Movie Review: Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Deluxe Blu-ray Giftset
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract was inspired by the 1984 DC story arc from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. The animated adventure was directed by Sam Liu from a screenplay by Ernie Altbacker and features the voice talents of Sean Maher as Nightwing, Stuart Allan as Robin/Damian, Taissa Farmiga as Raven, Jake T. Austin as Blue Beetle, Brandon Soo Hoo as Beast Boy, Kari Wahlgren as Starfire and Gregg Henry voices the villainous Brother Blood. The voice cast also includes Maria Canals-Barrera as Jaime’s mother, Meg Foster as Mother Mayhem, Crispin Freeman as Speedy, Masasa Moyo as Bumblebee, David Zayas as Jaime’s father, Jason Spisak as Kid Flash, and Kevin Smith as … himself. Christina Ricci and the late Miguel Ferrer join the already established Teen Titans voice cast as Terra and Deathstroke, respectively.
Led by Starfire, the Teen Titans – Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin and the just-returned Nightwing – have built a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil; but their newest teammate, the mysterious, and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows – both waiting to pounce. Ultimately, the Teen Titans will need to battle their enemies and their own doubts to unite and overcome the malicious forces around them, in this twisting tale of intrigue, adventure and deception.
The opening scene for Teen Titans: The Judas Contract goes back five years and shows how Starfire came into the fold. Then it fast forwards to present day where the superheroes are now a fully formed and experienced team – with a little attitude. The story focuses on Terra, the newest member and she’s a hothead who comes with a few secrets. What happens is, two new adversaries arrive in the form of Brother Blood and Deathstroke and the team has to go up against each of these villians. The thing about Deathstroke is the fact that he comes with a few new surprises of his own this time around and the team doesn’t see it coming. The Teen Titans are taken by surprise and it takes some heavy maneuvering, smarts and team work to take down this new threat and the twist that comes with it.
Okay, I absolutely loved the storyline for this one. We’re all familiar with the Teen Titans and are even used to the silly shenanigans and attitude that comes along with them. Each team member has their own unique personality and brings so much to the table. Some characters are super serious while others are as silly as they come, well one in particular. Hello Beastboy! Each member of the team has something to offer in this story – there’s relationship issues, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption that the team has to deal with in this action-packed outing with heart. That’s what makes these animated adventures so enjoyable is the fact that you care about these characters and what they’re going through. This one is a tragic tale that ultimately has a happy ending.
The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. Each disc has a little color coded artwork 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-defintion disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Down below, I’ve also included an image of the outershell of the Deluxe Blu-ray Giftset that features a window display so you can see the figurine that’s included with this set. These Limited Edition sets are numbered on the bottom.
Bottom line is, I had a blast watching Teen Titans: The Judas Contract and honestly it’s one of the better DCU originals and all of them have been pretty freaking awesome so far. I really like how Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment take some of these classic stories (like this one) and make a movie out of them and it’s all done so well. Many of these DCU movies come with their own unique animation style and this one has more of the Americanized Manga look to it. Simply put, it’s updated for the new generation and completely different from let’s say, Batman: The Animated Series which has a style all its own. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract also features more of an edgy and adult storyline so there a few “bad words” spit out throughout the watch. It’s nothing shocking or anything like that but I thought I’d let you know. All in all, this was a great watch from beginning to end and is right up there with the rest of my personal favorites. That’s how much I liked it! This Limited Edition Deluxe Blu-ray Giftset will release on April 18th and comes highly recommended.
Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Run Time: 84 Minutes
Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 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! This release includes several behind-the-scenes featurettes and sneak peeks at upcoming animated projects. There are also two Teen Titans episides included. You can see the full list below.
- Sneak Peek – Batman and Harley Quinn: Sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, Batman and Harley Quinn, featuring the talented creators and voice cast. (09:08)
- Featurette – Titanic Minds: Wolfman and Perez: This revealing documentary explores a creative partnership that has lasted decades as Marv Wolfman and George Pérez come together to discuss their careers and one of the most famous runs in Teen Titan history, The Judas Contract. (27:35)
- Villain Rising: Deathstroke: When the super-soldier Deathstroke appears, the forces of good will be in the fight of their lives. This short featurette reveals the origin and unique abilities of this villain. (09:00)
- Sneak Peek – Superman/Batman Public Enemies: Lex Luthor has become President of the United States and something sinister is going on. It’s up to Bats and Supes to team up and save the day. (07:48)
- Sneak Peek – DCU: Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox: Barry Allen and time travel, need I say more? (10:39)
- From the DC Comics Vault – Two Bonus Cartoons: Teen Titans, “Terra” (21:43) and Teen Titans, “Titans Rising” (21:56) – These are only available on the Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset and Blu-ray Combo Pack.