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The Death Of Superman: Limited Edition Gift Set Blu-ray Review

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“The Death Of Superman” is a top tier DC animated film.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post.  The opinions I share are my own.”

In “The Death of Superman,” Doomsday has crash landed on Earth and is wreaking havoc wherever he goes and only the Justice League can try to stop him. Elsewhere in the story, there are key storylines involving Lex Luthor, modified technology, set-ups for the sequel (“Reign of the Supermen”) and Lois and Clark’s relationship.

It’s a little odd that “The Death of Superman” story is being told once again in a new animated feature film as the story has already been told in some fashion in “Superman: Doomsday” and “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Still, given how this film is much more faithful to the original comic book storyline, it’s hard to complain. It also doesn’t hurt that the movie is largely a winner.

While there plenty of often intense and violent action set pieces to be had (especially the climactic battle between Superman and Doomsday), what makes “The Death of Superman” work as well as it does is the character work. There’s a lot of fun material with the Justice League members interacting with one another (as well as each one fighting Doomsday), but the core story between Clark/Superman and Lois is the heart of the film. At this point in time, Lois does not yet know that Clark is Superman nor does she know he loves him. Does the truth come out in this movie? That would be telling. I can say that it was refreshing to see such an emotional and serious character story in a DC animated film especially with the sweet casting of real life married couple of Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn as Clark and Lois respectively. I also admired the fact that there was a fair amount of poignant material involving the people of the world counting on Superman to save them only to realize the hard truth.

“The Death of Superman” isn’t without its flaws however. The inclusion of Lex really brings the movie down a notch. Not only does the character feel shoehorned into the plot, but Rainn Wilson (a fine actor in his own right) is severely miscast as the villain. The character is also strangely out of character (you’ll see what I mean). Also, while I hate to be nitpicky about the animation, it’s pretty lackluster here. It’s a step down from most of the DC animated films and looks decidedly rushed and cheap at times. I realize there are budgetary restrictions, but still.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? I have no issue with the transfer itself but the animation quality looks cheap as previously mentioned.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? You can hear and feel every punch and piece of destruction with this impactful track.

Extras: * A cool Superman action figure (with stand) * Digital copy and DVD copy * A sneak peek of the upcoming animated film “Reign of the Supermen” (the follow-up to “The Death of Superman”). * 2 episodes from “Legion of Superheroes” titled “Dark Victory Parts 1 and 2” * Warner and DC trailers * “The Death Of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All”- A featurette on the iconic comic storyline and “The Death of Superman.”

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August 9, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , ,

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