Green Lantern - First Flight [Blu-ray]
(Lauren Montgomery, 2009)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video:Warner Home Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 17,838,455,731 bytes
Feature Size: 17,838,455,731 bytes
Video Bitrate: 16.52 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 28th, 2009
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Video codec: VC-1 Video
Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1749 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1749 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
• Behind the Story with Geoff Johns (10 minutes in SD)
• Superman/Batman: Public Enemies First Look (7:49 in
Description: When pilot Hal Jordan accepts a mysterious, powerful ring from a dying alien creature, it transforms him into a Green Lantern - one of an elite force of heroes. These heroes patrol the universe to ensure peace and justice under the leadership of the Guardians of the Universe. Unsure of their newest recruit, the Guardians assign Hal to their most-honored Green Lantern Sinestro for training, unaware that Sinestro wants to overthrow the Guardians and create a new order he'll control. It's a battle of might and willpower as Hall must prove his worth by defeating Sinestro to save the Green Lantern Corps.
Fresh off her triumphant solo directorial debut of
Wonder Woman, Lauren Montgomery shifts gears from Amazons and
mythology to intergalactic intrigue as the director of Green Lantern:
First Flight, the fifth in the ongoing series of DC Universe animated
original PG-13 movies.
This animated Blu-ray offers a very satisfying visual appearance. If you are a fan of this style this Blu-ray will result in an impressive image. There is hardly a pixel out of place and aside from, what I can judge as, some very minor 'jaggies' I'd say it is perfect. Colors are vibrant and pure - being digital animation - noise is non-existent and overall the image shows a tightness and pure visage that one can sometimes swoon. Ex. contrast and colors balance aggressively producing beautiful background as well as expectantly competent foregrounds. This really does look fabulous - if you are an aficionado. Hopefully the, clickable, full resolution captures will bear this out. I have no complaints whatsoever and can't imagine dual-layering it or increasing the bitrate beyond the mid 20's would do extravagantly more in terms of the image quality. It probably excels over the SD-DVD in terms of color brilliance but I don't own to compare. (appropriately this is repeated word-for-word from our Wonder Woman review)
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The TrueHD 5.1 at 1749 kbps doesn't have a ton of punch. If I'm comparing to the other DC Universe animated original movie series (of which I believe this is the fifth) I'd guess it was perhaps the weakest of the bunch in regards to audio. Certainly stronger and more dynamic than DVD but the lower end doesn't grab you with deep bass rumbles although effect noises certainly exist occasionally protruding the rear speakers. There are optional subtitles in English only and, like the other Warner Blu-ray offerings, my Momitsu has identified this as being region FREE!
No commentary available but a healthy list of SD features that may be the best selling point to the disc. With Bruce Timm's 5 favorite Lantern episodes from the Justice League animated series running almost 2 hours alone it's quite a package although nothing appears to be in HD. I wasn't aware that there was an entire 'Duck Dodgers' series - cool! The 25-minute 'I Am the Ring' discussion of myths and heroes is quite good and worth indulging in the speculations. the previews are decent too. This disc is quite stacked with supplements and, for the most part, they give solid enjoyment.
July 20th, 2009
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible
Samsung HPR4272 42" Plasma HDTV
Gary W. Tooze
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