Man of Steel 4K (Blu-ray)
SRP $44.95 2.40:1/1.78:1 Dolby Atmos WARNER BROS
 

There are some outstanding scenes in "MAN OF STEEL." Snyder's attempt to bring a fresh and occasionally dark version of Superman akin to what Nolan achieved with his "BATMAN" trilogy, never fully succeeds. That's not to say there aren't some great dramatic moments. There are more than a few brilliantly, moving moments, the saving of a school bus sinking in water, Clark's earthly father waving goodbye(brilliant casting of Kevin Costner) and more. Unfortunately, what Snyder didn't grasp from Nolan was his restraint. The final confrontation with General Zod goes on endlessly and brings the film to a sudden and unfixable halt. In this final confrontation, there's too much going on and much of it feels repetitive, and the CGI is less than impressive to boot!

Still, there are legions of fans, and they find plenty of reason to upgrade from the standard or 3D blu-ray for this new 4K UltraHD release!

WARNER BROS has provided this 4K UltraHD release on a triple-layered UHD100 disc along with the standard BD50 Blu-ray of the film and a digital code for UHD presentation on VUDU.

This 4K UltraHD presentation was upconverted from a 2K DI. While the blu-ray offers a spectacular image, the 4K is still noticeably superior. Sure, there are moments with minor aliasing with this upconversion, but the detail and colors is improved upon.

Facial features, buildings, and clothing are all presented with more detail. When we say "detail," we mean down to the stitching on clothing! Seriously, the 4K image is that well defined! The production design has its challenges, and along with the questionable choices of its cinematographer, plenty of scenes offer colors that are subdued. Superman's cape doesn't have a rich red to it, but then there are many more scenes wherein hues are vibrant. The overall image is greatly improved over blu-ray in terms of its brightness. To present a brighter image must have its share of difficulties with respect to whiteness, but that's not the case here. The black levels are astounding, offering inky blacks preserving the outstanding resolution and detail in plenty of dark scenes. This is a really good transfer, notably better than the blu-ray, but short of the achievements already offered on some of WB's best 4K releases. However, any limitations are due solely to the filmmaker's choices and intentions with source material.

Fans will be greatly pleased with the Dolby Atmos mix that's been provided by WARNER BROS! The lossy mix provides more distinct panning effects as well as discrete channel separation than that of the impressive blu-ray(also provided). This is an immersive mix from beginning to end, with a perfectly allocated assortment of upper and lower frequencies, high-lighting the dynamic range, spectacular score from Hans Zimmer and dialogue that is perfectly rendered and discernible regardless of layers of the effects of buildings falling to the ground! An example of the enhanced depth capable with Atmos is evident within the final confrontation. While the sound mix was impressive on blu-ray, here the Atmos offers even more distinct nuances when a building is toppled. The effects that one could only imagine on the bluray mix are fully realized here. It's flawless!

The breadth and height of this full 360 degree environment make this a true demonstration disc for those wishing to showcase their home theater potential.

Along with a digital code providing full UHD on VUDU, several featurettes, varying in length from 26 min to 2 min are provided in full HD.