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Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition

November 27, 2006: Problems with “Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition” DVDs

While we're still awaiting official word from Warner Home Video regarding this, I thought it necessary to report on this now...

Apparently there are a few problems with the "Superman: The Movie" and "Superman III" DVDs being released on tomorrow. From what I understand, there are two distinct errors...

  1. The "Superman III" DVD is nothing more than the standard disc released in the 2001 release, and does not include the bonus material as advertised.

  2. The theatrical version of "Superman: The Movie" does not contain the 1978 English 5.1 audio track as promised, but defaults to French or German (depending on region). The English 2.0 track is the 2001 mix.

The "Superman: The Movie" problems affect the 4-disc "Superman: The Movie" release, the 8-disc "Christopher Reeve Superman Collection" and the 14-disc "Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition" DVD set. While the "Superman III" problem affects the individual "Superman III: Deluxe Edition" as well as the 8-disc and 14-disc sets.

To our knowledge the audio errors with theatrical "Superman: The Movie" DVD are on all region releases, where the "Superman III" error only affects some regions (apparently the Region 2 release is fine).

UPDATE: According to Phil from pinoydvd.com, region 3 sets are fine and do not contain either of the above errors.

We have contacted Warner Home Video about these problems and hope to have an official response from them soon regarding what (if anything) they plan to do about these problems.

I will say this, regardless of the problems, the 14-disc "Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition" box set is still an excellent purchase.

Stay tuned for more news...

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