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Man of Steel [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2015
Christopher Reeve was beautiful in his role in Superman, but was badly let down by the 70's technology, especially the flying scenes which DID look like he was stationary in front of a playing screen (which he was, except the helicopter scene, the burglar, and other scenes of him taking off and landing by crane-line, and the impressive office flyby impressing the wowing girls), and the daft scene where Superman turns back time only to stop AFTER the second nuclear bomb has exploded. If the original Reeve films had this technology of film-making that we have now, imagine how much better that Superman would have been. How does this film Man Of Steel compare with the original?

WOW! I love the bits when this Superman by Henry Cavill TAKES OFF! All this awesome POWER that Superman should have. He would kneel down, fists on the ground, wait a moment—BOOOOMPHHHH! The flying is far more realistic along with the eye-fire; one thing that caught my eye was the sonic booms and the triangular sonic clouds, only observed when jets fly really fast. You see the awesome strength manifest in his impressive physique, strong abs bulging out (that all or most men desire to have haha).

Here we see Krypton as a far more advanced civilization, using incredible technology, made by metals not even found in the Periodic Table, not the bunch of blind dimwits found in the Reeve version except Brando's Jor-El; “Be reasonable, Jor-El” says one whilst the planet is rocking with tremors, such dumb idiots, not the advanced race they are supposed to be. I was surprised that there is no Lex Luthor nor even any Kryptonite in this version, but does have a far more wicked General Zod, a totally ruthless Faora (who is best described as an unloving bitch, like my ex-manager but far more deadly haha), but no Non. Instead of the red giant turning supernova and blowing up Krypton in the original film, this story tells of the Kryptonians' greed in harvesting Krypton's core for its metals to near-depletion, causing the planet to collapse apart.

This story clarifies Jor-El's role as the chief scientist and Zod the military chief of Krypton respectively. But Jor-El saw Zod's greed and desire to become world leader of Krypton over the Senate, who with the aid of the Codex would ensure his family line of tyrants remaining to live on other Kryptonian planets long extinct, whilst everyone else dies. So Jor-El steals the Codex, implanting this in his son's body in spirit form and sent Kal-El to Earth to preserve his Kryptonian line and thwart Zod's wicked plan.

Unfortunately, years later, when Kal-El somehow discovered from reports that an alien craft (Kryptonian) has been found embedded in ice on Earth, he accidentally sent an emergency distress call beacon to Zod when activating the ship's power core, bringing Zod and his men to Earth becoming a powerful fight between Zod and Superman to the death. Even then, Zod manifests his wickedness by starting to destroy all of mankind and repopulate Earth as the New Krypton, but one problem: Kal-El has the Codex containing Krypton's DNA. Kal-El is torn between saving Earth from extinction or continuing the Kryptonian people but through Zod's wicked family. Really emotive stuff, quite powerful action. Amy Adams' character is far more beautiful than Margot Kidder's, easy on the eye, and more healthy too. Kal-El reveals to Lois that the ‘S’ emblem on the pentagram is Kryptonian for “hope”.

Sometimes I wonder if Superman's cape is too long (knee-length on Reeve, here ground-length); the Man of Steel darker suit may be a bit of an acquired taste compared with the beautiful bright red, blue and yellow of Reeve's Superman. In the end, when Superman reassures the U.S. general that he is no threat to mankind nor America having grown up in Kansas, Superman takes off in wonderful style. The general looks around back to the car, and sees his female officer grinning blushfully: “What are you smilling at?!” he says; her reply: “I think he is kinda hot!” hee-hee.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2015
I am not normally a Superman fan but I had heard good reviews about this so I gave it a try, this film is truly epic an absolute must see, full of action and much more of the story of how it all started, great film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2014
A delightful new more realistic intelligent twist from the start on Krypton to Lois's relationship with Superman. which is genuine from the start. Finally it does t star wear she is not fooled by Superman wearing glasses and being 'Clark Kent'. Its a great, very well done film special effects, but lots of going heavy ultra descriptive fighting, that makes twin towers 911, look like a picnic, but without seeing any of the millions deaths that are left to your wondering, while being genuinely entertained!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2015
One way this film scores heavily is that it doesn't got overly bogged down in Superman's origin while still providing interesting background and motivation for his actions. It clearly draws less upon the original fun but simplistic comics and more on later meatier graphic novels. Superman may still stand for justice but in a world recognised to be riddled with injustice. Still not the most intellectually stimulating of movies, but arguably more than mere escapist entertainment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2014
At last the Superman film I have been waiting for since I was at school in 1977. Good story with Clark Kent as a person not a bumbling buffoon as per the Christopher Reeve films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2015
This is ultimately the best superman movie ever and will be a great movie to view in many years to come to epitomize it's classical status among such other great movies like Gladiator, Shawshank Redemption and more to name a few.

If you have not purchased this movie for your film collection, now is the time to do this.
What are you waiting for?
Buy it before the Superman V Batman hits out screens in the Dawn of Justice movie due for release in 2016.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2015
Love this film and Henry Cavill plays the lead role well with a good supporting cast.
Nice balance of action, humour and emotion in this film.
Highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2014
This film really makes up for the disappointing 2006 rendition starting the good looking but awkward Brandon Raoth. Henry Cavel is muscular handsome. Lois Lane is absolutely gorgeous - probably the best so Lois so far. Zod is wonderfully played and almost steals the show. Special effects are awesome and the plot line is credible. A great evenings entertainment (or whenever you choose to view). Can't wait for Batman Vs Superman - Dawn of Justice; out 2015 I hope.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2014
Positives:
1) This movie is the most realistic version to date. I do love the Reeves ones, but they are too comical and just not "realistic").

2) It explains pretty much everything as it goes along, so you don't have too many questions (there will always be some). But it explains things such as what's going on over on Krypton, why Superman is like he is on Earth and why they choose to send him to Earth. They also explain how he gets his costume and they actually take the time to fit it in nicely with the real "Krypton world".

3) It shows Supes struggling to be accepted into the normal world, and struggling to stay in one place because of his powers. It shows him being worried about being accepted, and it takes you through the journey (albeit through many flash backs) from him as a child, struggling in school, to becoming a hero as superman.

4) Great story. Well written dialogue, and nice CGI too. The movie is long, but for me if didn't "feel" long as I was gripped to the story.

Biggest flaws for me:
1) Lois pops up everywhere, and knows far too much (she needs her memory wiped!).
2) Too many people know about him growing up.

Now I don't see this one as a flaw, but many do: There's quite a lot of destruction in the last hour, but I think it's justified since they are "like" gods, so they would pretty much destroy anything in their path on Earth.

Also, I don't see this as a flaw either, just more of me just being picky.... Flash Backs... The first half of the movie is full of them. It's fine since they work well, but It would have worked well if they just played it all in sequence, but I guess with flash backs it allowed them to "jump around" a bit in his time line. So it's all good.

OVERALL: Buy it! Get it "used" if you want, I did, it'll be cheap. If you don't like it, sell it on, or pack it away in a dark corner of your attic. But it's worth a watch... unless you're a die hard comic fan can't look past some flaws.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2015
As a child I watched all of the Superman films and re-watched them again and again since but this version is electric! There's something about Russell Crowe's voice playing Jor-El that really makes you feel for him. I loved the fact that we saw more of Krypton before it was destroyed, it wouldn't have been easy squeezing Kal-Els background in and an exciting story. Looking forward in antisipation for Henry Cavills next role as Kal.
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