Movie Review: Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition (4K Ultra HD 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: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition was directed by Ethan Spaulding from a script by Heath Corson with a voice cast that includes Matt Lanter as Aquaman, Sam Witwer as Orm, Jason O’Mara as Batman, Christopher Gorham as Flash, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Jerry O’Connell as Superman, Sean Astin as Shazam, Sumalee Montano as Mera, Sirena Irwin as Queen Atlanna, and Harry Lennix as Manta. Executive producer is Sam Register and James Tucker is supervising producer.

In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition, Cyborg discovers an imminent threat in the depths of the oceans so powerful that it rallies together the newly formed Justice League. Meanwhile, wandering thousands of feet above the ocean floor is drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers who may be the last chance to bridge the ancient Atlantean world with our own. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of DC’s Justice League must band together as they face off against warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds. In this all-new epic adventure from the DC Universe, mankind’s only hope of escaping from the darkness lies with the guiding light of a man – Aquaman!

When Cyborg goes on a solo mission he discovers this mysterious underwater threat that ends up attacking him and this is how the superheroes first come together to form the Justice League. The movie centers around Arthur Curry,  a half-Atlantean prince who lives on the surface but has the powers of an Atlantian but he doesn’t know about his heroic heritage just yet. What happens is. the power hungry Orm (aka Ocean Master) kills Queen Atlanna and claims the Throne of Atlantis where he declares war on the surface.

Orm’s whole sick and twisted idea is to attack the surface and destroy it before it destroys all ocean life.  Orm leads an assault with the sinister Black Manta and a legion of sea warriors and creatures against the newly formed Justice League that comes together to protect the surface from this new attack. Arthur gets a lot of help from Mera in this adventure of self-discovery where he ultimately puts a stop to Orm’s attack and takes what’s rightfully his – the Throne of Atlantis – plus he joins the Justice League.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The UHD disc is black and features the movie logo and the Blu-ray disc features some etched artwork and the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. 4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc features Dolby Vision HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame. The picture and sound quality for this UHD release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

Bottom line is, it’s perfect timing for this Commemorative Edition release for Justice League: Throne of Atlantis to get everyone ready for the big screen live-action Aquaman movie. This feature-length animated adventure from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment not only serves as sort of an origin story for the Justice League but it also gives the aquatic superhero his own coming-of-age arc as the central character who ultimately discovers his heroic roots. I liked the story for Throne of Atlantis and thought the voice cast did a really good job with their characters. The only thing I really didn’t like about the movie is the updated animated style for these characters because it’s more of the New 52 look and I’m more of an old school fan myself. Besides that, the movie is full of action and I love the personalities and attitudes all of these wonderful comic book characters bring with them to the screen. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition is now available on a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD). Remember to watch all the way through the end credits!

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 72 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Editioncontains two all-new bonus features, along with special features from the film’s original release:

  • Aquaman: The New King (NEW featurette) – An immersive look at Arthur Curry’s evolution from guardian of the ocean to the King of Atlantis and key member of the Justice League. (14:50)
  • Audio Commentary (NEW) – Renowned former DC Editor and current Creative Director of Animation Mike Carlin, Creative Director of Animation, and Throne of Atlantis screenwriter Heath Corson share their insights into the legend of Aquaman.
  • Scoring Atlantis: The Sound of the Deep (Featurette) – Every great film needs a great musical score. Filled with emotion, music takes us on a dynamic journey as we adventure with the hero. Throne of Atlantis takes us on that quest through the eyes of Arthur Curry. (30:05)
  • Robin and Nightwing Bonus Sequence – Producer James Tucker provides video commentary for this exciting bonus sequence where Robin and Nightwing join forces. (03:50)
  • Throne of Atlantis: 2014 New York Comic Con Panel – The entire, lively one-hour panel discussion between actor Matt Lanter, producer James Tucker, screenwriter Heath Corson, character designer Phil Bourassa and dialogue director Andrea Romano. (26:44)
  • Villains of the Deep (Featurette) – From Ocean Master to Black Manta to King Shark, each villain operates from his own deep sense of conviction, presenting an incredible challenge for the hero in Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman. This documentary goes into the biographical details of the villains. (11:33)
  • Throne of Atlantis Soundtrack – Listen to the entire feature-length soundtrack from beginning to end. (1:12:06)
  • A Sneak Peek at The Death of Superman – The Death of Superman is widely considered one of the most popular stories in the Superman canon and the DCU. This sneak peek at the exciting new film discusses the story and its place in pop culture. (07:06)
  • A Sneak Peek at Reign of the Supermen – An exciting look at the new film which brings the epic and emotional story of a world without the Man of Steel to life. (09:33)
  • Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault:
  1. Batman: The Brave and the Bold, “Aquaman’s Outrageous Adventure!” (22:55)
  2. Batman: The Brave and the Bold, “Evil Under the Sea!” (22:53)
  3. Aquaman, “Menace of The Black Manta” and “The Rampaging Reptile-Men” (14:41)
  4. Justice League Unlimited, “Far from Home” (22:59)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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