Movie Review: WONDER WOMAN: COMMEMORATIVE EDITION (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.

WONDER WOMAN: COMMEMORATIVE EDITION was directed by Lauren Montgomery from a story by Gail Simone and Michael Jelenic and features the voice talents of Keri Russell as Diana/Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion as Steve Trevor, Alfred Molina as Ares, Rosario Dawson as Artemis, Virginia Madsen as Hippolyta, David McCallum as Zeus, Marg Helgenberger as Hera, Oliver Platt as Hades, and Vicki Lewis as Persephone.

On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength – Diana. When U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a World War that will last for centuries and wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It is up to Diana to save her people and the world – by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman!

The movie begins long before Diana is even born/created and shows the how the war with Ares got started and then how the Amazonian princess was created. The movie fast forwards and shows Diana as a young woman who is full of curiosity about the outside world and once Steve Trevor accidentally crashlands his jet on the island, it sparks even more of her curiosity. Steve is the first man/person from the outside world who she’s ever met and it doesn’t take long for the two to hit it off. There’s definitely some chemistry between them. Anyway, she earns the opportunity to escort Steve back to the outside world and this is where her first real adventure really begins because Ares finds a way out of his prison on Themyscira and declares war on Earth. Diana shows that she’s ready for battle as she and her Amazonian sisters go to war with the God of War in an epic battle to free the world from his evil threat.

Okay, I really enjoyed this modernized animated version of Wonder Woman which shows her origins and how she came to be the superhero in the suit. The movie also spends a good amount of time on the other Amazonian warriors who all play an important part to the story and we get to know them a little more as well. The story was fantastic and really interesting as well as the style of animation that was used. I like it how DC and WB will change up the animation styles for their movies. I also really like how the Greek mythology is mixed in with the story of Wonder Woman and how she even came to be. It’s not your normal childbirth, that’s for sure! As interesting as the story is, the movie itself is also an action-packed watch that never stalls or slows down from beginning to end. Another big standout in the movie is the talented voice cast assembled and they all did a really good job with their characters.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The discs also include the movie logo and some uncolored artwork of the superhero. Inserting each 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 like this animation style for this movie and the sound is great so crank it up when you press play. I didn’t have any issues at all with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, this Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition was a really exciting watch and I now see why it’s one of the best animated adventures to come out of the impressive stable from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. I’m also really glad Warner Bros. decided to give this one an encore release and honor the world’s greatest female superhero because I missed it the first time around. Oh and there’s also some great extras included on this encore release. Something else I like and always pay attention to are the people involved with these DCU movies and it’s always familiar names which mean they keep it in the family. That’s why these animated adventures are always so much fun to watch is because the people behind them are the same talent that’s been cranking them out from day one and I appreciate that. This DC Universe Original Movie releases on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on May 16th and is definitely worth checking out. This is perfect timing for this re-release to get us ready for the live-action Wonder Woman movie that arrives this summer.  #WonderWoman75

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 74 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! There’s over an hour of extras that include three in depth featurettes, a sneak peek at the next DCU animated adventure and some commentary from the creative team.

  • Featurette – What Makes A Wonder Woman: For 75 years, Wonder Woman has resonated with audiences because of her loving nature and quest for truth. Hear some of her biggest fans and fellow creators discuss how her qualities have crafted her into the icon we know today. (10:06)
  • 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)
  • Creative Team Commentary: Scene and film analysis by producers Bruce Timm & Gregory Noveck, director Lauren Montgomery and screenwriter Michael Jelenic.
  • Featurette – Wonder Woman: A Subversive DreamA definitive look at a psychologist’ s dream, and the rich history of one of the pillars of DC Comics. (25:36)
  • Featurette – Wonder Woman: Daughter of MythThis revealing documentary explores the archetype and tradition of the female DC Comics Super Hero. (25:40)

 

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