'Adventures of Superman - Complete Second Season'
(George Reeves, Noel Neill, Jack Larson, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / (1954) 2005 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Sleep tight, Metropolis. No matter what trouble comes your way, a powerful hero will protect you. And trouble does come - big trouble: a plummeting asteroid ... a terrorist targeting transit systems ... deadly radiation ... mad scientists ... a criminal clown. But none is a match for the Man of Steel.
DVD Verdict: Seasons One and Two of "The Adventures of Superman" were, for this fan, the best of this series. Starting with Season Three, the show was forced to tone down its serious and sometimes violent nature - it became a kiddie show (with the exception of some episodes that were in many ways a return to greatness). This Season Two DVD contains some of the best episodes of the series, including the all-time best, "Panic in the Sky", the classic story in which Superman loses his memory after seemingly saving the Earth from an asteroid. The DVD contains a few extras - though not many - however, one of them is a never-before-seen (for me, at least) story called "Stamp Day for Superman". This is a bona fide episode that was really a pitch for U.S. Government Bonds and Stamps. It's a little hokey, but is really wonderful to see. One thing that also was lacking was that the commentary for the aforementioned "Panic in the Sky". While I welcome commentary from the beloved Noel Neill and Jack Larson, it didn't work: Larson, unfortunately, rambles on about things pretty much unrelated to the episode. The effect is that his chatter becomes annoying. Too bad, because I have great respect for both Jack Larson and Noel Neill (who is somewhat subdued in the commentary, unfortunately). Maybe in subsequent DVDs for this show, they'll provide better comments. Bottom line, though: this DVD is nothing short of spectacular - like the show! This is a Full Screen format (1.33:1) and comes with the Special Features of:
Documentary THE FIRST LADY OF METROPOLIS Profiling Noel Neill Featuring Jack Larson, Leonard Maltin and Others;
Commentary On 2 Key Episodes by Noel Neill and Jack Larson;
STMAP DAY FOR SUPERMAN: Special Episode Promoting Savings Bonds With A New Introduction by Jack Larson;
Subtitles in English, French & Spanish (Episodes Only).