Justice League: War [Blu-Ray]
Director: Jay Oliva
Cast: Sean Astin, Zach Callison, Jason O’Mara, Alan Tudyk (VOICES)
Release Date: Own it today on Blu-Ray Combo Pack & Digital HD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7.5/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
The world’s finest heroes found the Justice League in order to stop an alien invasion of Earth.
The latest entry in the ‘DC Comics Animated Universe’ is ‘Justice League: War’ and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this one, as I do the majority of these animated features from the DC Comics team. I find they consistently bring a perfect balance, imploring an edge which is a bit darker for the older fans, while maintaining enough of a light hearted nature and refrain on the excessive violence, foul language or suggestive/sexual content and innuendo in order to allow them suitable for a lot of older children at the same time.
‘Justice League: War’ is based on the Justice League Origin story, and tells the story of the Justice League first forming as a result of a foe so dangerous coming to rise that only all of their efforts and powers combined can possibly overcome this villain. The villain is one that I am a huge fan of, and (possible spoiler?) Darkseid was a fantastic choice for the nemesis in this one. As I haven’t had a chance to read the comic, nor did I have too much knowledge of this one at all going in, I was quite thrilled to see him show up on screen.
OVERALL: ‘Justice League: War’ is yet another fun and action packed entry in the DC Comics Animated Universe and is a good time from start to finish. It features some impressive animation, a mostly well selected and suitable voice cast, plenty of hard hitting action and a good quantity of laughs. If you are a fan of the DC Universe Animated Films, or The Justice League, Superman, Batman or any of the heroes present and accounted for in this one, I would highly recommend checking it out. Chances are you’ll be thrilled that you decided to do so.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Justice League: War features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. For the most part, this high definition video presentation looks stunning. The colors are rich and the edges are spot on and they don’t blur or blend in any way. Some banding lines could be found at times, but other than that everything looks phenomenal and should leave fans quite satisfied.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and I would have to say that I found this to be the highlight of the release. This lossless multichannel soundtrack is kicking and booming at every opportunity, and whether its cars or heroes zooming or flying by out of frame, or explosions and ricochet’s from the action (that is in very hefty supply here) there is almost always something going on in most of the channels. This lossless soundtrack get’s ample chance to show off its stuff and it most certainly does not disappoint in any way, shape or form. The fellow audiophiles out there will likely be drooling over this one.
The Blu-Ray release (note that some features are Blu-Ray exclusives and not available on the DVD version) of ‘Justice League: War’ contains some surprisingly fun and informative quality extras. Included on the release are ‘Creating Heroes: The Life and art of Jim Lee’ which features all kinds of fun information about the characters Lee has worked on, in addition to interviews with him on the characters as well. This featurette clocks in at over 30 minutes too. In fact all of the featurette’s included are over 20 minutes for the most part, and the ‘Justice League: War – Act D’ featurette is a lot of fun, showing the detailed process with side by side comparisons displaying the process of taking the film’s ‘Act D’ from Animatic to Pencil Test. Also included on the release are ‘Deconstructing War’ which features the director of the film Jay Oliva and comic artist Jim Lee as they describe the process of taking this story from comic to film, as well as four vintage cartoons from the DC vault (an episode of ‘Justice League: Unlimited’, an episode of ‘Batman: The Brave & The Bold’ and two episodes of ‘Young Justice’. Last (but certainly not least) is a sneak peak at the next DC Universe animated film ‘Son of Batman’ and is a behind the scenes look at the upcoming animated feature, including a number of interviews with those involved and clocks in at just under 10 minutes for those curious. There is certainly a very healthy amount of unique and immersive extras included on this Blu-Ray release for the fans who want to delve deeper into the creation process.
Film Rating: 7.5/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
Own ‘Justice League: War’ on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Digital HD Today from Warner Bros. & DC Comics.