Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wonder Woman Blu-ray Review

Wonder Woman Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 17.7 GB
Film Size: 11.3 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: Free

Video
Wonder Woman comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The presentation is slightly disappointing, but I can't say it was bad either. The film isn't the most impressive technically, with what I feel to be weak animation. The outlines of the characters held up pretty well, but weren't as strong as I would have liked. There was also noticeable banding at times. Colors were vibrant, and the presentation does feature quite a bit of 3D pop. Other than the mentioned issues I had, it was still overall fairly nice. 7.5/10.

Audio
Warner has included 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track, which was both surprising and pleasing. The audio track is actually significantly better than the standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track also included. Dialogue is nice and clear at all times, but the star of the show is the action. The action sequences are quite impressive, with both the film's music and violence. The weapons in the film sound clear and agressive, and travels throughout the front speakers. The audio never expands too much into the surround area, but I was still very pleased. 8/10.

Extras
Digital Copy (Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media)

Behind The Story:
Wonder Woman: A Subversive Dream (25:33) (SD)
Wonder Woman: Daughter Of Myth (25:36) (SD)
Commentary by Senior VP Creative Affairs, DC Comics Gregory Noveck, Producer Bruce Timm, Director Lauren Montgomery and Writer Michael Jelenic

Additional Extras:
A First Look At The Animated Feature Film: Green Lantern (10:11) (SD)
From Graphic Novel To Original Animated Movie-Justice League: The New Frontier (10:43) (SD)
Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess (10:24) (SD)
Batman Gotham Knight: An Anime Evolution (10:11) (SD)

Bonus Episodes: Four Of Bruce Timm's Picks Featuring Wonder Woman
Paradise Lost: Part 1 (21:20) (SD)
Paradise Lost: Part 2 (21:55) (SD)
To Another Shore (22:43) (SD)
Hawk And Dove (22:45) (SD)

Included is a digital copy for fans of the film, as well as a couple of featurettes about Wonder Woman the character, and what she did to change the superhero genre. A few extras are just promotional material for other animated releases, but they are still welcome. Last but not least we get four episodes picked by Bruce Timm that feature Wonder Woman, which was a nice addition.

Blu-news Summary
Wonder Woman was a decent adventure that should definitely please fans of the character. The story was well paced and written, and I was kept entertained. My biggest issue was actually with the voice cast, as a lot of it actually sounded pretty cheesy and awkward. It actually was so bad at times it took away from the scenes, but what's done is done. The film is better than I thought it would be, but overall it's forgettable.

The Blu-ray release is good, featuring an overall nice video presentation, pleasing audio, and a good amount of extras. The Blu-ray release is 'Recommended For Fans', to all others I would 'Give It A Rent.'

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