258 of 266 people found the following review helpful
Justice League - The Complete Series is a 15-disc collection comprised of the following:
Justice League - Season One
Justice League - Season Two
Justice League Unlimited - Season One (Actually JLU S1 & S2) (aka JL S3 & S4)
Justice League Unlimited - Season Two (Actually JLU S3) (aka JL S5)
The first 15 episodes of Justice League Season One were originally released separately on the single-disc volumes Secret Origins,Justice on Trial,Paradise Lost (all on June 1, 2004) and The Brave and the Bold (October 19, 2004). Also available on the 4-disc JL Season One set released on March 21, 2006 featuring all 26 episodes (multi-part arcs) in Full-Frame (1.33:1) video with following seasons to be in widescreen as originally animated; plus a host of special features.
The final 3 episodes of Justice League Season Two were originally released separately (before ever airing on TV) on the single-disc volume Starcrossed: The Movie (July 13, 2004) in Anamorphic Widescreen. Also available on the 4-disc JL Season Two set released on June 20, 2006 which oddly featured all 26 episodes (multi-part arcs) in non-Anamorphic Widescreen; plus special features.
6 episodes from the first half of Justice League Unlimted Season One were originally released separately on the single-disc volumes Saving the World (February 15, 2005) and "Joining Forces" (September 20, 2005). Also available on the 4-disc Anamorphic Widescreen JLU Season One set released on October 24, 2006 which (despite the "Season One" box title) actually contains both JLU Seasons One and Two (each 13 episodes) featuring extras covering only the first half of the 2 in 1 season set with the following season set to include the missing bonus material.
The final 13 episodes of Justice League Unlimited were only released on the 2-disc Anamorphic Widescreen JLU Season Two set released on March 20, 2007 featuring the extra sorely missed from the previous set, "Cadmus: Exposed" which resolved the discussion on the popular series story arc; plus other bonus material.
For the Complete Series release, Warner Home Video has lovingly repackaged from the separate season sets all 91 episodes and respective special features (in respective aspect ratios) on 15 single-sided DVDs (including a brand new bonus disc) all in an exclusive collectible box set that does justice to DCAU's League of Extraordinary Superheroes.
Special Features include:
New Bonus Disc Documentary "Unlimited Reserve: Exploring the Depths of the DC Universe".
Commentary on 8 episodes with Series Creators: "The Enemy Below Part 2", "Legends Part 2", "The Savage Time Part 2", "Twilight Part 2", "A Better World Part 2", "Starcrossed Part 3", "This Little Piggy", "The Return".
Featurettes: "Inside Justice League", "The Look of The League", "The Blueprint for Justice", "Justice League - The First Mission", "Voices of Justice", "Justice League: Declassified", "And Justice for all", "Themes of Justice", "Cadmus: Exposed", "Justice League Chronicles", Music-only audio track for the final episode "Destroyer".
Easter Egg: "Not too Savage", a Deleted Scene with an introduction by producer Bruce Timm.
Two large and sturdy digipaks - one for "Justice League" featuring Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman cover art identical to the outer case, and one for "Justice League Unlimited" featuring Red Tornado, Dr. Fate and Aquaman cover art - inside an outer case.
Bottom Line: Highly recommended, especially for fans who don't own any of the previous season set releases. To fans that already own the previous releases, just know that aside from the bonus disc documentary (and the convenience of complete series packaging) all of the disc content are the same as the previous releases before you decide.
122 of 124 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2010
This is a fantastic series, and a well put together collection. Be warned, especially if you are watching it for the first time. In this particular package, Vol. 1 contains seasons One and Two of "Justice League Unlimited," and Vol. 2 contains seasons One and Two of "Justice League." The events of "Justice League" take place BEFORE the events of "Justice League Unlimited," but the two volumes are numbered in the opposite order. If you've seen the series before, it doesn't make a particular difference, however, if you are viewing the series for the first time, make sure to watch Vol. 2 first to keep from having plot points spoiled.
67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2010
This collection is a repackaged version of all four seasons of the Justice League animated series (Justice League and Justice League Unlimited). While existing owners will find no real incentive to acquire this set, those who have been holding off, will find that this set is the best value. It comes in a a single collectors tin, which itself houses two plastic cases that hold the first and second series respectively. There are booklet inserts in each case, which detail the contents of each disc.
Some reviewers have complained about the fact that the discs are a bit difficult to remove. This is true to a degree. If you attempt to remove the disc from only one side, you will be applying a great deal of stress on the disc. It is suggested that you remove the disc by pulling from more than one opposing side. It is also true that your box set is likely to have the incorrect liners and artwork, included with each box. You will have to swap out the covers for volume one and volume two, so that they go with Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, respectively.
As for the show itself, it is by far the most complex, engaging and deep of the DCAU programs. Not that I am diminishing the importance of other Timmverse cartoons (Batman, Superman, Batman Beyond), but Justice League really takes things a step further by introducing over-arching plots that extend for the entire season and not just a few episodes. The show blurs the lines of good and evil and is in the least, a powerful representation of what American animation is like. In a time where American youth are more obsessed with foreign cartoons (See: Anime), it is nice to see something so dynamic and culturally significant. Fans of animation will enjoy this set, but DC comic fans will absolutely love it.
107 of 119 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
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This set comes with all episodes of JL and JLU clocking in at 90 episodes. For $60, it is less than a dollar per episode, which to me is a good deal. There are a couple of things that hold this set back from being a must buy. First, as other have mentioned, the volume 1 discs are in the volume 2 box and vice versa. Nevertheless, it can be remedied by switching the "pages" which hold the DVDs. My issue is there are 2 plastic things that hold the dvd pages together and to the spine of the box. One of these plastic things was missing and since it didn't appear in the box, I thought it was broken but sealed up anyways.
Second, the second season of JL is presented in matted widescreen format. This means that the black bars appear at the top and bottom but the 4:3 aspect ratio is kept. On a 4:3 TV, this is fine. On a 16:9 TV, which I believe are all HDTVs, it is a bit distracting. Although, I suspect that with a good upscaling dvd/blu-ray player, this point might be moot.
Third and lastly, which annoyed me, there are two episodes that are switched on JLU season 1 disc 4. The episodes are Hunter's Moon and Question Authority. Chronologically, Hunter's Moon comes before Question Authority. Even in the booklet that it comes with lists Hunter's Moon first. When it is played, Question Authority comes before Hunter's Moon. Normally this would not be a problem, since most JLU episodes are stand alone versus the 2 episode format of JL. !!!SPOILER ALERT!!! However, Question Authority is the first episode in the CADMUS/Brainiac arc. So at the end of this episode, when Superman and Capt. Atom are about to fight, it "cuts away" to Hunter's Moon! I was surprised and perplexed. I don't know if I got a bad print run or what, but this was the reason that prompted the review.
Nevertheless, this is still a good deal. As mentioned before, a dollar per episode is my threshold to buy animated box sets, american or japanese. The issues outlined above might be enough to dissuade someone to wait for the inevitable limited edition and/or blu-ray print runs. For me, it wasn't enough to return it. There are still 3 discs left to view, both discs of JLU season 2 and JL season 2 disc 2. This review will be updated if those discs have anymore surprises.
SETUP:PS3 Slim to HDMI Audio/Video splitter to (video) 42" Panasonic Viera CCFL 60 Hz LCD and (audio) Sony HTDDW790 (cheap 5.1 HTIB, but audio for the set is only dolby 2.0 so I doubt it matters)
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2009
I grew up on Super Friends and the orginal JLA, but it was geared toward me and my current age at that time. This series hooked myself and my 3 year old. Which says alot for the story writing and character highlights per episode. very complex story arcs give it the feel of prime time shows, without all the tired wit. It's made for kids, plain and simple, but this series does it right with such a range, you not only enjoy the show, it's not a guilty pleasure. The animation really hasn't dated itself either. They stayed on the cutting edge of the day to give this series a more lasting look. Some of the 3D sequences are slightly aged, but easily over looked. Pit against Superman or Batman: the animated series, this is easily the best one. Each is good in it's right, but if i could choose one, this is it. Not only do you get the same amazing voice talent (Batman), the stories are so rich and varied, you find yourself never bored with the series.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2011
One of the most epic and groundbreaking shows...with some of the most disappointing moments.
Season 1 of Justice League was clearly a warm up. Some good moments and interesting plots. Not being the world's biggest fan of over the top sci-fi (a city of gorillas for instance) they actually added enough drama to keep me interested. Cliched dialogue is laced throughout but character dynamics are starting to hatch. Luthor gets together a team of super baddies that actually feels motivated by more than just "We shall rule the world! Bwahahahaha!"
Season 2 was when things really picked up. The wide-screen format makes for a more mature presentation (somehow those magic bars make things look more professional) and the emotion of these characters takes center stage over the sci-fi gimmicks that would be ridiculous without any grounding. More adult themes and innuendos are slipped in particularly with Green Lantern and Hawkgirl's relationship (it shouldn't work...but it does somehow!). Sadly, one of the few duds in this batch is the episode with the Joker and the Royal Flush Gang, which is the most lackluster Joker since the nightmare that was "Christmas with the Joker" in Batman TAS. Brainiac and Darkseid make appearances in an awesome story. Oh yeah and the Justice Lords rock! The three part season finale, Starcrossed, could have been a typical alien invasion story but betrayal, police state themes, and ultimately the expulsion of a Justice League memeber (who is it?..I won't say...even though Bruce Timm gave it away on the special features of Season 1...the jerk) make for an epic story that would have been the perfect ending to the show.
BUT there was more. Justice League Unlimited changed the format to keep the show from getting stale. While sometimes convoluted and rushed, the one part episodes make for quicker stories that can introduce new characters for the sake of one story then discard them to background roles for the rest of the show (Hawk and Dove, anyone?). The characters that do survive more than one story (Green Arrow, Black Canary, THE QUESTION!) are deservedly given bigger roles in the Cadmus story arc that combines shadow government themes with whodunnit suspense. While not as engaging as JL season 2, the new Cadmus story arc proves that this show can still far surpass most action shows aimed at kids.
Then there was JLU Season 2. The creators thought they were going to be finished with the show and put all their creative energies into Cadmus. Then Cartoon Network asked for one more season from producers who thought they were done...it shows! Season 2 has the feeling of a VERY disappointing sequel. The only episodes worth bothering with are The Great Brain Robbery (Flash and Luthor swap brains...comic gold!) and the last two episodes of the series (even then they have their lousy moments).
So in closing, there's enough great material here to merit buying the complete set BUT if I were you I would wait until you can find one for cheaper than what they're asking as I write this. I got it new for the cheapest I could find on the web (I won't tell you exactly how much...but it rhymes with "pixty-five") and that was probably about fair. I'm just saying it's not SO amazing that you can't wait for a better price.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
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This is a great set which includes all episodes of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. The picture quality and packaging are all good. I only have a few small complaints about the package.
There is no English subtitles for one. I normally watch TV at night at lower volume and prefer to have subtitles on. We also use it to help our kids with their reading skills. There are no subtitles on any of the disks.
As previously mentioned there is also two episodes that have been switched which can cause some confusion when watching in order without previous knowledge.
All in all it is a good set at a great price. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2012
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This was probably the best super hero cartoon ever made. Stories are decent, characters are fascinating, the dialogue ranges from gut wrenching to hilarious, and the plot and vocabulary aren't dumbed down for children. I've always been of the opinion that things we expose our children to should stretch their minds not shut them down. (That being said some parents may want to screen some episodes. There is some slightly adult humor.) And the best part? There are several episodes with more than one Batman, all of which are voiced by Kevin Conroy. (The voice of Batman in The Animated Series.)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2009
Join Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter, and Hawkgirl for the ultimate superhero adventure. If you thought Batman: The Animated Series or The New Batman/Superman Adventures was good, then you haven't seen anything until you've checked out Justice League. It's difficult to explain just how awesome this series is in words. Probably the best way to sum it up is this: Justice League is the best superhero show ever.
Instead of leaning on cheesy one-liners and adolescent sidekicks who hang around just to teach viewers life lessons, Justice League cuts to the meat of storytelling with imaginative plotlines ranging from alien attacks to government conspiracies and realistic adult characters who mature both as a crime-fighting team and as friends as the series progresses. Instead of being a group of chummy friends, the heroes of Justice League don't always agree with one another, sometimes have trouble working with one another, and periodically leave and re-enter the plot -- each time with evidence that something happened to them in the interim.
In the beginning, the Man of Steel himself becomes a symbol for world peace, only to find out in an alien invasion that he can't save the world by himself. He enlists (well, as much as you can enlist) Batman and frees The Martian Manhunter, who then recruits newcomer Wonder Woman, an Amazon Princess named Diana, a wise-cracking Wally West, also known as The Flash, the militant Green Lantern, John Stewart, and the hot-headed, intelligent alien Shiera, also known as Hawkgirl.
Justice League: The Complete Series consists of 14 discs containing 91 episodes from both the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated TV series, plus a bonus 15th disc that includes a great feature with the creators of the series reflecting on the Justice League, the DC Animated Universe, the show's Super Friends origins, and how this series has changed the face of the superhero TV show. Other bonus features scattered throughout the collection include director's commentary on select episodes, behind the scenes features, and trailers for upcoming DC animated universe features.
This collection brings together every Justice League episode into a wonderful collector's edition in a sturdy tin with gorgeous character artwork. Inside the tin all of the discs are separated into two volumes, one with Justice League and the other with Justice League Unlimited. Both volumes have spectacular character cover art.
This series is perfect for die-hard fans or fans who have not yet purchased any of the previous Justice League DVDs. However, if you've already bought the DVDs, then Justice League: The Complete Series doesn't offer anything new beyond the bonus disc's short feature. In fact, it looks like WB just took the previous releases and smashed them all together and didn't even bother to change the artwork on the discs, booklets or the content of the discs themselves. Aside from the compilation and collector's aspect of the collection, it feels like WB got a little lazy and thought they could cash in on this franchise one more time. Despite that, Justice League is still the best superhero show ever made, and this is the best collection of Justice League out there.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2013
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Item was received as expected in great condition, no complaints and as you probably already know, this is a great series, one of the bests and comes with every episode of justice league and justice league unlimited. I am very pleased with this product and the service provided by amazon.
PS : If you like the show but for whatever reason don't necessarily want to buy it that much, its on Netflix ( Yes the entire series in full screen; well I think its in full screen).
This item is sold on a discounted price a few times. I got mine for $44 and it normally says $71 so if you can wait I would advise doing that. But that's just my opinion.