Blu-ray: “Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006)”

Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006)” (Warner)

The complete “Superman” movie collection, gathering all the films from Christopher Reeve to Brandon Routh into a single box, first appeared in DVD in 2006, with select titles appearing individually on Blu-ray. In fact, all but two have been available in the high-definition format. Until now. Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) collects five movies—seven, really, if you count alternate cuts—in an eight-disc box set. Here’s the skinny on what this set holds, which pretty much ports over the supplements of the previous DVD and Blu-ray incarnations with one exception: an alternate opening from “Superman Returns.” Details below…

Superman: The Movie (1978), directed by Richard Donner, captures just the right sense of wonder and naiveté to make the first real superhero film of the blockbuster age a modern superhero fairy tale. Christopher Reeve strikes a sincere tone as the man of steel, a do-gooder who has no self-consciousness in his belief in truth and justice (and the American Way), Margot Kidder brings an eccentric and sexy spunk to Lois Lane, Gene Hackman hams it up as evil genius Lex Luthor, Marlon Brando set a record payday for a brief appearance as Superman’s Krypton dad, and Glenn Ford, Ned Beatty, Valerie Perrine, and Jackie Cooper co-star.

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