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Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Limited-Edition Gift Set Blu-ray Review

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“Teen Titans: The Judas Contract” is a solid entry in the DC Animated movie library.

No, “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract” is not connected to the popular TV series “Teen Titans” and “Teen Titans Go!” Instead, it’s a follow-up to 2016’s dud “Justice League Vs. Teen Titans.” Thankfully, the folks at DC Animation seemed to have learned their lessons from that first film and have managed to create an engaging and respectful adaptation of arguably the most popular Teen Titans comic book storyline “The Judas Contract.

In this film, Nightwing, Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle and new member Terra come up against a dangerous cult led by Brother Blood and Mother Mayhem. The bulk of the story focuses on Blood’s mercenary (Deathstroke) who is assigned to capture the Titans. The troubled, secretive, and distant Terra also plays a key role in this storyline as well. How does everything play together? That would be telling.

I’ve never been overly fond of the Teen Titans as the property has largely skewed towards a younger demographic, but I’m happy to report that “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract” is a surprisingly adult take on the characters. It’s a serious and dark story about teamwork, trust, family, betrayal, and faith. Sure, there’s humor here and there (mostly coming from the dopey Beast Boy), but for the most part, this is very much a character driven piece that gives every member of the Titans their time to shine. The only character who gets overlooked here is the villainous Brother Blood who is sadly underdeveloped. It would have been nice to spend more time with this villain to learn more about his plans and motives. It would have benefited the story and the film overall. With that said, that oversight doesn’t detract from the fact that this is one of the better DC Animated films as of late.

Note: The gift set includes a Blue Beetle figure.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? A good hi-def transfer although the difference between the Blu-ray and DVD transfers isn’t as noticeable as you might think.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A layered DTS track that handles the action, dialogue, music, and sound FX quite well.

Extras:
* Digital copy.
* Warner Bros. and DC Animated ads.
* A sneak peek at the very promising looking upcoming “Batman and Harley Quinn” which is done in the style of Batman: TAS.
* 2 episodes of “Teen Titans” titled “Terra” and “Titan Rising.”
* “Villain Rising: Deathstroke”- A featurette that puts the spotlight on the popular mercenary Deathstroke. The extra covers the character in this film, the character’s history in the comic books, and more.
* “Titanic Minds: Reuniting Wolfman and Perez”- The two comic legends reminiscence about working on “Teen Titans.” It’s just fun to see these two shooting the breeze.

Overall Thoughts: “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract” is a DC Animated movie worth checking out.

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April 21, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , ,

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