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Studio Ghibli’s Castle In The Sky at 30

Ryan Lambie Sep 13, 2016

In 1986, Hayao Miyazaki released one of his very best films. We look back at the lasting power and influence of Laputa: Castle In The Sky.

How does humanity quench its thirst for progress while at the same time protecting the environment? Can technology and nature exist side by side, or will our destructive tendencies always get in the way? Those are questions that underscore many of Hayao Miyazaki’s films, from the lighter-than-air eco fable Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind to his final animated feature, The Wind Rises.

In Miyazaki’s work, there’s a constant tension at play between nature and machines, between the tranquility of rural Japan and the industrial revolution of its post war era. The son of an aeronautical engineer, Miyazaki grew up as Japan rebuilt itself in the middle of the 20th century; he was born into a generation with
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Unpacking the Superman 75th anniversary short

Feature Rob Smedley 17 Oct 2013 - 06:44

Rob unpacks Zack Snyder and Bruce Timm's wonderful Superman 75th anniversary animated short to see the bizarre highlights that lie within...

Superman! For seventy-five years now he's confused birdwatchers and air traffic controllers alike as he's zoomed around battling evil and falling in love with women who have alliterative names starting with 'L'. Like Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Lori Lemaris... Llllovely.

Yes, it's been a busy three quarters of a century for the Last Son of Krypton, and to celebrate it Zach Snyder (Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (Superman: Tas) produced a two-minute flypast of Superman's history. It went down rather well when it premiered at New York Comic Con last week and no wonder. It's a beautiful salute to Supes, but also to the artists and actors who've brought him to life across the decades, as the animation style seamlessly
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Superman: 75 years of heroic history in a 2-minute animated short -- Exclusive

Superman: 75 years of heroic history in a 2-minute animated short -- Exclusive
Want to see Superman’s history flash by faster than a speeding bullet?

In honor of the hero’s 75th anniversary, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and DC animated universe maestro Bruce Timm have crafted this two-minute animated short, which blasts through the highlights of the character’s many incarnations, from comics, to movies, video games, and even pop art.

“The idea was to start with Siegel and Shuster and end with Henry Cavill, stopping at all the high points and iconic moments in between,” Timm tells EW. Check out the entire film below…

The short, produced by Warner Bros. Animation,
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Superman on TV: 60 years of punching robots

Feature Rob Smedley 14 Jun 2013 - 07:00

Rob celebrates decades of TV Superman doing what he does best: punching robots into oblivion...

It's hard to believe Superman's been zooming about on that glowing rectangle in the corner of our living rooms for most of his 75 year existence. It's just that we haven't always paid attention, what with things like the Cold War and MasterChef to distract us. But whatever the era, the medium, or the man in the tights, there's one constant when it comes to Superman on TV: he loves to break robots.

So as Superman turns 75, and Henry Cavill faces both Zod and the merciless Brain Interactive Construct of Internet Fandom, let's chart the history of the small screen Man of Steel by looking at the times he's gone up against men of metal...

The Adventures of Superman (1952-1958)

Robot Thumping Episode: 'The Runaway Robot'

Superman had enjoyed
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70 Years of Fleischer’s Superman Animated Shorts

Today, September 26th marks the 70th anniversary of Fleischer Studios Superman Animated Shorts. Widely regarded as one of the definitive interpretations of the Man of Steel, this series of 10 minute animated shorts consisted of 17 Superman adventures, the first nine were produced by Fleischer Studios while the following eight instalments were produced by Famous Studios.

Fleischer Studios was founded in 1921 by Polish cartoonist Max Fleischer, and his younger brother Dave. The studio stood out among other animation companies thanks to their rotoscoping technique. Rotoscoping, invented by Max, allowed animators to trace over live action models, leading to a more fluid and realistic look in the movements of cartoon characters. They were also home of Betty Boop, one of the most popular cartoon creations of all time. In 1939, burdened by the censorship of the recently introduced Hays Code, the studio decided to put an end to their Betty Boop series. Instead they
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The Superman Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray review

It was a time of sex, cynicism and Star Wars - and endless lampoons of the old Batman TV shows. Almost inconceivably, given the era that we live in, there had never been a superhero movie that wasn't cheap, laughable, aimed at kids - or all three. So when Superman producers the Salkind brothers decided to follow up their success of the Musketeers movies with another ambitious two-part movie project, they knew they'd need to throw high-level talent at the first ever serious cinematic account of the Man Of Steel.

Enter Richard Donner, riding a high wave of interest from The Omen; enter Marlon Brando, superstar Gene Hackman, Godfather screenwriter Mario Puzo...enter years of hard-working hell inventing entirely new cinematic processes to make us all believe a man can fly. And enter unknown actor Christopher Reeve, ready to take on the dual role of Clark Kent and Kal-El in what remains a definitive interpretation.
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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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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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Superman Anthology Blu-ray set announced

We heard in January that Warner Bros. would be releasing all the Superman films in the Blu-ray format (here), and the studio has now officially announced Superman Anthology for release on June 7th. The set will include Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: Quest For Peace, and Superman Returns in a an 8-disc set. The set will include the original and Richard Donner cut of Superman II, with the original film presented in both theatrical and extended editions.

Blu-ray has details on the Special Features:

Disc 1: Superman: The Movie, Original Theatrical VersionSuperman: The Movie, Expanded Edition

Commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler The Making of Superman: The Movie [1978 TV special] Superman and the Mole-Men [1951 feature] Warner Bros. Cartoons:

· Super-Rabbit [1943]

· Snafuperman [1944]

· Stupor Duck [1956] Trailers

Disc 2:

Commentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz Taking Flight: The Development of Superman Making Superman: Filming the Legend The Magic Behind
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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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DVD News: Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Hits Blu-ray June 7!

Zack Snyder’s Superman that plans to revitalize, reinvigrate and reimagine the character like never before on film will hit theaters Christmas 2012, but this summer we are treat to the Superman Motion Picture Anthology on Blu-ray just in time for The Green Lantern to hit theaters. Catipulting fans from the original 1978 film to the latest 2005 film Superman Returns, this anthology has it all. Check all the details and trailer for the DVD after the jump.

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
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Full Specs, Artwork, New Trailer and Release Date for the Superman Anthology (1978-2006)

Ok peeps! We showed you a sneak peak at he Superman Anthology release over in the UK a few weeks ago and now we have thr goods for all of our Us friends! Check out the new trailer at the bottom of the page!I am so stoked for this release! From the Official Press release:

Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) Debuts On Blu-ray™ June 7 From Warner Home Video

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 superherowith the June 7 release of Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray.
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New Release: Superman The Motion Picture Anthology 1978-2006 Blu-ray

As director Zack Snyder (Sucker Punch) prepares the new movie Superman: Man of Steel for its release in theaters in next year, Warner Home Video is giving fans a new Blu-ray set of the comic book superhero’s older films. Superman The Motion Picture Anthology 1978-2006 will be available on June 7.

Superman Returns

Whether you prefer Christopher Reeve or Brandon Routh (sorry, Brandon, we do love you, but Christopher will always have our heart), both of their movies will be in the set, with new high-definition film masters and DTS-hd sound.

Priced at $129.95, the Anthology will be packaged in a nice-looking box that splits open behind the big S to reveal the discs in a red-cape-covered folder. And, the box will include a Movie Cash coupon worth $8 off one admission to see Warner’s Green Lantern in theaters.

The eight-disc boxed set will include all the Superman movies so far:
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Superman Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray Release Date and Details

Warner Bros. has announced their second big June catalog Blu-ray release in the form of the Superman Motion Picture Anthology, due in stores on June 7. The first is The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Extended Edition coming on June 28.

Superman Motion Picture Anthology on Blu-ray is a massive 8-disc set that includes all five Superman theatrical films. The disc film content is as follows: disc one is Superman: The Movie; disc two is Superman: The Movie extended edition; disc three is Superman II; disc four is Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut; disc five is Superman III; disc six is Super IV: The Quest for Peace; disc seven is Superman Returns; and disc 8 is a bonus disc. Each film will be presented in 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio.

Here is the complete bonus features breakdown by disc:

Disc 1

Superman: The Movie, Original Theatrical Commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler
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