy it now, and don't even stop to think about it! These are great family films to own too, so if you want a collection that can be pulled out on a Sunday afternoon, this is well worth investing in.
Obviously, all the films aren't perfect in their content, style, scripting or even their effects and Superman IV The Quest for Peace is still an appalling film (right up there with Batman and Robin), but when they are good, they are something special to watch. Without Superman The Movie, there probably wouldn't have been other comic book adaptations - it set the bar very high for what was to come.

Okay, that is the main part of my review. In my opinion, it is an essential Blu Ray box set to own and I can't give it anything less than five stars.
The highlights for me are the reproduction quality of all the films ; Superman has NEVER looked so good. The huge amount of featurettes and documentaries are worthy of praise. Superman II the Directors Cut is a gem (see what the film would have been like had Richard Donner been allowed to direct the sequel). And to see the previously unreleased sequence at the start of Superman Returns, was a very interesting watch.

At the bottom of this review is a full list of all the languages on each disc - spoken and subtitles.

Below is a complete list of what is contained on each disc - to give you a/ a feel for how much is contained within this set and b/ for the fans to compare with what was contained in the aforementioned Superman : Ultimate Collection on Dvd. Hope this helps!

Disc 1 - Superman the Movie: Original theatrical release. Commentary by the producers, Tv special Making of documentary, 1651 theatrical feature Superman and the Mole men starring George Reeves, classic cartoons Suepr-Rabbit, Snafuperman and Stupor duck, Tv spot and theatrical trailers

Disc 2 - Superman the Movie : Expanded Edition, commentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz, Restored scenes, additional deleted scenes, screen tests, music only audio track, audio only bonus : additional music cues, 3 documentaries :Taking Flight(developing Superman), Filming the Legend and the Magic Behind the Cape.

Disc 3 Superman II: Original Theatrical release, commentary by the producers, tv special Making of documentary, additional scenes, featurette First Flight :The Fleischer Superman series, 9 Fleischer Superman cartoons, Theatrical trailer

Disc 4 Superman II : 2006 Richard Donner Cut, commentary by the director, introduction by Richard Donner, featurette Superman II Restoring the Vision, additional scenes, 8 1940s cartoons

Disc 5 Superman III , commentary by the producers, tv special Making of, Additional scenes, theatrical trailer

Disc 6 Superman IV The Quest for Peace, commentary by co-screenwriter, vintage tv special Supermans 50th Anniversary, additional scenes, theatrical trailer.

Disc 7 Superman Returns, 9 documentaries on how the film was developed, and evolved, Resurrecting Jor-El (as played originally by Marlon Brando), additional scenes (including the previously unseen opening of Superman's return to Krypton), theatrical trailers, Bryan Singers video journals.

Disc 8 All Documentaries and Featurettes :Look, Up in the Sky! the Amazing Story of Superman, feature length documentary in 5 parts : Origin (Superman in the Media and the challenges the Salkinds faced), Vision (creating the script, choosing the right direct and the right cast), Ascent(production and launch of a new kind of a fantasy film), Crisis (complications and conflicts between the creative forces of Superman II) and Redemption (criticisms and burnout of Superman III and Superman IV).TV documentary Science of Superman, Mythology of Superman: Legend, folklore and cultural influences that shaped Superman, Heart of a Hero: tribute to Christopher Reeve, Adventures of Superpup 1958 Tv pilot

Languages on the Discs

Extended Superman I
Spoken - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Russian

Theatrical Superman I
Spoken - English 5.1, English 2.0 (original theatrical), French, German, Itallian, Spanish, Portuguese
Subtitles - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish

Superman II Richard Donner Cut
Spoken - English
Subtitles - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazillian), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish

Superman II Theatrical
Spoken - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Subtitles - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish

Superman III
Spoken - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Polish
Subtitles - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Polish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portugese, Romanian, Sweden, Turkish

Superman IV
Spoken - English, French, german, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Polish
Subtitles - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portugese, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish

Superman Returns
Spoken - English, French (Quebec), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian
Subtitles - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portugese (Brazilian), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish

Bonus Disc
Spoken - English
Subtitles - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese

Just a quick note on these languages; every one of these was taken from what appears on each blu ray disc and NOT what it says on the packaging. The packaging is very bad - it is very generalised, and doesn't really give specifics for what is on each disc. As you can see from the above list, some languages are on one disc, but not on another! And finally, there are some languages on the discs that are in symbols that I don't know and haven't the facility to look up so I apologise for them being excluded!
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on 25 February 2014
I originally bought Superman The Movie, Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut and Superman Returns on HD DVD, and those satisfied me for a while - but I knew I always wanted the sequels, Superman III and Superman IV The Quest for Peace (a guilty pleasure of mine) on Blu-Ray. When the chance arose to get this at a decent price (including shipping it was around $35), I couldn't refuse to get this 8-disc box set.

The first two films are spread across the first four discs - that is, theatrical cuts and then Richard Donner's versions. Superman III is disc five, Superman IV is disc six, Superman Returns, disc seven, and an eighth disc which has the fantastic documentary chronicling the history of Superman in film and television - both George Reeves and and Christopher Reeve get a moment of silence from mentioning their passing.

The set is exhaustive - of particular interest to me was the inclusion of the Fleischer cartoons, of which I watched many times as a youngster. As far as I can tell they are in high definition as well, and they look beautiful. Also included in the first episode of George Reeves' Superman show from the 50s, as well as a never-aired/never-released/completely frightening "Adventures of Superpup" pilot.

The only thing missing from this set, that even though it wasn't a Christopher Reeve movie, was Supergirl. Mentioned in some of the documentaries, its exclusion is a bit perplexing, as it was made between Superman III and Superman IV. Hopefully a standalone release will come in the future.

The set is worth every cent for Superfans and with eight discs worth of material to watch, including theatrical versions of all the films and expanded/director's cuts of the first two, including commentaries on all except for Superman Returns, this is a set that will take a good while to work through. Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommended.
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on 26 August 2011
The superman films have always had significant meaning for me as along with He Man were my staple diet of superhero nutriion as I was growing up.
This box set therefore in my opinion is absolutley fantastic. The only thing I dont understand is why I didnt buy it sooner.

Great quality sound and visuals, only let down by Superman IV(Which I remember seeing at the cinema aged 6). The storyline and the cost cutting production I am sure was an embarrassment for all involved.

Apart from that the extra features and the restoration of the first three films and the inclusion of Superman Returns (which was harshly treated by critics and fans)is great value for money. The box packaging is also great with the only negative being the Spanish script on the discs.

Why buy it?

Christopher Reeve is terrific as Superman/Kent in the first three films and his portrayal has stood the test of time. Superman II in my opinion is the best of all of the films included in this set. It is a fantastic story of romance and good old fashioned good v evil with Reeve adding another dimension to the dilemma of Superman as he becomes mortal.

The Donner cut again is an excellent addition with the extra scenes of Brando a real treat and is really how the original Superman II should have been released back in 1980. It is worth buying this set just for the Donner cut and the featurettes so go on you wont regret it.

The best box set money can buy!
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on 9 January 2012
This could well be the best blu ray box set that I own. Not only does it feature all five Superman movies in stunning HD, but it also includes the expanded edition of Superman The Movie and the Richard Donner Cut of Superman II. As for the special features - they are some of the most comprehensive that I have ever seen. If you have even just a passing interest in the Superman movies, then buy this now. At £27 it is well worth the money.
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on 3 December 2015
NO DIRECTORS CUT FOR SUPERMAN THE MOVIE, NO DONNER CUT FOR SUPERMAN II.
(That is Director Richard Donner not Doner as in Kebab which is probably why this review was originally rejected as hate speech {Madness!})
Here is the COMPLETE box set version you need to buy to get the Richard Donner Directors Cuts
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004MYF6YK/ref=pe_385721_37986871_TE_item

The description is inaccurate and it is not being corrected as usual by Amazon
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on 31 December 2015
A terrific blu ray set containing Superman 1-4 starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman and marlon brando.
This set looks at 1&2 troubled production (s), also contained are both versions of superman 1&2, which differ in many ways from their theatrical versions.
Loads of documentaries are also contained.
Superman 4 is also contained (no amount of blu ray technology improves the movie thougb & is a wasted oppurtunity for all those involved)
Bryan Singers Superman Returns is also included , a movie i quits enjoy and both Singer anx Brendan Routh have being savaged over, also returning is john williams superb Superman music (well kind of...).
Thiz set is well worth seeking out if you enjoy "comic book" movies, this is the father of them all anx Richard Donner as director on Superman 1 should be recognised as the achievement he and his team created. Also the late Christopher Reeve as Superman/Clark Kent.
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on 27 March 2015
People DO get confused. If---I say IF--- you are going to buy either
the 5,
or,
the 8,
Blu-ray collection, the----current----price difference is so slight it makes sense to buy the latter.
THIS, so-called, "Region-Free" SUPERMAN ANTHOLOGY is even cheaper, in America, than the American version.
'nough said. I will SKIP OVER the documentaries and list the "MEAT" on each Blu-ray Disc.
Due to multiple languages, the discs have pictures. The correct film can be identified by reading the print
along the outter most edge of each disc. Which say:
1.)"SUPERMAN", 1978, THEATRICAL RELEASE ; SUPERMAN AND THE MOLE-MEN, 1951, with TV's
George Reeves; 3 classic cartoons.
2.)"SUPERMAN(EXPANDED EDITION)"
3.)"SUPERMAN II", 1980/'81; . . . . . . . nine 1940's Superman cartoons.
4.)"SUPERMAN II", 2006 (RICHARD DONNER CUT); 8 1940's Superman cartoons.
5.)"SUPERMAN III"
6.)"SUPERMAN IV", a 1988, 50th anniversary TV special... spot the stars!
7.)"SUPERMAN RETURNS", 2006 Brandon Routh [picks up where "II" leaves off].
8.)"BONUS DISC" 2011, * LOOK,UP IN THE SKY! THE AMAZING STORY OF SUPERMAN * 5-part Documentary
* THE SCIENCE OF SUPERMAN * THE MYTHOLOGY OF SUPERMAN * THE HEART OF A HERO [Reeve tribute] *
THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERPUP: 1958 TV Pilot episode.

Perhaps, in 2018-----when the first in this series of COLOR movies is FORTY YEARS OLD-----other
bonuses may include the two Superman Serialized-shorts from the late '40s, subsequent new SUPERMAN
films, such as "MAN OF STEEL", the planned "SUPERMAN vs. BATMAN", and, maybe even 1984's "SUPERGIRL".
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I replaced all of my SUPERMAN DVDs---and a VHS-video-cassette-tape---
with THIS compact boxset, which measures 7"x5.5"x1.6"[17x14x4cm+/-]
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On a side note. SUPERMAN IV: The scientific aspects of this film---ruined the entire movie, for most.
For example:
1.) Not only can you NOT hear a scream in space; it's oxygen-free; horribly cold.
2.) Lex Luthor is BALD. Gene Hackman didn't wear WIGS in this, and just appeared with his REAL thinning/bald head; distracting.
3.) Superman (Christopher Reeve) WAS wearing a wig.
4.) "Lois Lane" was looking long-in-the tooth.
5.) Cloning: an adult; speaking; fully-dressed man.
6.) Those 31 minutes of out-takes really WERE better left out.
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on 7 September 2014
Absolutlely awesome collection the original movies starring the late Christopher Reeve the transfer to blu ray is seriously fantastic.
But I have a few criticisms. firstly why put 2 versions of the movie on seperate discs, every blu ray I have that has dual versions are on 1 disc and includes the special features.
The Richard Donner cut of Superman 2 is quite frankly stupid, it has scenes that were put together from early shoots and screen tests, so one minute Clark and Lois look like the original movie the next they look totally different, I hardly recognised Christopher Reeve as it was shot before he bulked up a bit for the part, he looked extremely scrawny.. In other parts the story just didn't make sense and having the world turn back sequence from the 1st movie, after you had just seen it, was wierd to say the least.. Don't watch this version or your head will explode..

The biggest ommision considering this was all the Salkind movies is not having the Supergirl movie in it, instead of the attrocious Superman Returns film..
Overall not bad but it could have been a hell of a lot better..
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on 21 February 2014
Marvelous entertainment for the people who love adventure. It will not be for everyone's liking but I love something different in my library and this set fits quite well. So if you like superman and the ironman icons than this is a must have. There is plenty of action and suspense throughout so what are you waiting for, get moving pick up the popcorn and go put your feet up and relax to a delightful night of fabulous entertainment. I rated this an A grade for the great acting by the performers and the feeling of been there involved with the story and something that is different to all other shows plus being in Blu-ray shows even better. Enjoy!
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on 30 October 2014
Right, this isnt going to be a long review - but I have had my eye on this collection for well over a year! There are two versions of this collection, the 5 disc collection (with dark background) and then, this 8 disc collection. They are both priced in the regions of £15 and £25 respectively. However, after keeping tabs on the prices, managed to snag myself a copy of the 8-disc for £10!!!
More than well worth it for that price!

Aside from the standard edition of the movies, there are expanded versions for the 1st and 2nd movies. As well as that, there are mountains of extras on each disc and will take the best part of a couple of months for me to get through each disc.

But after such a high praise for a product, why only 4 stars instead of 5?

Well, the collection is beautifuly presented in a colourful and attractive box and the discs themselves are very pretty! However, after listing what extra is on what disc (numbered from 1-8) on the box, the discs themselves have the little issue of the disc number being omitted!! The only way (appart from dropping each disc into your player) to see what is on the disc is to have a look at the smallish copyright notice that runs around the outer rim of the disc. xD

Super!
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