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Superman: Unbound Home Video Release
Studio: Warner Home Video
Release Date: May 7th, 2013 (Two-Disc DVD Special Edition - June 18th, 2013)

Synopsis: Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 release “Superman: Brainiac,” Superman: Unbound finds the Man of Steel aptly handling day-to-day crime while helping acclimate Supergirl to Earth’s customs and managing Lois Lane’s expectations for their relationship. Personal issues take a back seat when the horrific force responsible for the destruction of Krypton – Brainiac – begins his descent upon Earth. Brainiac has crossed the universe, collecting cities from interesting planets – including Supergirl’s home city of Kandor – and now the all-knowing, ever-improving android has his sights fixed on Metropolis. Superman must summon all of his physical and intellectual resources to protect his city, the love of his life and his newly-arrived cousin.






Blu-ray Bonus Features
• Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
• UltraViolet™ Copy
• Sneak Peek at Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
• Featurette – “Kandor: History of the Bottle City” – An all-new featurette. Kandor: a peaceful scientific community dedicated toward the preservation of all that is good on Krypton, the home world of Superman. That is, until the city was ripped from its world and placed into a small glass bottle! This is the short story highlighting the shrunken city of Kandor. Its history just as fascinating as it is unique, here is how it ties in directly with the Man of Tomorrow.
• Featurette – “Brainiac: Technology and Terror” – An all-new featurette. Mostly machine, but part sentient being, Brainiac steals cities and destroys worlds. Is he the most vile of Superman’s villainous foes? Experience the Brainiac mythology and find out why Superman barely stands a chance!
• Audio Commentary – Featuring members of the creative team: Mike Carlin, Bob Goodman and James Tucker.
• Four bonus episodes from Superman: The Animated Series (“The Last Son of Krypton, Part 1”; “New Kids in Town”; and “Little Girl Lost, Parts 1 & 2”), all handpicked by producer Alan Burnett.
• Digital Comic – Excerpt from the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.
* Superman: Unbound UltraViolet offer is a limited time offer. Restrictions and limitations apply. Go to ultraviolet.flixster .com/info for details.

Two-Disc Special Edition
• Sneak Peek at Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
• Featurette – “Brainiac: Technology and Terror” – An all-new featurette. Mostly machine, but part sentient being, Brainiac steals cities and destroys worlds. Is he the most vile of Superman’s villainous foes? Experience the Brainiac mythology and find out why Superman barely stands a chance!
• Two bonus episodes from Superman: The Animated Series (“Little Girl Lost, Parts 1 & 2”), all handpicked by producer Alan Burnett.

Single-Disc DVD Bonus Features
• Sneak Peak at Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie


Superman: Unbound Blu-ray Review
by James Harvey

Another DC Universe Animated Original Movie release from Warner Home Video means another Blu-ray release worth adding to any comic fan’s collection. The studio has given Superman Unbound a good presentation, including a nice bundle of bonus content. The Blu-ray Combo packs come with Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolent copies of the movie.

The audio/video presentation is, of course, very excellent. It’s not perfect, but up to the standards of previous DC Universe Animated Original Movie releases. The video is pretty crisp, but there is some color banding that pops in from time to time, a bit more than I’d like. The washed-out and sometimes hazy image quality makes the banding and macroblocking very apparent at times. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 English track is gets a solid workout courtesy of the rather heavy action pieces, particularly the opening attack sequence from a group of terrorists and Brainiac subsequent appearances.

Moving on to the bonus content, Warner Home Video brings in a solid commentary track and a couple great featurettes. The featurettes focus on Brainiac and the Bottle City of Kandor, with the Kandor featurette being more interesting than it has any right to be. The Brainiac one is a great exploration of the character’s origins and different iterations, from the villain’s first appearances right up to the latest take on the classic Superman foe (and yes, deservedly so, the Superman: The Animated Series version gets a fair shake here). The featurette on Kandor actually answers some of the more pressing questions of the bottled city. As usual, these featurettes are focused more on the comics than the animated movie. An excellent commentary from the filmmakers – including director James Tucker, writer Bob Goodman, and producer Mike Carlin - is also included, and it well worth a listen. It’s pretty informative and something that both longtime DC Comics and animation fans should be able to enjoy, and perhaps learn a couple new tidbits from. Tucker’s knowledge of classic DC Comics continues to amaze me.

The disc is wrapped up with four bonus episodes from Superman: The Animated Series - “Last Son of Krypton, Part One,” “New Kids in Town,” “Little Girl Lost, Part One,” and “Little Girl Lost, Part Two” - along with a preview for the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (which looks absolutely amazing), host of trailers, and both an additional DVD and UltraViolet copy of Superman Unbound.

Warner Home Video has given Superman Unbound a fantastic Blu-ray home video release. The audio and video quality is on par for these titles –great but with a few issues – and the overall bonus content package is pretty satisfying. While not perfect, Superman Unbound is a welcome addition to any DC Comics or Superman fan. It`s a solid story that is very respectful to the source material while still giving it a unique spin. Superman Unbound also marks the first feature under the watchful eye of producer James Tucker, stepping in for the recently departed Bruce Timm (who is off working on some different projects) and, honestly, it is safe to say that the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line is in very safe hands. Action-packed, well-told, and with a definite heart, Superman Unbound is fun Superman tale that proves Warner Home Video`s track record on these DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles remains untouched and solid as ever.

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