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Justice League: Doom Blu-ray Review

“Justice League: Doom” will please comic book fans.

Logline: After immortal madman Vandal Savage hires the deadly Bane, Cheetah, Star Sapphire, Metallo, Mirror Master, and Ma’akefa’ak, Savage wants each of them to eliminate Justice League members Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, and Flash. Why does Savage want the heroes out of the way? Is this just a cover for an even bigger plan? How did Savage come up with the plan to kill the heroes? With the help of Cyborg, can the heroes stop this dastardly plot? Tune in to find out.

After a clunky start with a battle against Royal Flush Gang, I feared ‘Doom’ (which is based on the “Tower Of Babel” comic series) would end up like the largely underwhelming “Justice League Unlimited” animated series. Thankfully, the movie straightens out and becomes an exciting brawl fest that offers up a fair amount of screentime for all of the many characters on screen.

Usually in these big cinematic team-up adventures, much of the screentime is devoted to Batman and Superman, but that’s not the case here. Despite having a silly, over-the-top world domination plot, ‘Doom’ wisely focuses on characters and teamwork which is really what makes the film work. Plus, as a fan of the DC Universe characters, it was nice to see characters like Cyborg get a good chunk of scenes in ‘Doom.’ It’s a real rarity in these animated film releases to see non first tier characters getting the spotlight.

Summary: If you’re a fan of the DC animated films, I recommend checking out “Justice League: Doom.” It’s certainly one of the better releases to date.

Video/Audio:

The film, which is presented in 1.78:1 1080p, looks sharp. The colors in particular really benefit from being in hi-def.

I was blown away by the 5.1 DTS-HD audio track. From the waterfall in Bat Cave and the explosions to the voice work and music, this track has so much going on here.

Extras:
* DVD copy and Ultraviolet Digital Copy.
* DC video game, TV series, and movie trailers.
* DC Digital Comic book for “Justice Leage Of America: Tower Of Babel.”
* “Justice League Unlimited: Wild Cards Parts 1 and 2”- A 2 parter featuring the Royal Flush Gang.
* “A League Of One: The Dwayne McDuffie Story”- A very touching tribute to the late screenwriter and comic writer.
* “Guarding The Balance: Batman And The JLA”- A featurette about the strange dynamic between Batman and the Justice League.
* “Cyborg: His Time Has Come”- A featurette on Cyborg featuring interviews with DC staff like Geoff Johns and Marv Wolfman.
* Commentary by Geoff Johns and Mike Carlin. Zzzz.
* “Sneak Peek At Superman Vs. The Elite”- Seems like a random, low-key project to take on, but it could be good. Let’s face it though, we’re all waiting for “The Dark Knight Returns.”

 

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February 27, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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