CATEGORIES Action, Classics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Warner Brothers, Fandom, Home Entertainment, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Remakes and Sequels, Features, CinematicalFirst, 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?
Anyway, it's all Super-confusing right now. Check out the press release here and a closer look at the extras right here.