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Superman: Unbound (2013)

Matt Bomer , Stana Katic , James Tucker  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Bomer, Stana Katic, John Noble, Molly C. Quinn, Alexander Gould
  • Directors: James Tucker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BBAQD6S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,400 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The return of an old foe poses one of the greatest challenges for the Man of Steel in Superman: Unbound, a feature-length animated adventure from DC Universe. Based on a 2008 story arc by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank in Action Comics, the feature revives the classic Superman antagonist Brainiac along the lines of his Superman: The Animated Series incarnation, as a merciless android bent on capturing, shrinking, and absorbing the collective intellect of alien cultures. When Earth, and specifically Metropolis, becomes Brainiac's latest target, Superman (voiced by Matt Bomer, White Collar) and cousin Supergirl (Molly Quinn, Castle) are called into action. As with many of DC Universe's best efforts, Superman: Unbound offers a solid balance of action-thrills and emotional and thematic depth: Superman's fight with Brainiac requires not only his incredible powers but also considerable heart, as it threatens his growing relationship with Lois Lane (Stana Katic, Castle) and the development of Supergirl's own power and personality on Earth. Brainiac's assault on the Kryptonian city of Kandor--a deeply traumatic event for Supergirl--adds further personal layers to the story, elevating it beyond the (admittedly impressive) pyrotechnics of Superman's climactic battle with the villain. Superman: Unbound also supports the quality of its scripting with top-notch animation and vocal performances, with Bomer, Katic, and Quinn providing some of the best interpretations of their iconic characters to date and John Noble (Fringe) lending considerable menace to Brainiac. Supplemental features on the DVD are unfortunately limited to a preview of DC Universe's Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox feature. --Paul Gaita

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Superman battles Brainiac in order to save his home planet's city of Kandor which has been miniaturized on Brainiac's ship. Based on Geoff Johns' mini series.

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83 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, lots of character depth March 31, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
This review is not on the blu-ray, but on the movie itself. I was lucky enough to see a screening of this at WonderCon along with a panel discussion with some cast and creators.

I wouldn't consider myself a diehard Superman fan, but as a fan of comics and pop culture in general, I really enjoyed this movie. Not much (if any) background is needed to enjoy it. Superman and his cousin Kara (Supergirl) are attacked by a android that turns out to be a scout searching for worlds to collect as specimens. Kara recalls how before she escaped Krypton, a villain known only as Brainiac sent similar androids to attack her hometown and literally "stole" it off the face of the planet. Now that these androids have appeared again, they fear that Metropolis may be Brainiac's next victim. Determined to prevent the past from repeating itself, Superman plans to find Brainiac and stop him before he is able to steal any more worlds.

What follows afterward is an interesting look at the characters Clark, Kara, and Lois and how they each deal with fears associated with protecting the people they love, and how these choices effect those they care for. Some pretty deep character development, as well as some witty dialog, humor, an interesting villain, and a gesture that the panel claimed gave this a PG-13 rating (done in a humorous fashion) makes this a great film for Superman fans and comic fans alike.

The cast is also a great one with Superman played by actor Matt Bomer of "White Collar", as well as "Castle" cast members Molly Quinn and Stana Katic as Supergirl and Lois Lane respectively.

My recommendation: Give this one a shot!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing spectacular May 12, 2013
Format:DVD
I've been a fan of most of the Superman animated movies previously released. I liked All-Star Superman and the Batman team-ups, Apocalypse & Public Enemies. I especially liked Superman vs the Elite and the Captain Marvel short. Even the Justice League movies portrayed Superman in an enjoyable manner. Superman Unbound, however, didn't really impress. It's a movie I enjoyed enough once through, but will not likely watch again any time soon.

Based on the comic book story appearing in Action Comics #866-870 by Geoff Johns & Gary Frank, this movie tells the tale of Brainiac and the bottle city of Kandor. We learn little about Brainiac's background. His motivation is simply the acquisition of knowledge, which is a sensible goal for a man who is essentially a walking computer. The strength of the film is how Brainiac's mission intersects with Supergirl's back story, which in turn impacts and motivates Superman.

There is solid character development between Superman & Supergirl. It really is a movie about both characters, so the title is a little misrepresentation. I might even say Supergirl really is the star of this movie. She is the one who is connected to Brainiac, Kandor, and Kryptonians in general.

On the subject of the title, I'm not even sure how Superman is "unbound." When I think of the word "unbound" I think of the ending of Superman vs the Elite, which is epic. Never in the story is he really bound by anything.

There are some good action sequences in the movie, though the battles at different points in the story seem unbalanced. First, Brainiac whoops Superman. Then Superman whoops Brainiac. It's a complete 180. It's not until the final battle that any logic is applied to why one would be victorious over the other.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This works for me. May 31, 2013
Format:DVD
I have never been a Superman fan. I mean, how can you stop or stump a man who can only be halted by a piece of Kyptonite or an occasional red sun appearance? Still, I liked this movie a lot! His battle with Brainiac and the subtle adult actions proven to me that DC is moving closer to the adult level while maintaining it's core fan audience. The explanation of his and Supergirl aging differently...I will admit, my brother had to explain that one to me. I caught on and continued watching. The battle was awesome and I really enjoyed it. I'll definitely watch out for any more releases by DC, because they seem to be moving up in the world, and I'm totally enjoying the ride!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Superman Unbound" Blu-ray Review May 11, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
For the past eight years, Batman received all the love at the movies when it comes to DC Comics' characters. That's all about to change on June 14 when "Man of Steel" hits theaters. DC and Warner Premiere aren't going to settle for TV commercials and trailers to get people pumped up. Two new comic books and a DC Universe Animated Original Movie entitled "Superman Unbound" are keeping the super hero fresh on everyone's minds as well.

"Superman Unbound" serves as a tasty appetizer for the main meal coming up. The Man of Steel joins forces with his cousin, Supergirl, to battle Brainiac after the super villain shrinks down Metropolis and adds it to his collection of cities from different planets he's destroyed. Superman must find a way to keep Braniac from destroying the Earth and save all the captured cities of the universe, including Krypton's capitol Kandor.

As is usual with the DC animated movies, "Superman Unbound" is loaded with action from the beginning to the end. Director James Tucker and writer Bob Goodman know how to keep the pace moving at a breakneck speed and demand the audience's attention. You take a 128 page graphic novel and shove it into a 75 minute film. There's no time for the viewer to get distracted or for the movie to lose steam.

The animation for "Superman Unbound" differs from what we've come to expect from the DC animated features. It varies in style greatly from "Superman vs. The Elite." One example is the Man of Steel's facial features. The other characters look different as well.

"Superman Unbound" is definitely a PG-13 movie. There are scenes of Braniac changing himself into a cyborg that would freak out little kids. His robots drill into the heads of their victims, which splashes a lot of blood around onscreen.
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