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 IV: The Quest For Peace… 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…”
Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987)
Back in 2011 when I first started my reviews I expressed by thoughts on the box office flop Superman IV, the last adventure of the late, great Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel.
Now with the upcoming release of the Man of Steel I return to the sequel everyone hates to do a redux review. Produced originally on a large budget, Cannon Films cut it in half in pre-production due to their many financial mistakes during early 1986. What we got was a script with big ideas but with little money to spend. All done on the cheap when released it was missing half its footage (cut out due to a poor test screening ) and 90% of the visual effects incomplete. So paying audiences were viewing a movie unfinished.
Its was a sad end to Christopher Reeve’s portrayal as Superman as many consider him the best incarnation of the classic character.
let’s take a trip back and find out what went wrong and what’s missing from the film.