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Freedom Fighters- The Ray Blu-ray Review


“Freedom Fighters: The Ray” is an important 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.”

Set before the events of the big Earth-X crossover event from the CW DC TV series, “Freedom Fighters: The Ray” originated as a two season animated web series before being turned into a feature length film for home video. The story begins with a resistance group of superheroes (led by The Ray) fighting the Nazis (AKA The New Reichsmen) and the Earth-X villain versions of Supergirl, Flash, and Arrow known as Overgirl, Blitzkrieg and Black Arrow. After Red Torando falls in battle, The Ray/Ray Terrill takes his neural cortex (which the Nazis covet) and gives it to the Earth-1 (our Earth) Ray Terill to destroy while also transforming HIM into The Ray as well. From here on out, the new Ray’s life is forever changed. Not only is he adjusting on how to become a superhero, but he’s also trying to deal with his sexuality as a gay man by coming out to his parents and possibly finding romance. While all of this is going on, the New Reichsmen have their sights set on the cortex which contains valuable info on the resistance group. Luckily, The Ray has some help on Earth-1 from heroes like The Flash, Arrow, and other allies.

If you haven’t seen the Earth-X crossover event, you might be a little lost with this prequel story. If you have seen it (and I have), you’ll likely find it to be a compelling companion piece. From a purely comic book perspective, this is a fun, fast paced story that is filled with beloved DC characters, big action set pieces, and a nifty multi-Earth sci-fi story at the center. On a human level, “Freedom Fighters: The Ray” is at its best when it focuses on the story of a young gay man (Ray Terrill) whose life is undergoing many changes (including becoming a superhero). Not only is it the heart of the story, but it’s important to see a person and a hero like The Ray as other LGBTQ people out there can find a character to relate to and invest in. Representation truly does matter.

The movie isn’t without some problems. Given that the film runs a mere 73 minutes, the story does feel rushed and condensed. It would have been nice to get some more breathing room for the characters. As is, it’s a little bit messy in how everything is juggled together.

Voice acting wise, Russell Tovey (who reprises his role as The Ray) is the clear MVP. Whether Ray is talking to his parents or fighting baddies, Tovey brings depth to the character. It’s also fun to see other CW DC show cast members show up such as Melissa Benoist (Overgirl), Carlos Valdes (Vibe/Cisco), and Echo Kellum (Curtis/Mr. Terrific).


Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The animation work is pretty solid here and the hi-def transfer of the film is quality.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound Everything from the action to the voice acting sounded crisp to this reviewer.

Extras* Digital copy * DVD copy * WB/DC trailers * A quick 2 minute interview with Russell Tovey.

August 22, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , ,

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