New on DVD/Blu-ray: Man of Steel (2013)

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Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Big Blue Boy Scout was a great big success, in that it made Superman cool again. Oh sure, there were a couple of questionable choices (destroying half of Metropolis, Hologram Dad, etc.), but overall “Man of Steel” marked a triumphant return to the big screen for a superhero that has long been marred by, shall we say, lackluster outings. “Man of Steel” blasts onto DVD/Blu-ray, and every other outlet of your movie viewing choice this November 12th.

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Even though I totally dug most of Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” (yes, I’m one of the three people in the universe that doesn’t think that film is a big shiny piece of turd), I do prefer “Man of Steel” over it, if only because Snyder’s movie lacked the nonsense Lex “King of the Get Rich Quick Land Scheme” Luthor. Throwing a trio of badass Kryptonian against a man who can bend steel and leap tall buildings in a single bound was, to put it mildly, a brilliant move. That is, if you love insane comic book action. If not? Then “Man of Steel” probably felt a little lacking to you.

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Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, and Diane Lane all turn in creditable performances, especially a highly convincing Cavill as the man with abs and buns of steel. Michael Shannon as the bad guy, with the gorgeous Antje Traue as his right-hand woman, turn things up another notch. Shannon is menacing, even if everything about his motivations and how he goes about it makes almost as much (non)sense as Eric Bana’s Nero in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek”. Did I mention that Antje Traue is absolutely stunning? Cause, you know, she is.

The film certainly doesn’t lack for eye candy, from the actors to the action. And man, does it have action. Something is exploding and someone is getting super punched about once every 10 minutes or thereabouts. Unless you hate comic book superpowered fights, chances of you getting bored by “Man of Steel” is zero to none. Honestly, though, if you don’t appreciate the kind of mayhem that Snyder dished out here, I’m not sure what you were expecting from a movie about a guy name Superman.

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The Blu-ray combo pack for “Man of Steel” boasts “nearly 4 hours of bonus features” on its back jacket, but I was disappointed one of those bonus features wasn’t a feature-length audio commentary. I always enjoy watching a movie that I’ve liked a second time around, but this time with input from either the director or cast. Maybe Snyder will offer an audio track on a Director’s Cut, because as someone who owns many of his other films on Blu-ray, I know he enjoys talking about his movies.

Instead, the Blu-ray’s big is pay off is “Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel”, which offers up a viewing of “Man of Steel” with interviews and featurettes to get you more “into” the movie. “Journey” is available on the combo pack’s second disc, along with the 17-minute “Planet Krypton”, which is a faux documentary (or mockumentary if you prefer) on, er, the planet Krypton. I actually really liked this for some reason. It reminded me of the History Channel’s ludicrous “Ancient Astronauts” TV show….except “Planet Krypton” is probably more believable.

Henry Cavill in Man of Steel (2013) Movie Image

Other bonus features include “Strong Characters Legendary Roles”, about the history of Superman and Snyder’s take via “Man of Steel”; “Krypton Decoded” focuses on the VFX that went into blowing up Krypton (with the kid who played teenage Clark Kent as your host); and “All Out Action” is a lengthy, 25-minute doc on the physical training the cast endured for the movie, along with background on the film’s major stunts. And for those of you who missed it, the 2-minute “Superman 75th Anniversary” animated short, which chronicles the many iterations of Supes, is also included here.

As someone who enjoyed “Man of Steel” despite some of its missteps, I do think it’s the movie many people have been waiting for. It made Superman a hot commodity again, and let’s face it, the world is a better place when Superman is seen as cool rather than a joke. Certainly, we wouldn’t be getting the historical team-up movie “Batman vs. Superman” in two years if not for “Man of Steel”. The fact that it’s a pretty darn good slam-bang action/comic book movie doesn’t hurt, either.

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  • Juggernaut

    Can’t wait to pick this up! Best superhero movie of the year in my opinion.

    • Aegon the Conqueror

      I agree, I loved Thor but Man of Steel was the movie that most made me squeal like a little girl from pure enjoyment.

      The less said about Iron Man 3 the better.

      • Juggernaut

        I didn’t hate Ironman 3 by any means and The Wolverine was the best interpertation of that character to date in my opinion. That being said Thor: The Dark WOrld and Man Of Steel were just on a different level in my opinion. It is like comparing Daredevil to The Avengers or Green Lantern to The Dark Knight. There are bad comic movies, good comic movies and great comic movies. IM3 and The Wolverine I’d place in the good column with Daredevil and Green Lantern (some may disagree that these four should even be considered good but I digress). I’d put MOS and Thor:TDW in the great column with The Avengers and TDK.

        • Aegon the Conqueror

          This point has been debated back and forth between Deadpool and myself, so this time I’m only going to leave a video link that pretty much sums up what I think of the movie.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUYW0JyzydA

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            LMAO!!! Not at the video, though it was funny, but at the fact that you posted it for your response. It’s a good way to sum things up.
            @ Juggernaut – DD wasn;t bad. It was definitely a disappointment but not bad. Okay I take that back, the directors cut wasn’t bad. The theatrical was prety cheesy. And GL had potential, but that was wasted going back to Earth. First Flight the animated flick was by far a better origin flick. But I digress, I agree Man Of Steel was the best CMB of the year so far, but I still need to see Thor, but I don’t think it will change. Probably come in 2nd.

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            Agree with DD, but GL? No way, that’s the first time that I’ve laughed at a superhero movie, not cause of it, since I watched Batman and Robin the last time.

          • Juggernaut

            Okay, maybe GL wasn’t a good cb movie. Much like XO:W I have learned to take it for what it is. It was definately worse than the Dark Knight Trilogy and all of the Marvel studios films but better than the Fantastic Four movies or the Ang Lee Hulk film so I put it in the middle.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Exactly. I love how NO ONE mentions Elektra, Ghost Rider, and GR2 when mentioning bad comic book films. We mention the sub par ones that actually had glimmers of potential. But for truly bad those three take the cake.

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            Watched five minutes of Elektra and avoided the others, so cant really comment on them. Cept for Ang Lee’s Hulk who, with the exception of Eric Bana was truly horrendous.
            Fantastic 4 wasn’t all that bad, wasn’t that good either but it’s watchable. However GL shouldve learned from FF2, you don’t make your main villian a cloud!

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            See and that’s my whole point. THOSE are TRULY HORRIBLE CBM’s but movies like FF, GL, DD, and such get most of the flack but they came before the whole Marvel Studios and Dark Knight Trilogy (except GL ) that set our expectations and the bar so high. They were decent, though a bit off. DD and FF had good casting with Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin, and even Affleck wasn’t horrible as DD, and I actually liked Colin Farrel as Bullseye. FF had Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm/Thing and he was spot on and current Captian America CHris Evans was perfect as Johnny Storm. Julian Mcmahon wasn’t bad as Doom either, the role was written badly though, and they kept him maskless too much. I also stand by the “Galactus was in the cloud, theory.” LOL

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            But that’s just the thing. Those movies can be excused cause its pre Nolan and Marvel studios. GL does not have that excuse, it basically tore down the respectable standard that had painstakingly been set. I liken it to the last stand and origins, it basically pissed on comic book movies.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            WOW! None of those movies were that bad. They all had potential and then dropped the ball. To me if you can say there were actually some decent things about a movie it wasn’t a total failure. Catwoman to me is the epitome of what can happen to a CBM when handled completely inneptly, as is Batman and Robin, or the Roger Corman fronted Fantastic Four, or the 90′s Captain America. YES I know those all came out before we got good CBMs, but my point is the ones you mentioned actually had moments that were decent, buit the final product didn’t live up to our expectations I can Watch Origins up til the final act. THAT to me is where it really fell apart. Liev Schriber as Creed was fantastic, and the action was good, Reynolds as Wade early in the flick was spot on, and Blod was done well. GL was fine until they came back to Earth. DC had cold feet and wanted to ground it and make it a superhero movie but GL is sci-fi mostly and they didn’t spin that right. Reynolds wasn’t my first choice but he was better than I expected, and Mark Strong owned as Sinestro, and Kilawog and Tomar Re were spot on. Their interpretation of the corps was pretty cool too. Last Stand well, that was just a debacle of a story. That one I will give you. LOL

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            I will say this about origins, I loved the team at the beginning, I loved Victor Creed, although that made their meeting in X-men a bit of an anticlimax, and it was the first time we were really allowed to see the animal side of Wolverine. I also liked Gambit.

            However even though it was directed by a South African and I basically had a patriotic right to like it, I still felt so disgusted by the ending I had few good things to say afterwards.
            GL, well with the exception of Mark Strong, there was nothing to like.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            See that’s what I’m saying. Origins wasn decent until the final act.
            As for GL i get what you’re saying I still watch the animated First Flight movie over the theactrical version and probably will recomend that before the live action film but I still liked a few things like what they did with the suit, the way they realized the pwoers, the corps, the guardians. Would’ve loved it it had been like a Manhunter Army in the film as the threat as well. But yes it was a big let down to what should’ve been an epic space adventure and we got saddled with Earth crap. Here’s hoping GoTG will show how it should be done.

          • Daniel Brennan

            I agree with many points u make. Strong as Sinestro was great, as were the corps for the most part. I liked GL, but it definitely had issues. Schreiber as creed was good, Reynolds as Pool early also. But an adamantium bullet? That was the stupidest thing ever created in a comic book movie.

          • Daniel Brennan

            Forget the cloud/Galactus crap. How about the Surfer’s powers being from the board? Suck it, Fox! Hulk looked a lot better than that garbage Incredible Hulk, imo. Couldn’t decide to make him grey or green, so they went with………. The only thing good is the fight with Abomination in Harlem. Ross’ casting sucked and William Hurt is a great actor. Somebody has to stop giving Liv Tyler roles. She’s terrible. Hulk from the Avengers was pretty good. Green, and Big like Lee’s, but still resembled the actor playing Banner. Ruffalo was a good choice.

          • Juggernaut

            I actually liked Elektra and Ghost Rider. Could they have been better? Absolutely, but overall I found them entertaining. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengence on the other hand had a great look to it but was garbage. What about Catwoman?!?! That and Batman & Robin are the epitome of horrible in my opinion.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            WHOA! Elektra? Really?! I tried to re-watch that (I do own it) and I just couldn’t do it. I liked things about the first GR like Cage’s interpretation of Blaze, and the Bike, and the Penance stare. but the villains were weak, and the action wasn’t that great. Spirit of Vengeance pulled a “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” with the action quotient being raised but the story and everything else suffering. I loved the look and action of SoV but dang what a missed opportunity. Another that falls into the list of gets better with more viewings is “Jonah Hex.” I was so disappointed with that. AGAIN another situation where the animated film, this time a 10 minute short, was the perfect template for the film. The film wasn’t that bad but thre were a lot of things that were just left under developed. I liked the supernatural aspect they gave him (Hex has always been in weird and strange situations) but they didn’t do enough with it. I would’ve prefered some kind of supernatural story with the revenge aspect a part of it, rather than another steampunk western story. That said without the supernatural as part of the story, him using it to talk to dead convicts too try and get infor where no one else could was a pretty interesting way of figuring things out.
            The less said about “Catwoman” the better. Had they just called it something else it could’ve been fun. Okay, no, not really.

          • Juggernaut

            Y’see I really liked the villains in Elektra. I also liked that they gave her the red outfit(I’m not quite sure what the reason was for not having her in it in Daredevil but whatever). I suppose the plot and acting overall were pretty sub-par but I went along with it.
            I thought that the look of Ghost Rider when he transformedI was pretty well done for the time. The bike looked cool but the story was lacking. I however, despised the interpertaion of Blaze by Nic Cage. The whole legend of the rider with Caretaker being the original spirit of vengence was a nice touch. Jonah Hex was one that I wasn’t very familiar with but I thought that it was entertaining.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            The villains were the only cool thing about Elektra. See I liked that they played Blaze as a cross between Eivel Kneivel and Elvis. it’s kinda the personality I’d expect from some crazy stunt bike performer. This is before he should be all dark and brooding. He was more interesting in that than in SoV that said I much prefered him in Drive Angry!

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            And since we’re on the topic and I saw it in the links above –
            http://www.askmen.com/top_10/celebrity/ten-least-manly-superhero-movies_1.html
            Now I had completely forgotten to mention Judge Dredd, and Spiderman 3. UGH! While JUdge Dredd looked decent, and had some great action it really stepped away from the source with Stallone not earing the helemt for most of the film. Some decent performances from both Stallone and Armand Asante as well as Max Von Sydow couldn’t save the subpar plot from Rob Schneider’s annoying character. Yes I blame Schneider. And Spiderman 3′s only redeeming quality was the Sandman played by Thomas Hayden CHurch and the final fight between Peter and harry vs Sandman and venom. Otherwise Ugh! And to this day never seen Steel! Nope, not gonna do it!! I know there are some of the movies I defended on the list and I expected them to be there. Basically it’s not just bad as in the film was bad but how it did at the box office. I like to play devil’s advocate a lot with films that get a bad rap. That said i will definitely admit when I’m wrong. But in the end an opinion is an opinion not a fact so, I try to respect and see others even if I don’t fully agree.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool
          • Daniel Brennan

            The Punisher blew dogs for quarters as well. Warzone was at least gorier. I liked Hulk, Wolverine movies suck. The latest started out with promise with the Frank Miller limited series touches, but just went down hill for me.

        • Daniel Brennan

          Mostly agree, but GL in good column for me. I liked it, see and know the flaws but its fun. Daredevil is one of my all time favorite characters, and I think the movie is insulting. Terribad.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      You and me both man!!

  • Daniel Brennan

    So, Marlon Brando in the original Superman and the Donner cut of 2, wasn’t hologram dad? The changes made were needed, imo. The traditional relationship with Lane has been done to death. Having him kill Zod, gives him some depth, as he is, to his knowledge, the last son of Krypton by his own hand. I loved it. The big hitters in DC movies, Dark Knight and Man of Steel films, are the best comic movies going at the moment, imo. Avengers, the 1st Thor, Iron Man, Amazing Spiderman are up there also.