Superhero Movie appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. The movie came with a consistently good transfer.
Only minor issues affected sharpness. Occasional wide shots looked slightly soft, and I noticed some minor edge haloes. Nonetheless, most of the flick seemed concise and well-defined. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and only a small speck or two materialized.
Colors seemed pleasing. The film used a natural palette that didn’t appear as dynamic as one might expect from a comic book movie, but the tones looked solid. They showed nice range and clarity. Blacks were dark and tight, while shadows looked clear and smooth. Overall, the visuals were strong.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Superhero Movie was acceptable but not particularly memorable. The soundfield was the main issue, as the audio didn’t do a ton to bring the material to life. The soundscape concentrated on the front speakers and showed acceptable delineation there. However, nothing terribly involving occurred, and the surrounds failed to bring a lot to the table. They showed a few instances of decent isolated elements – like Professor X’s mental messages – but usually just reinforced the forward spectrum.
Audio quality seemed fine. Speech was natural and concise, and I noticed no edginess or other issues. Music showed good range and definition, while effects followed suit. Those elements appeared clean and tight. Bass response didn’t seem impressive, but low-end was acceptable. I thought this was a decent but unspectacular track.
When we head to the set’s extras, we open with an audio commentary from director Craig Mazin and producers David Zucker and Robert K. Weiss. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific chat. They discuss the movie’s title and its approach to parody, sets and locations, cast and performances, characters and story, cuts and changes, effects, costumes, music and various pressures.
During the chat, the participants state that there’s nothing worse than having folks like me rate the commentary as funnier than the movie. Sorry boys, but when you make product as terrible as Superhero Movie, that becomes almost inevitable. While not a laugh a minute, the track proves enjoyable, with more than a few decent chuckles along the way. Mazin dominates and provides some surprisingly frank thoughts about the flick; there’s plenty of happy talk as well, but at least he gets into some mistakes and regrets. The commentary works well.
21 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 10 minutes, 42 seconds, and an Alternate Ending runs five minutes, 13 seconds. The “Alternate Ending” is no better or worse than the conclusion in the released film, so don’t expect anything memorable. As for the other clips, how bad do scenes have to be to get removed from a movie as lame as this? Pretty bad, though these rarely qualify as “scenes”. Most of them simply offer brief gags excised from existing scene. Nothing funny – or even remotely interesting – pops up here.
Two featurettes follow. Meet the Cast goes for 11 minutes, 11 seconds as it mixes movie clips, shots from the set, and interviews. We hear from Weiss, Mazin, Zucker, and actors Marion Ross, Drake Bell, Christopher McDonald, Sara Paxton, Tracy Morgan, Pamela Anderson and Regina Hall. The show looks at the actors and the characters. A few minor insights occur, but the vast majority of the piece just tells us how wonderful and funny everybody is.
The Art of Spoofing goes for 10 minutes, 36 seconds and features Mazin, McDonald, Weiss, Zucker, Morgan, Hall, Ross, Paxton, Bell, and actor Kevin Hart. The piece looks at the film’s style of comedy along with Mazin’s approach as director. Like “Cast”, “Art” tends to be fluffy and self-congratulatory. It tells us how great hilarious the flick is but reveals little else. A few decent shots from the set add some value, but expect little concrete information.
A few ads open the DVD. We get clips for The Hammer, The Nanny Diaries, I Could Never Be Your Woman and Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee. The disc also includes the trailer for Superhero Movie.
Even fans of film parodies seem unlikely to enjoy the tedious Superhero Movie. This one feels like they made it in 2003 and left it unreleased until 2008. The combination of dated references and weak gags ensure a boring experience. The DVD offers very good visuals, decent audio and a mix of supplements highlighted by an interesting commentary. I can’t complain about this disc, but the movie itself is an unfunny dog.