Directors: Sam Liu, Jake Castorena
Cast: Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson (VOICES)
Release Date: October 1, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9/10
The Death and Return of Superman finds Superman in a fight to the finish when the Man of Steel becomes the only hero who can stand in the way of the monstrous creature Doomsday and his unstoppable rampage. Superman saves the planet, but not himself, leaving Earth’s citizens – and his heroic contemporaries – dealing with a world without Superman. The aftermath of Superman’s death, and the subsequent disappearance of his body, leads to a new mystery – is Superman still alive? The question is further complicated when four new super-powered individuals – Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Eradicator – emerge to proclaim themselves as the ultimate hero. In the end, only one will be able to proclaim himself the world’s true Superman.
Please Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘The Death and Return of Superman’ seamlessly combines the previously released animated features ‘The Death of Superman’ and ‘Reign of the Supermen’ into one ultimate film that encompasses the entire unforgettable tale based upon the iconic comic book storyline. For a review of the film(s) itself, please see my previously published Blu-ray reviews for ‘The Death of Superman’ and ‘Reign of the Supermen’ which are linked below.
‘The Death and Return of Superman: The Complete Film Collection’ Limited Edition Blu-ray gift-set release brings home the new, seamless cut of the recent two part film ‘The Death of Superman’ and ‘Reign of the Supermen’, providing fans the perfect, uninterrupted and ultimate cut of the famous and moving tale, allowing the action-packed and emotional events to move along perfectly and capture the entire chain of events into one definitive animated movie. In addition to the new, seamless cut of the film which sports solid high definition video and audio presentations, fans picking up the limited gift-set release will also find a bonus disc within featuring ‘Superman: Doomsday’ the original DC Universe Animated Movie that kicked off the ongoing lineup of animated films. While this review may pertain to the Blu-ray Gift Set release, it’s worth noting that those picking up a copy of the 4K Ultra HD Limited Gift-set of ‘The Complete Film Collection’ will find that the bonus disc with ‘Superman: Doomsday’ is included in 4K Ultra HD (marking the first time the film has ever been granted the 4K UHD disc treatment) which is definitely a nice bonus in itself, particularly combined with the various bonus features also featured on ‘The Death and Return of Superman’ disc itself including some previously released goodies along with some brand new content (please see the special features section in the technical specification coverage of the review below for more detailed information) which shouldn’t disappoint the fans looking to add this nice little gift-set release to their collection.
Overall, ‘The Death and Return of Superman: The Complete Film Collection’ Limited Edition Blu-ray gift-set release is definitely recommended for hardcore DC Comics and/or Superman fans who will probably want to at least consider picking up a copy of this nice collectible and numbered release that brings the epic tale home in a single, seamless film that’s accompanied by plenty of nice extras. Especially if you don’t already own the previous two single film releases or don’t mind double dipping on them. Complete with impressive high definition video and audio presentations on the film itself and some notable extras both new and old, not to mention a bonus disc featuring ‘Superman: Doomsday’ (and in 4K UHD if you’re picking up the 4K gift set release) as well making for a pretty noteworthy and complete release that definitely doesn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Death and Return of Superman’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks rather impressive altogether and delivers a sharp, smooth and brightly colored presentation from start to finish, with no notable or unusual faults to be uncovered along the way, even considering the length of the film and extras on top of it all to be balanced within. It holds up smoothly even during the various fast moving, darkly lit and heavily populated sequences throughout, never resulting in anything onscreen becoming negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a solid high definition video presentation that looks consistently great and should easily please the fans picking up a copy.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack sounds fantastic and provides a crisp, clean and hard hitting audio presentation throughout that only adds to the onscreen fun. It constantly takes full advantage of all five available channels in order to send characters, action effects and a whole lot more regularly whipping throughout the various speakers, and never causing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a wonderful 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that more than delivers in every way and shouldn’t have any trouble repeatedly slapping a smile on your face.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Death and Return of Superman: The Complete Film Collection’ features some solid bonus content, both in the way of new extras and some previously released supplements. One nice surprise about The Complete Film Collection release is that it includes an additional disc with the DC Animated Movie that started it all ‘Superman: Doomsday’ and for those who might be picking up the 4K Ultra HD set, the ‘Superman: Doomsday’ disc within will also be a 4K Ultra HD disc (and the film’s debut in that format) The Limited Edition set release also comes with an exclusive ‘Steel’ figurine. When it comes to bonus content on the actual ‘The Death and Return of Superman’ disc itself, it includes the all-new documentary ‘Long Live Superman’ (running approximately 46 minutes in length), along with a couple previously released Featurettes: ‘Lex Luthor: The Greatest Nemesis’ (running approximately 16 minutes) and ‘The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All’ (approximately 16 minutes). Also included is ‘A Sneak Peek of DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines’ (10 minutes) and previews (aka previously released Sneak Peek’s at prior DC Animated Movies) for ‘Justice League vs The Fatal Five’ (approximately 9 minutes), ‘Reign of the Supermen’ (9 minutes) and ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ Part One (12 minutes) and Part Two (7 minutes). We are also treated to 6 Bonus Cartoons ‘From The DC Comics Vault’ including ‘Justice League Unlimited, “The Doomsday Sanction”’ (approximately 23 minutes), ‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold, “Darkseid Descending”’ (23 minutes), ‘Legion of Super Heroes, “Dark Victory Parts 1 and 2”’ (23 minutes each), plus ‘Superman The Animated Series, “Heavy Metal”’ (21 minutes) and ‘Justice League Unlimited, “Panic in the Sky”’ (23 minutes).