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Oliver retro-reviews Superman II – The Lester and Donner cuts

September 4th, 2012 by Oliver Harper Comments


Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Superman II – both versions… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…

Synopsis: Whenever people discuss favourite sequels Superman II often makes the list. There aren’t many films that match the original film in terms of quality and entertainment. Superman II at the time often was regarded as better than the first film very much like Empire strikes back.

Over the years people began to realise there was another version of Superman II hiding away in the vaults. In the last 10 years there has been many articles discussing the production problems that occurred on the first film and the fights between the Salkinds and Richard Donner. Donner’s job was to shoot both films back to back but due to budget overruns and the shooting schedule going way over board they stopped work on Superman II to finish off the first film for its release.

Once Superman the movie was a hit Richard Donner wasn’t brought back and Richard Lester came on board to finish off the sequel..

Lester reshot many scenes Donner already shot to take full credit as director. Now, once Superman Returns hit the big screen, Warners pushed forward with Donner’s version after many fans had begged for years to see his version. Now I must stop rambling because it will spoil the video!!.

So sit back and relax and find out which version of Superman II is better. Lester’s or Donner’s…

Oliver’s review:

Original trailer:

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Oliver Harper is, like the rest of us at FTN, a bit of a movie freak. He watches, thinks and then breaks down all the classics that were or may never have been. A big fan of 80s cinema, his trivia knowledge is phenomenal and the best part? He records great little videos to share his knowledge. Epic. Find Oliver's updates here:!/groups/370105659683174/--