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DVD previews: 'Man of Steel,' 'Turbo'

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  • Henry Cavill takes on role of Superman in "Man of Steel," a reboot filmed in part in the suburbs.

      Henry Cavill takes on role of Superman in "Man of Steel," a reboot filmed in part in the suburbs.

 
The Washington Post

Here is a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday, Nov. 12:

"Man of Steel" (PG-13, 143 minutes, Warner): Henry Cavill makes a handsomely credible Superman in this reboot, filmed in part in the suburbs. But director Zack Snyder's busy, bombastic creation myth is reduced to little more than a joyless cipher or dazzling physical specimen. The story opens on Krypton just as the planet is crumbling, the rogue General Zod (Michael Shannon) is threatening a coup and the wise scientist Jor-El (Russell Crowe) is sending his infant son Kal-El into the cosmos. Seeking to cram in as much back story as possible, the story then leaps forward to a time when Kal -- now an adult Clark Kent -- is working on a fishing boat, haunted by an unnamed past and once in a while jumping into the water to save a crew from a burning rig with his superhuman strength. Contains sci-fi violence and some rude language. Extras include a featurette exploring the Superman mythology and how the characters have evolved; "All-Out Action" look at actors' training regimen; and a "Krypton Decoded" lowdown on the tech, weapons and spaceships. Also, on Blu-ray: "Journey of Discovery" commentary with Snyder, Cavill and actors Amy Adams and Diane Lane; and "Planet Krypton" featurette.

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"Turbo" (PG, 96 minutes, DreamWorks/Fox): The animated "Turbo" is a good-hearted movie that's peppered with enough clever touches to engage adults as well as moviegoers of the smaller, squirmier variety. The star is Theo (voice of Ryan Reynolds), a snail with his shell in the dirt but his itty-bitty head in the clouds. Theo is obsessed with auto racing and determined -- against all odds and logic -- to compete in a legitimate speedway event. His wish steers closer to reality after he's snatched by a crow and dropped on a sports car in mid-street-race, where he gets injected with enough nitro to make him worthy of a segment on "Top Gear." Extras include "Team Turbo: Tricked Out" and two other featurettes. Also, on Blu-ray: deleted scene; "The Race" storyboard sequence and music videos.

"The Attack" (R, 102 minutes, in Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles, Cohen Media Group): This Lebanon-French-Qatar-Belgian film opens like a love story, with a woman telling her husband that every time they separate, "a part of me dies." In light of what happens next, those words take on another, more ominous meaning. Set in Tel Aviv and the West Bank town of Nablus, the taut but messily honest tale is the story of Amin (Ali Suliman), a prominent Israeli surgeon of secular Palestinian background who wakes up one morning to discover that his beautiful wife, Siham (Reymond Amsalem), has been killed in a suicide bombing. That there's not much left of Siham from the rib cage down is pretty much all the incriminating evidence that the police need, but Amin believes there must be some mistake. He sets out to find answers to a difficult question: "How do you make a fundamentalist monster out of a woman who wouldn't hurt a fly?" Contains grisly images, obscenity, brief nudity and sensuality. Extras include an interview with director Ziad Doueiri.

Also: "Frances Ha," "Blackfish," "Prince Avalanche," "Paradise," "Ambushed," "In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey" (documentary), "Gettysburg and the Civil War" (box set to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, PBS), "Ip Man: The Final Fight" (Hong Kong), "Animals" (Spain), "City Lights" (1931, The Criterion Collection), "Home Again," "I Declare War," "The Capture of Grizzly Adams" (1982), "John Carpenter Presents Body Bags Collector's Edition" (1993), "Barney: Perfectly Purple," "Mumfie's White Christmas" and "JFK Remembered: 50 Years Later" and "John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums" (1964 documentary, both from Warner; both also available as part of a Blu-ray collector's edition box set).

Television series: "MADtv: Season Four." "Stan Lee's Superhumans -- Season Two," "The Best of Dance Moms: The Championship Dances" and "Combat! The Complete Series."

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