This was one of the first, maybe the first fan edit I ever watched. Editing two movies together is not easy, but this is one of the best examples of doing it successfully. I remember reading that the editor painted out Richard Pryor from at least one shot, so this went above and beyond. I don't want to lower the rating just because this is a DVD-only release. That was the popular format at the time. I don't think I noticed any egregious sound or visual problems. Narratively it does not fully work as characters disappear and come back with too much time in between. The story doesn't have a full arc as a normal script would have. It does feel a bit like a mash-up, but that is to be expected. For what it is, this is a pleasant way to watch Superman 3 and 4 without the cheese. It's a classic fan edit.
Thanks, A Digital Man, for a great edit and a homage to Reeve's version of superman. It's been a long, long time since I saw part IV and part III had both good and bad areas, so the combo of these stories was a difficult task. It worked stupendously. I loved the new plot and I'm blown away at what you accomplished. Bravo!
This is quite simply the best that could be salvaged from some extremely uneven movies. The fact that it all holds together as a narrative is remarkable, but A Digital Man managed to pull it off. This will be what I use from now on whenever I want to show someone the highlights of Reeve's post Donner films.
A tremendous bit of alchemy, this is exactly what fan-editing is all about. Somehow smashing together the best parts of the worst Reeve Superman movies has yielded this excellent new climax to the series (get outta here, Superman Returns!). Others have covered the seamless melding of the Nuclear Man plot with the hallucinatory meltdown of Clark/Superman in the junkyard, but needless to say, it enhances everything all around, and provides a welcome insight into the character through pure action -- which should be the goal of every superhero movie!
And, blasphemous as it may sound, I've always been a Clark/Lana guy, so to have Clark end up with his childhood sweetheart (played to perfection by Annette O'Toole) at the close of this series (after his disastrous brief relationship with Lois in the second film) feels organic, earned, touching and like a full circle to this entire franchise. And the arc that Superman goes through in this movie, both in his personal and global struggles, feels completely fitting and like he has acheived the wisdom that his hologram father unsuccessfully tried to impart in the first iflm.
As an edit that's nearly a decade and a half old, there are some technical glitches to be sure: scene transitions flicker and glitch a bit, there's inconsistency between the quality of scenes from time to time, and the battle on the moon still looks painfully fake, all of which seem like problems that could be alleviated by a fresh pass by ADM or another gifted editor. But regardless of technical quibbles, "Redeemed" now has a permanent place in my collection behind Superman The Movie "Up, Up and Away Edition" and Superman II "The Expanded Richard Donner Cut" as the tight, consistent trilogy that Christopher Reeve's flawless Superman portrayal undoubtedly deserves.
As someone who hasn't watched 3 or 4, I came in with no bias.
I thought that the fact ADigitalMan edited 2 movies together it would be noticeable. It was actually the opposite. The 2 movies worked together seamlessly. I had to search up what parts he took from both movies to understand what he edited. Overall, pretty good edit. I recommend it to anyone who wants to rewatch the Christopher Reeve movies.