The score continues to impress on this DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, though not sure why the film's sound team decide to use the funky instrumental "Pick Up The Pieces" to play in the Idaho diner filled with rednecks. Dialogue is always clear and understandable, and unfortunately it's obvious that Hackman's lines were dubbed on a few long shots when he wasn't available. Action scenes deliver satisfying LFE but surround activity isn't as immersive as previous film.
There's another commentary by producers Salkind and Spengler, who are willing to talk about what occurred without getting nasty or personal. The Making of Superman II (52 min) is another TV special that takes viewers behind the scenes. A "Deleted Scene" (SD, 1 min) finds Lois teaching Superman how to make a soufflé with his heat vision, but it's too short to establish much beyond a chuckle. "First Flight: The Fleischer Superman Series" (SD, 13 min) covers the animation work by the Fleischer Studio, led by brothers Max and Dave, and the disc includes Fleischer Studios' first nine Superman cartoons (SD, 79 min): "Superman," "The Mechanical Monsters," "Billion Dollar Limited," "The Arctic Giant," "The Bulleteers," "The Magnetic Telescope," "Electric Earthquake," "Volcano," and "Terror on the Midway". The Theatrical Trailer is also included.
Disc 4 is Superman II (The 2006 Richard Donner Cut), which is allegedly 83% footage he shot with the rest taken from Lester's theatrical version and was released thanks to the efforts of fans pestering Warner Brothers. The film begins with a disclaimer about the quality of the footage used, some of which is taken from screen tests. Modern-day effects have been added.
Donner's cut is more satisfying of the two for a number of reasons. The plots points are better connected and it's obvious the scripts were written in conjunction. The Phantom Zone gets caught in the energy waves of Krypton's explosion, which explains how it made its way to Earth. The terrorists in France are gone, and Superman is the cause of the villains' release when he sends one of the rockets fired by Lex during first film into space. Lois is much smarter, which makes sense as a seasoned reporter, and discovers Superman's identity rather than having it revealed by accident. Kal-El talks to his father rather than his mother through the computer system, which makes more sense as the father devised it. Cuts were also made to the some of the silliness Lester included like the bizarre powers of the memory-erase kiss, of General Zod shooting a ray out of his finger and lifting a guy, and of the shield design on Superman's chest turning into a net. Unfortunately, the ending still finds Superman manipulating time, leaving the viewer to wonder why he doesn’t just do that every time there is any trouble.