Decades before blockbuster Extended Cuts were common, Superman proved a true “Man of Tomorrow.” Superman: The Movie received an ahead-of-its-time makeover for its television premiere – nearly 40 more minutes of story, creating a two-night television event. Audiences had already been swept off their feet by Christopher Reeve’s Last Son of Krypton, and now there was more to enjoy. Unseen in decades, this version is paired here with Richard Donner’s definitive vision of his film, the Special Edition Director’s Cut (2000), to create a supersized celebration of Metropolis’ favorite son that preserves the director’s intent while feeding superfan demands.
For many fans this release was a dream come true. However, the release was only available on Blu-ray, which caused a problem for some. There is good news for those who were hoping this “Extended Cut” of the film would be released digitally.
While a listing for “Superman: The Movie (Extended Cut)” is listed on the iTunes Store, it’s actually not the 3-hour cut at all, as it only runs for 2 hours and 31 minutes (according to the listing). However, the 3-hour Extended Cut is available as an “iTunes Extras” Bonus Feature when you buy the 2 hour, 24 minute version of “Superman: The Movie”.
And it only costs US$14.99!
Thanks to Henry J. Bernstein for the lead on this info.