"We Have Located All The Footage.."

This collage of images culled from the Superman IV; Deluxe Edition DVD represent a very special memory for me as this was irrefutable proof that not only did these scenes exist, but would finally, finally be released. I remember first reading the news (and nearly falling out of my chair) during a WB Q&A about the Ultimate Edition Box Set and the casual announcement that “All the footage from Superman IV had been found” and there “Will be a considerable amount of deleted scenes”. I still refused to believe it until I saw the list of chapters themselves for rating by the BBFC. Then upon the boxset release, SuperFan Sebastian Columbo sent me the images above. Considering the footage was the subject of volumes of speculation and debate that would litter the Internet for years, the only agreement across the board was that it would never be seen. A true highlight of my fandom and thanks to WB for making it happen…

‘The Collection…’

Exclusive to the UK and released around 1989, Superman; The Collection was one of the first video boxsets made available by Warner Bros.  Culled from the second run of individually released titles and repackaged as ‘The Superheroes’ collection (Including Supergirl and other WB catalog titles including Santa Claus: The Movie) the set was  expensive at the time and therefore a rarity today.

Contained in a handsome box utilizing elements of the shield artwork from Superman: the Movie and Daniel Goozee’s painting for the Superman IV: The Quest For Peace poster, its interesting to note how many production companies were tied into the distribution (WB/Weintraub/Cannon/Hollywood NItes) before Warner’s regained full ownership.  It would be decades before advances in technology would permit them to exploit the titles once again in a far more definitive boxset on DVD…