SUPERMAN Re-Release Update: Showtimes & Other News!
Greetings, citizens! ROBOGEEK here with a multi-update on the limited theatrical re-release of the restored and remastered SUPERMAN - which opens TODAY in San Antonio... where it must contend with the NCAA Basketball Finals this weekend (as well as the Oscars Sunday night on ABC, followed of course by Harry's appearance on POLITICALLY INCORRECT).
If you want to see a national theatrical re-release of SUPERMAN (and trust me, you do), now is the time to act. Get your ass to San Antonio and fill those seats! Recruit friends and family! Tell 'em it's for Truth, Justice, and the American Way!
THEATERS & SHOWTIMES!
The re-release has apparently been expanded from the previously announced seven theaters to nine. Is this part of a nefarious conspiracy to combat the film's positive buzz and lower its per screen average? Or is it a good sign of Warners' faith in the film? You decide...
Regal Alamo Quarry 14
255 East Basse Road (in the Alamo Quarry Market)
(210) 333-3456 #267
Showtimes: 12:25 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 1:00 am, 10:00 pm
Regal Century Plaza 8
1215 Grosvenor Blvd
Showtimes: 12:05 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:10 pm, 10:15 pm
Regal Galaxy 10
2938 NE Loop 410
Showtimes: 12:00 pm, 3:15 pm, 7:00 pm, 10:00 pm
AMC Huebner Oaks 24
Huebner Oaks Shopping Center
Showtimes: 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:50 pm
Regal Live Oak 18
7901 Pat Booker Rd
Showtimes: 12:30 pm, 4:25 pm, 7:25 pm, 10:25 pm
Regal Northwoods 14
17640 Henderson Pass
Showtimes: 12:55 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:05 pm, 10:00 pm
Regal Embassy 14
13707 Embassy Row
Showtimes: 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:05 pm, 10:00 pm
Regal Northwest 10
Showtimes: 12:30 pm, 4:15 pm, 7:15 pm, 10:10 pm
Regal Cielo Vista 18
2828 Canyon Ridge Dr
Showtimes: 1:00 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:25 pm, 10:30 pm
INTERVIEW WITH PRODUCER MICHAEL THAU COMING!
First off, Thursday evening I had the chance to interview producer Michael Thau... for 90 minutes.
We covered a lot of territory, and I'm still in the process of transcribing and editing the interview. It will be published - in multiple parts - over the course of the weekend (I hope). I think you'll find it fascinating. (Thau not only can take credit for the condom commercial in LETHAL WEAPON 2, but is also the proud owner of a new Titanium PowerBook G4. Bastard... Kidding! Bygones.)
REPORTS OF THE RE-RELEASE'S DEMISE GREATLY EXAGGERATED
Several readers wrote in about an erroneous report (claiming that Warners had scrapped plans for a full theatrical re-release) which appeared Wednesday on three of my favorite web sites - iMDB.com and ShowBizData.com after originating on DigitalMediaFX.com - the latter two of which yesterday issued corrections (in part prompted by a letter yours truly sent their respective editors).
Just to clarify (and recap), Warner Bros. never planned an outright nationwide theatrical re-release of the newly restored/remastered SUPERMAN, but is test marketing it in San Antonio, TX this weekend. Pending its performance there, Warners will determine whether or not to roll the film out nationwide. (It bears noting that this is almost exactly the same strategy Warners employed last year with its re-release of THE EXORCIST, which grossed $40 million.)
Also, DVDfile.com Tuesday confirmed (after speaking to a representative) that Warner Home Video HAS NOT officially announced the release date for the DVD, and that the May 1st date is strictly tentative, pending the performance of the limited re-release in San Antonio. (FYI, producer Michael Thau has told me the same thing.)
Granted, Warners has done some pretty stupid things in their recent history, but even they aren't dumb enough to ignore this basic fact: SUPERMAN's original domestic gross was $134 million, which - adjusted for inflation - translates to over $250 million in today's dollars... a figure only five films in the last five years have topped (TITANIC, STAR WARS: EPISODE I, INDEPENDENCE DAY, THE SIXTH SENSE, and HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS). (According to Mr. Showbiz.)
RE-RELEASE & DVD TO SUPPORT CHRISTOPHER REEVE FOUNDATION?
There has been tremendous response supporting my suggestion that Warners donate a portion of ticket and DVD sales to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.
In light of this, I am happy to report that there has apparently been some positive discussion about this at Warners - not only because of the potential publicity (and tax) benefits, but because it's a fitting way to pay tribute to a man who has come to manifest the heroic ideals that Superman represents.
To those of you who don't know what it is, the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) encourages and supports research to develop effective treatments and a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders. CRPF evaluates and selects these research programs using councils of internationally renowned neuroscientists and clinicians. CRPF also allocates a portion of its resources to grants that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
(If you'd like to add your support to this idea - and the national theatrical re-release - it probably wouldn't hurt to drop a line to the Donner Company at the address below.)
WIN AN ORIGINAL ONE-SHEET POSTER SIGNED BY DONNER!
The good folks at IGN FilmForce tipped us off this week about a contest sponsored by the Donner Company. One lucky movie-goer who attends the SUPERMAN re-release in San Antonio this Friday or Saturday will win an original SUPERMAN one-sheet from 1978 signed by director Richard Donner.
To enter, staple your ticket stub (from any SUPERMAN screening today or tomorrow only) to a 3" x 5" index card with your name, address and phone number, and mail it to...
ATTN: Geoff Johns
c/o Warner Bros
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
SUPERMAN FAN GATHERING IN SAN ANTONIO!
Finally, locals as well as those making the road trip into San Antonio this weekend should be apprised of the get-together organized by fans Tim Gardner and Jim Bowers, which takes place 6pm tomorrow (Sat. 3/24) at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel on Hwy 281-N (210-402-3300).
It's sponsored by SupermanCollectors.com (which will be raffling Superman memorabilia), and the $5 admission gets you pizza and drinks. More information can be found at this link.
GO SEE SUPERMAN IN SAN ANTONIO THIS WEEKEND!
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March 23, 2001, 2:18 a.m. CST
God, I want a national rerelease SO BAD!!! Please Warner Bros., PLEASE!!! This is tne #1 superhero movie of all time!!! Give it its due!!!
March 23, 2001, 2:42 a.m. CST
Get there folks....like a speeding bullet.
March 23, 2001, 4:04 a.m. CST
I am deeply disapointed at WBs decission of rereleasing Superman exclusively in San Antonio. I lived in Texas for 33 out of my 37 years on this planet and San Antonio is not the proper venue for a film of this nature. If they were dead set on releasing it in Texas, Austin would have been a much better choice. You also have Dallas and Houston with both have a much higher population in comparison to San Antonio. No offense to the people of San Antonio, but this movie is not the kind of picture most of the citizens will want to see. Austin is within driving distance of San Antonio hovever and hopefully there will be some road trips to see this fantastic movie. Superman is one of the best movies of all time! It is not perfect, but then what movie is. I can't get back to the site that was showing the rerelease trailer. Those of you that have seen it know how exciting the film looks by this excelent trailer! I think the trailer is better than the original theatrical trailer which contained mostly still images. My only complaint is they have not included the 2 deleted scenes of the unseen monster in Luthor's penthouse in the rerelease. If you have seen these scenes in the television airings you know how amusing they are. The last one creates a much smoother flow from where Superman leaves Lois and drops off Luthor and Otis in the penitentury. Hopefully they will be in the deleted scenes portion of the DVD. I have checked the stats of the DVD and 2 deleted scenes are all that is listed and I sincerly hope thease 2 scenes are the ones. Anyway let's keep hoping a mirical will happen and this great film will get the theatrical release it deserves!
March 23, 2001, 4:05 a.m. CST
are the best comic book movies ever, not Superman! Tim Burton's a damned genius and his two Batman movies are far better than the Superman flicks. Dark atmosphere, a kick ass Batman (Reeve is a great Superman, but Keaton's Batman was better), better villains (come on, Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, or the dreadful Otis and a campy Gene Hackman as Luthor?), better design (Superman has AGED badly, Batman and Batman Returns haven't aged hardly at all) and all kinds of other stuff I'm too lazy to list make the Burton Batman movies BETTER than Superman The Movie! Tim Burton's Batman movies are the definitive comic book movies. Remember that and give the proper to respect to the Burton bat-films.
March 23, 2001, 4:17 a.m. CST
I never said Superman was the best Comic book movie. However, I do think it deserves a rerelease. Reguarding the Batman movies: The first one was good and the second was great. But just like the Superman movies the last 2 should be burned and buried.
March 23, 2001, 5:43 a.m. CST
by Shawn F.
Head on over to www.dvdfile.com to read a detailed review for the new DVD of "Superman". They had a "TBD" next to the street date of May 1st. This set looks fantastic!
March 23, 2001, 6:22 a.m. CST
by Bluberry Johnson
I love Mr. Reeve in this movie but I don't know if I'll ever quite forgive him for doing that Mutual Funds commercial during the Superbowl last year... Though it would've been cool if Terence Stamp came crashing through the ceiling. Terence: Son of Jor-El! Kneel before Zod! Reeve: My God!! Terence: No! Zod!
March 23, 2001, 7:04 a.m. CST
by Bluberry Johnson
Sorry couldn't resist that. As far as your comments on Burton/Batman/Keaton vs Donner/Superman/Reeve...you've got a lot of flaws in your argument but I got 6 words for you that solidifies that Superman is the superior film... Prince Did Not Do The Soundtrack! Not that I didn't like Batman but Prince? Come on!
March 23, 2001, 9:13 a.m. CST
some people have said SA isn't the right choice for the re-release. but what other city in the past 5 years have sprouted 6 full sized (16 - 27 screens each)theaters in the north side of town only. san antonio has a much bigger market for movie goers than austin, i've lived in both places. dallas wouldn't have been a bad choice though. see Superman at AMC Huebner Oaks 24, its the best.
March 23, 2001, 9:39 a.m. CST
by Brooklyn Bred
That's where I first saw it when I was 8.
March 23, 2001, 10:27 a.m. CST
John Williams stole everything he ever did from somewhere else ... the Superman theme was the old Universal Pictures theme! Danny Elfman is responsible for some of the best themes in movie history (ok, maybe that is an exaggeration, but not much of one...) Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, The Simpsons, Nightbreed, Dick Tracy, Batman, Sleepy Hollow, Men In Black, Nightmare Before Christmas, The Flash, Beetlejuice, and a slew of others too numerous to name. Plus he headed one of the best and most seminal (and underrated) bands ever - Oingo Boingo. So please do not insult Danny Elfman by condescending to say he 'shows promise'
March 23, 2001, 11:14 a.m. CST
by Roj Blake
I live in SA and will definitely be attending this weekend. We've got some excellent auditoriums in town and as far as I can tell we're precisely the right demographic for this movie. The local paper wrote some great articles today on the rerelease this weekend, so the awareness is there. Let's just hope everybody follows through and checks it out...and if you're in Austin - get your butt down here. We'd love to have you and we're only an hour away!!!!
March 23, 2001, 1:16 p.m. CST
Because they know that Harry lives close by, he'll see it at least 20 times, and his fat butt will take up at least 2 theaters (one for each cheek). And I thought Zod was saying "ass" instead of "heirs" as well when I was a kid.
March 23, 2001, 1:51 p.m. CST
by Darth Fart
Just look at Aint it cool news jumping on the Superman bandwagon, where were you guys when Superman was in its crappy transfer? I see it's cool to like Supes again. Explain AICN! Superman cinemam (www.deceptions.net/superman) and web central (members.aol.com/hiphats/superman.html) are where the real fans are at!
March 23, 2001, 3:06 p.m. CST
Prince? You think that proves the first Batman is inferior to Superman? Why, cuz he's dated? There are only like four prince songs in Batman and they don't really ruin the movie (a couple of them are just background music). And if you're ragging on the Prince songs for being dated, then how can you like any of Superman? That whole damned film is dated! From the horrible seventies hairdos, to the awful clothes, and horribly cheesy seventies sets, every thing is dated in this flick! And lets not forget the terrible seventies dialog: Super Pimp (or whatever) says to Superman as he comes outta the revolving doors, "Hey man! That's a bad out-fit!"..it doesn't get much more dated than that! And you think Prince is bad, but Superman has something that far surpasses him on the annoying scale: The HORRIBLE "Can you read my mind?" voice over! Ewww that's a terrible VO that just completely wrecks that scene. Just awful! And then we have the villain comparison again: Otis and campy Luthor versus Jack Nicholson's Joker and Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman. Who do you think wins this matchup? The Superman movie villains SUCKED, the Tim burton Batman badguys were all great (Chris Walken's Shreck, De Vito's Penguin, and so on)! And then we've got the atmosphere comparison which the two Burton Bat movies EASILY win! And what about stupid plot holes like Superman turning back time to save Lois (if he can move THAT fast why couldn't he stop the missiles?) and the pathetic Super-Kiss at the end of Superman II (man that sucks). Batman and Batman Returns are obviously the superior movies here, they have better characters (villains are better, and Keaton's Batman is more psychologically interesting than Reeve's Superman), better music (Superman's theme is awesome, but the Batman theme is just as great if not better and the first two Batman movies have more and better themes like the Penguin's tragic yet evil theme, and Selina's brilliantly schizoid and depressing cat-like theme), better atmosphere (ahh I'm soakin' up that German Expressionist atmosphere in Returns), and better design (timeless Gotham, or crappy seventies Metropolis?) than Superman The Movie! The Tim Burton Batman movies are also more adult and serious than the Superman movies, and are just more gripping. Batman and Batman Returns just win out here, I'm afraid.
March 23, 2001, 3:49 p.m. CST
by otis von zipper
Dillio, I'm with you on the superiority of the Batman movies, but...When Superman came out it was something else. No movie had done a comic hero in the way that movie had. It was epic, had real stars (Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman), and special effects that were truly special. The success of that film paved the way for the big screen Batman treatment. Burton has vision, I can't really say the same for Richard Donner. In both cases the follow up pales in comparison. I think I'm in the minority on Superman 2, but it bugged me, as did Batman Returns, but that at least had Catwoman. And in regard to the music, John Williams is good, but tends to overdo it. Subtlety is not in the man's vocabulary. Superman, Jaws, Raiders, Star Wars all great themes (try to get 'em out of your head) but his scores are overpowering. Elfman is much more interesting. His scores at first always sounded too close to Oingo Boingo (a great band by the way), but he's really expanded his range (Edward Scissorhands, Dead Presidents, etc). And the Prince topic should not even be brought up when Superman has that silly Can You Read my Mind thing. All in all, Superman is a cool movie (except for those ludicrous "extra" scenes included with the TV broadcast), but Batman is a great movie.
March 23, 2001, 11:06 p.m. CST
by Village Idiot
Not only is Superman The Movie (and even Superman II) better than Burton's Batman movies, Burton's Batman movies are bad (how's that for alliteration?). Let's forget for a moment the sacrilege of story elements committed by Burton and Peters that would make any self-respecting Batman fan hurl (Joker killed Batman's parents? WTF?!?), the movies are bad as movies. Vision? Even Burton acknowleges that his "vision" for the first Batman came as much from studio executives as it did from him. Kim Bassinger takes credit for creating her own dialog in the movie, and it shows. Batman can't move his neck in the friggin costume! And the plot is meandering and abyssmal. How much damn time did they spend in that clocktower? Hours? Batman Returns came more from Burton alone, and was marginally better; but it still has deep flaws. Verisimilitude is out the window completely, and so is any ability to identify with the characters. Burton himself admits that he isn't big on plot, and he determinedly demonstates this again in Batman Returns: I've read that the "the kidnapping of the sons of Gotham's Millionaires" (?) was tacked on by Strick (the script doctor) last minute. C'mon, Batman and Batman Returns can't hold a candle to Superman. In terms of scope, theme, and wonder, Supes leaves them in the dust. Not even close.
March 24, 2001, 12:39 a.m. CST
I have an even better place in mind for a test screening than either SA or Austin: Las Vegas. Here in Las Vegas we have 12 major theaters all with at least 10 screens each (many with 16, one with 18) that are all stadium equipped, and that's not counting the remaining neigborhood theaters. Not to mention Las Vegas is a destination city, people are always here from all over... Not to many people draw to SA or Austin at the rate they do here.
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