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All-Star Superman Blu-ray Review

The chaotic story structure of “All-Star Superman” is off-putting.

The plot: An incarcerated Lex Luthor manages to set up a trap for Superman which causes Superman to begin dying from solar radiataion. Will Superman really die? Will Lex Luthor take over the world with Superman gone? Will random characters (such as lizard people, Ultra Sphinx, and Kryptonian astronauts) show up? Tune in to see.

I may be in the minority here, but I just can’t understand the praise for “All-Star Superman”. I realize the story is inspired by mytholical legends, but that doesn’t excuse the disjointed story structure. Granted, there is an overall story arc, but the random aside stories that pop up were aggravating to say the least. One moment, Atlas shows up out of nowhere and in the next moment there’s a creature attacking inmates in a prison. Add in ridiculous plots involving a 24 hour superpower serum and it all adds up to being a baffling experience. Then again, what else can you expect from Grant Morrison’s style of storytelling?

As for the voice acting, I’m sorry to report that there isn’t a single good performance here. Whether it was intentional or not, every character gives a monotone performance. How is a viewer expected to have any sort of emotional connection to anything on screen when you feel so disconnected to the characters?

Summary: Some fans may enjoy “All-Star Superman,” but personally, I cannot recommend it. Check out other DC animated titles like “Wonder Woman” or “Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths” instead.

The 1.78:1 1080p picture quality isn’t quite on par with past releases. The character models were rather mediocre, but thankfully, the environments (such as the sun and the buildings) are sharp looking.

The 5.1 DTS-HD is top notch. The action packs a punch and the voice work sounds crystal clear.

Extras:

* Digital copy.
* DC animated and Warner Bros. trailers.
* “All-Star Superman” digital comic.
* “Superman: The Animated Series” episodes “Blast From The Past” Parts 1 and 2.
* Commentary by Bruce Timm and Grant Morrison. Basically, the two praise each other and talk about the material. Skip it.
* “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Sneak Peek”- This shows promise. It doesn’t hurt that Nathan Fillion is voicing Green Lantern.
* “The Creative Flow: Incubating The Idea With Writer Grant Morrison”- Another featurette about Grant’s vision/sketches/notes.

* “Superman Now”- Grant Morrison and Dan DiDio talk about Grant’s vision.

February 24, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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