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'Could do better' as my schoolmaster used to say. Good films, disappointing restoration.
on 23 February 2016
Warner Bros 5-disc BD set: The films - 4 stars. The picture quality - 2 stars. Here's why:- Amazon needs to learn the importance of their data quality, which is appalling and full of errors. They claim on their web site that "The gold here, though, is in seeing such a well-loved cinematic saga given some proper high definition love ... even they are given a quality makeover." This is simply untrue (and potentially misrepresentation). The picture quality of Superman 2, 3 & 4 (which is all I have played so far) is okay-ish but nothing more. They miss a full and detailed restoration lacking in detail and sharpness (as viewed through a HD PJ). There are far better restorations out there (such as Hammer's Dracula and Frankenstein films, The Man Who Haunted Himself, Robbery, Frenzy, Casablanca, Scrooge (1970), Omen III, Quatermass and the Pit...). Amazon's reviews are now so inaccurate they mean little.
These Superman films themselves are entertaining and professionally crafted, and actually believable largely due to the ability of Christopher Reeve's persona, acting skills and his physical build. I like the way he delicately lands after flying, which is a nice touch! I remember viewing Superman II and III in the cinema on their initial release, and this boxed set brought back some of those memories. However, shame on you Warner Bros for such a poor restoration job. 'Could do better' as my schoolmaster used to say.