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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze


Green Lantern - First Flight [Blu-ray]


(Lauren Montgomery, 2009)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Warner

Video: Warner Home Video



Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:17:35.984

Disc Size: 17,838,455,731 bytes

Feature Size: 17,838,455,731 bytes

Video Bitrate: 16.52 Mbps

Chapters: 9

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: July 28th, 2009



Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p

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)



English, none



• Behind the Story with Geoff Johns (10 minutes in SD)
I Am the Ring (22:31 in SD)

• Superman/Batman: Public Enemies First Look (7:49 in SD)
Sinestro (4 minutes in SD)
The Guardians of the Universe (3:50 in SD)
Three DC Animation Project Previews ( 11-minutes X 3 in SD)
Blackest Night (9 min SD)
Duck Dodgers in The Green Loontern (23:01 in SD)
Bruce Timm's 5 favorite Lantern episodes from the Justice League animated series (total of 1 hour 55-minutes in SD)
Digital Copy for use with portable device





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.



The Film:

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.

Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation are set to release the all-new Green Lantern: First Flight on July 28, 2009. The Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def edition, the special edition 2-disc DVD, and a single disc DVD will be distributed by Warner Home Video. The action-packed movie will also be available OnDemand and Pay-Per-View as well as available for download day and date, July 28, 2009.

Montgomery has been a central force within the DC Universe animated original movies, directing one-third of the series' initial film, Superman Doomsday, and wowing critics and fans alike with her solo directorial debut at the helm of Wonder Woman. With Green Lantern: First Flight, Montgomery takes the next step in her burgeoning career, directing the initial full-length story to feature the DC Comics super hero and an entire universe of fascinating characters. She is once again teamed with executive producer Bruce Timm, this time working from an Alan Burnett script that focuses on Hal Jordan's recruitment to the Green Lantern Corps and his discovery of a secret conspiracy that threatens its philosophies, traditions and hierarchy.

There is no rest for the weary. Though Green Lantern: First Flight has just completed production, Montgomery has already begun directing her next project - another upcoming DCU that you'll no doubt hear about in the not-too-distant future.

Excerpt from Animation Magazine located HERE



Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

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)














Audio :

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!




Extras :

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.



While I was pretty keen on Wonder Woman - the story here didn't grab me to full attention. I can't fault the visuals although I found the audio somewhat lacking. I was most sold on the entertainment value of the extensive extras and the Blu-ray has them comfortably on one disc. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood but, being a novice, found the feature pretty far out there story-wise - and less cohesive than I might have expected but I learned, and liked, the Green Lantern/Hal Jordan character much more than I did as a child. 

Gary Tooze

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.

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