TODAY is the official release of “Man of Steel” on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download, providing Supes fans with a new chance to debate one of the more divisive superhero movies in recent memory.
Given reports out of Hollywood about the “Man of Steel” sequel (Bat-fleck; multiple athletic actresses trying out for a role that may or may not be Wonder Woman; a possible appearance by Barry “The Flash” Allen), a re-viewing of “Man of Steel” isn’t just taking a closer look at the Last Son of Krypton’s latest adventure. It’s also an in-depth look at the genesis/rebirth of the DC Comics cinematic universe.
If you do decide to spend your hard-earned fanboy bucks on “Man of Steel,” then you were likely OK with Zack Snyder’s somewhat controversial red-trunkless take on the Man of Tomorrow.
So, should you pony up for the DVD, let alone the Blu-Ray. We break down the new disc:
1. How’s the HD experience?
“Man of Steel” often pops in HD, especially those Kryptonian suits worn by Kal-El, Zod and Faora.
“Man of Steel” wasn’t filmed with IMAX cameras (as was “The Dark Knight Rises”), so there are no scenic views that spectacularly fill the screen. Still, there are plenty of visual heights in this definition.
2. Are the special features indeed special?
“Man of Steel” has some great extras. One of the best is “Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel” — a director’s commentary that includes insights from cast members and the production team. This feature allows you to at times watch the movie with two screens — one of them showing the finished movie, the other showing simultaneously showing the filming of that same scene. It’s enjoyable to watch Michael Shannon explain how he tried to be as intimidating as possible as General Zod ... while wearing a very un-intimidating green-screen suit.
3. Hans down, a great sound.
Last time out for D.C., Hans Zimmer went up against Danny Elfman’s “Batman” score — and provided up to the job with his music for The Dark Knight trilogy.
This time, Zimmer adeptly reinvents a sound for Superman (John Williams’s original “Superman” score remains the gold standard.) “Man of Steel” may have its critics, but far fewer should doubt Zimmer.
4. The 75th-anniversary animated short.
Included in the package is an animated short, which includes most every iteration of Superman, from his first comic-book appearance to his “Man of Steel” style. Superfans should revel in it.
5. No trailers?
If there’s a buzz-kill to the overall experience of the “Man of Steel” Blu-ray, it’s that none of the film’s theatrical trailers is on the disc. This is especially disappointing because some of those trailers were high cinematic art — helping to propel “Man of Steel” to that $100-million-plus opening weekend.