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Wonder Woman: Bloodlines 4K UHD Review

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Not so wondrous.

After a revised origin story in which Diana Prince saves Steve Trevor on Themyscira and later decides to leave her home to save “man’s world,” we find Diana learning history from Dr. Julia Kapatelis. Julia’s young daughter (Vanessa) becomes jealous of all the attention Diana is getting and becomes a rebellious teen. She goes down a dark path and is eventually recruited by Villainy Inc. (led by Dr. Poison and Dr. Cyber) to become a villain herself known as Silver Swan. To make a long story short, Villainy Inc. is up to no good with serum strength enhancements, making Silver Swan expendable, attacking Themyscira, and unveiling a deadly weapon/foe. Can Diana (AKA Wonder Woman), Steve and Etta Candy stop the chaos?

Of all the Wonder Woman stories one could adapt for an animated feature (the fantastic Brain Azzarello comic run comes to mind), it’s baffling how or why we got the story we did with “Wonder Woman: Bloodlines.” Even though we’ve already seen an origin story with the underrated 2009 animated “Wonder Woman” film and 2017’s beloved live-action take, writer Mairghread Scott unnecessarily does another origin story in which Diana leaves home, finds a new path, and must prove herself. It would be fine if this new origin story had a lot of depth to it, but that is most definitely not the case here. Instead, we get a forced and underdeveloped plot with the whiny Vanessa/Silver Swan that has no emotional impact, a brutal opening 18 minutes, a serum plot that seems overdone to death, too many villains, and an overlong and predictable final act (to put it gently). It all felt like some slapped together story that you would have seen in a bad 90s comic or something to that effect.

The lone bright spot here is Rosario Dawson as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. She does a commendable job bringing the character to life in animated form. It’s a shame she is so underserved by the material she is given.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 2160p. How does it look? Say what you will about the movie itself, but it shines on 4K.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Expect a crisp 5.1 track.

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* Warner/DC trailers
* Trailers for “Justice League Vs. Teen Titans,” “Superman/Batman: Public Enemies,”
* 2 episodes of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” titled “Triumvirate of Terror!” and “Scorn of the Star Sapphire!”
* “The Cheetah: Ferocious Archenemy”- A featurette on the iconic Wonder Woman foe.
* A sneak peek at the forthcoming “Superman: Red Son” animated film.
* “DC Showcase: Death”- A new DC animated short focusing on the Death character (from Neil Gaiman’s stories) and a starving artist named Vincent. A fantastic short that is well worth seeking out.

October 20, 2019 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , ,

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