First, the news we've all been waiting for, and by "we" I mean "hardcore Superman geeks." The long-awaited "Donner Cut" of the super-sequel will hit DVD on November 28th -- and it'll be surrounded by a ton of sparkly new Special Editions of Superman (1978), Superman 2 (1980), Superman 3 (1983), Supergirl (1984), Superman 4: The Quest for Peace (1987), and Superman Returns (2006).

I'll try to break this down as simply as possible. If you walk into a DVD shoppe on 11/28, you'll be greeted by:
  • A 4-disc Special Edition of the original Superman, which contains both the theatrical and the 2001 extended cut, a new commentary with producers Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler, the 2001 commentary with Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz, three documentaries, some restored scenes, screen tests, archival materials, nine old-school Superman cartoons, and the 1951 feature Superman and the Mole-Men.
  • A 2-disc Special Edition of the Superman 2 we already know and love, only now it comes with Salkind/Spengler commentary, two old TV specials, a Fleischer featurette, and more Super-cartoons.
  • The single-disc Superman 2: The Richard Donner Cut, which comes with a new featurette entitled Restoring the Vision, a new Donner/Mankiewicz commentary, and (of course) the highly-anticipated retroactive facelift that the fans have been clamoring for.
  • The single-disc Superman 3 Special Edition, complete with Salkind/Spengler commentary, an old TV special, and some deleted scenes.
    • The single-disc Superman 4 Special Edition, which comes with audio commentary from screenwriter Mark Rosenthal and some deleted scenes.
    • The single-disc Supergirl Special Edition, with director's commentary, which may or may not be taken from the old Anchor Bay DVD.
    • At least two different editions of the recent hit Superman Returns. What, you thought WB wouldn't tie 'em all together?
    Not surprisingly, you can also opt to pick up the boxed set that includes the four Superman flicks, but (apparently) excludes the Superman 2 Donner Cut and poor little Supergirl.

    Anyway, it's all Super-confusing right now. Check out the press release here and a closer look at the extras right here.
    categories Features, Cinematical