Back in 2006, Warner Brothers released The Richard Donner Cut of Superman II, a massive restoration and reworking of the film that fans had been wanting to see for decades. Although the debate still rages on about which version of Superman II is better, the fact that both versions exist and can be watched on DVD and Blu-ray today is a cool thing. But did you know that there is also an alternate cut of Superman: The Movie that has been sitting on the shelf all these years? Richard Donner released a Director’s Cut back in 2000, but there is also an extended broadcast TV version that aired over two nights in February of 1982. It runs 3 hours and 8 minutes, approximately 40 minutes longer than the original, but has never been released on home video until now. Hit the jump for more details.
According to a post on Warner Archive’s Facebook page, the Extended Cut of Superman: The Movie will arrive on Blu-ray later this year as part of a two-film package with the 2000 version of the film. It is a 1080p HD remaster with DTS 5.1 sound. and it will also include most of the special features that came with the previous release of the Director’s Cut. According to Wikipedia, here are some of the additions to the film (some of which have also appeared as deleted scenes):
- A subplot of an Executioner (a Kryptonian security officer) being sent by the council to hunt down and capture Jor-El
- When Superman is trying to get to Lex Luthor’s underground hideout, he is subjected to machine gun fire, a giant blow torch, and is frozen in ice.
- Lex Luthor plays the piano in several scenes; when he has Otis drop Eve Teschmacher into the lions’ den at the end he is singing “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby.”
- After Superman saves Lois at the end and flies off, he’s seen rescuing Eve Teschmacher from the lions’ den, in which Lex had previously dropped her; he pointedly notes for Luthor to hear, “By the way, Miss Teschmacher, your mother sends her love,” a reference to Luthor’s boast about Hackensack, NJ.
- The little girl who sees the teenage Clark Kent running faster than the train is revealed to be Lois Lane, a fact revealed when her parents (Kirk Alyn and Noel Neill) talk to her by name.
- Nearly all of John Williams’ score is restored (some of which was dialed out of the theatrical cut).
The best part of all this is that it hits stores in just one week on Oct. 3rd. Do you plan on checking on the Extended Cut of Superman: The Movie?