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The MousePlanet Home Theater Press Releases - 4/9/01
Here's the press release for the upcoming Superman releases:

"Superman: The Movie"
Soars Onto DVD for the First Time Ever, May 1

BURBANK, Calif. - March 30, 2001 - "Superman: The Movie," one of the most treasured and successful motion pictures in the Warner Bros. Pictures library, will make its long-awaited DVD debut on May 1 from Warner Home Video (WHV).

The classic, award-winning film, directed by Richard Donner, launched the career of Christopher Reeve, who played "The Man of Steel," and includes an all-star cast of Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty and Margot Kidder, among others. Reeve, Brando and Hackman appear in an additional nine minutes of film not seen in previous theatrical engagements or on video. The DVD will have a new digital transfer, re-mixed Dolby Surround 5.1 sound and a host of features and enhancements.

Concurrently, WHV is releasing the three Superman sequels -- "Superman II," "Superman III" and "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" -- for the first time on DVD. All four titles will also be available on VHS. Both the VHS and DVD of "Superman: The Movie" Special Edition will contain bonus items such as screen tests and the original theatrical trailer.

The packed DVD of "Superman: The Movie" includes four behind- the- scenes features about special effects, the making of the film with star and filmmaker interviews, a segment on how Superman was depicted flying, and screen tests of the original and passed over stars and cast members.

In addition, the DVD will contain an audio commentary by the filmmakers, audio outtakes including alternate scoring of eight sequences, a music-only audio track, special ROM features and original trailers and TV spots.

Marlon Brando portrays Jor-El, Superman's father from the planet Krypton, and Gene Hackman is the dreaded Lex Luthor, mankind's worst enemy. Also starring in memorable supporting roles are Ned Beatty as Otis, Luthor's bumbling assistant; Jackie Cooper as Perry White, frenzied editor of Metropolis' The Daily Planet; Glenn Ford and Phyllis Thaxter as Jonathan and Martha Kent, surrogate parents to Superman on Earth; Trevor Howard as the First Elder on Krypton; Margot Kidder as The Daily Planet's ace reporter Lois Lane, who is smitten with Superman and his heroics but remains indifferent to the awkward advances of his alter ego Clark Kent; Valerie Perrine as Luthor's sexy but loyal girlfriend Eve; Maria Schell as Vond-Ah; Terence Stamp as General Zod; and Susannah York as Lara, Superman's biological mother. Christopher Reeve stars in all four Superman movies, and Gene Hackman appears in all except "Superman III," which co-stars Richard Pryor.

An Alexander Salkind presentation of a Richard Donner film, "Superman: The Movie" was directed by Donner from a story by Mario Puzo. The screenplay was by Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman and Robert Benton. Tom Mankiewicz was creative consultant. Ilya Salkind was executive producer and Pierre Spengler produced the film. John Williams composed and conducted the music. "Superman: The Movie," an Alexander and Ilya Salkind production, is distributed by Warner Bros.

The complete four-film Superman collection will sell for $79.92 SRP for the DVD and $39.92 SRP for the VHS. "Superman: The Movie" will sell for $24.98 SRP / $19.95 MAP on DVD (VHS: $14.95 SRP / $9.95 MAP). The three sequels will each sell for $19.98 SRP / $14.95 MAP for the DVD and $9.94 VHS.

That's it for now, but stay tuned for more!

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