Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Justice League Crisis on Two Earths |
Actors: William Baldwin, Mark Harmon, Chris Noth, Gina Torres, James Woods
Directors: Lauren Montgomery, Sam Liu
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation
In a parallel Earth ruled by the Crime Syndicate, the Justice League must fight their evil doppelgangers in a battle that would be dead even, except that their malicious counterparts are willing to do the one thing Batman ... more »
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Gardner Fox won't be rolling over in his grave...
H. Bala | Carson - hey, we have an IKEA store! - CA USA | 02/21/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Parallel earths, an evil Justice League, and Batman being badasss... JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS gives the people what they want, and that this flick touts a PG-13 rating is yet one more treat. I've missed the Justice League since the series went off the air, and the solo adventures of Bats and Superman, Wonder Woman and GL are great, but I miss all the interaction.
The plot could've been convoluted, but the clear storytelling makes things easy to follow. It starts with a bare-nekkid Lex Luthor seeking help from the Justice League. Luthor claims to be from an alternate universe, one in which that version of the Justice League calls itself the "Crime Syndicate," and not because someone was trying to be ironic. The Justice League agrees to cross over to put a stop to their crooked doppelgangers, even though everyone's pretty suspicious, especially Superman (because it's still friggin' Luthor) and Batman, who decides to stay behind. I think I'll stop right there with the plot breakdown, other than to mention that, as it falls out, the stakes are much, much higher than mere world domination. The main bad guy spits at world domination.
The pace really moves. The story's good, and it's big in scope. I'm a sucker for mirror universes. But the highlights are the action sequences, thanks to some sharp animation and a pretty good voice cast (although, I miss Kevin Conroy's iconic timbre and I'm still not sure about Mark Harmon as Supes). There are several awesome battle royales, pitting the League against folks who can match and sometimes surpass them in power. Three pick of the pack moments for me: Aquaman actually not being a sissy; Wonder Woman demonstrating crunching warrior skills in her scuffle with Superwoman; and Batman's extended contest of brawn and wits with Owlman. Owl Man, by the way, is about as dangerously unbalanced as they come and in him, Batman finally meets someone who not only can outfight him but is even more detached than he is. James Woods is superb as Owlman. I mentioned earlier that I love that the Dark Knight comes across as a bad mofo here, clearly the underdog in his tussle with Superwoman and then with Owlman, until he applies the underhanded technique of trickeration on them. And - maybe a SPOILER alert here for the rest of this sentence - for someone who doesn't believe in killing, Batman sure has no qualms about offing off two of the more noticeable villains.
It's fun, also, to see how familiar faces are presented in this alternate reality, and can you identify each side character? That's not a Barsoomian; that's an alternate J'onn J'onzz with four arms. On the other side of that coin, I like that they've put the "real" Martian Manhunter in his more updated, much cooler threads. But poor Harley Quin...
Other than the absence of Kevin Conroy and perhaps the presence of Mark Harmon, the only other beefs I have - and they're very minor - concern Ultra Man speaking like a two-bit thug. I dunno, maybe I expected more gravitas coming from the most powerful despot on the planet. And I don't know that the unlikely romance which surfaces halfway thru the film doesn't feel like a filler.
Also on this DVD is the first in a series of animated shorts which will hopefully go on to feature the more obscure DC superheroes. DC SHOWCASE, in its debut, presents the Specter. This 12-minute-long short reeks of that film noir vibe, bolstered by a first person narrative and a funky 1970s-type opening score. Set in Los Angeles, police detective Jim Corrigan investigates the murder of a film producer. If you're not familiar with the Specter and his gristly brand of justice, then you're in for a treat and for a great reveal at the end. Even if you're already down with the supernatural, pasty-skinned Spirit of Vengeance, this short is still very well done, with excellent near-anime and sometimes purposely scratchy visuals and outstanding voice work done by Gary Cole and Alyssa Milano, who plays a femme fatale role.
What I've got is the two disc set. Disc 1 has the feature film, the Specter short; an exclusive first look at the next direct-to-DVD film from DCAU, BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD, and previously released first looks at three other DC Universe Animated Original Movies: GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT; SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES, and WONDER WOMAN: THE AMAZON PRINCESS. There are also trailers for HALO LEGENDS and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE. Disc 2 has: "DCU: THE NEW WORLD" - a 26-minute-long segment in which several of DC's creative forces discuss the evolution of the modern-age superhero and the relevance of a shared superhero universe, from when Superman first appeared with Batman & Robin on the same cover in 1940 to ALL-STAR COMICS #3 and the JSA's debut, from CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS to IDENTITY CRISIS and onwards. Also here are two bonus episodes from the JUSTICE LEAGUE television series, the pivotal classic two-parter "A Better World," a parallel Earth story in which Superman finally frags Luthor and what happens after that."
The Strongest Movie yet
DC_Fan_52 | Texas | 02/25/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having bought the other six movies and enjoyed them to varying degrees, this latest entry into DC's Direct-to-DVD Library is the strongest entry so far. The plot is very strong, characterization spot-on, and the voice-work is close to perfect.
Now, I say close to perfect, because as you may be able to predict, Billy Baldwin is a weak Batman. His voice just sounds wrong coming out of the Dark Knight. Thankfully, Batman doesn't talk much. And the characterization is so perfect. Superman is leader-ish. Wonder Woman has the right kind of spunk. Martian Manhunter is reserved. Flash is playful. And Hal Jordan just blends into the background. Just like in the comic books!
I'm just ribbing you GL fans.
Like all Crisis stories, this is a visual treat. I love spotting all the alternate versions of characters we know. Evil Elongated Man, Evil Vixen, Evil Black Canary, Evil Jimmy Olsen, and "Superwoman's Three Made Men." they make me smile. And the Crime Syndicate is a good set of villains. Owlman and Superwoman steal the show, but Ultraman has his moments. Johnny Quick, too. Power Ring, eh, not much. But, its a great plot, with great pacing for the action, and it's funny! I love it.
I should mention that this is NOT an adaptation of Grant Morrison's "JLA: Earth-2." Other than a good Lex Luthor asking the JLA for help, and Owlman and Superwoman being an item, this DVD and that book are nothing alike. It's apples and oranges. Maybe because it's not an adaptation that this DVD is so strong. When you have to adapt from another medium, you have to sacrifice something along the way, to the detriment of the piece. Having this written specifically for a movie dodges the "Oh, you have to read the Graphic Novel," excuse that some of the other DTVs suffered.
EXTRAS on this Bluray are pilots for the Linda Carder - Wonder Woman TV series, and the Aquaman TV pilot, that spun-off from Smallville, this is exclusive to the Bluray edition.
Four episodes of Justice League: A Better World, parts 1&2 (AKA the Justice Lords episodes). And Exclusive to the Bluray: Twilight, parts 1&2 (AKA, when Superman fights Brainiac and Darkseid).
What is the first in a series of animated shorts, DC Showcase Presents - The Spectre, a 10 minute cartoon. It's good to see obscure characters given a spotlight. Nice and simple. Can't complain.
A documentary, DCU: The New World. It looks at the creation of Identity Crisis going into Infinite Crisis. As a person who has read all of what they're trying to describe, I found this Doc to be very "airy" - lots of big words, without actually telling me anything. Something about how 9/11 changed everything, BAM - Identity Crisis. Very disappointing. JL: The New Frontier still has the best extras.
And a First Look at DC's next Animated Project - Batman: Under the Red Hood. Which, in my opinion, is looking great.
Plus "Looks" into GL: First Flight, Wonder Woman, and S/B: Public Enemies, pad-out the rest of the disk.
A really good feature. Some decent extras. The only thing I miss are the commentary tracks. I found the bluray for the same price as the 2-Disk Edition, so it was a no-brainer which to pick: I get the the Wonder Woman and Aquaman pilots, plus Twilight 1&2 in the bluray. Enjoy, and I'll see you at Batman: Under the Read Hood."
DC is Winning the Direct-to-Video War (v. Marvel)
D. Glassner | West Hollywood, CA United States | 03/02/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although both Warner/DC and Marvel/Lion's Gate have had their missteps, DC is definitely winning the direct-to-video war in terms of quality. The feature here is full of beautifully orchestrated and designed fight scenes (even if perhaps at the sake of plot) reminiscent of the best moments of the Justice League series. The new character designs look great and classic, although some of the original voices are to be missed. WB is very smart to be staying very close to Bruce Timm's established DC Animated Universe with their releases ("Gotham Knights" not withstanding). It automatically lends anything done in this style a deserved sense of pedigree.
For once, some of the "Added Value" material actually ADDS value.
Bonus "Spectre" short is nothing short of amazing and wonderfully original. (A+++++)
Four great episodes of the original Justice League. (Two 2-Parters.)
Pilot of live-action 70's "Wonder Woman" has apparently been remastered for HD. Looks very nice.
Great A-List Voice talent.
No Kevin Conroy, et al.
Encode/video quality of the Justice League episodes is sub-par and WORSE than standard definition DVD. (All black ink outlines are terribly blurred & jagged.)
Some added value already released on previous WB/DC animated releases.
A Fun Romp Through Dimensions.
Underground Reborn | ny | 03/05/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Justice League has done it all in the DCAU. Saved the world from alien attacks, saved other worlds in need of help and even saved themselves from the people they have sworn to protect. Now, they face something new. What would you say if you suddenly visited by your arch enemy claming he is from another dimension, and in his world he is a good guy?! Well, in Bruce Timms newest DCAU film, `Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths' Superman, Batman and the other JL members will find out.
The whole `Crisis' Story line has a grand history in the world of DC comics. From the Silver Age all the way to the mid 1980s there was a great deal of confusion around the story arcs of the heroes we have grown to love. DC had a great answer, let's bring all these arcs together, say they are all from different Earths in different dimension and kill as many characters as we can. The `Crisis' story in this film is actually one of the very first that has been re-visited a few times in the past 25 years, and for a 78 minute movie it is also one of the simplest to follow. That is a big plus for fans of the DCAU who might not be knowledgeable on the Crisis Lore. So the JL are visited by a good Lex Luthor who tells them about a world where the super powered men and women just happen to be the bad guys and what is worse, they like to kill. They are pretty much the JL through a broken mirror and Lex has no choice but to bring the good guys from another world to his to win the day.
I have been a fan of the DCAU for a while and so far I have enjoyed all the Warner Premiere films they have given us. Crisis was a fun movie to watch. While the character development was nowhere in sight it was a blast. I think that this film was made more for the comic fan. You know your characters you know the Crisis lore, just sit back and enjoy. What character development they did show in this film was done very well. Martian Manhunter had a great role to play, while he was not part of a great deal of the action. The voice acting was top notch. It was a little discomforting at first to hear Batman with a slightly higher pitch than normal, but the Batman persona was still there and at times he even made me laugh. Mark Harmon was great as Superman and Gina Torres was deliciously evil as Superwoman. Still, by far the best acting came from James Woods. Owlman was a villain that kept everything low pitched and emotionless. That is the kind of villain that becomes very frightening because the mystery leads to extreme unpredictability.
DC fans are gonna love this film, especially with all the surprises that are thrown in. You are going to see a few additional familiar faces and a few new faces that are going to make love it even more. This one made me very happy because it was taken from a story I wanted to see brought to the DCAU and the next film, is based upon the aftermath of `Death In The Family', another story I wanted to see. Take the time to see this movie, and make sure you see the two disc addition so you are able to see the DC Showcase short of `The Spectre'