Superman Anthology coming to Blu-ray

Posted by: Kristy Sturdivant

Warner Home Entertainment has announced that THE SUPERMAN MOTION PICTURE ANTHOLOGY will be released on Blu-ray June 7, 2011. The anthology includes all five SUPERMAN films (SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN II, SUPERMAN III. SUPERMAN IV and SUPERMAN RETURNS) in an 8-disc set that includes both the original theatrical cut of SUPERMAN II as well as the Richard Donner cut. The anthology will include over twenty hours of extras that include: deleted scenes, documentaries, cartoons and much more.

Since this is the first time SUPERMAN II and III are being released on Blu-ray this anthology may be the only way to add these to your collection. Plus, who doesn’t love Superman? He’s an icon and every film fan should have this in their collection. Special features on each disc include:

Superman Anthology Blu-ray

Disc 1: Superman: The Movie, Original Theatrical Version

  • Commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler
  • The Making of Superman: The Movie [1978 TV special]
  • Superman and the Mole-Men [1951 feature]
  • Warner Bros. Cartoons:
    · Super-Rabbit [1943]
    · Snafuperman [1944]
    · Stupor Duck [1956]
  • Trailers

Disc 2: Superman: The Movie, Expanded Edition

  • Commentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz
  • Taking Flight: The Development of Superman
  • Making Superman: Filming the Legend
  • The Magic Behind the Cape
  • Screen Tests:
    . Superman
    . Lois Lane (with optional commentary)
    . Ursa
  • A Selection of Restored Scenes
  • Additional Music Cues:
    . Main Titles
    . Alternate Main Titles
    . The Council’s Decision
    . The Krypton Quake
    . More Mugger/Introducing Otis
    . Air Force One
    . Can You Read My Mind (Pop Version)
  • Music Only Track (Donner Cut)

Disc 3: Superman II, Original Theatrical

  • Commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler
  • The Making of Superman II [1980 TV special]
  • Deleted Scene
  • First Flight: The Fleischer Superman Series
  • Fleischer Studios’ Superman:
    . Superman
    . The Mechanical Monsters
    . Billion Dollar Limited
    . The Arctic Giant
    . The Bulleteers
    . The Magnetic Telescope
    . Electric Earthquake
    . Volcano
    . Terror on the Midway
  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc 4: Superman II – The Richard Donner Cut

  • Commentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz
  • Introduction by Richard Donner
  • Superman II: Restoring the Vision
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Famous Studios’ Superman:
    . Japoteurs
    . Showdown
    . Eleventh Hour
    . Destruction Inc.
    . The Mummy Strikes
    . Jungle Drums
    . The Underground World
    . Secret Agent

Disc 5: Superman III, Theatrical Version

  • Commentary by Iilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler
  • The Making of Superman III [1983 TV Special]
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc 6: Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, Theatrical Version

  • Commentary by Mark Rosenthal
  • Superman 50th Anniversary Special [1988 TV Special]
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc 7: Superman Returns

  • Requiem for Krypton: Making Superman Returns:
    · Pt. 1 Secret Origins and First Issues: Crystallizing Superman
    · Pt. 2 The Crystal Method: Designing Superman
    · Pt. 3 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman on the Farm
    · Pt. 4 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman in the City
    · Pt. 5 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman in Peril
    · Pt. 6 The Joy of Lex: Menacing Superman
    · Pt. 7 He’s Always Around: Wrapping Superman
  • Resurrecting Jor-El
  • Deleted Scenes, including the never-before-seen original opening to Superman Returns
  • Bryan Singer’s Journals – Video production journals
  • Trailers

Disc 8: Additional Bonus Material

  • Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman [Hi-Def]
  • You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman:
    · Pt. 1- Origin
    · Pt. 2- Vision
    · Pt. 3- Ascent
    · Pt. 4- Crisis
    . Pt. 5- Redemption
  • The Science of Superman [Hi-Def]
  • The Mythology of Superman
  • The Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve
  • The Adventures of Superpup [1958 TV pilot]

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