Starring: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve
Director: Richard Donner, Richard Lester
Encoding: Region 2, 4
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Features: Theatrical trailer(s), Widescreen anamorphic format
"Good clean fun" my wife remarked after watching Superman II
Well, it is Superman I wanted to say, but considering what
the character has been through in recent years (getting killed off, getting
a new hairstyle, etc.) she has a point. This Superman sequel was
originally part of the original movie's plot. The nukes detonated by arch
villain Lex Luthor at the end of the first movie were to set free the three
supervillains from Superman's home planet of Krypton. Obviously it would
have been too long, so they decided to make it into two movies.
Despite a change in director (the producers had a lot of fights with
The Omen director Richard Donner), this sequel remains remarkably
similar in spirit to the original. The formula still works, but it wouldn't
work for long however: up next were the terrible Superman
III and Superman IV - The Quest for Peace
sequels. After a lengthy credit sequence documenting events from the first
movie, Superman II wastes no time in getting straight to the action
as Superman has to do battle with three supervillains who are as powerful as
Sheer comic book mayhem resumes: characters are hurled straight through
entire buildings, they use buses and manhole covers as weapons and so forth.
If you're into superhero comics it'll be impossible to watch these scenes
without a hint of a smile. Unlike today's CGI effects, these scenes look
real at times instead of like something from a video game.
While the movie itself is in an okay condition and not as startlingly good
as the Superman - the Movie DVD, the disc merely
features a trailer and chapter selections. Disappointing after the excellent
Superman - the Movie disc.
WORTH IT? One can pick this one up here in South Africa for the
price of a movie on VHS. Cheap then, probably because of the lack of extra
RECOMMENDATION: Buy it along with your Superman - the Movie
DVD - you probably won't be able to help yourself . . .