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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Marvel Knights: Black Panther DVD Review

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Marvel Knights: Black Panther DVD Review

Synopsis: Deep in the heart of Africa lies Wakanda, an advanced and unconquerable civilization. A family of warrior kings possessing superior speed, strength and agility has governed this mysterious nation as long as time itself. The latest in this famed line is young King T’Challa, the great hero known worldwide as the Black Panther.

Now, outsiders once again threaten to invade and plunder Wakanda. Leading this brutal assault is Klaw, a deadly assassin with the blood of T’Challa’s murdered father on his hands, who brings with him a strong army of super-powered mercenaries. Even with Wakanda’s might and his own superhuman skills, can the Black Panther prevail against this deadly invading force?

From respected filmmaker/producer Reginald Hudlin and legendary comic book artist John Romita, Jr., comes the epic Black Panther story for which comic fans have waited 25 years. Starring Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond) and Alfre Woodard (True Blood, Star Trek: First Contact).

Review: Marvel Comics is often times ahead of DC Comics in technology and quality.  I say this as a HUGE DC Comics fan.  I do have Marvel characters that I have love for, mostly in the X-Men crew and I can honestly say that Marvel is usually on top.  This is the one exception to the rule.  DC has been putting out the DC Universe Original Animated films, which are fantastic.  Marvel has yet to do this.  Their first organized foray into animation is this new Marvel Knights series of motion comics, brought to DVD by the good people at Shout! Factory.   The motion comic concept has been utilized by DC since the Watchmen movie.

I will be honest, although I don't usually dig motion comics, these Marvel Knights DVDs are wonderful!  We're also going to spotlight the Iron Man and Astonishing X-Men DVDs on the site today.  We recommend picking them all up.  Its phenominal to see a character like Black Panther FINALLY get his due!  It may take a few minutes to adjust to the style of the motion comic animation, but once you do its well worth it.  Great story...great art.

The special features on this DVD include: A Conversation With Star Djimon Hounsou, Looking Back At Black Panther With Reginald Hudlin And John Romita, Jr., Exclusive Music Video and Trailers.

Interest Range: Marvel Comics, Black Panther