The fabric of intergalactic justice is threatened – until Hal Jordan arrives for his initial mission – in the animated Green Lantern: First Flight, the fifth entry in the popular DVD series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies. A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the illuminated hero’s first-ever full-length animated film is set for release by Warner Home Video on July 28, 2009. Green Lantern: First Flight will be available as a special edition 2-disc version on DVD and Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def for $29.98 (SRP) and $34.99 (SRP), respectively, as well as single disc DVD for $19.98 (SRP). Order due date for all versions is June 23, 2009.
Acclaimed actor Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) fills the lead voice of Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern. Meloni is joined by fellow Emmy Award nominee Victor Garber (Milk, Titanic) as the villainous Sinestro, Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as the voice of Boodikka, and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs) as Kilowog.
Produced by animation legend Bruce Timm, Green Lantern: First Flight is helmed by heralded director Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Superman Doomsday) and scripted by four-time Emmy Award-winning writer Alan Burnett (The Batman).
Green Lantern: First Flight finds Hal Jordan recruited to join the Green Lantern Corps and placed under the supervision of respected senior Lantern Sinestro. The earthling soon discovers his mentor is actually the central figure in a secret conspiracy that threatens the philosophies, traditions and hierarchy of the entire Green Lantern Corps. Hal must quickly hone his newfound powers and combat the treasonous Lanterns within the ranks to maintain order in the universe.
Green Lantern: First Flight – 2 Disc Special Edition versions will include incredible bonus features such as:
Over three hours of extra content
Digital Copy Download
Two Episodes of Justice League hand-picked by animation legend Bruce Timm
Green Lantern: First Flight Blu-Ray versions will include all the great extras as the 2-disc
Special Edition as well as an additional two episodes of Justice League picked by Bruce Timm.
“Warner Premiere along with our partners at DC and Warner Home Video has enjoyed great success with the DC Universe titles, and we’re proud to present this first feature-length animated Green Lantern film,” said Diane Nelson, President, Warner Premiere. “‘First Flight’ is a compelling story and a great vehicle to tell this iconic character’s story to both new and longtime fans.”
“In all of his incarnations, Green Lantern has stood as a fan favorite, and Warner Home Video is excited to provide fans with the character’s first full-length animated adventure,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing. “Green Lantern was the perfect hero to follow movies featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the entire Justice League.”
“Warner Bros. Animation is known for creating outstanding animated properties and has a legacy built upon some of the greatest characters ever imagined,” said Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth, who also oversees television animation for the Studio. “Producer Bruce Timm and his creative team continue that rich tradition with this terrific DVD feature.”
“As one of the true core DC Super Heroes, Green Lantern has captured the imagination of pop culture enthusiasts with his illuminatingly human approach to justice throughout the universe,” said Gregory Noveck, Senior VP Creative Affairs, DC Comics. “Alan Burnett’s script captures the essence of DC’s canon of Green Lantern tales, and provides a fine launching point for future stories with this character.”
Apart from this animated release, Warner Bros. Pictures is currently in pre-production on a new “Green Lantern” theatrical motion picture, to be directed by Martin Campbell, bringing the popular DC Comics super hero to the big screen for the first time.
Green Lantern: First Flight Single Disc, 2-Disc Special Edition and Blu-Ray will be extensively marketed with a national TV, online, print, and radio media campaign.
Green Lantern: First Flight – Single Disc
Street Date: July 28, 2009
Order Due Date: June 23, 2009
Languages: English and Spanish
Audio: Dolby Surround Stereo
Runtime: Estimated 75 min.
Price: $19.98 SRP / No MAP
Green Lantern: First Flight – 2 Disc Special Edition
Street Date: July 28, 2009
Order Due Date: June 23, 2009
Languages: English and Spanish
Audio: Dolby Surround Stereo
Runtimes: Disc 1 – Estimated 75 min.
Disc 2 – Estimated 180+ minutes
Price: $29.98 SRP / No MAP
Green Lantern: First Flight – Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def
Street Date: July 28, 2009
Order Due Date: June 23, 2009
Languages: English and Spanish
Audio: Dolby Surround Stereo
Runtimes: Disc 1 – Estimated 75 min.
Disc 2 – Estimated 210+ minutes
Price: $34.99 SRP / No MAP
About Warner Premiere:
Warner Premiere is Warner Bros. Entertainment’s new direct-to-consumer production company focused on the development, production and marketing of feature-length content, as well as short form digital content for the growing home entertainment market. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-DVD business and the digital space, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.
About Warner Home Video:
With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
About DC Comics:
DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site is located at http://www.dccomics.com.
GREEN LANTERN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.
About Warner Bros. Animation:
Warner Bros. Animation has been producing award-winning original animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, “Sinkin’ in the Bathtub.” Since then, Warner Bros. Animation’s characters have set the standard for innovative, quality animation. Producing for network and cable television, online, home entertainment and feature films both domestically and internationally, Warner Bros. Animation is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as maintaining the studio’s rich cartoon heritage. Warner Bros. Animation also oversees the creative use of, and production of animated programming based on classic animated characters from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries. Warner Bros. Animation is one of the most honored animation studios in history, garnering a grand total of six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, a Humanitas Award, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).
By now anyone who’s been paying attention(no one but me and Joe that I know of), DC has a history of making awesome animated projects(not even going to talk about the clusterpuck that was Gotham Knights). They’ve covered two of the DC Trinity (Bats and Supes) individually with Wonder Woman only getting a smaller part in NEW FRONTIER. With WONDER WOMAN we finally get this classic characters solo story. When I started to watch the movie I was instantly surprised that they decided to go with a much more violent Amazon…by surprised I mean happily surprised. The movie opens up with the God of War, Ares(Alfred Molina), taking on Hippolyta(Virginia Madsen) and the amazons in full scale battle. The fight is shown in all it’s violent glory, we get to see Artemis(Rosario Dawson) reveal in the blood lust and Ares and Hippolyta’s son slaying Amazons with ease. Here’s where we get to the first of two big decapitations.
DC has always had some of the best fight scenes in animation, look at any of their cartoons and the fights always have a sense of scale and importance. Wonder Woman has that in spades, even when WW is fighting one monster in the streets of DC it still feels like an epic battle. When during a battle against some enemy, Col. Steve Trevor(Nathon Fillon) crashes onto Paradise Island we get to see Diana(Keri Russell) get a chance to become the representative of the Amazons to the world(by secret of course). Of course Trevor has a thing for Diana, we can’t just have it be about Diana becoming Wonder Woman and stopping Ares from destroying the world. To be honest this movie isn’t the greatest Wonder Woman story ever told, as a character she hasn’t been known(to me) to have that one great story like the death of Superman. I hate to say it about the most well known female characters in comics but to me I’ve only ever really enjoyed her in JLA issues or team ups with Batman or Superman. I’ve read her book off and on as long as I can remember but I usually lose interest when it gets boring. What this movie did was help me remember that Wonder Woman is a really interesting character when examined as a character whose both warrior and peaceful in the same breath.
CHARLES’ GRADE: A
PROS: STORY DOESN’T OVER STAY IT’S WELCOME, THE USUAL AWESOME DC ANIMATED FIGHT SCENES, GREAT VOICE CAST
CON: WONDER WOMAN AND AMAZONS FIGHTING IN DC AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND SUPERMAN DOESN’T AT LEAST MAKE AN APPEARANCE…I KNOW IT’S ALL I COULD THINK OF I REALLY LIKED THIS MOVIE.
So I watched both the ‘Hulk Vs.’ movies this morning and have to say I wasn’t too impressed by either. While the Wolverine is the better of the two it’s still pretty average. I hate to say it again, but Marvel’s animated movies have either sucked or been average for years. Out of all the movies they’ve made I’ve only really liked one. So How would I fair going into this one hoping to finally get one I could rave about?
With the Wolverine movie I kept wondering why characters were acting in odd ways. By that I mean, Sabertooth and the rest of Weapon X know they can’t kill Wolverine for good but they keep using it as a threat. I mean they know this guys just survived fighting the Hulk and they still put on some kind of nonsensical bravado about their prowess. The movie was bloodier than I expected, but not insanely so. I found it hard to be anything other than a detached audience during most of the movie, because I forgot how many of Wolverine’s main bad guys have healing factors. I thought to myself, if one more person gets a limb chopped off and just puts it back on like nothing happened I’m going to scream. Also the odd sounds Lady Deathstrike made when she first stabs Wolverine were really creepy, it was as if she was getting off on it. Deadpool was the best part of the movie, but with him being known as “The Merc with a mouth” he didn’t talk nearly as much as I’m used to. Omega Red could have just not been in the movie for the amount of time he was off screen during fights. Just overall it was a “Meh” for me. I know the next time I see Joe he’s going to say I’m over critical but I just wanted a good fight Wolverine vs. The Hulk, but it wasn’t even remotely exciting. The fight between The Hulk and Wolvie in ‘Wolverine and The X-Men’ was better, and that one wasn’t very good. I love my Wolverine as a bad ass killing machine, but adding blood doesn’t make a good or even entertaining Wolverine story.
To even go into the Thor movie is painful, because it’s so bad. Now the odd thing is, I didn’t mind the “Thor Speak”. Considering they kept the “Ye’s” and “Thou’s” to a minimum. I’ve read quite a few Thor vs. Hulk stories and I’ve never seen him get the crap kicked out of him like that. I “loved” how Thor literally only gets in about three licks in during the first part of the fight and during the second fight he doesn’t even get a hand on The Hulk. Wow. Overall this DVD was a disappointment on every scale for me. I’d rather watch Ultimate Avengers 2, Invincible Iron Man, Next Avengers, or Dr. Strange and all those movies sucked.
Charles’ Rapid Fire Grade: D-(Hulk vs. Thor) and C-(Hulk vs. Wolverine)
Pros: The dialogue matched the mouth movement, The movies were fully colored, they had music
Cons: The movies
You guessed it, I am refering to the soon to be released Hulk Vs. Dvd featuring everyones favorite Canucklehead (Yea Charles I used it), and the Thunder God. After just watching both features I felt I needed to get in there before Charles and give my perspective. So Lets get to it.
Hulk Vs Wolverine
The DVD starts out already hot and heavy into the action which is always a great way to start off an animated feature. The fighting is bloody and brutal which surprised me at first, but not so much as what surprised me as when the fight went to round 2. Get this… WOLVERINE FINALLY USES HIS CLAWS!!! No posing with his claws to try an show how tough he is, no using his claws on doors, walls, gates, etc. Nope, he actually uses his claws to carve into just about everyone he fights in this. Apparently, Marvel finally got the memo and lets Wolverine really slice and dice the way we all had wanted him to. Now I’m not stupid, I know the rating on the shows and the rating on this DVD are way different and for that purpose alone they couldn’t have Wolverine being a butcher, but still its nice to see.
The 37 minute feature goes on to have a plot surprisingly, I originally thought it was just gonna be a slugfest. It involves alot of characters I never would have thought, including Professor Cornelius, Sabertooth, Deadpool(who is actually pretty funny), Omega Red, and even Lady Death Strike, as Logan-less Weapon X Team. Other characters are hinted but not revealed which is a pretty interesting way for Marvel to kind of bridge together them an Wolvie.
The DvD menu’s have nicely animated backgrounds, containing alot of character art and clips from the feature but thats really as glamorous as this dvd gets. Special features aren’t really anywhere to be found. No Hulk/Wolvie documentary, no art concepts, nothing of that nature. Just typical commentary and a trailer/sneak peak at the new Wolverine and the X-Men series which if you ask me and Charles could have been left out.
Hulk Vs Thor
Hulk vs Thor.. Well.. If your thinking that that title alone will inspire a jaw dropping, bone breaking, earth shattering, clash of the titans like battle… you are way off. Through means I wont divulge, Hulk finds his way into Asgard as a pawn in Loki’s scheme to destroy the Thunder God and quite frankly, almost does. Thor proves that when matched up to the Hulk, punching bag is as good a rating as he’s ever gonna get. Considering that Thor is Marvel’s answer to DC’s Superman this was extremely disappointing. Blondy gets in a couple of nice shots, but Hulk really wipes the floor with him. Oh and if you have a hatred for “Thor-speak” as our leader here at Tippingthescales.com does, thats gonna be another irritance. Considering they are in Asgard, thats the only way they talk.
The story continues through out Asgard and to hell and back (literally) as Loki and Thor team up to save the soul of Bruce Banner from Hella, Mistress of Hell. This part gets a little tense as we see things as Bruce would have liked them to be instead of as they are. That part touched me and I felt alot of sympathy for the character. The writers did a great job in that aspect, showing Hulk/Bruce banner as a brooding, conflicted, and sympathetic Hero. That was probably the best thing about this feature because the fighting certainly was not.
Again there is no bonus content to speak of on this feature either, aside from the well animated menu background and commentary. The feature is 45 minutes and probably so because of the extremely long intro credits scene.
All in all aside from missing bonus content, this really was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Sure the Thor fight was really lame but it wasn’t all bad. If you ask me this was Marvel’s answer to DC’s awesome Superman:Doomsday feature, and they did one hell of a job.
PRO: Wolverine uses his claws, Hulk is a sad man, Deadpool was funny.
CONS: Thor got his @$$ whooped, No bonus content.
With the holidays steadily creeping upon us I’ve been stockpiling certain shows to watch doing the Christmas lull(Heroes, Terminator, Grey’s Anatomy, BBC’s MERLIN to name a few), during this stockpiling I’ve freed myself up alot of time to watch some things I’ve been putting off for awhile. So here we go until early January when my viewing schedule is all filled up I’m going to do a Friday recap of what I’ve watched during the week.
First up is:
5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND
PLOT SUMMARY: A tale of two people, Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari, who were close friends but gradually grow farther and farther apart as time moves on. They become separated because of their families yet continue to exchange contact in the form of letters. Yet as time continues to trudge on, their contact with one another begins to cease. Years pass and the rift between them grows ever larger. However, Takaki remembers the times they have shared together, but as life continues to unfold for him, he wonders if he would be given the chance to meet Akari again as the tale embarks on Takaki’s realization of the world and people around him.
- I remember hearing about this when I randomly picked up a issue of ANIME INSIDER and the story kinda hit me in a very personal way. Cut to about a year later and I finally get around to watching it and I was blown away. The overwhelming sense of longing and heartache burst through every scene. I think that the overall silent quality of the film makes it that more engaging. The movie is broken up into three vignettes, the first deals with the two main characters as pre teens and their naive devotion to each other. The scenes of Takaki riding the train through the snow just to see Akari kinda breaks your heart. The second part actually changes up things alot because it’s mostly seen from the point of view of a classmate of Takaki who’s in love with him. Her pain at loving him, but knowing that he’ll never really look at her as anything other than a friend was hard to watch because you feel so bad for her. The third part is really short and shows Takaki as an adult who’s not happy with his current life and we also see that he and Akari don’t speak. This ending is what makes the entire movie. In most romantic dramas you want the two leads to get together that your willing to have the story go totally unrealistic just to please that base human emotion of longing. This movie is more Casablanca than 50 first dates and it’s that makes it more of a piece of realistic art than a fluffy romantic film. It feels like a novel more than a film with most of the dialogue occuring through letters and inner thoughts. If you haven’t seen this or much less heard of it, do yourself a favor and watch it.
check out the official website for the movie here
- Here’s where things get really weird…A couple years back I was watching this anime series called GENSHIKEN that is all about a group of Otaku who love this anime called KUJIBIKI UNBALANCED. On the DVD for Genshiken they added a couple little OAV’s for Kujibiki and it was awesome. On Genshiken the group would cosplay as characters from Kujibiki and they’d buy manga(in one case dirty manga) of the show and the normal nerd stuff. Then Kujibiki was a play on all the kinds of anime there are with young girls and weird plots, it was about a student council at a school that had to do all these tasks to stay in the school and it was crazy anime fun. Genshiken ended and I had moved on, until I heard that they were actually making episodes of Kujibiki Unbalanced to put on TV and DVD(here). Well I netflixed them and when I started to watch I was kinda shell shocked. As soon as it came on I knew something was up because it didn’t have that really addictive theme song from Genshiken. I shoulda known there to stop in my tracks but I kept watching and found something called Kujibiki Unbalanced that I had never seen before. The only couple of things they kept were the Student Counsel President’s weird choice in headware and the lottery. From there we get into a odd change of the guard. In this Kujibiki the kids are older, they’ve added quite a few characters, taken away the best designed character from the OAV’s and tweaked things about those who remained. Like I said certain things are the same, but with the changes the show is a little less wacky and weird. It’s still the usual anime level weird but it’s really bland now, it could literally be any anime with a nerdy guy surrounded by young girls. Now on the weird scale there’s something that even made me go hunh, the main character lives with his sister who for some reason spends all of her time trying to kiss and snuggle with him in her underwear…it’s really really creepy. The only thing keeping this slightly different Kujibiki on my que is the Genshiken OAV on the discs, otherwise it woulda been taken off post haste. I did like the previews for next episodes being done by the characters from Genshiken, and it was priceless when a few of the characters talked about how they didn’t like this new imagining of the show. Hilarious. Hopefully the next batch of Genshiken will come out soon and I can get the original Kujibiki Unbalanced back. Here’s hoping.
KUJIBIKI UNBALANCED OAV intro(from GENSHIKEN )
KUJIBIKI UNBALANCED TV intro
- I’m not gonna waste time putting up a summary for this movie because it is awful and easily forgettable. I only watched this because OLIVIA MUNN from ATTACK OF THE SHOW was in this. Well she was, and I’m never mad when I’m looking at her but man this movie blows. I even have to admit that I don’t mind Jesse Metcalfe on occasion but after seeing this I think I’m going to steer clear of anything else he’s the lead in. I also usually enjoy Peter Stormare because he’s weird but man he shouldn’t have been in this movie…or maybe he should have, I don’t know. I can’t hold this against Olivia, although she was pretty awful in it. I really feel bad holding this awful waste of space on any of the actors and I’m pretty quick to forgive actors, all you gotta do is put out a good movie and I’ll usually give you a pass(Not you Nicholas Cage, not you).
It’s safe to say that while MARVEL STUDIOS is doing pretty good work with their live action movies, they’ve never really brought that kind of quality to the animated ones(except The Ultimates 1st movie). On the other DC is destroying the competition with their animated offerings(BATMAN:GOTHAM KNIGHT not withstanding). Now with SUPERMAN and BATMAN and the whole DC UNIVERSE(circa the 40’s) getting the animated treatment, it’s time for WONDER WOMAN to get her shot. I’m excited because I’ve always liked her, although I waiver time to time with her solo series. I’ve heard some people not digging the way she looks(it’s not just you JOE) but I don’t see it. I like the way she looks because they’re actually giving her a recognizable face and not the two nostril slits that she’s had on her plain jane face during the TIMMIVERSE(the coined term for the Bruce Timm helmed DC animated series) years. Here’s the synopsis for the movie:
Wonder Woman begins on the mystical island of Themyscira, where a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons resides. They have raised Princess Diana, a daughter of stunning beauty, extraordinary strength and incredible fighting prowess. Diana possesses a host of super human powers granted to her by the gods and goddesses of Olympus and her strength and stamina are unparalleled. When Air Force 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 Amazons and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a world war that will destroy them all. It is up to Princess Diana to save her people and the world by using her gifts to become the ultimate Wonder Woman.
Oh what happened from BENDER’S BIG SCORE to now? I loved BIG SCORE, it was funny and although the time travel got a bit crazy it fit the Futurama crazy scale. When THE BEAST WITH 1.000 BACKS came out it took a hour and twenty minutes of awful to get to about seven minutes of funny. When I heard about BIG SCORE, I admit I was not too excited but hoped it would be better than the second Futurama movie. Well it’s not better, and it’s no where near as tight or good as BIG SCORE. The whole rambling plot of this, the third of four movies, switches between multiple threads. A Dark Matter shortage (totally transparent commentary on Big Oil)/Bender playing D&D which somehow breaks his imagination circuit(which they said he didn’t have earlier in the movie) so that he can’t tell real life from fantasy/ the strangely easily to figure out in the first hint at paternity of the third of Mothers children/ Lela’s anger issues which then turn out to not be a real issue/ and the professors drive to end the need to use Dark Matter/ another tidbit of Nibbler’s past/ and a jaunt in a alternate D&D reality. Wow, if that seemed odd and contrived…your correct. The story is so convoluted that it is almost unbelievable. The plot is almost impossible to follow, it’s not funny, it’s barely even a cohesive vision. The point they try to make early on in the movie is undone before the end of the movie. The professor is strangely cruel and even on a strange day out of character. I felt like it was a fan fiction from a D&D fan who had only seen passing episodes of FUTURAMA. While THE BEAST was totally awful, except the last seven minutes. BENDERS GAME takes the awful hour plus of The BEAST and tries to out do it, which it ultimately does.
PROS: The cartoons moved and were in color and the voices matched the mouths
CONS: The entire movie and the destruction of a once stellar show