Adventures of Superman, The - The Kryptonite Saga Vol. 2
If you liked Vol. 1, I'm sure you will love the sequel. Not only is it an entertaining story, it also feels like some sort of historical time capsule. The way they address Nazis, WW2 or the Atomic Bomb is pretty mindblowing, considering this was a show aimed at kids. Volume Two is also darker and more action packed than the previous edit.
I used over 30 different tracks from all Superman scores available, including the 90's TV show, as well as a piece by Richard Wagner. I edited the final battle around Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D major. I was really surprised how well Mahler blends with William's original score, until I read that Williams considers Mahler one of his biggest influences. In order to add some sort of „historical vibe“, I used Marlene Dietrich's song Lili Marleen in one scene.
I used sound bites from Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained: Colonel Hans Landa laughing, Dr. King Schultz saying „Auf Wiedersehen!“ and Lieutenant Archie Hicox drinking to „Ein tausendjaehriges Reich!“
Gun shots, Force Lightning, explosions, car noises, etc.
THIS IS AN AUDIO ONLY FANEDIT
The Adventures of Superman aired from 1940 to 1950. It contributed substantially to Superman canon. Superman first encountered Kryptonite on the radio show (as you can hear in this edit) and he also teamed up with Batman and Robin before he did in the comics. The show also introduced characters such as Perry White, Jimmy Olsen and Inspector Henderson.
Having listened to the show on a daily basis for the past few months, I honestly believe it is THE origin of today's superhero movies. Almost everything you get to see in modern movies was already done on this show in the 1940's. It's really frustrating that the show and especially the actors are hardly ever mentioned, when it comes to Superman, although they layed the groundwork for everything that followed.
I'm sorry, if it sounds like I'm preaching, but I really want people to know about this show. If you want to know more , follow the link below. I rearranged parts of Larry Tye's fantastic (audio-) book Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero to a 20 minute excerpt, A Brief History of Superman On The Radio.
On a sidenote: George Lucas was too young, to have listened to the show as it aired, but when The Atom Man shoots bolts of lightning from his fingertips at Superman, I urge you not to think of Return of the Jedi.
Clayton "Bud" Collyer: Superman/Clark Kent
Lois Lane: Joan Alexander
Jackson Beck: Narrator
Matt Crowley: Inspector Henderson & Der Teufel
Mason Adams: The Atom Man
Perry White: Julian Noah
Jackie Kelk: Jimmy Olsen
I removed all of the unnecessary stuff and turned nineteen episodes into one, added sound effects, musical cues (which the originals didn't have at all) and a few sound bites from movies.
Even better than the first! I just listened to this tonight. Absolutely enjoyable. I agree with Vultural that the Nazis are much better characters than the goofy characters in the first installment, but that's definitely not the editor's fault. It's like trying to edit the Star Wars PT; there's only so much one can do. This time, the source material is of a higher caliber.
Great music, smooth editing, and a thoroughly entertaining story all contributed to a fantastic experience. I'm looking forward to volume 3.
This sequel was even more enjoyable than the first installment.
Aside from the pesky Jimmy Olsen, all the goofy characters from the first series were dropped in favor of adults. The Nazi survivors were not cartoon types, either.
Excellent layering of additional audio tracks. Gustav Mahler was a great fit.
Only hiccup I noticed was the abrupt edit at 72.21. That should have been smoother.
To modern audiences, accustomed to action explosions every five minutes, the pace might seem tortoise slow. Yet this does build character and was not boring.
While a childrens radio show, this was surprisingly dark, and somewhat geeky, with many references to atomic weaponry.
Artwork was fine, though images were available online featuring Atom Man.
Back in the 90s, I had listened to the original in a 7 CD box set. This edit is a choice distillation and easily recommended. Good to pop in for commutes.
Note to Siebener: There better be a part 3. I ain't saying why, I'm just saying.