Sorry for the delay in posting this; it’s been over a week since the holiday. Anyway, for Christmas this year I got the wife Superman 2 – The Richard Donner Cut and she got me The Death Of Superman. I must say, while I am not the biggest fan of Superman, these were both very excellent movies.
The Death of Superman is a straight to DVD animated feature based on the Graphic Novel of the same name. Now not having read the graphic novel but the original run the the comics, I must say there are some differences in the story from how I recall it. I guess that will lead into my one disappointment with the movie: It contains only Superman and none of the other DC heroes. The Justice League never makes an appearance; which bums me out because they were and integral part in the original story. I can understand that though as it may increase production costs and while I think the rest of the heroes are equally important, for this movie that did not deter the story at all. Aside from that, the only other detour from the original story would be the Reign of Supermen arc. This did not occur at all but kind of mushed the Superboy and Cyborg Supermen story lines together. Aside from those two qualms, the rest is great. But don’t take this the wrong way; the Death of Superman movie is awesome.
I was surprised with how violent it was. When Doomsday broke free from his prison ship he just set straight to his rampage. Nothing stood in his way for very long. This movie earned the PG-13 rating for the brutality of Doomsday.
The special features on this DVD were well worth the viewing; especially the preview and history behind the upcoming Justice League New Frontiers – That is going to be awesome.
The whole making of the Death of Superman and the how the original story line and subsequent arcs were developed was very interesting. All-in-all this is a great DVD!
Now on to Superman 2 – The Richard Donner Cut. Let me say this, the reviews about this movie had said the Richard Donner Cut was a completely different movie. You know what? It was, and the resulting movie is awesome. If you have seen the original theatrical release you must see this version!
Richard Donner filmed a lot of Superman 2 during the filming of Superman 1. Apparently most of the footage with Marland Brando had to be removed from the original cut due to negotiation issues on Brando’s part. Long story short, a new director was brought in and many parts of the movie re-shot. Following the Brando’s death a few years ago permission was given to pull the original movie back together.
I cannot recommend this movie enough. From start to finish I was in awe. Again, I have to reveal; this is pretty much a whole different movie. Wow! Amazing stuff. I will add, on a less positive note, I took issue with part of the ending. When you see it you’ll know what I mean.
In addition to those two movies the rest of the holiday’s were great. Hope your’s was a festive and cheerful as mine!