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Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Blu-ray Review

“Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” is an animated anthology movie done right.

The plot: In the midst of Krona and his shadow demons posing a threat to the universe, a young Green Lantern Corps recruit named Arisia learns stories about the first Lantern, Kilowog, Laira’s troubled family/past, Mogo, Abin Sur and Sinestro.

After some mediocre recent releases (namely “Green Lantern: First Flight,” “All-Star Superman,” and “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse”), DC animation has bounced back with one of their best films to date. I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, the anthology format is the best way to go with these animated releases because it eliminates all of the problems that plague the 75 minute plus features (such as the drawn out story and overlong action set pieces). With the short stories, the writers are forced to focus on what matters the most- characters. As someone who has a limited knowledge of the “Green Lantern” mythology, I loved learning about Mogo (and the warrior Bolphunga), the first Lantern(s), and especially Kilowog’s training. In fact, the only story that doesn’t quite work here is the one involving Laira because it focused more on action and seemed to slow the film down briefly.

Another inspired decision by DC here is casting the great Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan. Nothing against Ryan Reynolds (who I’m sure will do fine in the role), but Fillion is flat-out perfect as the heroic character. Hopefully, Fillion will get to voice Hal again in the near future.

Summary: If you like characterization, sci-fi action, and the “Green Lantern” universe, you will be overjoyed by “Emerald Knights.” Recommended.

Video/Audio:

The 1.78:1 1080p picture quality is top notch. The animation in these DC animated films is simply getting better (and more sophisticated) with each release.

Despite the lack of an HD track, the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track still rocks as it’s full of explosions, spaceships, lasers, sound f/x that constantly put your speakers to work.

Extras:

* Digital copy.
* Warner trailers including one for the upcoming “Green Lantern” movie and one for the “All-Star Superman” animated film. Also included are Matty Collector and DCU application ads.
* The full “Revenge Of The Reach” episode and scenes from “The Siege Of Starro Part 1” from “Batman: The Brave And The Bold.”
* Virtual “Green Lantern” comic book.
* “Batman: Year One Sneak Peek”- Frank Miller’s fantastic comic book series will be turned into the next DC animated film. To say I am genuinely excited for this one is an understatement. My only concern is Ben McKenzie voicing Batman/Bruce Wayne. I’m not sold on that casting choice yet. 
* Commentary by Geoff Johns and Dan DiDio. Strictly for “Green Lantern” comic book fans.
* “Only The Bravest: Tales Of The Green Lantern Corps”- A featurette on Hal Jordan, the “Green Lantern” universe, the characters, heroism, etc.

* “Why Green Lantern Matters: The Talent Of Geoff Johns”- Geoff Johns (and others) chat about the character, the comic series, the universe, etc. Johns also talks about what he brought to the series.
* “From Comic Book To Screen: Abin Sur”- The title says it all.
* “Beautiful…But Deadly- From Comic Book To Screen: Laira Omoto”- Another character featurette.

June 10, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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