Superman II: The Adventure Continues
*Christopher Reeve dedication made over silence
*Reprise – a much shorter version of the reprise compared to The Donner Cut. Features the villains trial, Luthor/Superman, and Superman throwing the missile into space. The villains escape with Lester footage, used for the superior background plates. The bad special effects from The Donner Cut are gone!
*Superman Saves Nation – Daily Planet scene as seen in The Donner Cut, up until Lois shows Clark the newspaper
*Luthor Does Laundry as seen in The Donner Cut, complete
*Moon Explorers scene, filmed by Donner… Lester’s version used for the superior Ken Thorne music score, edited
the villains flying away
*Balloon Bustout as seen on The Donner Cut. Luthor’s hand error (Luthor holds up his left hand and then the next cut shows his right hand up) is fixed by using a far away shot of the balloon
*Niagara Falls overview and Lois jumping into the water as seen in Lester’s version… Superman never saves the boy… why this over “jumping out of the window”? well, because I couldn’t use blank bullets, it’s “test footage” and Lester’s “jump” works perfectly here
*Luthor invading the fortress as seen in The Donner Cut. Cuts at “too true to be good”
*Villains arrival on earth. Zod’s campy comments are deleted, now he just rises and walks on water.
*Pink bear reveal scene used in place of Donner’s blank bullets because it is “finished” and Donner’s blank bullets was a “test” shot
*Trio of villains encounter cops – many edits here including “holy skunksweat” (finally) and the poor Zod double before Zod shoots the gun is removed
*Superman and Lois at the fortress – a very nice bridge connecting this scene to the last…many of Lois’s poorly acted expressions are cut… Superman gets dinner, then they eat as seen in Lester’s cut
*Villains arm wrestling with rednecks, Zod’s finger beams, boy with the accent are all deleted
*Terror in East Houston – Lester’s scene, some edits on Zod’s dumb remarks (East Houston) until the military attacks, then switches to Donner’s version which is more violent and exciting
*Depowering as seen in The Donner Cut, minus the “selfish” line from Christopher Reeve
*Whitehouse Invasion as seen in The Donner Cut, with a small edit when the military guy smashes through the window and shoots, because no special effects were added to the gun firing in The Donner Cut – now it’s a fast action shot by Zod to disarm him
*Diner Humiliation as seen in The Donner Cut
*Luthor Pays a Call now opens with Luthor waving the white flag and not the poor comedy scene shot by Lester 2 years later
Repowering scene the same as in The Donner Cut minus the weak “Father!” line
*Villains attack the Daily Planet as filmed by Donner and seen in Lester’s Cut (for the superior music score), mistakes fixed include the hand holding Perry up when Non lifts him up… and ugly (Lester) Lois deleted after Superman arrives
*Metropolis Battle starts as Lester’s (with some words by Zod snipped), then it switches to Donner’s fight which is more exciting, with some small edits for bad special effects and mistakes (Zod’s mirrored shot when shooting heat vision, reversed “no entry” sign and cashier seen coming out of the KFC)
*After Battle at the Daily Planet as seen in Donner’s version
*Fortress finale all shot by Donner, used Lester’s version with Thorne’s original music score when Superman crushes Zod’s hand
*Superman and Lois embrace outside the Fortress ofÂ� Solitude – another beautiful Donner scene…Â� Superman destroying the fortress is edited out because the Arctic Police scene was not included (why? because it’s not available in completed form, only workprint)
*Superman and Lois say goodbye on the balcony (Donner) *the perfect Donner ending*
*Return match at the Diner (Donner)
*End Credits (Lester, more stylized credits by far)
Review by Phlegmbot — January 10, 2011 @ 12:02 am
I hate to give a negative review on ANY Fan Edit, b/c I understand how much work goes into this. And, on the the tech side, the video was very well done. The audio, however, well, there are a LOT of bad music and sound skips and cuts. Sadly, I couldn’t finish watching this Fan Edit. While technically it IS impressive, the editor just doesn’t have a full grasp of story.
It’s OK to remove unfinished scenes (e.g., Lois jumping out the window at the Daily Planet), but one needs to understand how this effects the overall story as well as the flow of those scenes. Taking the window-jump scene as an example, the place at which it cuts to Lex and Otis makes no sense — the conversation was not complete. And, oddly, that conversation is picked up who-knows-how-many days later at Niagara Falls, where Superman’s appearance is completely cut out. So, what you’re telling me the viewer is that Lois started a conversation about Superman in Perry’s office and, several days later, in Niagara, for no specific reason, that conversation is continuing at almost the exact same spot?
It simply doesn’t make any sense.
These edits, and an error I’m seeing in a lot of Superman II re-edits, are also creating another problem: too much focus on Lex and Miss Tessmacher. This edit in particular really makes the fist 35 minutes Lex’s movie.
And, again, I must protest the use of the Pink Bear scene. As a child, it was the one thing which didn’t work for me (Clark PRETENDS to be a klutz, he isn’t actually one…never mind that his hand doesn’t look like it’s touching the fire at all [BTW, did you add fire to that shot? Looks like it. Nice work!).
The edits get really harsh after that. Cutting off the 3 villains after Non shoots himself was sudden and uncomfortable. Starting the Fortress scene which follows where it starts doesn’t really work either.
From there I had to skip to the end. I moved directly to “He switched it…I mean the light were on out here…”
Again, the edit here is problematic. Lex is left in the Fortress (although I like when the scene cuts, we need to see the patrols taking Lex away) as Lois and Clark hug then head back to Metropolis.
I VERY much liked the choice to have Superman drop off a broken-hearted Lois and head back to the diner. That was truly perfect. However, you’ve left out fixing the White House, Superman’s apology to the president and the like. And that, again, does not work story-wise. It leaves the A-story incomplete as Superman never made up for his error. It also doesn’t seem like he learned from it.
Nevertheless, the amount work which went into this is impressive.