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Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics [Blu-ray]

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Necessary Evil: Villains of DC Comics (BD)

THE JOKER, LEX LUTHOR, CATWOMAN, DOOMSDAY, BANE. What makes them so thrillingly watchable? So terribly wonderful? So extremely vital to our super heroes and their worlds? This new feature-length documentary explores these questions across seven decades of DC Comics' hallowed Rogues' Gallery of infamous evildoers. Narrated by esteemed film villain Christopher Lee,examines the tortured psyches of your favorite animation, comic book, game, TV and feature film baddies – both from the past and into the future – against the backdrop of culture, history and society. Insights from famed creators and storytellers, including Zack Snyder, Guillermo del Toro, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns and Richard Donner, shine a fascinating light on those malevolent, charismatic characters who thrive in the dark. PREPARE FOR DIABOLICAL DELIGHT!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Christopher Lee
  • Directors: Scott Devine, J.M. Kenny
  • Writers: Scott Devine, Jack Mulligan
  • Producers: Scott Devine, J.M. Kenny
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E4Q6U82
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,712 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
First off, to the reviewer that stated that you will hate this movie, they were clearly wrong. No where did it ever state that this was a new 'movie', it has always been listed as a DC documentary. Ok that is off my shoulders.

Next up this video is fantastic in my opinion, yes it is a lot of talking and over readings but it gives you an insight into the DC Universe that probably is seldom seen. It is well written and choosing Christopher Lee as the narrator was a brilliant stroke. It really goes into the depths of evil villains of the universe and even goes into the cross over of how the heroes become villains and vice versa. This is well worth money if you are a true DC geek like me, it was a wonderful thing that they put together and gladly goes on my shelf beside all my other DC Blu-Rays.
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Format: Blu-ray
This is a bit of a niche documentary, seeing as you have to at least be somewhat familiar with the DC universe to fully enjoy it. It sort of skims the surface of the history of DC's villains and how they've evolved over time to continuously challenge their heroic counterparts. I only wish that they had tightened their scope and focused on a smaller set of well known villains to fully explore their histories. I'm familiar with many of the characters in DC's rogues gallery, so I still had a good time watching it, but I guess it wasn't exactly what I was expecting.
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Format: Blu-ray
This is a pretty good documentary about villains and how they define and/or compliment their respective heroes. I felt it seriously needed a little more focus in some areas and since there's no special features, it feels like it's missing maybe some form of villain encyclopedia of the relatively few mentioned villains (mostly the mentioned one's are the primary nemeses of DC's top heroes) and the people we see discussing the villains.
Overall I almost wanted to four star this, but I couldn't because of one celebrity. Literally every single time DC overrated (once he was great but he's as bland as Marvel's Bendis now) superstar Geoff Johns appears to discuss a villain, this huckster does not technically offer insight into the psyche of the villain, or the villain's motivations, but he simply discusses that said villain is intriguing because "there's a moment where [villain] did [action] and it's a great moment". The moments of greatness from the villain is inevitably not something fantastic but a moment or origin Geoff himself actually wrote in so it's a bit of fanfiction self service in my opinion. The villains he discusses are Black Manta, Sinestro, the Aquaman race he created for New 52, Amanda Waller (who is definitely nit really a villain to my knowledge), Flash's Rogues, and several others. Taking into account Zoom (Reverse Flash II), Darkseid, and one or two other brief notes from other creators, this documentary should have been called "Necessary Evils of Geoff".
That said it's not truly awful and the end talks about the lukewarm New 52 (painted as loved of course) and the then planned currently in the process "Forever Evil" event (I kind of laughed at the part about Rogues writing their weapon abilities on their DNA, because Forever Evil undid that part when the film released).
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As a lifelong fan of comic books I was excited to see this DVD. It was enjoyable but thought it could have gone more in-depth on the most important villains to their creation, motivation, and importance to comic books and society. A good watch but missing magic.
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Format: Blu-ray
Brilliant and insightful interviewees offer a range of views exploring the nature of supervillainy and why we respond to them as we do. A lot of writers, some artists, some movie people, and a couple of psychologists offer a variety of ideas that really address more than our interest in fiction. It addresses our feelings about evil itself. All the examples come from DC Comics, of course, but their ideas relate to any kind of supervillains and quite a few real world criminals, but especially the supervillains.

Well done!
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By John on October 26, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This documentary goes thought the greatest villains of DC. It talks about the villains motives, how they relegate to the hero, and a lot of other stuff. Whether your a fan of DC comics or new this video has everything you could hope for. Very entertaining.

How could you go wrong with this being narrated by Christopher Lee?
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This is a good documentary of how we love to hate out super villains and why they are as necessary in society as super heroes. Don't worry though this is far from all academic. It has great action in it as well. Recommended.
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This documentary is not for everyone. You need to be a little bit familiar with the DC universe to enjoy it. I enjoyed watching it, but it wasn’t exactly what I expected.
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