Back at the dawn of the VHS videotape era, I received Superman: The Movie as a Christmas gift. At that time, VHS movies were quite expensive and came in the clunky vinyl cases seen in early video rental stores. Needless to say I've watched it dozens of times since then, though I was more than happy to "retire" it when the DVD "special edition" was released a number of years ago.
Unfortunately, I quickly realized the "special edition" was alot more that just restored footage. Forgetting Pa Kent's sage advice to Clark not to show off, the Special Edition's sound effects crew did just that by throwing in every distracting new sound effect they could get their hands on. From the completely different "S-shield" blast in the opening credits to the added racket of smashing crystal during Krypton's destruction (a logical idea, but lousy execution), the added sounds diminished some of the fun of the DVD release.
About the same time, I'd just upgraded to a Mac that was able to edit and burn digital movies...so I thought it would be fun to make my own version of the original theatrical release of Superman: The Movie, using my trusty old VHS tape as the source. I wasn't planning on selling it to an international digital movie cabal or mass-producing them for eBay sales...just my own copy...and just for the heck of it.
A few years later, Warner Bros. released the 14-disc Superman: The Ultimate Collection, which included...you guessed it....the original theatrical release of Superman: The Movie. My private DVD copy of the original was now redundant....or was it?
Well, not completely. You see, there was an extra chapter I added to my version that I'm pretty sure the Ultimate DVD set doesn't have. For years, I'd wondered what the famous flying sequence would be like without Margot Kidder's cheesy "Can You Read My Mind?" voiceover, so I worked some iMovie magic and POW! No more cheesy voiceover! I was happy to see how much better the sequence plays with only John Williams' beautiful score accompanying the graceful movements of Christopher Reeve and Kidder, without the distracting, insipid vocals.
So, to all of my readers, an early Kidder-Free Christmas present!