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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Blu-Ray Review

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Blu-Ray Review

You can own this blu-ray on February 23, 2010

Synopsis: In a parallel Earth ruled by the Crime Syndicate, the Justice League must fight their evil doppelgangers in a battle that would be dead even, except that their malicious counterparts are willing to do the one thing Batman and Superman never would: kill.

The special features include: DC Showcase: The Spectre "The New World" extended cut, "A First Look at the Next DC Universe Movie", Green Lantern First Look, Superman/Batman Public Enemies First Look, Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess, Trailers, Bruce Timm’s Top Picks; "A Better World" Parts 1 and 2, "Twilight" Parts 1 and 2 and DC TV pilot episodes (live-action): Wonder Woman (previously on Wonder Woman S1 release), Aquaman (never before released)

Review: When I heard that this new Dc Universe film was coming out I wasn't sure what to expect.  The last feature, Public Enemies, didn't blow me away.  It was alright, but nothing special.  I was hoping for something a lot more in-depth and interesting with this feature, and I wasn't let down.

Crisis on Two Earths is, of course, a reference to the multiverse that exists in Dc Comics.  These DC Universe films are trying to bring some of the great comic stories to animated film, which is a great idea in theory.  This film meshes a few of the Crisis-themed storylines into a new tale.  They did a great job, but I'd honestly rather they just stuck to the straight storylines that are already established.  I realize that doing a Crisis on Infinite Earths animated feature would be like ten hours long, but the geek in me demands perfection!  That being said, this is a truly enjoyable film.  It has enough elements of the comics to be interesting.

The film had a few surprising moments, especially in the beginning.  There is some solid comic book humor that'll make you laugh and some great classic takes on our favorite heroes.  The big question in my mind was 'how much will Batman be in this film?'  The answer: about 40% of the time.  There is a gap in the middle where he doesn't have as much screen time, because in typical Batman fashion, he refuses to accompany the super heroes on their fools journey to another dimension, lead by a good Lex Luthor.  This turns out to be a very good idea on his behalf!

The Spectre Dc Showcase short was fun.  It was done in a very interesting retro-style and you can tell that the guys had WAY too much fun making it.  The feature on the next Dc Universe film Batman: Under the Red Hood was great.  This looks to be an amazing film!

This one needs to be seen on blu-ray.  Animation really shines in the high-definition format.  If you're a fan of Batman, Dc Comics or just want a fun toon to watch, pick this one up.  Its a really great addition to your library.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Links: Legions Of Gotham and the Official Movie Site