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8.6 2 10
Extended Edition July 06, 2012 4024
(Updated: September 11, 2012)
Review by white43 — March 28, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

Review by White43

I haven’t seen Superman 4 for many years. It was a pile of crap, pure and simple. I then recently watched ‘The Final Cut’ as released by superman4thefinalcut. I wasn’t impressed from a technical perspective and many continuity errors and plotholes existed within it.

I see now, that at least some of those plotholes have come from this edition.

But let’s be fair – this is an extended cut. The editor wanted to create the longest version he possibly could using as much deleted footage as possible. The objective here is different. ‘The Final Cut’ was to create a Superman 4 that should have gone to the cinema. This version was to bulk out the story as much as possible to recreate the original storyline.

Video Edit
The integrated deleted footage is poor quality and has alot of noise, but the editor has integrated it seemlessly and in the appropriate places. A created ‘dream sequence’ near the start of the film works very well. In a few other places, where video did not exist, or the editor felt that it was too low quality, he has used stills, subtitles and a couple shots from the comic book version of the film. This all works very well.

Audio Edit
Very well done again, the deleted scenes are often incomplete in sound as well, but all deleted scenes and existing scenes are integrated properly together by a continuing score. There was something a little odd going on at the end, we seemed to have a Superman theme going on at the same time as another score…sounded a little off.

The edit
Watching this version, you can see why alot of scenes were dropped from the film. Louis ‘flying’, Lacy somehow breathing in space, Jeremy somehow breathing in space and of course, Nuclear Man 1 – who makes his first appearance in a version of Superman 4!

A couple of the continuity issues in ‘The Final Cut’ seemed to have been duplicated from this version – notably, Superman’s cape falling down on the Statue of Liberty, after he’d been punted forward. Also Nuclear Man(2) kidnapping Lacy and taking her upto the Empire State Building. Lacy has no idea who he is, so why he’d be ‘getting on her nerves’ is beyond me. Plus he seems to be emerging from a chamber, a continuity error. Obviously there’s something missing here, but who knows what? A true fanedit should work to correct these issues, not necessarily an extended edit.

It’s also worth noting that two of the odd audio fade in/outs in the ‘Final Cut’ play fine here. Yet we’re seeing the same footage. These occur at the end of Nuclear Man vs Supes first fight and the end credits transition.

As an extended cut, this cannot be faulted. Sure, the unfinished FX and noise on the deleted scenes is a shame, but that’s all there is to work with. It’s all put together very nicely with no hard cuts or audio transitions.

Tommy Two Thumbs Up.

ps. Lookout for Blade Runner noises…..
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