Tomorrow sees the Blu-ray release of Man of Steel, the latest Superman film which hit theaters back in July. When we reviewed the film, there was a lot of mixed emotions about the quality of it all, but while the film is on the Blu-Ray release, what fans are really looking forward to are the special features that many are hoping will make up for or at the very least explain the film we ended up getting.
You can go back and read our review of Man of Steel to get a feel for the movie itself, but in terms of what else is included on the Blu-Ray set, not many people will be disappointed.
On the technical side of things, the video presentation and the audio transfers are absolutely stunning. You’d expect the video to transfer well and it more than does so, but the sound is one of the best things about the set as you will truly need to buckle in for this one. Neighbors be damned, this release needs to be played on your surround system and it won’t take much for even low level sound to be heard as the beautiful booming DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix is a pulse you won’t want to hear stop.
The special features are truly the bread and butter of this release though as the as advertised over 4 hours of goodies will keep you busy for days.
- Strong Characters, Legendary Roles (1080p; 25:59) This feature basically takes you through the history of Superman and details the major changes that were made in this version of the character’s origin story.
- All Out Action (1080p; 26:02) A look at the physical training of the actors, as well as the stunt coordination and big set pieces that are a major part of the film.
- Krypton Decoded (1080p; 6:42) A brief look at the visual effects sequence of the destruction of Krypton.
- Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short (1080p; 2:03). Some of us have seen this one already, but it’s a gorgeous HD transfer that features the John Williams theme that many have missed.
- New Zealand: Home to Middle Earth (1080p; 6:35). You can explain to me why this Hobbit related supplement is included, because I frankly have no idea.
- Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel (1080p; 2:54:05) This is pretty much the entire film all over again but with extensive interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other goodies that go deep into the filmmaking process. Like Kevin Smith said, this is basically Film School in a box, it’s an amazing feature to take in.
- Planet Krypton (1080p; 17:18). This one is really weird and actually pretty ridiculous. It’s essentially a History Channel special if Krypton had been a real planet that had blown up. Great for Superman fans, but even some of them will skip over it after one viewing.
Overall, this is one of the best Blu-Ray releases of the year and that has everything to do with the special features. I wasn’t sure I was really hot on owning the Man of Steel Blu-Ray and thought I could wait until a later date to own it. But the special features are the clincher and well worth the price.