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Justice League: Gods And Monsters Blu-ray Review

Justice League- Gods and Monsters Blu-ray

“Justice League: Gods and Monsters” is a top tier DC animated film.

If you go into “Justice League: Gods and Monsters” expecting to see the standard incarnation of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, you might be surprised to learn that they do not appear in this film. Instead, you will only find versions of these characters from an alternate universe.

In the adult oriented ‘Gods and Monsters,’ we (the audience) learn a new background for the 3 iconic Justice League characters. Not only are they wildly different from their counterparts, but these heroes also kill and have a strange moral code. The basic story of this animated film involves someone (or something) framing the 3 Justice League members of the murder of brilliant scientists. As the Government and the public at large start to believe that Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are responsible for these heinous crimes, the 3 heroes have to get to the bottom of what is going on and prove their innocence.

After a string of ordinary Batman, Superman, and Justice League titles as of late, DC has produced something that is refreshingly different from the norm. With Alan Burnett’s ‘Gods and Monsters’ clever script (which is based off of a story by Burnett and the legendary Bruce Timm), viewers get an alternate timeline story that feels fresh. Yes, we all know alternate timeline tales can be gimmicky, but Burnett manages to make it an entertaining affair by giving 3 characters that we all know and love new personas. Now, I won’t go into any details as to how different they are as I’d like to leave that as a surprise, but, suffice to say, it’s fascinating to essentially experience a new universe. Of course, the big 3 characters are not the only ones who appear in ‘Gods’ which makes it even more compelling. Again, I won’t say who appears, but I’m positive longtime DC fans will be pleased to see the interpretations of a few familiar faces.

About the only knock I have against ‘Gods’ is that the script is a little clunky at times. The flashbacks transitions are a bit awkward in points and the action-packed final act is slightly overblown. Still, these are minor quibbles with all things considered.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? As per usual, the animation looks sharp in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The DTS track handles the voice over, sound f/x, and action set pieces exceedingly well.

Extras:
* Digital copy and DVD copy.
* DC and Warner Bros. trailers.
* A sneak peek of “Batman: Bad Blood.” Can we stop with the Damian stories, please?
* The “Legion of Super Heroes” episode “Phantoms” and the “Superman: The Animated Series” episode “Brave New Metropolis.”
* “Alternate Realities: Infinite Possibilities”- A 20 minute featurette on alternate realities in DC Comics.
* “Calculated Risks: The Making of Gods and Monsters”- A 23 minute extra feature that tackles this risky new DC animated film and how it came about.
* “The New Gods”- A 22 minute piece about Jack Kirby and his “The New Gods” characters.

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July 28, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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