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How Superman IV: The Quest For Peace Killed the Superman Franchise and Helped Close a Studio

Continuing our lead up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which opens on March 25th, Scott J. Davis looks back at the ill-fated Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, the final film to star Christopher Reeve as the true Man of Steel

Back in 1983, the Superman franchise was in full swing, despite the tense and fractured on-set fights and fallouts which saw original director Richard Donner leave after Superman: The Movie before he was able to finish Superman II, released almost three years later under the new direction of Richard Lester. Both films were huge financial successes with Superman: The Movie 1978’s second highest-grossing film behind Grease.

A third film was inevitable, with Lester again directing the returning Christopher Reeve alongside legendary comedian Richard Pryor, who had made a joke on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson at the time saying how he would love to been in a Superman film.
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'Superman IV: The Quest for Peace': First 5 minutes

'Superman IV: The Quest for Peace': First 5 minutes
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace was the final Man of Steel outing for Christopher Reeve, who also hatched the story idea for this 1987 sequel. Tapping into the Cold War paranoia of the time, the story found Superman attempting to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Things don't quite run to plan, however, as his arch nemesis Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) creates Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow) from a strand of Superman's hair. Margot Kidder, Marc McClure and Jackie Cooper reprise their roles from earlier films, while a young Jon Cryer followed up (more)
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Win: Superman Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray!

In the run up to the much anticipated 2012 release of the new Superman movie, Warner Home Video is proud to present Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006), released on the 13th June 2011. Rediscover the heritage of the cultural icon and quintessential superhero, Superman, in the first five classic films.

We have already reviewed the set and can confirm it’s an essential purchase but for one lucky Owf reader, here’s your chance to win yourself a copy.

In this exciting eight disc collection, the Superman myth is depicted, from his birth on the doomed planet of Krypton to his life as a reporter in the big city of Metropolis. He discovers that hiding his superpowers as mild-mannered Clark Kent isn’t easy when trying to sustain a job at the ever inquisitive Daily Planet, wooing hard-nosed Lois Lane and constantly battling with super villains across Metropolis.

For the first time ever,
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Superman The Complete Anthology

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It’s interesting to watch how time and again, writers, artists, moviemakers, and studio executives struggle to find ways to adapt the very first comic book super-hero. Superman was something readers (and rival publishers) had never seen before, and he served as the template for the heroic fantasy that followed these last seven decades. When you have powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, you need visionaries to bring the character from the printed page to other media. Robert Maxwell figured out how to do that with the popular radio serial. In fact, Maxwell came up with various characters and concepts that seeped into the comics, a symbiosis that made both stronger.

I was given to considering Superman in his many forms when the eight-disc Superman The Complete Anthology Blu-ray set arrived for review. Warner Home Video has taken all the previous versions and spruced them up a bit,
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Blu-ray News: Superman The Motion Picture Anthology (1978 – 2006)

In the run up to the much anticipated 2012 release of the new Superman movie, Warner Home Video is proud to present Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006), released on the 13th June 2011.

For the first time ever, films one to four, Superman: The Movie (Original Theatrical), Superman II (Original Theatrical) Superman III and Superman IV – The Quest For Peace, are available on Blu-ray. The collection also includes the recent blockbuster; Superman Returns, plus Superman: the Movie (Expanded Edition) and Superman II (the Director Richard Donner cut).

The release will also feature 20 hours of bonus material, including the never-before-seen original opening to Superman Returns, along with documentaries, deleted scenes and a ‘making of’ feature.

The Full eight-disc breakdown:

Superman: The Original Theatrical Movie (1978) and Expanded Edition (2001)

A box-office smash, an Academy AwardÒ winner and a fan favourite since it first flew into theatres in December 1978, Superman: The Movie assembles
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7 of the Strangest and Unexplainable Film Curses

Continuing in the honor of the upcoming Texas Frightmare Weekend, Tmp takes a look at some of the most notorious "curses" that have seemingly plagued Hollywood over the years.  Chronicling odd circumstances and strange occurrences, some of these instances are just plain creepy.

Curses and misfortune have persisted in the realm of artistic creation since the premiere of Shakespeare's Macbeth, quite possibly before that.  But the stories behind the curses that terrorize some productions would seek to prove that the supernatural can affect more than just the imagination.  The following stories are just a few of the more intriguing ones we've discovered haunting the hallowed history of Hollywood.

Calories Or Curses?

A Confederacy of Dunces

Widely regarded as one of the most cursed projects in Hollywood, A Confederacy of Dunces, based on the absolutely hilarious and bestselling book by John Kennedy Toole, has yet to even get off the ground.
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Superman Blu-Ray Anthology Offically Announced for Us Release

Superman Blu-Ray Anthology Offically Announced for Us Release
A couple weeks ago UK listings for a Blu-ray anthology of all five existing Superman films were found, and we started to get info [1] about what might be in the box set. Now Warner Bros. has confirmed the set for Us release. Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology will be released on June 7, 2011 in an eight-disc set that contains all five films (Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, and Superman Returns) as well as alternate versions of the first two movies and a wealth of special features. A trailer for the release and all relevant details follow. Per The Digital Bits [2], these are new HD masters for the theatrical cuts of the four Christopher Reeve movies and a new 1080p master for the expanded cut of Superman: The Movie. Here's the official trailer for the set. Underneath is the full press release offering
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Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) On Blu-Ray June 7

On June 7th, Warner Home Video is releasing a pretty fabulous collection, and I want to give you a preview of Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology on Blu-Ray.

This one is filled with extras, and includes alternate versions of the first two films. Check out all the info below, including the rundown of all the special features including in the set.

Superman, the cultural icon and quintessential superhero, is back in a big way. In a powerhouse year marked by the theatrical releases of several major superhero films including Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern, his arrival couldn’t be more perfectly timed. Warner Home Video (Whv) is celebrating the year of the superhero with the June 7 release of Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray.

For the first time, fans will be able to own one super-entertaining Blu-ray collection with all four original theatrical Superman films starring Christopher Reeve
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Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Official Press Release

Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006)

Debuts On Blu-ray™ June 7 From Warner Home Video

Video Trailer:

Collection Includes All Five Films in the Theatrical Franchise, Two Alternate Versions and 20 Hours of Bonus Features

Burbank, Calif. March 31, 2011 –Superman, the cultural icon and quintessential superhero, is back in a big way. In a powerhouse year marked by the theatrical releases of several major superhero films including Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern, his arrival couldn’t be more perfectly timed. Warner Home Video (Whv) is celebrating the year of the superhero with the June 7 release of Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray. For the first time, fans will be able to own one super-entertaining Blu-ray collection with all four original theatrical Superman films starring Christopher Reeve (available for the first time in high def), Superman Returns, and the two alternate versions of Superman I and Superman II.

Available now in superb hi-def,
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Superman films getting hi-def Blu-ray treatment

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Can you imagine how amazing Superman’s blue-and-red tights are going to look in high-definition?

As Warner Bros. prepares to reboot the Man of Steel – again – the studio is going back to Superman’s cinematic roots. Not the hero’s black-and-white days. Back to the Richard Donner days, when the director (with Christopher Reeve’s help) took the superhero film franchises to new heights. And they are putting

“Stronger. … Faster. … Sharper!” the Blu-ray clip teases for “Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology.” The package will include

The teaser trailer is heavy on Donner’s original “Superman” and Bryan Singer’s most recent “Superman Returns.” We don’t see a lot of footage from “Superman III” or “The Quest for Peace,” but they are reportedly in the set. We’ll also see “Expanded Edition” cuts of Donner’s two films for the first time on Blu-ray.
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Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology on Blu-ray June 7

Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology on Blu-ray June 7
Superman, the cultural icon and quintessential superhero, is back in a big way. In a powerhouse year marked by the theatrical releases of several major superhero films including Warner Bros.' Green Lantern, his arrival couldn't be more perfectly timed. Warner Home Video (Whv) is celebrating the year of the superhero with the June 7 release of Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray. For the first time, fans will be able to own one super-entertaining Blu-ray collection with all four original theatrical Superman films starring CChristopher Reeve (available for the first time in high def), Superman Returns, and the two alternate versions of Superman and Superman II.

The new trailer for Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray can be seen below.

Click to watch Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray Trailer!

Available now in superb hi-def, with new digital/hi-def film masters, the must-own

Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology on Blu-ray June 7

Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology on Blu-ray June 7
Superman, the cultural icon and quintessential superhero, is back in a big way. In a powerhouse year marked by the theatrical releases of several major superhero films including Warner Bros.' Green Lantern, his arrival couldn't be more perfectly timed. Warner Home Video (Whv) is celebrating the year of the superhero with the June 7 release of Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray. For the first time, fans will be able to own one super-entertaining Blu-ray collection with all four original theatrical Superman films starring CChristopher Reeve (available for the first time in high def), Superman Returns, and the two alternate versions of Superman and Superman II.

The new trailer for Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray can be seen below.

Click to watch Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray Trailer!

Available now in superb hi-def, with new digital/hi-def film masters, the must-own
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Superman Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray Flying In This Summer

Warner Home Video has announced the Blu-ray release of Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1978 — 2006 set to hit selves on June 7th. This cool 8 disc set will have 5 original theatrical motion pictures plus 2 alternate cuts. But what caught my eye was on Superman Returns, it will now have the deleted scene where Superman returns to Krypton, there was a glimpsed of it when the first teaser trailer came out. I have seen this scene myself and its pretty interesting.Here is the full press release. Also check out the trailer for the trailer for the Blu-ray release. Superman, the cultural icon and quintessential superhero, is back in a big way. In a powerhouse year marked by the theatrical releases of several major superhero films including Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern, his arrival couldn’t be more perfectly timed. Warner Home Video (Whv) is celebrating the year of the superhero with the
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Looking back at Superman IV: The Quest For Peace

The Superman series appeared to reach its nadir with the low-budget Quest For Peace. Is there any joy to be found in this fourth outing?

Nuclear Man. Those words send shivers down the spine of any movie fan. Not since the appearance of Mr T in Rocky III has a muscled villain been so misjudged. Voiced by Gene Hackman and played by the square-jawed Mark Pillow from none other than my hometown of Leeds, Nuclear Man is quite possibly the worst villain ever dreamt up by Hollywood.

Everything about Nuclear Man looks cheap. The blonde locks are pure 80s, the outfit like something out of The Running Man, and the very idea of Supes being handed such pathetic opposition, considering the wealth of villainous talent to choose from in the DC back catalogue, is nothing short of a travesty. Unfortunately, so poor is Nuclear Man that his inclusion in the
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