Superman II - The Expanded Richard Donner Cut

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Original Release Date:
1980
Original Running Time:
115
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Fanedit Running Time:
127
Time Added:
12
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Brief Synopsis:
Superman II has already had its history of different official and unofficial, so doing a new cut of the film isn't reinventing the reel or anything.

This Expanded version uses the Donner Cut as a basis, and adding in footage and scenes from the Theatrical Cut and a few other sources to try and to assemble a more complete version of Donner's own cut.
Intention:
I felt that the Donner cut felt a little incomplete, as it was missing stuff that was never shot and didn't extensively use the Theatrical Cut. So I've put back a few unused pieces from the TC, as well as extra deleted scenes included on the Blu-Ray, and a few short segements from the new and niche Vudu/iTunes cut that has some unique footage.
Other Sources:
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut - This cut was used as the main base
The Richard Donner Cut: Deleted Scenes - All but one of the deleted scenes were upscaled and used here
Superman II: Theatrical Cut - Certain scenes were taken from here and regraded to fit the Donner Cut
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Redux (Booshman) - A piece of audio was borrowed from the ending to transition from the villians being arrested to Lois/Supes flying
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (Extended Vudu/iTunes Version) - There's some exclusive extended segements that were taken from the iTunes version that don't appear anywhere else.
Superman II: OST - One track was borrowed to mesh a Donner and Lester scene together

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Special Thanks:
Booshman for creating his own Redux cut, of which used a few deleted scenes in a similar way
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
Theatrical Cut (TC)
Donner Cut Vudu/iTunes (RDV)
Deleted Scene (DS)

- shot of ursla flying on the moon (TC)
- longer shot of Zod pulling the Soviet Cosmonaut (TC)
- added establishing shot of "Metropolis, NY" (TC)
- added longer shot of the Prison Guard (played by Star Wars' Gold Leader) walking past the cells (TC)
- added Guard walking back in front of Lex's projector a 2nd time (TC)
- added Lex and Miss Teschmacher waving at Otis as they leave the prison (TC)
- added Lex and Miss Teschmacher on their snowmobile as they discuss the Fortress (DS)
- added extended Jor-El dialogue as he aludes to the fact that the Phantom Zone may be cracked open, and the villians may escape (RDV)
- extended post-Jor-El hologram as Lex talks to himself as Miss Teschmacher finds the Fortress' toilet (RDV)
- added Lois realising that Clark wasn't around for Superman saving the kid falling from Niagra Falls (TC)
- added Lex and Miss Teschmacher riding on their snowmobile back from the Fortress, but picking up readings on the three Kryptonians (DS)
- added Superman showing Lois around the Fortress, after which he goes shopping for something to eat (TC)
- added the East Idaho Sheriff telling the Deputy "if you wanna be a peacemaker, you gotta kick ass" (TC/RDV)
- added longer shot of Zod lasering his shotgun (TC)
- added Zod calling the shotgun a noisemaker and throwing it under the car (TC/RDV)
- added Lois and Superman making a super-soufflee (DS/RDV)
- added extended dinner with Lois and Superman (TC/RDV)
- added extended shot of the news reporter as he has an extra line of dialogue (TC/RDV)
- added Non using his heat vision a 2nd time, with the Jeep now crashing through the building (TC/RDV)
- added a bar patreon escaping the building that Zod set on fire, with a quick exchange between Ursla and Zod (TC/RDV)
- added the reporter commenting on the military as they ready to attack the Kryptonians (TC/RDV)
- added extended version of the helicoptor approaching (TC/RDV)
- added extra close-up of Ursla walking towards Zod as they're being shot upon (TC)
- added extended version of Ursla blowing the helicoptor into the barn (TC/RDV)
- added extended close-up of Ursla in the Oval Office before Lex walks in (TC)
- added theatrical version of Clark finding the Green Crystal to the Donner re-powering scene due to continuity with an earlier added Theatrical scene (TC)
- recoloured both scenes to match one-another
- added extra shot of Lex walking into the Daily Planet offices (TC)
- added Theatrical version of Superman approaching the Daily Planet (TC)
- added extra shot of Zod flying (TC)
- added Zod telling Non and Ursla to get Superman (TC)
- added shot of the crowd cheering on Superman (TC)
- added extra shot of Superman carrying the tower (TC)
- added extended scene of Zod blowing up cars (TC)
- added extra close-up of Zod using his heat vision on the truck (TC)
- added Ursla telling Non to lift the bus, with some extended shots of them doing so (TC)
- added extended shot of the bus passengers escaping the capsized bus (TC)
- added Ursla telling Zod they should take Lois to the Fortress as she grabs her around the throat (TC)
- added the Kryptonians trying and failing to get into the Fortress, before resorting to brute force (DS)
- added the US Polar Patrol arresting Lex outside of the Fortress as he pleads with Superman (DS)
- added Jimmy showing off his new camera to Clark as he also gets shoved by a bully at the Daily Planet, reminding him of the Diner patreon (DS)

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Really REALLY enjoyed this edit.

Great job!

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Not only have I lost count of how many times I've watched Superman II in all its incarnations, but I've used material from it in my edit.

What Can I say about this great piece of work? The upscaling is very well done, and frankly you need to be waiting for it to really notice. Top notch IMO. This does indeed feel very complete but without the OTT cheese.

Excellent work and frankly, my "go to" version of Superman 2 if I'm going to watch it as a standalone.

Well done sir and thanks.

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This was a very enjoyable edit. I really enjoyed adding back in the deleted scenes! It was very good structured! I believe anyone who sees this edit will love it!!

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I really loved the Donner Cut back in the day and this new version really manages to add some excellent bits that make it feel even more well -rounded and interesting.
My only nitpick comes from the slightly lower quality of some scenes due to them coming from deleted materials but even that is barely noticeable do the great workof Mr Dugnutt. The additional fortress scenes are extremely interesting and help to make those moments even more compelling.
I recommend this edit to fans of the classic Superman movies and newcomers alike.

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