Superman Returns Review and Bluray Features
22 Jun 2006
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Brandon Routh’s screen test
During Brandon Routh’s screen test, people would come up to him between takes and tell him how much fun filming in Australia would be and what a great opportunity playing Superman would be. Routh was confused as he was under the impression that he hadn’t officially got the part yet, and he was starting to get a little nervous that people might be jinxing him. It turns out Bryan Singer pretty much made up his mind at that point on who he was going to cast
I like the plot being that Superman left earth for five years and came back to find out that the world has moved on without him, most of all Lois Lane
First face-off with Lois Lane
After Superman stops the airplane crash, he says to the passengers (including Lois Lane), “I hope this doesn’t put any of you off flying. Statistically speaking, it’s still the safest way to travel.”
Just like athletes, actors have heavy expectations laid upon them when they’re given iconic roles. Both Routh & Bosworth were very subtle & frankly, I don’t think this re-intro was meant to strike super hot sparks. She had a serious relationship in place as Superman returns & it was obvious she was conflicted, determined not to repeat herself. Anybody who could not see that Routh as Superman was in love with Lois, has likely never been in love.
Contains 1,400 VFX shots
Role of Lex Luthor
I LOVE the way he plays Lex, he has the right mixture of evil, brilliance, humor, menace, hatred, insanity and obsession. I like his plot to steal crystals from Superman’s fortess of solitude and merge them with kryptonite to create a superhuman land that would make superman powerless.
Famous Scene of Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando posthumously reprises his role as Jor-El with some help from VFX. Rhythm & Hues took footage from the 1978 movie and hand-modeled and animated a CG-replica of his face upon the footage. It was then textured and new mouth shapes were then animated onto the model.
Scene where Superman lifts Lex’s land mass was a great and epic scene. Bryan does a great job with showing Superman fly and showing his power like saving a crashing plane and a robber trying to shoot him in the eye but the bullet flatten. Here, the hero with the sensational eyelashes, works wonders in every single way.
The movie may not be a single-bound building-leaper but Bryan Singer reconfigures the daddy of all comic-book sagas into something knowing, witty, and even sensitive. (Click here to see)
Singer’s revival of childhood wonder and timeless heroism [is] an extraordinary feat of movie magic (Click here to see)
Singer has crafted a generally exciting and dazzling entertainment.(Click here to see)
Superman with such passion, vigor, and release of infinite power, he graciously fly’s and fights his emotions through obstacles. He is a man who holds the world and knows what he should do to help the ones he loves and others then himself. Awesome film. Anyone who has not seen the power of this film should experience it.StacieM(MetaCritic)
Ouch. Minted for a 2006 release (when Blu-ray had first emerged from Sony’s primordial ooze), Superman Returns‘ 1080p/VC-1 transfer has lost whatever luster it may have once had. Singer and cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel’s amber-drenched palette remains fairly strong and stable, but inconsistent contrast leveling and dull, muddy skintones continually flatten the image. Dimensionality and detail is hit or miss as well. At times, Routh’s pores take center stage… at others, his face looks as if it’s been crafted from clay. Likewise, a thrilling high altitude rescue is undermined by soft edges and indistinct textures; an odd development considering the film was shot using the latest and greatest high definition cameras. Moreover, scenes aboard Luthor’s war-yacht (or whatever you want to call it) are lifeless, rooftop rendezvous resemble murky bowls of brown gumbo, and underwater sequences exhibit some of the worst artifacting, banding, and source noise I’ve ever encountered. And that’s only the tip of the growing Kryptonian land mass. From a reckless application of noise reduction to a who’s who of digital discrepancies, the picture is a mess from beginning to end. As it stands, only a handful of third-act confrontations between Supes and Lex manage to leave a long-lasting impression.
I have no doubt some of the presentation’s unsightly misfortunes can be traced to Singer and Sigel’s intentions — overbearing shadows, impenetrable delineation, and limited depth among them — but it’s quite clear that Superman Returns is in desperate need of a fresh restoration; a sharp transfer that will give its iconic hero the sort of stunning Blu-ray homecoming he deserves.
When Superman Returns first arrived on home video in 2006, Warner (at that point struggling to provide comparable sonic experiences between the HD DVD and Blu-ray releases of their films) produced two distinctly different audio mixes: a rousing, lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track for the HD DVD version, and a generally satisfying 640kbps Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track for the Blu-ray version. While both releases bested their DVD counterparts, the HD DVD’s TrueHD track was much more impressive, leaving many a Blu fiend salivating for a taste of lossless goodness all their own. As it turned out, Warner had been cataloging their fans’ complaints. In 2008 (some two years later), the studio issued a re-release of the Blu-ray edition that offered not one, but two high-quality audio options: an uncompressed PCM 5.1 surround track and the same TrueHD mix that originally debuted on the 2006 HD DVD.
It’s a cinch to identify which Blu-ray release of Superman Returns you’re holding in your hand. Not only does the tech spec box on the rear coverart clearly outline the disc’s audio tracks, the ISBN and UPC codes are different as well. The lesser edition is associated with ISBN# 1-4198-4481-4 and UPC code 012569829657, and the superior re-release is stamped with ISBN# 1-4198-6004-6 and UPC code 085391177913. So unless you left your glasses at home, it shouldn’t be difficult to discern. Just be careful if purchasing a used disc from Amazon or eBay — make sure the seller has outlined exactly which version of the film they’re selling. Not everyone is as honest as you and I.
Anyway, I digress. The PCM 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround tracks offer identical experiences. Dialogue is crisp, clean, and perfectly prioritized, regardless of whether Superman is whispering in Lois’ ear or hurtling past a burning aircraft. Better still, rear speaker activity is aggressive, ambience is lively and enveloping, directionality is as precise as they come, and interior acoustics are eerily convincing. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I turned my head at every waning shout and clattering pipe, but the soundfield was immersive enough to slap a grin on my face. More importantly, the film’s memorable set pieces have been completely set free. The LFE channel boldly peddles its fearsome wares, lending its full support to the deafening impact of every explosion and the unexpectedly weighty whup-whup of Superman’s windswept cape. Dynamics are powerful and resonant, fidelity is spot on and, aside from a couple of stocky pans that pop up early in the proceedings, both high-end tracks are remarkable. This edition is, without a doubt, the Blu-ray release of Superman Returns fans and audiophiles will want to make sure is sitting in their shopping cart.
Both the 2006 Blu-ray release and 2008 re-release of Singer’s Superman Returns boast the same supplemental package as the 2-disc Special Edition DVD. However, don’t make the mistake of shrugging your shoulders at the seemingly shabby list of features adorning the rear coverart: Warner’s BD-50 disc includes a massive, all-inclusive, three-hour documentary of legendary proportions. Granted, it’s presented in standard definition (God knows what the film itself would have looked like had the documentary been encoded at 1080p), but that’s a minor nitpick at best. Hopefully, Warner’s inevitable re-re-release will not only right Superman‘s woefully inept transfer, but upgrade the mammoth doc, drop it on its own disc, and give it more room to breathe.
- Requiem for Krypton (SD, 173 minutes): Forgoing a commentary, PiP track, or disjointed series of featurettes, Singer has assembled an uber-extensive, all-encompassing exploration of the production in its entirety. From early post-production meetings to scripting, from casting to the shoot itself, from editing to scoring, and everything in between, this sprawling documentary touches on every conceivable aspect of the creation ofSuperman Returns. Minor and major cast and crew members dissect their work, revealing everything you could ever want to know about why the characters behave the way they behave, why they’re bathed in rich GOLDS and steely blues, and how Singer managed to keep everyone on the same page. More importantly, the filmmakers offer candid insights into their decisions (both the crowd-pleasing and controversial varieties), peeling back every layer and pulling back every curtain until we feel as intimately familiar with the film as they are. It’s a stunning, breathtaking documentary that, in many ways, is more satisfying and more engrossing than the film it accompanies.
- Deleted Scenes (SD, 16 minutes): While everyone who complained aboutSuperman‘s runtime will probably roll their eyes, Warner has included eleven additional scenes that were cut from the theatrical version of the film. There isn’t anything of note per se, but fans will enjoy the character beats and exchanges, regardless of how redundant they actually are.
- Resurrecting Jor-El (SD, 4 minutes): An inadvertently disturbing look at how the film’s special effects team resurrected the late Marlon Brando for one last performance.
- Trailers (SD, 7 minutes): A teaser trailer, a theatrical preview, and a glimpse at the misguided and underwhelming EA videogame.
Specifications of Superman Returns (Movie, Blu-ray)
|Video Encoding||Region A,B & C|
|Manufacturer||Reliance Big Entertainment Pvt Ltd (Div – Reliance Home Video & Games)|