Released Today – Man of Steel™ Blu-Ray Review
The fate of mankind is in the hands of one man when Man of Steel™ arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, 3D Limited Collector’s Edition and Digital Download on November 12 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In Man of Steel, Clark Kent is forced to confront his extraterrestrial past and embrace his hidden powers when Earth is threatened with destruction.
ToonBarn readers: we will say this only once. If you only get one Blu-Ray Disc this year, get MAN OF STEEL™. Period.
You get over 4 hours of special features on this collection, and you can see the movie 2 different ways:
1. The original film as it was released in theaters, in all of it’s detailed and rich digital glory, or
2. Watch the movie with Zack Snyder, cast and crew members walking you through it, showing you Man of Steel from their perspective.
If you saw this movie in theaters, you probably have an opinion of the film, and we’re not going to try to change that. However, from our perspective, after seeing this a few times, and watching ALL of the special features, where they explain where they were coming from when they made the film, we think this was an excellent way to kick off the new DC Universe movies. The tone of the movie is set from the moment we first see Krypton, and come to understand the struggles of both Jor-El and General Zod, when facing the High Council. Then, when we see all the times that Clark had to learn to control his power with the help of his Earth parents, because his father was so sure the world wasn’t ready to face the possibility that we are not alone in the universe, it makes us look inside ourselves to decide if we are ruled by fear or not.
When Clark seeks council with a priest, to decide whether he can trust the human race and turn himself in, he still has his father’s doubts inside him, but the priest says that sometimes trust begins with a leap of faith. Clark takes that leap, with the help of Lois Lane, and stands to face Zod.
Things go fast and furious from that point on, but during a tremendous battle in the middle of Smallville, the U.S. Military (actual soldiers, by the way, except for their commander) realize at the end of it that Superman is not a threat to them. Clark’s faith in the human race has been justified, and he can finally get that monkey off his back. But, of course, the final test for him is whether he can go through with destroying General Zod and the others that seek to harm the Earth. Knowing it would make him the Last of the Kryptonians, he chooses to draw the line in a desperate situation, with Lois looking on, and cries out when the deed is done.
This Superman is obviously different from other Superman characters you saw in movies and television. However, it is clearly a more realistic interpretation of a man who lived 33 years on Earth, with his childhood in Kansas, only to find he is not of this world. With powers beyond belief, he has to keep his secret hidden because his father doesn’t have faith in the human race. Then, when faced with people from his home planet, who are only out to reclaim their race by sacrificing another race, he realizes he is the only one who can stop them. How would you have handled it?
Man of Steel™ will become a treasured part of anyone’s Blu-ray collection. It is a timeless classic that can be watched and enjoyed many times over. It covers the human condition like no other superhero movie ever has. We look forward to seeing more of these DC Universe movies, and we hope that the same care is given to those films that was given to Man of Steel. After 75 years: Thank you, Zack Snyder, and all of your cast and crew for bringing Superman back where he belongs in his place in history – our first true superhero.
Man of Steel Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 3D Limited Collector’s Edition contain the following special features:
Journey of Discovery: Creating “Man of Steel” – This immersive feature-length experience allows you to watch the movie with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and others as they share the incredible journey to re-imagine Superman.
Strong Characters, Legendary Roles – Explore the legendary characters of the Superman mythology and how they have evolved in this new iteration of the Superman story.
All-Out Action – Go inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue into his Kyptonian nemeses. Includes interviews with cast and crew.
Krypton Decoded – Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent, age 13) gives the lowdown on all the amazing Krypton tech, weapons and spaceships featured in “Man of Steel.”
Planet Krypton – The world’s first exploration of Krypton and its lost society.
75 Years of Superman: Animated Short – Produced by Zack Snyder and Bruce Timm, this special animated short morphs through all the different Superman characters through comics, animated cartoons, and live action movies, in chronological order.
“Man of Steel” DVD 2-disc Special Edition contains the following special features:
Strong Characters, Legendary Roles
To see more online special features, go to this link for a full YouTube playlist:
To see more about the film, visit the Man of Steel Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/manofsteel
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Kal-El under the direction of Zack Snyder. The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (The Master, 2012), Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, 2008), Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves, 1990), Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (Unfaithful, 2002), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do with It, 1993), Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator, 1992).
Man of Steel is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters served as executive producers.
Man of Steel will be available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on DVD 2-disc Special Edition for $28.98, and as a 3D Limited Collector’s Edition for $59.99. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition and standard definition; the DVD 2-disc Special Edition features the theatrical version in standard definition; and the 3D Limited Collector’s Edition features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition, and also includes a limited release metal “S” glyph with lucite glass stand. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition and 3D Limited Collector’s Edition include UltraViolet* which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.