DVD Man of Steel: For its first half, Man of Steel is well on its way to superhero-movie greatness. Dark, turbulent and not at all campy, it casts the young Clark Kent as a perennial outcast, a boy trapped between the wishes of his adoptive father, who demands he keep his strengths secret; a world that shuns him when he shows any evidence that he is different; and his gnawing desire to be who he really is.
Using alienation as a theme is familiar to the comic-book world. The “X-Men” and “Dark Knight” sagas have trod this territory, but it’s new for the cinematic “Supermans,” at least to this degree. But then the constraints of being an estimated $225 million film, with all the weight of box-office expectations that number brings, begin to tie the filmmakers’ hands in bonds that not even Superman can break. By the end, it has mutated into just another superhero action movie, with explosions galore and city buildings toppling like Legos. Lather, rinse, repeat. On DVD, Blu-ray, Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, and Collectible Figurine Limited Edition Gift Set Blu-ray/DVD.
— Cary Darling
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