Blu-ray, 3D, DVD Release: Man of Steel

Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD & Digital Release Date: Nov. 12, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Limited Collector’s Edition $59.99
Studio: Warner Home Video

Man of SteelHenry Cavill (TV’s Immortals) puts on the red cape in Man of Steel, filmmaker Zack Snyder’s (Sucker Punch) take on the Superman story.

Written by David S. Goyer (TV’s FlashForward), the action film looks more closely at the battle for Superman’s home planet than other movie’s in the franchise. The story’s familiar:

Russell Crowe plays Jor-El, who sends his baby,Kal-El, off to Earth as his planet crumbles around him and criminals led by General Zod (Michael Shannon, Take Shelter) are banned in the universe. As Kal-El grows up on Earth as Clark Kent, he discovers he has superpowers and grows into the Superman we all know and love, kindling the curiousity of reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams, Trouble With the Curve). When Zod tracks down Kal-El, he comes back and tries to terraform Earth fit for his kind. Superman, of course, has to stop him.

Man of Steel also stars Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys) and Diane Lane (Secretariat) as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Laurence Fishburne (Contagion) and Richard Schiff (TV’s The West Wing).

Not surprising, the movie was a big hit at box office, grossing $290 million, despite getting mixed reviews from critics. Newsday‘s Rafer Guzman wrote that the film “skimps on fun and romance.” Detroit News‘ Tom Long said, “Man of Steel packs quite a wallop. A few too many wallops, as it turns out.” And The Atlantic‘s Christopher Orr admitted the science-fiction movie is “an opportunity at least partially missed.”

Man of Steel Blu-ray 3D Limited Collector's Edition

Man of Steel Blu-ray 3D Limited Collector's Edition

All the discs have special features. The DVD carries three featurettes:

  • “Strong Characters, Legendary Roles” – Explore the characters of the Superman mythology and how they have evolved in this new iteration of the story
  • “All-Out Action” – Go inside the training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into Superman and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue (Pandorum) into his Kyptonian nemeses.  Includes interviews with cast and crew
  • “Krypton Decoded” – Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent, age 13) gives the lowdown on all the Krypton tech, weapons and spaceships featured in Man of Steel
  • digital copy and instant streaming of the movie through UltraViolet.

The three Blu-ray versions, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray 3D Combo and the Blu-ray 3D Limited Collector’s Edition, also offer these extras:

  • “Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel” – an immersive feature-length experience that  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
  • “Planet Krypton” – An exploration of Krypton and its lost society.

The Blu-ray 3D Limited edition also comes with a metal S glyph with a lucite glass stand.

And Amazon has its own Limited Edition containing figurines of Superman and General Zod, priced at $53.98.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.