Superman 4K Blu-ray Review & Comments

Indiana Jones

Moderator
Great review, have asked my brother to get me this for xmas so going to be a wait until I can see it but definitely looking forward to it.
 

Swizz

Active Member
A super review!

I flew into HMV upon Day 1 of it's release and I have to say I am pleased with my purchase!
 

Hampy1972

Well-known Member
Defo worth a watch in 4k (if it probably close to a 2k then actual 4k)not a fan of old movies being reharshed into 4k but worth a punt for a classic. Like most fans of the Reeves style of Superman, II was a better film and only because if Terence Stamp!

This is before everyone got so serious and dark................
Thank you for great review.
:D
 

Shaun666

Well-known Member
As someone who has gone through much of their life with people adding a superfluous "S" to my surname I feel I should point out it's "Christopher Reeve" and not "Reeves"
 

Roohster

Distinguished Member
Great review of the disc but, pedant that I am, I have to take issue with this:

"Until 1978, Superman was just that, a ‘super man’. Oh, he had ‘super powers’; faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound - powers inaccessible to humans, but all within the realms of possibility".

I was an avid reader of the comics in the 60s and he definitely had all his "proper" super powers by then... and he first flew as far back as the '40s.
 

Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
Great review of the disc but, pedant that I am, I have to take issue with this:

"Until 1978, Superman was just that, a ‘super man’. Oh, he had ‘super powers’; faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound - powers inaccessible to humans, but all within the realms of possibility".

I was an avid reader of the comics in the 60s and he definitely had all his "proper" super powers by then... and he first flew as far back as the '40s.
I thought the point was that he didn't previously have the ability to turn back time? That was a bit of a silly 'power' to give him.
 

the hoff

Active Member
I thought the point was that he didn't previously have the ability to turn back time? That was a bit of a silly 'power' to give him.
I always thought that he was supposed to be travelling faster than light and thereby going back in time, rather than actually just spinning the Earth the other way to 'reverse' time...

That said, I'm not sure this theory is any more realistic, as faster than light travel is pretty much impossible anyway and wouldn't explain why he doesn't bump into another version of himself at an earlier point in time (my head is starting to hurt now)
 

Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
I always thought that he was supposed to be travelling faster than light and thereby going back in time, rather than actually just spinning the Earth the other way to 'reverse' time...

That said, I'm not sure this theory is any more realistic, as faster than light travel is pretty much impossible anyway and wouldn't explain why he doesn't bump into another version of himself at an earlier point in time (my head is starting to hurt now)
You see him actually stop the earth spinning and then spin it backwards. It was silly, let’s not even talk about what that would do to gravity.
 

hippo99

Distinguished Member
You see him actually stop the earth spinning and then spin it backwards. It was silly, let’s not even talk about what that would do to gravity.
And doesn't explain why there was no earthquake the 2nd time around? Wouldn't the earthquake have just repeated again?
 

Swizz

Active Member
Waiting on Superman 2 & 3 now, hopefully they will soon follow. The Quest For Peace will take a nose dive I'm afraid.

But all-in-all...

We need more General Zod.
 

Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
And doesn't explain why there was no earthquake the 2nd time around? Wouldn't the earthquake have just repeated again?
I think he wouldn't have cared either way as long as Lois was alive.

I think it's the single most selfish thing I've seen a superhero do. If he has the capacity to change the past, electing to use it just to save someone he kinda fancies is pretty shallow. Bad, bad writing.
 

hippo99

Distinguished Member
I think he wouldn't have cared either way as long as Lois was alive.
I was thinking more along the lines of why/how
the time line changed?

From what I understand, he reversed time/traveled back in time and then headed straight for Lois. He didn't do anything else to change the past, so the 2nd missile still struck, the earthquake would have still happened, and the dam would have still burst etc, but suddenly by flying straight to Lois, it magically stopped the missile strike and the earthquake? :facepalm:
:)
 
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Hampy1972

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You see him actually stop the earth spinning and then spin it backwards. It was silly, let’s not even talk about what that would do to gravity.
As a kid (think I was 8) watching the earth spin backwards was cool. If I remember correctly when Superman was first shown on TV, it was on the day after the Charles & Diana wedding....
 

rhino2k

Distinguished Member
Thanks Simon,

I wonder if they can do anything with Supergirl.....Just about the worst PQ/AQ I have experienced :laugh:
 

stigdu

Well-known Member
As a kid (think I was 8) watching the earth spin backwards was cool. If I remember correctly when Superman was first shown on TV, it was on the day after the Charles & Diana wedding....
I bought this in HMV on Monday and watched it last night. As a 44-year-old, watching the earth spin backwards is still cool. And very romantic. A simply wonderful film, and my favourite superhero movie ever.
 

Jim Di Griz

Distinguished Member
Waiting on Superman 2 & 3 now, hopefully they will soon follow. The Quest For Peace will take a nose dive I'm afraid.

But all-in-all...

We need more General Zod.
Oh yes. Superman 2 has always been my favourite of these!
 

MarkusThatch

Distinguished Member
Great review. Remember seeing a double bill of this and the sequel back in the 80s. Great to hear about the picture quality! Sold.
 

Hampy1972

Well-known Member
I bought this in HMV on Monday and watched it last night. As a 44-year-old, watching the earth spin backwards is still cool. And very romantic. A simply wonderful film, and my favourite superhero movie ever.
Oh definitely I agree..Nothing nasty and evil was not evil but a bunny rabbit lol. It was fluffy tv and we loved it in our little innocent world but we moved over and joined the dark side my padawan
 

Hampy1972

Well-known Member

The_Wierd

Well-known Member
I was thinking more along the lines of why/how
the time line changed?

From what I understand, he reversed time/traveled back in time and then headed straight for Lois. He didn't do anything else to change the past, so the 2nd missile still struck, the earthquake would have still happened, and the dam would have still burst etc, but suddenly by flying straight to Lois, it magically stopped the missile strike and the earthquake? :facepalm:
:)
Of course as an adult, it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but 8 year old me, didn’t care a bit and utterly loved it. 48 year old me can still watch it though those eyes, and still loves it just as much, so it remains one of my favourite movies ever, and one I have watched possibly more times than any other.

Even viewing it as an adult, I still think most of the movie, particularly the first half completely holds up as great drama and a defining superhero origin story, it only gets weaker once Luthor’s plot is revealed, but the quality of acting still makes even this entertaining.

Of course Christopher Reeve is what makes the whole thing work. The genius of his performance is that without effects or make-up, it is totally possible to accept that no-one ever guesses his secret, and his transformation when he removes his glasses is just pure acting talent. Always brings a tear to my eyes seeing him as the perfect embodiment of Superman when that classic theme kicks in, especially given the later tragedy in his life, after which he went on to demonstrate he was every bit as much a real-life hero.

Still, I don’t think I will buy the 4K release, unless I see it later for bargain-bin pricing. I have bought it twice on VHS, twice on DVD and three times on Blu-Ray, and it has always been a soft looking film by design. The recent TV version Blu-Ray release was interesting as it at least showed me some material I have never seen before, but I can’t bring myself to umpteen-dip just for a tiny uptick in detail.
 

MikeTheBike2010

Active Member
50599E26-52E1-40CE-BD24-A3AE0FB1428A.jpeg Top film Mr Reeve is terrific, Gene Hackman was the greatest screen actor of his generation and my late father enjoyed the romantic scenes and of course that score!

For anyone with an interest the Terence Stamp interview is happening on 16th Jan, these events are well worth attending (Julian Glover was last months guest) as you can ask questions and hey there is even a raffle!

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