SUPERMAN Film Anthology Coming To Blu-Ray June 7

Warner Brothers has officially announced their Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology blu-ray set. The set will include all five Superman films – the four featuring Christopher Reeve and director’s Bryan Singer’s 2006 Superman Returns. Additionally, the set will include the 2000 extended edition of Superman: The Movie and Richard Donner’s recut version of Superman II.

According to The Digital Bits, the new HD masters have been done for the theatrical cuts of Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman III and Superman IV in the BD set. The expanded version of Superman: The Movie is a newer 1080p master than was used for the previous BD release, with extensive MTI dirt clean-up. Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut and Superman Returns are the same BD compressions as before.

Many of the special features on the set are carried over from the previous DVD releases of the films. The full list of special features is included after the trailer below, but there is one new feature that should have fans excited – Superman Returns‘ the never-before-seen opening where Superman discovers the remains of his home world of Krypton.

Disc #1

Superman: The Movie, Original Theatrical
Commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler (Original Theatrical Version)
The Making of Superman: The Movie [1978 TV special]
Superman and the Mole-Men [1951 feature]
Warner Bros. Cartoons

  • Super-Rabbit [1943 WB cartoon]
  • Snafuperman [1944 WB cartoon]
  • Stupor Duck [1956 WB cartoon]

Trailers

Disc #2

Superman: The Movie, Expanded Edition
Commentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz (Extended Version)
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 (Original Theatrical Version)
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 (Donner Cut)
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- Visio
  • 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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