Note the blockiness, not graininess, that peppers the atmosphere of Krypton as its sun becomes more volatile; the difficulty the encode sometimes seems to have simultaneously resolving fog, smoke and grain; the clutter that disturbs prison spotlights and other light sources during nighttime sequences; the disparity between the film's natural grain and the (admittedly faint) noise that occasionally muscles its way in.
His performance was so elemental that Superman Returns director Bryan Singer did everything in his power to find an actor who could embody Reeve first and foremost, Clark and Superman second.
Even now, some thirty-three years after Reeve first donned a cape and tights, some twenty-five years after the films' visual effects began to show signs of aging, some five years after the debut of the last entry in the original film franchise, the Superman movies still manage to make viewers believe a man can fly.
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Without an origin story to tend to, Donner and his mid-production replacement, director Richard Lester, double the action, double the romance, double the sacrifice and quadruple the stakes with four villains.
Terrance Stamp stands shoulder to shoulder with Reeve and Hackman, creating a genuinely sinister force of nature, and Superman's battles with Zod and his rogue Kryptonians run physical and psychological gamuts.
While the various filmmakers who laid their hands on the franchise deserve some of the credit, Reeve's dual performance as an all-too-human Clark Kent and an all-too-superhuman Man of Steel solidified Superman and Superman II's place near the head of the genre table and made the franchise everything that it is and more.
Reeve even stood strong when the series' weakest entries -- the tonally disjointed but altogether watchable Superman III and the abysmal Superman IV: The Quest for Peace -- tried to crush him.
Superman: The Movie, Original Theatrical Release Rating: 3.5/5.0 Superman: The Movie mostly impresses with a 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer that represents, for all intents and purposes, a notable but imperfect upgrade from Warner's 2006 Blu-ray release.