Superman: Up, Up and Away Edition

Superman: Up, Up and Away Edition

 
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Superman: Up, Up and Away Edition
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Original Release Date:
1978
Original Running Time:
151 minutes
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Fanedit Running Time:
117 minutes
Time Cut:
34 minutes
Brief Synopsis:
Sent to Earth from a dying planet to later grow up and become its savior, Superman is given an epic treatment by director Richard Donner. The Up, Up and Away Edition tightens up the pacing of the film while still retaining the overall story that was told when Christopher Reeve proved a man could fly back in 1978. Since most edits of this film combine Superman I and II as Richard Donner was intending on telling one large story, this edition focuses primarily on Superman I. Witness Kal El's journey from boy to man and from man to Superman without the appearance of the three Kryptonian outlaws, constant bickering between Lex Luthor and his henchman Otis, why Clark shouldn't use the word "swell," a complimentary pimp, a voice over of Lois' inner thoughts, and without the need to turn back time. Richard Donner presented us with a classic tale for the ages. This edition tinkers with the film ever so slightly so you can get up, up and away sooner with the man of steel.
Intention:
I've always loved Superman. That being said, my first foray into the Superman films was with Superman II. After seeing that and then seeing Superman I, I felt a little let down. With a quick touch up of pacing and taking out a few things that bothered me, I feel like I have made the version of the movie that others as well as myself can enjoy.
Additional Notes:
My intention was to touch up the first Superman movie. In my opinion, it needed to be a standalone film. I took out anything that hints at a sequel. I wanted the focus to be on Superman's origin and his relationship with Lois. It would've felt too crowded with the inclusion of the Kryptonions in my opinion.
Other Sources:
The CD of John Williams' amazing score
Special Thanks:
Bionic Bob, Dwight Fry, and OnlyOneKenobi
Release Information
NTSC DVD-5
Editing Details:
Nothing fancy. Just patience!
Cuts and Additions:
-CUT Kid with comic book
-Moved opening titles
-Movie begins as we travel to Krypton
-CUT Zod trial
-CUT councilman explaining what the Phantom Zone is to Jor-El who supposedly built it (thanks Dwight)
-Lots of little snips to speed up time on Krypton
-After Krypton explodes, we see a fade out of Kal's ship traveling into space
-Main titles begin here
-Took out Terence Stamp and company's names from opening credits
-INSERTED shots of ship in space to cover names
-CUT Clark running alongside train
-CUT Martha calling Clark's name. Now she just looks outside to see him standing in the field
-CUT Perry's line "and don't call me sugar!" (it also fixes a continuity error as he is standing when he says that line, but before and after he is sitting and then stands up)
-REWORKED Perry telling Lois to show Clark around. This now leads right into the mugging scene as opposed to Clark working for a day and then the "swell" conversation with Lois in the lobby
-CUT Otis stealing from blind man
-CUT Clark's rude co-workers that don't hold the elevator for him or respond to his hello
-TRIMMED helicopter sequence a little
-CUT complimentary pimp
-CUT Lois fainting
-CUT cat burglar falling from building. Now he looks up and sees Superman and then it goes right into Superman landing with him and turning him over to the officer
-CUT crowbar good vibrations gag
-CUT kitty rescue
-CUT Air Force One line telling air control that they have the president on board. Of course you do, you're Air Force One!
-CUT Jor-El line that there are 28 hours in a day. Just didn't seem like his kind of error
-CUT Jor-El sounding disappointed with his "so be it" line about Superman revealing himself to the world
-CUT Lex in the pool
-TRIMMED Superman and Lois flying scene in half. No more "Can You Read My Mind"
-CUT Eve's line "You may hit me in the mouth for this."
-CUT Eve repeating "He can't see through lead!"
-CUT missile hijacking. Occurs off screen now.
-CUT Clark changing in mid-air
-TRIMMED Superman tracking down Lex
-TRIMMED gauntlet
-CUT Superman pushing/bending the door to Lex. Now he just pushes it down immediately
-CUT farmers painting the picket fence as the rocket and Superman fly by
-CUT everything related to Lois being in danger outside of the gas station explosion. Now she just breaks down
-CUT spinning the Earth. Lois doesn't die.
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All I was looking for in an edit of the first Superman movie was the removal of two scenes: Lois' spontaneous mid-air poetry and our titular hero's time reversal shenanigans. I didn't realize that so much more could be cut while only serving to improve the film even further!

Let me be blunt: THIS EDIT IS PERFECT.

Ever change works like gangbusters, and they're all invisible. It looks great. It sounds great. The DVD is terrific. Watch this now!

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I've lost count of how many times I've seen Superman: The Movie. It was an absolute favorite through my childhood, and many more teen and adult viewings followed. As such, I'm somehow sentimentally attached to it, which makes me overlook many of its flaws, I'm so used to them. Even the turn-back-time thing never bothered me as much as it does other people, since for me it was always there and part of the mythos, as I think I watched the movie before I ever read a single Superman comic book.

As such, this very enjoyable edition by MusicEd is more of a mix than a fix for me. Of course I am happy to see some really bad stuff gone (Can You Read My Mind... ugh), but at the same time there are some bits I kinda miss all along. Not that I have much of a problem with that, as almost all of them can be easily considered a matter of personal preference and the movie works just as well without them. One, however, as others have mentioned, creates a bit of a character development hole: the removal of the "swell" scene results in Clark and Lois having just met in the Planet office cutting to them suddenly walking and talking down the street as if they have instantly grown fond of each other's company. The "swell" scene provided the casual encounter factor needed for this to flow naturally (Incidentally, the last workprint of this that I watched did not have the "swell" scene either but I found it less noticeable there because it kept more of the Planet scene, while the released edit cuts it right after "Any more at home like you?/Not really, no" and straight to the street. It doesn't feel like a proper flow. It is, however, the one real problem I have with this cut.

For the rest, it flows really well and has very good pacing. The trial scene removal is a very good choice, as it is of course irrelevant to this movie, and the rest is a combination of cutting good yet unneeded bits, and cutting garbage and mythos-killers. Even the infamous Clark-turning-to-Superman-in-mid-air is gone. As for the end, before watching I was a bit worried that the movie would end up without much of a climax once the turn back time stuff was removed, but to my pleasant surprise it works really well and is still climactic and strong.

Technically it's all very well executed, except for the music fadeout right after the boat robber hits Supes with the crowbar, it feels too fast and a bit edited. Visually there are also one or two hints of tweaked elements in the opening credits (the theatre curtains, and a couple blue blurs from removed names) if you look closely and with the intention of nitpicking. But overall, a solid job.

Video and audio quality on the disc are top-notch. However, the menus still have the same problem "The Moonraker Plot" menus had: they turn to a completely green screen a split second after they start, if viewed on VLC Player on a computer (and I've tried them on several different PCs). It must be a matter of the authoring software.

Ed's "The Moonraker Plot" definitely became a replacement disc for me, turning a really bad movie into an unexpectedly good one. This, however, is more of a companion disc to the theatrical cut to me, for alternate viewing. But, I must say I definitely prefer it to the bloated and draggy extended DVD cut, and would recommend it to any fan of the movie or the character.

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This is a pretty great fanedit. Superman The Movie is my favorite Sups flick and this makes it even better. It runs smoothly without dragging, while retaining the deliberate pace and character moments. Recommended for fans of Superman.

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This was a very good fanedit. It decides to be standalone and faster paced, and it does its job greatly. Highly recommend it!

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It was darn hard to pick a Superman edit to watch, with all the choices. But after reading through them, I was thinking a combination of movies I and II would be a little too much. And I believe I made the right choice.

Audio/Video quality was good, except at times the action sounds were particularly louder than the speaking voices and I had to do some adjusting. Maybe just my system, hard to say. Never noticed any audio or video breaks, and wow I'd forgotten what a great movie sound track it was.

Narrative was stellar. Maybe a bit too fast moving for me here and there, felt like things jumped ahead. But most importantly the turn back time part of the movie was gone. That is the prime reason I never really liked Superman following the movie - if he can just turn back time, then there really is no suspense. Can always hit rewind - lame! Thank you for an enjoyable ending. I recommend this to anyone who wants a simple introduction to Superman.

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