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In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone's imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question - Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as "Superman," not only to shine as the world's last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.

Starring:
Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Man of Steel (2013)

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 17 minutes
Starring Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Julia Ormond, Amy Adams
Director Zack Snyder
Studio WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Rental release 31 January 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles Icelandic, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Original title Superman - Man of Steel
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 17 minutes
Starring Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Julia Ormond, Amy Adams
Director Zack Snyder
Studio WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Rental release 31 January 2014
Main languages English
Original title Superman - Man of Steel
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 17 minutes
Starring Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Julia Ormond, Amy Adams
Director Zack Snyder
Studio WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Rental release 31 January 2014
Main languages Italian, Spanish, French, English
Subtitles Icelandic, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, French, English
Original title Superman - Man of Steel

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TOOTS on 10 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I can only really review what I have seen in this film. Whether other people think there are avenues that were not opened up is irrelevant I think... So ..., from what I've seen, this film deserves 5 stars because we finally see Superman express himself in an angry state, something that's never really been done properly before. Christopher Reeve, bless him, you have to admire him for the gentle nature he gave his character and those films also have to be admired. It's good to see this side of Superman, whoever you are, you're bound to get angry if someone poses a threat to your mother, it was a quite a nice surprise to see that happen. The only thing that I think wasn't necessary, was the kiss between Superman and Lois. Traditionally, we get to explore Clark and the kiss comes later, so that felt a little out of place. Overall, I'd happily watch this again! The suit by the way is epic! Superman actually looks like a man, natural but different in his own way, this is evidenced by the upper chest hair you see momentarily when you get a close-up of the big guy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 22 Mar. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Getting really quite bored of these blockbusters with endless cgi battles that go on and on and wreak total brainless destruction with few apparent consequences - at the end of this film they appear to be back to normal working in a miraculously untouched office despite the fact that the city they were in was pretty much destroyed (as much by Superman than anyone else) presumably only days or weeks before.

The convoluted plot of this bash fest was tedious nonsense to say the least (even for a comic book film), so much so that the lifeless characters had to keep telling us what was going on as they had probably guessed that we might have nodded off out of sheer boredom. There was zero chemistry between the leads and almost no sense of amazement from, well, anyone at all the aliens and impossible physical feats and general destruction that seemed to be unfolding all around. It's almost like they'd all seen it before? - hang on may be they'd watched the last SuperThorAvengerTransformer movie. At least the president didn't climb in to a plane and have a go at alien bashing in this one.

It was far too long (about a minute and a half would have been plenty), and in the brief moments between mindless mayhem that seems to pass for filmmaking these days there were the usual self important speeches trying to make the whole thing feel like it has meaning and gravitas - along with a familiar dose of America is great (even when they're being pummelled by aliens).

As if the visual and visceral bombardment wasn't enough, the Blu-ray sound quality was truly awful - the speech throughout was really quiet while everything else seemed to have been amplified - maybe they knew the script was so bad that we probably wouldn't want to listen to that drivel anyway.

Frankly I'd rather watch the original films any day.

Boring, boring, boring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
This is an unusual film: all the component parts are extremely well executed, but taken as a whole, there seems to be very little reason to have bothered making it at all.

Unless of course you're thinking of the box office take...

I suppose it all comes down to how much you want - and expect - from the superhero genre. Starting with the bronze age of comics in the 1970's, superhero comic books have been used to tell complex, compelling, and character driven stories. They've also been used to express and explore serious ideas, a phenomenon that arguably reached its zenith in the iron age defining masterpiece Watchmen. We've similarly seen animated offerings in the genre with scarcely less depth. Mask of the Phantasm is almost certainly the greatest Batman movie ever made, and through much of its run Justice League Unlimited easily held its own against even the most intelligent programming made for grown-up TV.

This film...

Well, the actors stood up and read their lines with conviction, the special effects were amazing, and the design language created for the world of Krypton and its technology was a damn fine piece of work - even if it was not an especially original one. It actually reminded me a lot of Jack Kirby's work: the vision of Krypton to be found in this film shared a lot in common with Kirby's Asgard or New Genesis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian J. on 13 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Firstly the technical aspects of the disc: the Blu-ray video stream itself looks like it has a lot of compression on it to make it fit onto the single disc. The slower paced scenes are particularly difficult to watch where there is a lot of static/noise in the little colour variation between each frame, and become a significant distraction on a large screen TV. A very low quality "print" by the usual Blu-ray standards.

The film itself is a reboot full of Hollywood "morals and moments" that don't quite hold together as a story, re-imagined though it is. The visual effects are up to the usual standard of a modern movie but still don't make the film either. There are trite explanations of things that shouldn't need exposition, and a few too many tropes for a good story. Surprising given the previous films from Christopher Nolan and the storytelling in the (first two) Batman movies. Music by Hans Zimmer (also Batman) lacks punch, imagination and presence.

While the actor Henry Cavill is a good fit for the role, the story itself doesn't give much to work with in terms of lines and scenes. Once you've fallen out of the willing suspension of disbelief needed to enjoy a movie like this there doesn't seem to be a path back in.

The new blue and red cape suit is the star of the movie, and so much better than the old blue and red lycra underwear. Sadly this one will stay on the shelf in the hope of another re-imagining...
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