Since dispersing special features across multiple retailers as store-exclusives is now standard practice, I had to make the tough decision of where to get my copy. Should I go with the Wal-Mart exclusive in steelbook packaging with 30+ minutes of additional extras? Or go with Target’s lenticular digi-book with a different set of special features (also 30+ minutes)?
So I did what any good fanboy would do. I bought both.
Full disclosure: unlike most of the fanboy intelligentsia, I really liked Man of Steel when it came out in June. While I agreed with some of the critiques — namely, the overindulgent third act — I thought the positives outweighed the negatives and was really excited about how Zack Snyder and company were going to follow up the events of this movie in a sequel or two. Now that we know the sequel is going to Gotham, I’m less enthralled with how they intend to follow through on what’s set up in Man of Steel.
Still, the movie holds up for me on multiple viewings. This time, I watched it in “Journey of Discovery” mode, which is what Warner used to call Maximum Movie Mode. If you’re still not familiar, it’s when they embed a making-of documentary into the movie itself. Normally on a disc, you can opt to just watch the making-of segments independent of the movie. On Man of Steel, however, Warner Home Video decided to include a separate disc to house the “Journey” version of the movie, and I have to say, it’s a fascinating way to experience the film. It’s essentially a 3-hour documentary about the making of a Superman movie, and if you get the disc, it’s definitely worth your time. Even if you hated Man of Steel.
I’ve singled out a few choice ones below.