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Superman: The Movie (Four-Disc Special Edition) (1978)

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NOTE: This commentary is only avaiable on the November 2006 Four-Disc Special Edition. The previous Superman DVD release, which is also labelled as a Special Edition, had a different commentary track.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Producer Pierre Spengler and executive producer Ilya Salkind Rating:7.1/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on December 12th, 2006:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
I wasnt sure what to expect from this commentary. I did think that i wouldnt think much of Ilya Salkind because of the often talked about rifts with Richard Donner 9and i am a fan of Mr Donner) But id say that i loved this commentary. Its not scene specific. Far from it. At least a 90minutes into the constant chat track. Ilya is still going over who they wanted to cast in the main roles. This audio track delves deep into the pre-production and development of the film far more than the actual filming (im sure the filming parts are covered in the documenteries so thats fine by me)
Im eager to hear what the commenteries for Superman II and Superman III are like.
This one is recommended. (and thankfully Ilya comes off as a man who realised he had an ego problems all those years ago)
Reviewed by Agressor on February 7th, 2008:Find all reviews by Agressor
I did'nt particularly like this commentary, it's much too repetitious, ecpecially if you've watched the documentaries in the boxset. There is basically no mention of the conflict with Donner or the thought process in replacing him for the second one (maybe they'll go through that in the second one, but I still think they should've mentioned it here). I also found it odd that one of the two (I could hardly tell them apart, but I got the impression that Salkind was the premanent contributor) kept coming back to how he had wanted Spielberg to direct it, even going as far as proclaiming "I always wanted you Steven!", which gives the impression that he wasn't very fond of the finished result, however thay both seem proud of the film otherwise. I dont know, maybe he thought the filming would've gone smoother with Spielberg in charge.
Reviewed by reidca on June 9th, 2014:Find all reviews by reidca
I too was surprised how much I enjoyed this commentary. I'd put it off for years because I'd heard it wasn't that good and frankly after the Donner commentary I had always taken his side.
But this is a very solid track, especially for fans. I actually learnt a few things, the statement that Donner and Richard Lester became friends really surprised me!
Agree it's not screen specific other than a few moments (it's as though they are not even looking at the monitor, then they will turn their head and go "oh this bit!").
My only complaint, and maybe this is just me, I had trouble keeping track who was talking, I miss it when they used to subtitle who was talking on the screen. Yet another unused capability of DVD.