I didn't properly see the Superman movies until several years ago. I saw all the edits and read a lot of criticisms of the sequels, particularly II, and the stories involved therein. So I bought the movies and got some edits to watch. I like to experiment with these things, so I decided to watch ADM's II followed by his combination of III and IV. I'd seen his other work and I felt I could trust him to take care of me as I explored this new world. It was fantastic. Everything flowed and made sense. It was a great story, and I became a Superman fan. I've seen the official and the Donner Cut now and I find I much prefer the less campy edit. There's a fantastic deja-vu mash-up that is very creative and good but doesn't mesh with ADM's Superman Redeemed, so his Hybrid cut is my go-to because Redeemed is superb.
Review by Captain Khajiit — October 28, 2011 @ 3:29 am
I’m not sure there is much point in reviewing so old and well known an edit, but I’ve watched it so I’ll rate it. I agree with both of bluman22′s nitpicks and don’t care much for the elevator bully, but as Ripplin correctly observed it is impossible to please everyone. Adigitalman had a vision for the edit that he implemented consistently, which is what I look for in an edit. This is not my ideal version of Superman II, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable one that makes the right editing choices more often than not.
Video quality was absolutely fine, and the audio editing was very impressive. I particularly liked the alternate cue at the beginning. Presentation was fine. I will say that the Donner and Lester footage don’t quite match in terms of color, and, while careful editing has stopped the differences being too pronounced, one can sometimes see the transition. Color correction is a pain though, and this is an older edit. I hope to see ADM revisit his Superman edits one day.
It’s 9 out of 10 from me too. This is classic adigitalman!
Without a doubt, this will be the Superman II that I watch for years and years to come. It is by far the most satisfying alternative cut to Lester’s Theatrical release. The brilliant transitional edit of the opening credits to the fast chase of Superman trailing the nuclear rocket is worth the price of admission alone. It really grabs the audience and says, “Hey, here’s Superman II. Hang on and enjoy the ride!!” BRAVO, ADIGITALMAN!!
If I am to nitpick, it would only be at two small instances that happen within close proximity. In the Metropolis battle sequence we get Lester’s version of Superman flying to the Daily Planet saying “Would you care to step outside.” I think we all agree that this is the correct choice, being that it is much more rousing and satisfying than “Freedom of the press”. Adigitalman also make the wise choice of keeping Lois’s reaction to Superman standing out the window from the Donner Cut; this helps in keeping all the reaction shots consistent with Donner’s version. My only gripe, is that I feel he should have gone back to the Lester Cut of Superman flying away from The Daily Planet while Zod says, “Come to me son of Jor-El!!” The Donner cut has him fly off the pole from an outside view which uses a music Que that is recycled two to three more times in the battle sequence; it is too redundant. Lester’s version is more exciting when he fly’s away from the perspective of inside the building, in my opinion. Last but not least is the awful looped line from the Donner Cut when Superman says, “I’m not a coward Zod.” The Lester version should have been spliced in to correct this, as it is Chris Reeve actually saying the line and not a fraudulent looped one. This is a tiny, but rather truly annoying mistake that is not adigitalman’s fault, but one that I feel should have been corrected. Overall, a truly satisfying, alternative experience that I would certainly recommend to anyone. This is the Cut to have!! 9/10 Score!!