Superman: The Epic Cut

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The nearest thing to the intended single movie epic per the shooting script.
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Original Release Date:
1978
Original Running Time:
253
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Fanedit Running Time:
247
Time Cut:
13
Time Added:
28
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Brief Synopsis:
To create the Superman epic per the shooting script befor the movie was chopped in half by the producers when money ran out and the ending of the first half was changed.
Intention:
It's been a liflong dream to see this in the form that the director Richard Donner likely intended and never completed,
Additional Notes:
The 1979 SUPERRMAN: THE MOVIE was plagued with issues during production leading to many changes which resulted in two films being release (Superman and Superman II) which significantly differed from what was originally intended. SUPERMAN: THE WRIATH EPIC): Rt 3hr 59min 59 sec. NO truncation to the krypton open, cliffhanger removed and as close to the shooting script when they were thinking it would be a Lawrence of Arabia type film, with an intermission. I elected to NOT have an intermission with a cliffhanger. Producers chopped this in half as money ran out, and with 80% of Superman 2 shot, they changed the ending of the first movie, IMHO disastrously. The best account of this can be found in this LONG out of print paperback in which the author shadowed the production for a number of years leading to an astonishingly eye opening account of what went wrong...and lot went wrong. It is a miracle these films exist in the form they do frankly. The Making of Superman the Movie: Amazon.co.uk: david-michael-petrou: 9780446825658: This is a MUST read for any fan of these movies.. It is engaging, very detailed and had LOADS of things in it I knew nothing about and have not been documented anywhere else. ...Did you know about the Polar bear scene? The bear is still in one shot of the movie, but it was abandoned. This is a treasure trove !
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Superman CD Scores
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
The base of this edit is the Theatrical Cut of Superman The Movie: Theatrical Cut (STM-TC), NOT the extended versions, though a few shots/scenes are included. DESPITE a lot of new scenes and changes being included i have completed them with editing and music to maintain the 80s tone and feel of a Donner film.
Cuts and Additions:
- New opening dedication so the Reeve and Unsworth are honored
- MUSIC opening removes the awful key change in the TC that occurs when the "S" flies in (source CD)
- Bespoke WRAITH credit with Stuart Baird
- Villains sentencing uses some S2DC
- A few TINY trims to Jor-El discussion with council to improve flow. Some shots re-purposed
- A new shot of Jor-El lowering Kal-El from the S2DC
- A few TINY trims to the Kryptonians in the earthquake
- Villains in zone shot added from Superman Extended TV version (TV)
- Additional shot of crater from TV
- Clarke chasing train completely re-edited to remove multiple continuity errors (including a shot where Lois is seen to speak, and we hear nothing) - See below for clip.
- Young Clarke approach to barn to get crystal uses some additional TV shots
- TINY trim in Daily Planet at end of Clarkes first day. Scene fely like it naturally ends when he sits.
- Cat rescue removed
- "Can you read my mind" trimmed by 1 minute. VERY hard to pull off. Scene went on for too long. Full audio and scoring rebuild needed. A shorter unused cue was use as the base
- A re-edit of the Extended approach to Luthor's lair is used with an unused cue meant for the scene. Everything is tightened up but it is new to the TC
- First missile flies towards zone as Superman flies back to earth
- We see Jimmy run from rocks from Extended version
- TINY trims to a few bad FX shots
- Lois is NOT crushed
- As Superman flies away from the prison, the phantom zone is destroyed.
- NEXT YEAR SUPERMAN II relocated
and many many more...
- Revised the end credits "coming next year Superman II" to Superman II THE DONNER CUT" in the correct font using the same technique as in Godfather Magnum Opus
Finally, Changes NOT made to this version include....
- NO material from Superman Returns
- NO Feeding the babies
- NO score enhancements
- NO modern DC intro
- NO modern WB logo
- NO revisionist credits in CGI
- NO net addition to the original theatrical run time, yet added 12 mins of material for no discernable loss
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One of the best edits I've seen! Very good pacing and good edits made in this film! Overall an A plus!!! I highly recommend this!!

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Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved these movies. Such wonderment and curiosity came along with the first time I watched, and every time I think of Superman I think of Christopher Reeve. Well, this edit might be the first time in a long time I've felt the story in a new and exciting way since I first saw them as a child. Wraith's editing here is revelatory, uncovering a long-hidden gem from the existing material (with new material to supplement that, masterfully integrated.)

Never have four hours gone by quicker, and every change is practically invisible. Editing decisions were made so precisely, that even when I did think about something from the original version it was hard to recall what precisely had been changed. There is a certain feeling of two halves that is inevitable with the material, but the divide between the two films seems less like stitching two together and more like an act break in an epic tale - precisely as we can only assume Donner intended.

For any fans of Superman, this is essential viewing. For me, this is the definitive version of Donner's Superman, for others it will be more academic, but everyone should set some time aside to watch this edit.

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