Every jounrey has a begining...and this was mine. The first fanedit I was ever interested in, and it delivers. This is an essential Digitalman masterpiece, his finest hour in my opinion, taking some of the divisive Superman movies, one counted amongst the worst superhero movies of all time, and turning them into one of the worthier entries in the franchise.
Unique creative choices give us a far better placement for the Paris bomb sequence from Lester's Superman 2 and to greatly influence Clark's mission in Superman IV. Lois and Lana both get equal screen time, a handy bit of original audio narration transitions us over to Jeremy's class very well, a deleted break-out scene involving Lex gives us one brief but glorious last look at Ms. Tessmarcher, the legendary evil supernman and junkyard duel scenes remain intac, slightly repurposed to be the consequence of a Nuclear Man attack, and, and then there's the magic worked with editing out Richard Pryor for a key scene.
t is labelled 'redeemed' because it truly redeems Lester and Furie's films, bringing out the best elements in both, and refining them. This is more than a fanedit, this is an experiance. This should be considered a canonical entry in the Superman movie franchise. It's that good, and without it, I doubt I'd be the editor I am today...and I'll speak on behalf of other editors too. If you want the A-Z essentials in how to do this stuff right, this is it. This. Is. It.
Perhaps my ears are picking up weird stuff again, but when I watched this a year or so ago I could have sworn I picked up hard cuts here and there, watching it again now I may have exaggerated that just a bit, as it now appears fine.
I got this edit awhile back to watch after Son of Jor-El. I figured cutting the 4 films into 2 might be a good 1-2 punch of nostalgia. Unfortunately, my nostalgia was the strongest element of these films.
Look, Christopher Reeve was phenomenal. Donner had a good take on Superman as well. With movie sensibilities evolving since the 80s, and with the MCU having developed especially, these old superhero films just don't hold up well. The writing, the plot, the tone, a lot of the music cues, the performances... there are so many elements that go into the cheesy, overly-performative style of an 80s goofy-yet-lovable screwball adventure. I remember it really working for the time, especially in the first film, but it just seems ridiculous now.
This is no fault of the fan-edit. The video looks about as good as most from the 80s, and the audio is pretty good for the most part, with edits mostly smooth. In terms of the footage that was selected for this film, it's probably most of the best parts of the two movies. I actually did really miss some elements of Superman III, (I LOVE Robert Vaughn in anything) like the mechanized deathtraps and a few Pryor bits. But the bits that were selected make a story that's better than either the theatrical version of Superman III or IV. That said, "you can't polish a turd"... it's just still so terribly problematic. Changing the orbit of the moon? Governments willingly shooting all their missiles into space? C'mon. Also, the narrative bits just don't really have time to breath, so time compression and pacing of subplots stick out as issues. The action bits between are fun, but those 80s effects are just horrible now. They don't age endearingly like old Harryhausen stop-motion.
All in all, if you're a huge old Superman fan, maybe this will give you your fix. Or if you want to show a Superman film to your kid, this might work. But it doesn't really hold up next to MCU films, and no faneditor can fix that. Admirable effort by ADigitalMan, however! He did as good a job as possible.
You'll believe a man can fly! This edit earns a place in the line-up of Superman movies, replacing much of III and all of IV.
Comparing ADigitalMan's Redeemed to Dangermouse (for III), Batson's Quest for Cash (for IV) and the originals, this edit offers the most enjoyment and least cringing. Spoiler alert:
- Linking Evil Superman to Nuclear Man is brilliant. It allows the stories to be merged and the transition is excellent.
- Do I miss Richard Pryor? Yes, but his story was separate from Superman's until the final battle. Leaving in any Pryor would have required leaving in that Evil Robot battle, including Vaughn as not-actually-smart and unconvincing villain.
The DVD quality is acceptable. A blu-ray remake of this would be quite awesome.