Superman the Movie
Optical Effects Test Footage Reel
Date Sold: 22/08/1970
A film reel, Betamax tape and CD of EFX test footage from Richard Donner’s superhero movie Superman.The film reel is stored in its original case and contains optical effects test footage. The footage has been transferred onto the tape and CD, and features a repeated take of a confrontation between Superman (Christopher Reeve) and Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman), as well as test shots for optical effects such as the young Kal-El’s starship flying through space, and eventually crash landing on Earth.
The footage also includes 20 seconds of EFX tests from Jimmy Murakami’s animated disaster film When the Wind Blows (1986). Post Rank Productions (later Tony Long Opticals) worked on both films. The footage shows the main character James Bloggs and is an early attempt to combine animation with live-action skies. The film reel case shows signs of age and is rusted, but the reel within is well-preserved. Dimensions (film can): 27 cm x 27 cm x 4 cm (10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ x 1 1/2″); (CD): 13 cm x 13 cm x 0.1 cm (5″ x 5″ x 0″); (Betamax): 17.5 cm x 11 cm x 3 cm (6 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 1/4″)
£400 – 600 M