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Ruby-Spears Superman DVD

Warner Bros.

Nov 04, 2009 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


Since we're possibly nearing the end of the DVD/physical media format, studios are emptying their vaults to try to get a last grab of cash before we transition to watching everything with memory implants. And when it comes to comic books and how they occupy a huge chunk of popular culture, no stone is left unturned. This animated 13-episode run of Superman from the late 1980s is an example of something that probably should have been forgotten but has been resurfaced to wrestle dollars from completists. As is, the show is a poorly animated ball of cheese that is probably best known for its reorchestrated use of John Williams' iconic score from Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie and the Smallville-based "Superman Family Album" 4-minute codas that close every episode.

Unfortunately, the 2-disc set includes almost zero information about former Hanna-Barbera sound editors Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, who went on to create Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!; Thundarr the Barbarian; and this version of Superman. Instead, there's a random documentary, Corruption of the Corrupt: The Rise of LexCorp, which charts the transition of Lex Luthor from evil mad scientist to evil corporate CEO. A little random, but it's better than nothing. 

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