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In an alternate universe, an heroic Lex Luthor battles to save his planet from an evil variation of the Justice League! Now, to save his earth, Luthor enlists the Justice League from his universe's Crime Syndicate, a gang of villains with superpowers evenly matched with those of the Justice League. And in the ultimate battle of good versus evil, not only the fate of two earths hangs in the balance, but also the continuation of all existence!]]>
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I have noticed that there have been many reviewers who've said that they don't have a point of reference for this film. First, I will provide the background, then I will give my review of the film.
This film is loosely based on the 1999 graphic novel "JLA: Earth-2" by Grant Morrison, Mark Waid in the 2003 and the 1980s "Crisis on Infinite Earths" mini-series by Marv Wolfman. Both feature a group of supervillians from an alternate universe intermittently referred to as the Crime Syndicate who are the polar opposite of the Justice League.
The core of the group features the following characters:
1. Ultraman -- Superman's counterpart; he was an ambitious astronaut who had a space shuttle accident. Aliens discovered and saved him from his near fatal wounds. Their medical assistance, while sparing his life and giving him superhuman powers caused him such post-operative stress that it destroyed his mind. When he returned to his Earth, he started his reign of terror. His deadly sin is Anger.
2. Owlman -- Batman's counterpart -- both Batman's and Owlman's relatives were brutally murdered when they were very young. While Batman made the decision to hunt down and capture criminals, Owlman learned a different lesson from this traumatic event. He identified with his murderous oppressors and became a head of organized crime in Gotham City. His deadly sin is Envy.
3. Power Ring -- Green Lantern's counterpart -- The premise of the Green Lantern is that a brave, worthy soul is chosen by a ring and he uses said ring as an instrument of justice. Conversely, Power Ring's ring, Volsthom, is subtly in control of its host and uses its human vessel for its own ends.Read more ›
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Pretty good action and great way to update on the newest movies coming out!Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
What Batman did at the end was pretty cool. He saved our Flash.Published 2 months ago by Kevin J. Willis
Once again DC dominates the animated outings. My son had been wanting this since it came out I finally surprised him and he loved it.Published 2 months ago by R. PETTEYS
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Peekablue you are absolutely right. Kevin Conroy should be the only voice EVER allowed to do Batman! No one else is capable of getting it right. But then I'm kind of a Batman snob myself, so that's just my opinion.
Jan 31, 2010 by veja_1 | See all 13 posts
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runtime: 72 minutes
that is pretty silly.
Jan 29, 2010 by Jimmy Smackenblacken | See all 8 posts
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I am sick of hearing people complain about others who review a product before its DVD release. Most DVD releases have either been seen on VHS, TV or the big screen (or a combination of same) at least once before the DVD release. As far as the extras go, there are websites (and sometimes offline... Read More
Feb 21, 2010 by Eric Pregosin | See all 6 posts
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That is not like Amazon. Are you sure you ordered directly from them? I have gotten most of my preorders from Amazon anywhere from the day before the street date to the week after (on days they take the free shipping plan literally). Then there is the old volume of Classic Star Trek, that I... Read More
Jun 19, 2010 by Eric Pregosin | See all 2 posts
Yeah, I really wish I'd found this post first.
Apparently, only the WB releases with a dedicated Digital Copy disc is compatible to iTunes/iPods/iPhones anymore?
Feb 27, 2010 by Skotti Kimble | See all 3 posts
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