Sunday, September 24, 2006

Superman Film Franchise Coming to HD DVD...

Almost all the Man of Steel's movies will be released on HD DVD format, come Nov 28. They are Superman: The Movie, Superman II, Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut & Superman Returns. Preliminary details mentions that only Superman Returns will be released as a HD DVD/DVD Combo disc and the rest will be dual-layered HD DVDs. The main feature presentation specs for some of these HD DVD titles are provided as they currently stand. Expect more details to be confirmed soon...

Superman: The Movie (HD DVD)
  • 1080p High Definition 16x9 2.4:1
  • Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 (English & French)
  • English [SDH], French & Spanish subtitles

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (HD DVD)

  • 1080p High Definition 16x9 2.4:1
  • Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 (English)
  • English [SDH], French & Spanish subtitles

Superman Returns (HD DVD/DVD Combo)

  • 1080p High Definition 16x9 2.4:1
  • Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 (English, French & Spanish)
  • English [SDH], French & Spanish subtitles

If you're also getting the 14-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition (Region 1) DVD boxset, I have done a rather extensive coverage of the various upcoming Region 1 Superman DVD releases (from Superman: The Movie to Superman Returns DVDs to the 14-disc boxset, all on one site) with full details (I still do blog on DVD releases via this blog). Anyone interested might want to click here or here check it out.

Readers from UK (Region 2) and Australia (Region 4) may want to note that the specs for R2 and R4 DVD boxset releases (Christopher Reeve Superman Collection - 9 discs and Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition - 13-discs) will be similar to their region 1 counterparts with the exception of Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut DVD being included in Christopher Reeve Superman Collection and Bryan Singer's Journals DVD being left out of the 13-disc Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition.

See you again next weekend...


At 3:31 PM, Blogger Ryoohki360 said...

Btw, According to the DigitalBits who spoken with WarnerBrother, Superman Returns will be a 30/9 combo and will have DD True HD 5.1 sound track.

At 2:12 AM, Blogger Wild Bear said...

Thank you for the information. I've not seen the TrueHD track info being confirmed anywhere else but I cannot dispute it as totally false as details can change. But I would like to add that WHV mostly get it right/finalised the moment they release such details.

I believe that a future HD DVD release (likely a 3 disc unless they managed to do seamless branching on HD DVD) for Superman Returns is in the works that will feature both the Theatrical and the Extended cut (which could have around 20 minutes of extra footage) with IME and TrueHD 5.1 tracks for both versions, something like the upcoming Superman: The Movie 4-disc DVD.


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