Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
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Reconstructed using archival film and sound elements long thought to be extinct, this special cut of Superman II pieces together unseen footage shot by Richard Donner in order to present the most comprehensive version of what was to be the original cut of the blockbuster sequel. As initially planned, the first two films were to be filmed back-to-back using the same sets and actors to save on production costs. However, with a budget escalating out of control and Warner Bros. breathing down the producers' necks, the decision was made to drop any further filming on the sequel in order to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This edit primarily contains restored footage of Marlon Brando as Jor-El, but given its erratic pacing and occasional lulls, I still prefer the version shown in theaters back in '81."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It's pretty darn nice - provided you can keep it in your head that this is a rough sketch of a movie and not a final, perfect version."
‑ David Cornelius,
"A would-be victim of its own London After Midnight-esque mystique"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"The fascinating curiosity that's worth watching, but the theatrical edition remains the more defining take on 'Superman's' sequel."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"Is it a better film? Not particularly -- it's a different film, and an interesting film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The new Director's Cut does improve upon the general blood-and-mayhem approach of the theatrical version, making the story more serious and more dramatic. (SD-DVD Edition)"
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"This version of Superman II is a triumph of intention, sending the imagination soaring again over this new angle on a very old question mark."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Like so many other director's cuts, it is finally more of an appendix than a complete work: they really did just fine the first time around."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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