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'Man of Steel' Blu-ray/DVD Review

You've seen the movie. There's loads of special features you'll want to check out.

There's been a lot of talk about Man of Steel. Some people loved it while others are disappointed. What can't be denied is there are some really cool scenes and imagery throughout the movie. The action kicks up and we see some epic fighting.

What is really fascinating about this release is the special features. You get hours and hours of behind-the-scenes features as well as some cool talk about what makes Superman such a great character.

Here's a run down of what's included:

Strong Characters, Legendary Roles (25:59) Zack Snyder, Lawrence Fishburne, Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, David S. Goyer, Amy Adams, Geoff Johns and others talk about the history of Superman and his appeal to everyone over the years. There's some behind-the-scenes looks while all the actors talk about their characters related to Superman.

It's always great to hear others speak of the importance of the character and the fact that he's thrived for so many years. There's some good insight from the different speakers and hearing their takes is interesting.

All-Out Action (26:02) The training for the physical scenes. They trained their bodies and minds to be ready for each scene. We may not really think about what the actors have to do in order to prepare for movies like this. It's easy for us to get pulled into the special FX and CG work done but they bring up a great point about getting the actors physically and mentally ready for their roles. It's pretty impressive to see what they did.

Krypton Decoded (6:42) Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent, age 13) talks about some of the special FX and working with WETA in New Zealand. We see things like how Krypton blew up, the different Kryptonian ships and more.

Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short (2:03) Seen online (including HERE).

New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth (6:35) This was a little strange to be included. Weta worked on some scenes in Man of Steel but this feature is only about The Hobbit.

Planet Krypton (17:18) Talk about the message from Zod to planet Earth and how aliens are perceived. The question is asked, who and what is Superman?

Journey of Discovery, Creating Man of Steel (2:54:05) This was my favorite feature. You can watch the entire movie and at certain points, Zack Snyder or other members of the cast and crew will pop up and point on things you might have missed or weren't aware of. It's sort of like commentary we see in movies except the behind-the-scenes moments, talks and concept art take precedent over the movie. The movie is delegated to either a picture in picture or completely covered up by the commentary. There's even a close look at the glyphs used in the movie and the what they mean.

If you're a fan of commentary on movies, you'll really love this. But again, it's not your typical commentary track placed over the regular movie. You practically see more of the commentary features than you do the movie.

Was Man of Steel the Superman movie we wanted? For some yes, for others no. This release lets you appreciate the technical aspects of the movie. Fans of the movie will enjoy the great look of the Blu-ray format and the opportunity to watch it over and over. Personally, this is a release where I will gravitate towards the special features rather than the actual film (we all have our own preferences). There's a lot to see in this release. It's a good comic book movie. Was it a good Superman movie? We've already discussed that. Chances are you'll want this in your collection with the other Superman releases.

Man of Steel is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and HD Digital Download.

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Posted by Saint_Wildcard

Anyone know if it has commentary? I've been hooked on listening to commentary every since Freddy vs Jason and recently with the WKUK

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Damn my blue ray won't come to mh house till this Saturday

Posted by Airmansmith21

i kinda disliked this movie i honestly fought off sleep for most of it. sorry if this upsets anyone just my honest opinion

Posted by sentryman555

@kennyshat: Thanks for the info! This really helps a lot.

Posted by Herokiller12344

A lot of deleted messages. Wonder why people get so heated about Man of Steel.

Posted by k4tzm4n

A lot of deleted messages. Wonder why people get so heated about Man of Steel.

All except for one are spam. It looks like the one that wasn't spam was deleted by the user.

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@shadowhuntr said:

@speedymr said:

@herokiller12344 said:

@speedymr said:

I liked the movie but I loved the third trailer, sure fooled me into believing this movie would be a Superman movie.

Okay, I don't want to get into a huge debate here. But what part of a flying man, in a red cape, that saves people isn't Superman to you? Say what you will about the actual flick, but it was definitely a Superman movie. Certainly wasn't a Sentry movie.

LOL ... it was cold and heartless, Superman caused the Smallville fight. That is no freaking Superman movie and he doesn't let his father die. I understand that it was about Clark trusting his father, but still doesn't fly with me. He was Superman for a while when he was saving the kids from the bus and all that but the moment he put on that suit it's like he forgot that his Superman. Zach Snyder said it himself "M ws more of a Science fiction/Invasion movie with Superman in it". A Superman movie should be a Superman movie with science fiction aspects not a sci-fi movie with Superman in it. That stupid kiss, Superman wouldn't kiss Lois or stop to hear Zod's speech he would run to uncover survivors and try to help them.

They have taken Superman from the New 52. He's still young and he has lots to learn and anyway, it would be boring seeing him save survivors the whole movie. People want actions. Have you seen Batman uncover survivors in his recents movie? He barely does it. And I haven't seen that in the Avengers either.

The movie was great. I'd change a few things but it was great. Superman killing Zod isn't impossible. If he has no other choice, he'll do it do save innocents.

So stop with your crap and read the first Action Comics. You'll see a young Superman smacking people's heads inside walls. I doubt they are still alive.

And to everyone who are mad that Superman didn't bring Zod elsewhere to fight, he would never have the chance. Zod was stronger then he was.

I was on facebook the other day and they were arguing about this and someone posted this .... "Also for those of you out there saying "Supermcan has killed before." He has and let's say that about 5 years(probably less) worth of stories where his killed that's including outside of comics. You still have 70 years of Superman not killing and talking about not killing, did we all forget Actionc comics #775 ? So please stop, claiming his killed before because that doesn't make it right because 70 years of Superman history disagree with those five years."

I don't mind a brash Superman, then again the New 52 Superman did was brash yet Smallville or any other city was destroyed because he took the fight there.

In Action Comics #1 1938, Superman never killed anyone he punched them but they all survived because he wasn't as strong as he is now. Did he kill later yes but I will direct you to that facebook quote.

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@speedymr said:

I liked the movie but I loved the third trailer, sure fooled me into believing this movie would be a Superman movie.

Okay, I don't want to get into a huge debate here. But what part of a flying man, in a red cape, that saves people isn't Superman to you? Say what you will about the actual flick, but it was definitely a Superman movie. Certainly wasn't a Sentry movie.

"Man of Steel was a more a Science fiction/Invasion movie with Superman in it." - Zach Snyder, Man of Steel was not a Superman movie the director himself has said it. Superman would not a start a fight and take it to Smallville where he would put lives in danger, that's not Superman.