ADM has saved these two movies. Masterful editing fuses a great Smallville plot with a pretty interesting nuclear arms story. Having the separation caused by the bad guy was brilliant. I love how we see so clearly that Lois loves Superman but Lana loves Clark Kent. The ending with the implication that Clark and Lana are engaged is great and made me very happy. The best possible Superman trilogy is the original theatrical, ADM's edit of 2, and this movie. When I feel the urge to watch Superman, ADM is who I go to.
Both, Superman III and Superman IV sucked a lot. The third one was quite boring and uninteresting while the fourth had a great villain but the rest of the movie was a complete disaster with even worst visual effects than its previous incarnations.
This fanedit tries to make a good movie out of this two crappy things. We can say that it has managed to make something that we can call movie, not like the other two. It is not perfect but at least after watching it we will not think Superman is completely dead.
This edit is proof of the power of fan editing. Two crappy sequels combine to make one fluid and interesting story. The amazing part is that the whole story stayed together from start to finish and it was a satisfying finish at that.
My nitpicks with some of the editors choices:
1. I don't think Luthor's prison escape was needed. We never saw Ned Beatty and Valerie Perrine again in the movie so it seemed a little awkward.
2. The edit of the part about sending Lois on the first Concorde with "Outta here" removed was probably unnecessary. I don't think the Concorde ever flew out of Bermuda. Clark had been to Smallville and back twice in the meantime, so we could really just assume Lois finished her vacation and came back to work.
3. The edit of Lois talking to Perry and Clark was pretty noticeable and maybe unnecessary.
I know this edit has been around a long time, but hey - it's new to me.