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‘Man of Steel’ on Blu-ray: Henry Cavill delivers as dark, sexy Superman

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Rated PG-13

143 minutes

Released Nov. 12, 2013

Although some have panned the latest Superman film, “Man of Steel,” the darker, more serious version of the story is more realistic and much more entertaining, especially for those who want a harder, brooding, less humorous version of the super hero.

Henry Cavill is Clark Kent aka Kal-El, who is sent to earth by his father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and his mother Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer), because their planet, Krypton, is headed for imminent destruction due to its unstable core.

Before the child is sent away his cells are infused with a codex that holds DNA information about all Kryptonians.

In a military coup prior to Krypton’s destruction, General Zod, expertly played by Michael Shannon, murders Jor-El, but is captured, along with his cronies, and banished to the Phantom Zone. All escape due to the powerful blast that occurs with Krypton’s destruction.

In the meantime, Kal-El, or Clark, has grown into an adult after being found as an infant by his earthly father (Kevin Costner) and mother (Diane Lane), who raised him on a farm in Smallville, Kansas.

Zod is determined to find the grown Kal-El and obtain the codex within him. He threatens to destroy earth in the process, which forces Superman to emerge and protect the planet he’s grown to love.

Amy Adams stars as Lois Lane, who discovers Clark’s secret prior to Zod’s attack and assists Clark in his endeavor.

Although much darker than prior Superman films, the movie is entertaining, action-packed, and the special effects are brilliant.

“Man of Steel” includes two Blu-ray discs, the first with a feature about the re-imagining of the Superman story; a look at the stunts done in the film; “Krypton Decoded,” which examines the special effects surrounding the destruction of Krypton; an animated short celebrating the anniversary of the character, Superman; and a “Hobbit” related feature. The second disc includes a second version of the movie with interviews and features; and “Planet Krypton,” which investigates how the Superman story would look in documentary form if it was real.

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