You Will Believe (The Ultimate Superman Collection Extras Disc 2) (2006)
|Year Of Production||2006|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
You Will Believe is the second bonus disc in The Ultimate Superman Collection.
The disc has 5 sections;
- You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman: a great documentary about the Christopher Reeve films. It is divided up into 5 chapters so that it can easily be viewed in seperate settings.Origin (13:45) The genesis of Superman and the difficulties the Salkinds faced getting the film into production
Vision (21:14) Getting the script, director and casting issues.Ascent (22:23) The production and filming of Superman and most of Superman II
Crisis (12:45) Conflict behind the scenes leads to splitsville.
Redemption (19:12) Not sure why this is called Redemption as it is about the dual disasters of Superman III and Superman IV
Overall, an excellent feature that has a wealth of behind the scenes footage from the four films.
- The Mythology of Superman (19:33): Voiced by Terence Stamp this all too brief video looks at the mythology of heroes and gods. Comments from various DC figures, writers, historians and filmmakers make an interesting and entertaining feature.
- The Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve (17:58): A tender look at Reeve's life and the influence he had on family and friends. I enjoyed hearing from friends, some famous like Jane Seymour and some not like the Christopher Reeve Foundation co-founders. Some great anecdotes are shared. Great to watch, but if you grew up with Reeve as Superman it'll make you a little sad.
- The Adventures of SuperPup: 1958 TV Pilot (20:40): Watch this at your own risk. After George Reeves committed suicide the studio decided that they couldn't recast Superman so they made this disaster instead. Logic prevailed and it never went to air.
- Warner Bros. Cartoons: A few WB animated shorts, Super-Rabbit, Snafuperman and Stupor Duck.
This disc is exclusive to The Ultimate Superman Collection.
You Will Believe, the mythology doco and the Christopher Reeve tribute were great, but unfortunately SuperPup and the cartoons are little more than space fillers. The first three features are compulsory viewing for Superman fans.
The video is presented at the aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the menus are 16x9 enhanced.
Considering the age and diverse sources of the archival footage, the overall picture was pretty decent.
Colours tend to be strong and vivid, but can be a little washed out in some older footage.
Interview footage and clips from the recent TV shows and films look excellent.
Some of the older TV footage suffers from dirt and fading, but that's natural given the age.
There were no digital or video artefacts.
The audio track for the docos were a solid Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 Kb/s) Nothing outstanding, but certainly competent tracks.
The dialogue and commentary sounded clear.
The shows all had good quality sound.
There was no surround or LFE use.
|Surround Channel Use|
This is one of the extras discs.
This disc is identical to the R1 release.
There were no special features.
Overall, another great disc for the Ultimate Collection.
The video was pretty good.
The audio was good.
|DVD||Marantz DV4300, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPL HS10 projector on 100 inch 16x9 screen + Palsonic 76WSHD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony STR-DE685. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Speakers||DB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub|