Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release The Death and Return of Superman on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally Oct. 1.
The 166-minute movie is the combination of the previously released DC Universe animated movies The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen.
The comprehensive The Death and Return of Superman Complete Film Collection Gift Set will include never-before-seen footage, 45 minutes of new bonus features and an exclusive pack-in Steel figurine.
An adaptation of the “Death of Superman” comic book storyline from the 1990s, the movie features Superman sacrificing himself to stop Metropolis from the rampage of an unstoppable alien menace named Doomsday. In his absence, four new super-powered individuals arrive to carry on the legacy of Superman, while the disappearance of his body leads to speculation that he may still be alive.
The voice cast includes Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Rebecca Romijn as Lois Lane, and Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor.
The home video will include the new featurette “Long Live Superman,” a look at how the iconic character has become a symbol for hope across the world.
Returning extras from the previously released disc of the individual movies include the featurettes “The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All” and “Lex Luthor: The Greatest Nemesis,” plus bonus cartoon episodes “Dark Victory: Parts 1 & 2” from “Legion of Superheroes,” “Heavy Metal” from “Superman: The Animated Series,” and “Panic in the Sky” from “Justice League Unlimited.”
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack will include The Death and Return of Superman on both a 4K Blu-ray disc with HDR and a regular Blu-ray disc, plus a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of Superman: Doomsday, the abridged version of the story that served as the inaugural DC Universe animated movie in 2007.
Completing the adaptation of the classic 1990s “Death of Superman” comic books, Reign of the Supermen pays off the storyline began in last year’s The Death of Superman with some solid action sequences and some nice character moments that will be appreciated by fans of the DC Universe animated movies.
Street Date 1/29/19; Warner; Animated; $24.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD; Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of action violence. Voices of Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Cress Williams, Cameron Monaghan, Patrick Fabian, Tony Todd, Charles Halford, Jason O’Mara, Rosario Dawson, Shemar Moore, Nathan Fillion, Christopher Gorham, Nyambi Nyambi.
As the second part of a two-film event, Reign of the Supermen provides a worthy conclusion to the storyline set up in last year’s The Death of Superman.
Six months after Superman seemingly died stopping an alien monster from destroying Metropolis, four new heroes have arrived in the city to claim the legacy of the Man of Steel. And since Superman’s body disappeared from his tomb, there’s some discussion in the media as to whether one of these new heroes actually is Superman.
The most likely candidate is the Cyborg Superman, who claims his robotic appearance is due to a Kryptonian healing technique.
Another candidate is the mysterious Eradicator, who isn’t big into sticking around and talking after eliminating the bad guys.
A third is Superboy, who is working for Lex Luthor as part of his efforts to rehabilitate the city. Lois Lane discovers he’s a clone of Superman created by Lex to fill the void left by the original Superman with a hero Lex can control.
And finally, there’s Steel, who isn’t a clone or robot or anyone claiming to be Superman, but a man in a super-powered suit with a rocket-powered hammer. He’s basically a Superman-inspired version of Iron Man (with a little Thor’s hammer mixed in).
As Lois continues to investigate what’s really going on, the Justice League’s launch of their new orbital headquarters is interrupted by an alien attack that only raises the stakes in discovering the true nature of the impostor Supermen.
Reign of the Supermen is not as character driven as its predecessor, but still offers some impressive action sequences, especially when the various Supermen have to fight each other. And there are some nice touches that play off moments from several of the previous DC Universe movies.
In fact, this probably should have been the basis for a Man of Steel sequel in the live-action DC films had they not muddled their Justice League storylines in their crash course attempt to catch up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen are distinct on their own, they also fit together nicely as a nearly three-hour epic, which is how they were shown in some Fathom events screenings prior to the disc release. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Warner release a Blu-ray that edits them into a single film, as was done with The Dark Knight Returns a few years ago.
The Reign of the Supermen Blu-ray offers an interesting 16-minute featurette about Lex Luthor that analyzes some of his best-known character traits and what makes him a good Superman villain. The disc also includes episodes from “Superman: The Animated Series” and “Justice League Unlimited” that deal with similar subject matter as the movie.
Finally, there’s a 10-minute preview of the upcoming animated movie Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, which appears to be a tie-in with the “Justice League Unlimited” continuity and style, and not a continuation of the DC Universe animated continuity (though Reign of the Supermen does provide a post-credits tease for where its storyline could be headed next).
It’s rare for a direct-to-video movie to top the weekly home video sales charts, but Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Death of Superman pulled it off the week ended Aug. 11.
The debut of the animated superhero actioner pushed Warner’s Ready Player One, which had been the top title the previous two weeks, to No. 2 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
It was a close result, as Ready Player One ended the week selling 99.9% as many total units as Death of Superman, an adaptation of the classic comic book storyline from the 1990s. The gap was a bit bigger on the Blu-ray chart, where Ready Player One sold 82% as many high-def copies.
Blu-ray Disc accounted for 78% of Death of Superman unit sales.
Warner actually had the top three titles on both charts, with the comedy Life of the Party, starring Melissa McCarthy, debuting at No. 3 after a domestic box office haul of $52.9 million.
The Universal Pictures thriller Breaking In, which stars Gabrielle Union as a mother protecting her family from burglars, debuted at No. 4 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart. The film earned $46.5 million in U.S. theaters.
No. 5 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart was Warner’s Rampage.
On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 12, Life of the Party debuted at No. 1, followed by Breaking In at No. 2.
Liongate’s Overboard remake dropped to No. 3 after leading all rentals the previous week.
Rounding out the top five rentals were Rampage at No. 4 and Ready Player One at No. 5.