Movie Review: AQUAMAN (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

AQUAMAN is based on characters from DC created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. The movie was directed by James Wan from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall. The story is by Geoff Johns, Wan and Will Beall. Aquaman stars Jason Momoa in the title role, with Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman, Ludi Lin and Temuera Morrison also starring.

The Atlantean child Orin, son to the Queen of Atlantis (Nicole Kidman), was abandoned as an infant and left to die; however, he was rescued and raised by a kindly lighthouse keeper. The keeper (Temuera Morrison) adopted the boy as his own son, renaming him Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa). Able to survive the harshest depths of the ocean and on the surface world above, the child of two worlds grew to be a hero to both eventually returning to Atlantis to become their King in addition to being a founding member of the Justice League as Aquaman!

We got a brief introduction to Aquaman in 2017’s Justice League that left us wanting more of this character and this movie gives us some backstory along with his first stand-alone adventure. Arthur Curry has already been introduced to the world as this aquatic “wild man” superhero and here he goes up against Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who blames Aquaman for his father’s death so he’s out to get revenge. There’s also King Orm (Patrick Wilson), Arthur’s half-brother who has a sinister plan to declare war on the surface.

What happens is, Arthur gets some help from Mera (Amber Heard) and the two set out on a globetrotting adventure in search of the legendary Trident of Atlan that will assist him in claiming the throne of Atlantis because it’s his destiny. Orm believes he is the worthy heir to the throne and doesn’t think his half-blood brother deserves it at all. Arthur’s adventure turns into an epic journey of self-discovery that allows him to confront his enemies and match Orm’s military might with his own massive army of marine life and sea creatures. In the end, Arthur shows the entire underwater kingdom that he’s got what it takes to be a true leader and the real King of Atlantis.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc has an aqua finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast watching Aquaman that’s easily my favorite of the DC movies. It’s amazing how this character, that was once made fun of, has become a super cool hero to the masses. Aquaman started getting some different looks in the comics a few decades ago but what Jason Momoa has done for the character is just plain awesome. I first got excited about this movie when I heard that James Wan was going to direct it because he knows how to tell a great story and wow did he deliver with this one. There’s also the interesting story and incredible cast to go along with Wan’s skilled vision as a master storyteller. Adding to that, there’s also the crazy cool action scenes as well as the incredible special effects that are visually stunning. The underwater worlds created for this movie are beautiful. This is a really fun comic book movie about self-discovery that has left this geek with a big smile on his face. Aquaman will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on March 26th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 133 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen ( 1.78:1 and 2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: Widescreen ( 1.78:1 and 2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras feature over 60 minutes of bonus content that include making of and behind-the-scenes featurettes, cast and crew interviews, an exclusive sneak peek for Shazam, scene breakdowns and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Going Deep Into the World of Aquaman (19:28)
  • Becoming Aquaman (13:03)
  • James Wan: World Builder (07:42)
  • Aqua Tech (05:42)
  • Atlantis Warfare (04:40)
  • The Dark Depths of Black Manta (06:39)
  • Heroines of Atlantis (05:31)
  • Villaneous Training (06:21)
  • Kingdoms of the Seven Seas (06:59)
  • Creating Undersea Creatures (07:15)
  • A Match Made in Atlantis (03:12)
  • Scene Study Breakdowns
  • Exclusive Sneak Peek of Shazam! (03:27)
  • Digital Copy
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