I'd like to add my 2c, though I basically agree with what jaycromer wrote in his review.
Except for the scene when Lois walks into the Kryptonian ship like she owns the place with little reason whatsoever, there are no hiccups I noticed. The storyline feels just right and as a real "movie" - in this state, I can recommend to everyone no matter how much of a Superman or Comic geek you are.
Actually, I'm surprised how much I like it as I felt the theatrical cut was just a confusing succession of explosions, more explosions and then even bigger explosions. While this might generate some enjoyment on the big screen, a movie needs more than dramatic music and "boom!" to be satisfying for a home release.
My only nitpick (yes, again) is the encoding quality. Other than the usual over-encoding of fanedits, preserving every pixel of grain, this one is flawed in the other direction. For a movie mainly consisting of action, a constant 2k encoding bitrate too low and there is noticeable blocking in fast movement. Come on people, it's not that hard to do - set x264 preset to "slower" and a rate factor around 20, and these problem would be gone for good :-)
I will start my review by saying this is the first fan edit of a movie I only viewed once. I liked Man of Steel, but felt it was too flawed to bother watching my dvd again...kind of a waste of $20. Now this fan edit is going into my dvd case and it will get re-watched and shown to my friends.
The changes made in this edit fix almost all of my problems with the film. The narrative flows better, not perfect, but greatly improved over the original. Superman feels like the hero he is supposed to be. The action scenes now add excitement to the story, rather than overwhelm it with explosions and collapsing buildings. Jonathan Kent is a good, but worried father, instead of a jerk of who thinks his son should let his friends die. Lois Lane doesn't know Clark Kent, she only knows Superman. Again, this version just works better than the original.
The only part that stood out to me was when Lois Lane volunteers to go with Superman onto Zod's ship. Nobody asked her join and there's no reason the Kryptonians would have agreed to her going along. It wasn't a terrible edit, just a flaw that couldn't be removed entirely because of the original script.
This fan edit turned a disappointing movie into something I would watch again. I think this is exactly what a good fan edit should do.
as usual samspider3 did it again
i have enjoyed all the fight scenes where superman doesnt seem to destroy building just for the sake of fighting especially the last battle with Zod.
The idea of superman taking a suit when he was needed was awesome.
The scene that i missed the most was the I WILL FIND HIM scene, which was removed, that scene was the define moment of Zod, seeing him self as hero and who had a purpose for his planet, in this edit, you dont get the feeling for him. i wish you would put it when clark ask " how did you make your way to earth"
Another scene was about flashback of krypton with the voice of jor el over it, it was kind of disturbing a little bit, it was like i didnt know where to focus, either his voice or the ongoing scene, but may be it was disturbing because i have seen the theatrical version.
About the smallville battle, i know the purpose was to make superman less destructive, but some scene like superman punching the kryptonian to the train explosion was to be left as it was, since later on we dont know where the train come from when thrown towards superman.
And lastly about jor el conscious, he was not suppose to have any memory after the key was put on the ship but thats just me picking too much.
Overall the edit was great.
FYI i have replaced all my theatrical versions of the amazing spiderman with yours