I was just thinking about the extended TV cuts of the first three Superman films. I used to have multi-gen VHS dupes back in the days of tape trading (which I stupidly got rid of at some point), and I’ve noticed that while fan edits are out there, I’ve had little to no luck finding preservations of the TV cuts themselves.
I know that BLAKSVN/ANGRYSVN did preservations of I, III, and the 93-minute cut of IV, but none of them are on MySpleen, and there haven’t been any Usenet uploads within the last 4 years or however far back the longest newsreader retention periods go.
The Superman II “Restored International Cut” preservation recently resurfaced on a certain public tracker. There’s an AVI version of the first film there too (presumably derived from the BLAKSVN release), but a recent commenter said it only times out to 173 minutes. Even when you multiply that by 1.04 to account for PAL speedup, it still comes up 8 minutes shy of the full 188-minute running time, so either it comes from an edited broadcast or the AVI conversion was botched (I’m guessing the latter). The actual BLAKSVN preservation is out there, but there are no seeders, so it’s stuck at 57.3%.
And as far as III and IV go, I’ve had no luck finding preservations of the longer cuts anywhere. With tracker and file locker shutdowns, deletions and link expirations on surviving lockers, old torrents going unseeded, and old Usenet uploads falling off the back end of retention periods, I’d hate to see preservations like these vanish into the mists of time.
So is there any way the BLAKSVN Superman preservations could be exhumed from obscurity and made available again?