“Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut” DVD details

Leading a huge assortment of Superman DVD releases on November 28 are Superman Returns and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut.

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut represents the first release of director Richard Donner’s original version of Superman II, nearly thirty years after his work on the movie.

In an innovative move for the time, Donner filmed many scenes for Superman II during the making of the first Superman movie. Due to budget and time crunches, the Superman II portions were eventually put on hold in order to finish the first movie. Donner often squared off against producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind during filming, mostly over creative and budgetary differences.

Superman, of course, went on to become a 1978 blockbuster but the Salkinds fired Donner from the nearly complete Superman II. Donner’s replacement, Richard Lester, took a much lighter approach to the movie and re-shot much of Donner’s footage to make major changes to the film. Lester also went on to direct Superman III, the first of two movies often credited with killing the Superman movie franchise until its recent resurrection.

Since this represents an almost entirely different version of Superman II than what audiences have seen up until this point, this essentially becomes the second new Superman movie of the year.

DVD Details
Movie (2006 Richard Donner version)
Introduction by Donner
Commentary by Donner and creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz
Superman II: Restoring the Vision featurette
6 Deleted Scenes

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut will also be available in HD DVD and Blu-ray formats.

Information Sources: Yahoo! News, Superman Homepage, Wikipedia