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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice - Ultimate Edition - Five Things You Can Expect
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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice - Ultimate Edition - Five Things You Can Expect

It grossed almost $900 million when it hit cinemas earlier this year, kicked off DC's epic new cinematic universe and now it's coming to DVD shelves, it's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. 

The movie will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray, 3D Blu-Ray, 4K and on Steelbook, which is available exclusively at hmv, on Monday (August 1st). The Blu-Ray, 3D Blu-Ray, 4K and Steelbook will be accompanied by a string of bonus features as well as a new cut of the film that features over 30 minutes of footage which did not feature in the movie's cinema release. You can read about all the bonuns features here. 

Although the theatrical cut was a lengthy 151 minutes, it didn't show everything, so for the DVD release there's also the Ultimate Edition, which is a whopping 182 minutes long. Ahead of its release on DVD, Blu-Ray and a Blu-Ray Steelbook exclusive to hmv, we sat down to watch the Ultimate Edition and offer up five things you can expect...


There's a little more action, but not much more...

Zack Snyder's original cut of the movie ran to almost four hours, but it looks like he pretty much kept all the big action sequences in. There are snippets and slight extentions on a few key scenes, especially the epic fight between Batman and Superman at the film's climax, but you won't get whole new action set pieces. What you do get is more brutality in the action scenes, while deaths and vicious fights that were cut for the cinema are back. 


There's a lot more Lex Luthor...

Jesse Eisenberg's chilling take on the iconic villain is a little less screwball and more scheming in this longer cut. We see more of him at work, more of him trying to schmooze, more plotting and more of his grand plan taking shape. There's also an extra scene at the film's climax which will make you very excited for his return...


And not much of Jena Malone...

Malone's role in the blockbuster was the subject of much speculation. She was rumoured to be playing both Robin and Batgirl, but ultimately was chopped from the final movie. She makes an appearance here, but it's very brief, all of 54 seconds, playing a lab technician named Jenet Klyburn. Maybe she'll have a role to play further down the line with DC, but not in this film. 


You get a bit more domesticity from the Dark Knight and Man Of Steel...

There's a bit more of Lois and Clark enjoying their life together, some more Batman and Alfred, Ben Affleck also gets a shower scene to show off the many, many hours he spent in the gym getting ready for this role. 


The main take away? More back story and more character development...

At 151 minutes it wasn't like the theatrical cut was a lean beast, but it had to do a lot of heavy lifting with the introduction of a brand new Batman and setting up the rest of the Justice League. This lengthier cut feels more grounded, the cuts from Gotham to the deserts of Africa and back are less severe and we get longer with the characters. It breathes easier and feels a little lighter on its feet, but it's still as dark as it gets for a superhero movie. 


You can read hmv's review of the movie's theatrical cut here. Take our quiz, which focuses on the movie's history, here. 

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