by Matt Marshall
Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel was one of the most polarizing movies of 2013. Man of Steel has had its fair share of fans and detractors. However a $291 million run plus a Batman vs. Superman sequel on the horizon are sure signs that this iteration of the iconic superhero will be here for a while. And now, Man of Steel arrives this Tuesday on home media. In addition to Man of Steel, Turbo, Blackfish and Frances Ha are also available on Blu-ray this week.
In Man of Steel, Zack Snyder takes a different approach to the cinematic Superman lore. Man of Steel returns the story back to the beginning aiming for a darker approach. Kryptonian scientists Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and his wife Lara (Ayelet Zurer) send their newborn son to Earth at a second chance at life. That particular child, Superman. After years off the grid, Superman faces his greatest threat as Kryptonian General Zod (Michael Shannon) threatens the planet.
Warner Home Entertainment is releasing several variations and packaging exclusives of Man of Steel for purchase. First is the standard version bundled as a Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, UltraViolet combo pack. A four-disc 3D version is also available. A “Limited Collector’s Edition” of the 3D version includes an exclusive “S” crest and metal stand.
Walmart and Target are also offering retailer exclusives. Walmart offers a steelbook with exclusive material. Target is selling a lenticular DigiBook. The front artwork switches between Superman and General Zod.
For family audiences, DreamWorks debuts Turbo on Blu-ray in various formats. Turbo is the tale of a garden snail, who transforms into a speed machine by a freak accident. Now with these fast powers, Turbo can finally live out his dream to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Turbo is available for purchase as a Blu-ray, DVD, UltraViolet combo pack. A 3D combo pack with the same features is also an option. Some combo packs for Turbo will also include a “Turbo Toy Racer” exclusive.
Straight from the independent scene come Blackfish and Frances Ha. First up is Blackfish, a documentary about Tilikum, a SeaWorld orca that killed his trainer in 2010. Blackfish explores the events leading up to the tragedy as well as shedding light on the treatment of captive show whales. Blackfish swims to home media as a single Blu-ray disc from Magnolia Pictures.
Concluding the week is coming-of-age film Frances Ha. Frances (Greta Gerwig) is the typical millennial, who hasn’t accomplished much in her life. She bounces from house to house, relying on her friends on her road to become a dance choreographer. Frances Ha is the latest film from Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) shot entirely in black-and-white. The film arrives on Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection in a two-disc Blu-ray, DVD combo pack.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.