Movie Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE (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.

JUSTICE LEAGUE is based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name. The movie was directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon and stars the famed lineup of DC Super Heroes: Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. The film also stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, J.K. Simmons, Amber Heard, Joe Morton and Ciarán Hinds as the voice of Steppenwolf. The score is by Danny Elfman.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

The super villain Steppenwolf arrives back on Earth and immediately begins recollecting the powerful Mother Boxes from the ones who imprisoned him thousands of years earlier. He has plans to destroy the planet once he retrieves the three Mother Boxes so it’s up to Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman to find a way and stop him. They quickly find out that they’re extremely outmatched and going to need some reinforcements so Batman comes up with a plan that might bring Superman back from the dead – and it works! Things don’t go too smoothly in the beginning between the Man of Steel and the JL but they do get their act together and finally get on the same page. Now that Supes has joined the team, the heroes begin to counter Steppenwolf and his legion of Parademons and ultimately defeat the super villain from Apokolips.

Okay, Justice League is a mixed bag of nuts and that’s how I’m going to explain it. I liked it more than a lot of the “professional critics” did because I don’t just look for the bad in everything like they do. This movie has a lot of good elements. I love the spirit of these characters and the actors did a great job with their performances. It was nice to see all of the familiar faces return to reprise the roles they had already established plus there were a number of new characters introduced in Justice League that hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of. All of the sets and locations were grand along with the impressive props – tech and gadgets. Zack Snyder’s visual style of filmmaking isn’t for everybody because he has always relied heavily on CGI and this movie looks like it has more than any of his others. Some of it looks good and some of it really doesn’t look finished. One thing is for certain and that’s the fact that there’s a lot of CGI in it! To counter that negative, there’s some beautiful cinematography in the movie. Justice League isn’t a great movie but it’s a fun watch and worth checking out. There’s also Danny Elfman’s fantastic score that really helps the movie plus he even gives a nod to those classic Batman movies he was a part of back in the day.

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 also features its own individual etched artwork. 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, Justice League was a fun popcorn movie that features this lineup of superheroes all together for the first time ever on the big screen. The story was okay at best but the characters were still all fun to follow – some more than others. The movie is a flawed watch but it still has its moments of excellence even though they are few and far between. Zack Snyder may have spent just a little too much time assembling the team and honestly that’s my biggest gripe about the entire movie. Well, that and the crazy amount of CGI used in it. Anyway, there’s a lot of cool action scenes that look really awesome in the movie and most of this takes place in the second half. Steppenwolf was a good villain for the team to go up against in their inaugural outing and we all know this is slowly leading up to a match against Darkseid – if the plans don’t get axed first. All of these DC movies have had their problems so hopefully they’ll keep moving forward and get the bugs fixed because there’s so much super powered potential brewing in the DCU. Justice League will be available on a Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on March 13th. Remember to watch all the way through the end credits.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 120 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

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

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! There’s over an hour of extras that include making of/behind-the-scenes featurettes, some bonus scenes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Road to Justice – Journey alongside DC comic creators as they explore over fifty years of the Justice League, from comic books to animated adventures to their cinematic debut. (14:10)
  • Heart of Justice – Discover the heart, soul and mind of the Justice League, as the cast and filmmakers share their admiration for DC’s iconic Trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. (11:52)
  • Technology of the Justice League – From Batman’s arsenal to Cyborg’s alien tech, interface with the Justice League database to learn their most advanced secrets. (08:14)
  • Justice League: The New Heroes – Join Ray Fisher on a personal tour to meet the newest members of the Justice League: Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg. (12:24)
  • The Return of Superman – Bonus scenes not seen in theaters (02:04)
  • Steppenwolf the Conqueror – Join actor Ciarán Hinds and the filmmakers as they reveal the story behind mankind’s ancient enemy and the Justice League’s greatest challenge. (03:03)
  • Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons – Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences (03:32)
  • Scene Studies: Wonder Woman’s Rescue – Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences (03:15)
  • Scene Studies: Heroes Park – Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences (04:42)
  • Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle – Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences (03:32)
  • Suit Up: The Look of the League – Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson explores the innovation and artistry that goes into creating the costumes of DC’s iconic heroes. (10:21)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

 

 

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