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Old 01-02-2009, 12:01 PM
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Default Re: Superman: The Movie... Thirty years...

I think Superman: The Movie is one of the all-time great American movies, which is weird when you come to think of it, because most of it was filmed in the greatest country in the world!

All these years later, I still think Chris Reeve is the quintessential Superman. Hell, in Action Comics, Gary Frank actually draws a Supes now that is heavily influenced by Reeve.
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I found the funeral and leaving home sequences particularly incredible. Unsworths flying camera across the sea of wheat while John Williams compliments the intimacy of family and loss across the hues of the living and the eternal blues of a clouded sky. But for me, the greatest sequence (which some have found disappointing) is the education montage in the fortress of solitude. The second the stars appear and begin the journey complimenting Jor-El’s words, Williams just produces the most incredible piece of galactic pastoral and I have never gotten it out of my system, climaxing with the mask's eye and the reveal of the man of steel. Fantastic.
Poetically put as always and sums up my own feelings as usual. As you know, I have a deep personal connection with those seas of wheat and skies of eternal blue. There's no fresher air in the world... cuz the wind never stops blowing on the prairie.
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One of my favorite comic book films. Beautifully photographed! It's too bad Richard Donner was removed from Superman II.
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It's certainly held up extremely well over the years.
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Donner may have been removed from the second movie, but there's a fair bit of his work for it to be seen in the DC version of Superman II. Not quite as good as would've been completed, but worth a look.
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I used to really like Supe II.. but after watching it recently? It got the Joel Shoemacher treatment BEFORE Joel Shoemacher...

Still... Kneel Before Zod IS still cool...

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Bob did you also notice that the windows on the Highschool were the same type used in the High School in Red Dawn.
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I think Superman: The Movie is one of the all-time great American movies, which is weird when you come to think of it, because most of it was filmed in the greatest country in the world!

All these years later, I still think Chris Reeve is the quintessential Superman. Hell, in Action Comics, Gary Frank actually draws a Supes now that is heavily influenced by Reeve.
Well because Chris Reeve was one hell of an actor. Heck one of his earlier movies was filmed on Mackinaw Island which was not far from where I live. Oh and Kincheloe where I live was the filming sight for Die Hard II
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I used to really like Supe II.. but after watching it recently? It got the Joel Shoemacher treatment BEFORE Joel Shoemacher...

Still... Kneel Before Zod IS still cool...

" Oh god..."

" .... ZOD. "

Like OEM said, Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut that came out a few years ago is a far superior film. Shows what could have been. Uses a lot of Donner's scrapped footage and recently found unused effects to put Brando back in the fortress scenes instead of Susannah York. And no vibrating bed and pink bearskin rug. The original scene where Lois exposes Clark as Superman is more interesting than Lester's. She shoots him. He tells her that if she had been wrong Clark would be dead. She then admits to having blanks in the gun. If I remember right the scene was actually screen test footage.

I was a senior in high school when Superman came out. My friends got sick of hearing about it. Other than the crappy miniature work at the end after Derek Meddings had to leave it remains a great film. The first flying scene in the fortress at the beginning is still thrilling.
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This is the cover to US magazine back when Superman first came out.

Superman is a great film. Chris Reeve is the only Superman for me.

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Default Re: Superman: The Movie... Thirty years...

Here's a good Superman tribute video. Unfortunately, the owner disabled embedding on it, so you have to click the link to see it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipdVw1_7MlE
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Default Re: Superman: The Movie... Thirty years...

Can't believe my luck, found the -making of- I mentioned.

In five parts... (Part two has extended John Barry and Miniature unit snippets not on the DVD... at least not on my edition).







Next up, a documentary on the Zoptic system in two parts with Zorin Perisic.




My deepest thanks to the uploaders.
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