Warner Archive Announces “Superman: The Movie” Extended Cut

The Warner Archive Collection has announced the upcoming release of “Superman: The Movie” Extended Cut and Special Edition on Blu-Ray.

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.

Run Time:
188 Minutes – EXTENDED CUT (NEW 2017 1080p HD MASTER)
Subtitles: Spanish, French, English SDH
DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English (EXTENDED CUT)
DTS HD-Master Audio 5.1 – English, DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND 5.1 – French, DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND 5.1 – Spanish
2-BD 50
Special Features (on Superman The Special Edition Disc):
Commentary by Director Richard Donner and Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz;
3 Documentaries Taking Flight: The Development of Superman, Making Superman: Filming the Legend and The Magic Behind the Cape;
Screen Tests;
Restored Scenes;
Additional Scenes;
Additional Music Cues;
Music-Only Track

“Superman: The Movie” Extended Cut and Special Edition are expected to be released on Blu-Ray before the end of 2017. We’ll keep you posted with pre-order details.

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September 18, 2017 7:23 pm

It’s been years since ive seen the tv version of either film. And to be honest the only scene I vaguely remember is him heating up dinner with his heat vision in part 2! I’ll definitely buy this, but after recently viewing the original cut for the first time on the I screen and having almost 16 years with the extended version, I think I prefer the original version.

September 18, 2017 7:28 pm

Just tell me if the 3hr edition will be released on Vudu?

September 18, 2017 8:18 pm

This is pretty cool news. Although, I don’t quite get the point of also including the extended cut from 2000. Surely this extended, tv cut is worthy enough of it’s own release. Oh well… Also, I just said this in the other thread about the Superman/Batman movie collection, but with the 40th anniversary of Superman: The Movie coming next year, it would be a great time to give that movie a new HD transfer where they really go through, and clean that movie up. I brought up the example of the Jaws blu-ray where they used the actual negatives, really… Read more »

Kal L
September 18, 2017 8:38 pm

I still have a VHS with the KCOP cut recorded from television.So damn excited about this!

September 18, 2017 8:55 pm

I know they do showings of Superman The Movie sometimes in select theaters but sadly those never seem to come to my area.

I have fond memories of spending Christmastime watching the extended showings on tv so I’ll likely pick this up. Especially since my copies of the movies are all DVD from the big set that got released when Superman Returns went to DVD release and I don’t currently own any Blu-Ray releases of it.

September 18, 2017 9:30 pm

The release date is October 17th. Thats also when they’ll release the Batman/Superman Anthology, and re-release the Superman movie Anthology and the STM/SII: Donner/SR blu ray.

I don’t know what would be different in the extended cut that hasn’t been seen, in either versions or deleted scenes.

September 19, 2017 2:11 am

This is Super news. I don’t have the extended cut of the film. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen it. I’m soo getting this blue ray when it comes out. This is definitely the best news I’ve heard for Superman this year. I can’t wait for this Blue ray.

September 19, 2017 6:53 am

Release date is October 3rd.


September 19, 2017 8:09 pm
Reply to  scarecroe

October 3rd can’t come soon enough. This is sooo cool.

September 19, 2017 12:55 pm

What’s different about the 2000 Donner Cut?

September 20, 2017 2:54 pm
Reply to  Randarch

Are you are referring to the difference between S2 Lester cut and S2 Donner cut?

September 21, 2017 6:51 pm

News like this is always good. I’ll definitely pick this up once it’s released. Hopefully someday we’ll get an extended cut of Man of Steel.