Cast: Yuri Lowenthal, Andy Milder, Kari Wahlgren (VOICES)
Release Date: July 14, 2020
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
One thousand years from now the legendary Man of Steel inspires a group of emerging young heroes from the 31st century to band together and defend the newly formed United Planets. That is, if they don’t kill each other first. In Season One, Legionnaires Bouncing Boy (Michael Cornacchia), Brainiac 5 (Adam Wylie), Saturn Girl (Kari Wahlgren) and Lightning Lad (Andy Milder) travel back in time to convince an awkward teen named Clark Kent (Yuri Lowenthal) to join their Legion of Super Heroes and battle their archnemeses, the Fatal Five. The insecure teen is, in turn, inspired by his new friends and, with their help, begins his journey to become the galaxy’s greatest hero. Catching up two years later, Season Two presents Superman and the Legion with an even greater challenge: Kell-El, the Superman of the 41st century!
The animated DC Comics series ‘Legion of Super Heroes’ which initially aired on Kids’ WB for 2 seasons from 2006-2008 arrives home on Blu-ray for the first time ever courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection. The series follows a young Clark Kent who is recruited by a group of young heroes from the future desperate for his help who he hesitantly joins in the 31st century. Unable to simply step away and return to his own time, Clark picks up the mantle of his future self and temporarily joins the team and Legionnaires such as Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad as they take on the various forces of evil while Clark simultaneously attempts to adapt to this strange futuristic world and a legend he hasn’t yet become.
‘Legion of Super Heroes’ begins by offering a fun, exciting and generally family friendly exploration of what happens when a young Man of Steel prior to his run as Superman joins a group of young heroes from the future and dons the cape while learning in the process. The debut season follows Clark as he tries to control his power and find his way as the hero he’ll eventually become while assisting the Legion in a time he’s anything but familiar with, while the second season utilizes a two-year time jump and rejoins the Legion as a peculiar Superman from a future ten centuries beyond their own arrives pleading for their help in saving the galaxy. It’s a solid animated series that explores some different timelines and characters that likely aren’t as familiar to casual fans which results in an enjoyable and often action-packed set of adventures that largely keeps things tame, while unafraid to delve into some darker subjects and moments along the way, particularly in season two which features a far more serialized and high stakes tale. Now, finally available in gorgeous high definition video complimented by great lossless audio presentations, this 3-disc Blu-ray release of ‘Legion of Super Heroes: The Complete Series’ from Warner Archive Collection should thrill the show’s fans who will almost surely want to look into securing their copy if they haven’t already done so.
Overall, Warner Archive’s ‘Legion of Super Heroes: The Complete Series’ 3-disc Blu-ray release dazzles in its Blu-ray debut, providing impressive high definition video and audio presentations on every episode of the series that should downright thrill fans who have been anxiously awaiting its physical high definition debut. Wisely opting for spreading the 26 episodes between three discs in order to allow optimal quality, it’s a more than capable release that fans of the animated series will definitely want to strongly consider picking up. Fellow DC fans that tend to thoroughly enjoy the other DC animated series offerings yet haven’t had the pleasure of this cartoon series may also want to think about giving it a shot, especially with it finally arriving home in the best quality it’s ever seen. For anyone already contemplating a purchase, this Blu-ray release of ‘Legion of Super Heroes: The Complete Series’ is definitely recommended.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Legion of Super Heroes: The Complete Series’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation on all 26 episodes with the show’s original 1.78:1 widescreen Aspect Ratio. The video presentations look fantastic as a whole and provide clean, smooth and richly detailed video presentations with vividly bright colors and detail on every episode of the series. They hold up beautifully even during the various fast moving and heavily populated sequences and aside from some occasional jittering and other minor elements that seem to be a result of the animation and not the transfer, they look quite marvelous. Overall, these are wonderful high definition video presentations from Warner Archive that should easily thrill fans of the series who have been awaiting its Blu-ray debut.
The Blu-ray release includes a lossless 2.0 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 26 episodes of the series. These lossless stereo soundtracks make a perfect complement to the impressive high definition video presentations, delivering crisp, clean and nicely balanced audio presentations on each episode. They allow the various characters, action elements and more to move between the two channels with a hard hitting clarity unlike the series has previously seen, capturing every booming explosion and bit of dialogue with a smooth perfection that never falters or allows one audio element to conflict with any others that might be occurring simultaneously. Overall, these are terrific 2.0 DTS-HD MA soundtracks that more than deliver in every necessary way and shouldn’t disappoint in the slightest.
Warner Archive Collection’s Blu-ray release of ‘Legion of Super Heroes: The Complete Series’ includes a couple of nice extras that fans should enjoy. Included on the release are ‘Audio Commentary with members of the cast and crew’ on both parts of the series finale “Dark Victory parts 1 and 2”, in addition to the Behind the Scenes Featurette ‘We Are Legion’ (running approximately 9 minutes in length) which includes insights into the series and its creation.