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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Super Tuesday!

Well, today is a day that DVD enthusiasts have dubbed "Super Tuesday." With Superman Returns coming out next week, Warner Brothers has chosen this day to flood store shelves with every kind of Superman-related DVD that they had. If you do DVD shopping today, you'll find nothing but Superman on the shelves. This is what we got:

The Adventures of Superman: The Complete 3rd and 4th Seasons - 26 episodes of the original Superman show from the 1950s. Includes three featurettes about the making of the show.

Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman - Season 3 - More adventures of Dean Cain romancing a desperate housewife. This season includes the infamous frog-eating-clone subplot. A few making of featurettes and other stuff.

Superboy: The Complete First Season - Hey! How many people knew that the Salkinds (the producers of the Christopher Reeve films) actually made a live-action Superboy show in the late-1980s? It was actually kind of successful and ran for four season. John Newton played the college-aged Clark Kent/Superboy in season 1, and Stacy Haiduk (who went on to be the cheif engineer of seaQuest DSV) played Lana Lang. Season 1 has all 26 episodes, and your requisite featurettes and running commentaries.

Superman: The Animated Series - Volume 3 - This 3-disc set contains the remaining 18 episodes of the fantastic animated series from the mid-1990s. Don't forget, this was from the same folks who made Batman: The Animated Series. Featurettes and running commentaries on select episodes.

Justice League: Season 2 - All 26 episodes (or, 13 1-hour episodes, if you go by the creators original vision) of my favourite cartoon on right now. This season includes a couple of my favourite episodes, namely Wild Cards, in which the League has to shut down the Joker's reality TV show, before the Joker levels Vegas. Running commentaries, featurettes, all that good stuff.

Superman: Brainiac Attacks - A brand-new straight-to-DVD movie in which Superman has to take down the unholy alliance of Lex Luthor and Brainiac. Tim Daly returns to the role of Superman. (He did Superman's voice on the 1990's cartoon, but was unavailable to work on Justice League.) The critics have already called this absolutly horrible, but I'll still rent it out of curiosity.

But, the crown jewel of today's releases is Look Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman. This straight-to-DVD documentary traces Superman's development and evolution through the years. It was commissioned by Bryan Singer, and it was made by Kevin Burns, the guy who made that Empire of Dreams documentary about Star Wars. They tell me that it's actually very, very good.

And also, it's finally official!

The first teaser for the live-action movie version of The Transformers goes online on July 5. It hits theatres on July 7, in front of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

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