Sunday, July 26, 2009

Green Lantern: First Flight Blu-ray Review

Green Lantern: First Flight Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 16.6 GB
Film Size: 11.4 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: Free


Clip From The Film:


Packaging:

Green colored 1-disc Blu-ray case with glossy slip cover.

Video
Green Lantern comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. Warner has finally delivered, an animated release free of the issues featured on previous DC Comics releases. Wonder Woman looked fine and quite good at times, but it suffered a bit of banding and had more than a few jaggies throughout. I'm happy to report that Green Lantern is not only free of banding and annoying jaggies, and is much sharper and clear than I had anticipated.

Colors were absolutely fantastic, black levels were as solid as can be, and the animation looks beautiful on screen. It really doesn't get much better than this considering the animation style, I won't give it a 10/10 as there are better looking animated releases on Blu-ray, but this certainly is the best to date from DC Comics. 9.5/10.

Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included and was somewhat disappointing. It actually felt quite cheap, with tacky effects and weak surround use. Dialogue was crisp and clear, and the film's music came through fine. The film has quite the epic feel, but the surround track just didn't enhance the experience much. The mix is just fine, but it lacks the punch that I was hoping for. 7.5/10.
Extras

Green Lantern: Behind The Story With Geoff Johns (8:42) (SD)
Geoff Johns talks about capturing the perfect form of The Green Lantern in his writing.

I Am The Ring (22:30) (SD)
All about the famous Green Lantern ring and it's popularity.

Sinestro (4:02) (SD)
A feature about The greatest Green Latern gone bad.

The Guardians Of The Universe (3:40) (SD)
A look at The Green Lantern Corp. and the significance the council of elders have.

Blackest Night: Inside The DC Comics Event (8:52) (SD)

Duck Dodgers "The Green Loontern" (22:20) (SD)
Looney Tunes cartoon starring Daffy Duck and Porky Pig.

Bruce Timm's Top Picks: Green Lantern (SD)
Five episodes featuring Green Latern selected by Bruce Timm, the included episodes are 'Once And Future Thing Part 1,' 'Once And Future Thing Part 2,' 'Hearts And Minds Part 1,' 'Heart And Minds Part 2' and 'The Return.'

A First Look At Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (7:50) (SD)
Promotion for Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, coming soon to Blu-ray high-def.

From Graphic Novel To Original Animated Movie - Justice League: The New Frontier (10:45) (SD)
Promotion for Justice League: The New Frontier, available on Blu-ray high-def.

Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess (10:26) (SD)
Promotion for Wonder Woman, available on Blu-ray high-def.

Batman: Gotham Knight - An Anime Evolution (10:11) (SD)
Promotion for Batman: Gotham Knight, available on Blu-ray high-def.

Digital Copy Redemption Code
A code is included to redeem your Windows Media only Digital Copy of Green Lantern: First Flight.

Blu-news Summary
The Green Lantern was definitely a nice surprise, especially considering that I'm not the greatest fan of this type of animation. The film is fun but can also be taken a bit more seriously than I expected it to be. It's the type of film that both kids who love superheros and adults who grew up with the comics will enjoy. The film's PG-13 rating allows the film to hold nothing back as far as action goes, which gives it more of a feel that comes with live action super hero titles.

The Blu-ray release easily trumps the DVD release with a perfect high-def video presentation, and a decent audio track. There are quite a few extras, although all of them are in standard definition. The Green Lantern on Blu-ray is 'Worth A Look.'

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