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Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics [Blu-ray] (2013)

Zack Snyder , Guillermo Del Toro , Scott Devine , J.M. Kenny  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Zack Snyder, Guillermo Del Toro, Kevin Conroy, Richard Donner, Andrea Romano
  • Directors: Scott Devine, J.M. Kenny
  • Writers: Scott Devine, Jack Mulligan
  • Producers: Scott Devine, J.M. Kenny
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2013
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: October 25, 2015 (Click here for more information)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E4Q6U82
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight To The DC Villains October 29, 2013
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been more focused October 31, 2013
By Ozzy
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for comics' greatest villains November 23, 2013
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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved It. October 26, 2013
By John
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary about how to be super bad January 10, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I LIKED IT January 5, 2014
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I'll be honest I thought about giving it a 3 but for some reason I felt it deserved a 4. I like the fact that they actually took the time to create a movie dedicated to super-villains; however I felt like everything was rushed. And they could have dug a little deeper on each character. I knew I was going in to hear about the usual suspects (on the cover) but I really wanted them to showcase their enthusiasm with some of the lesser known villains as well. I wanted more conversation and depth to Black manta and Cheetah. I also wanted other villains to get mentioned like Gentleman ghost or Ocean master, Despero and Catman just to name a few....hell they didn't even mention Gorilla Grodd. Villains aside I thought the narration was perfect and the choice to showcase all the characters at random made it feel as though there was no villain truly greater than another. All in all it's a great documentary to not only witness these iconic characters explained in a different light but also the film gives you first hand the type of effect these characters of the DC universe really have on people and fans as a whole. When you watch it be sure to look at the reactions of the creators and writers of the universe. Their excitement and enthusiasm alone is enough to show you. For a documentary they really get into it. Honestly I'd do the same.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars comic book fan
This is a awesome history for DC comic book fans to watch. It was also nicely priced which doesn't hurt either.
Published 11 days ago by Curtis Long
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay.
Worth seeing once, but not worth buying. Unless you are a DC super villain fanatic I wouldn't recommend buying this.
Published 18 days ago by Joshua
5.0 out of 5 stars Very dark and not for the timid
Very intense short summary on what makes a hero a hero. Yep, it's the bad guys, the ones you thought had no motivation. you know, the ones you love to hate. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Calvin B. Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome sauce
I highly I mean HIGHLY recomend this DVD. Especially if you like the DC universe and its villains., and the extras are good too.
Published 1 month ago by The Biz
1.0 out of 5 stars The disc was not what I expected....
I thought this was an animated movie about super-villains of DC Comics - but all it was is the producers, directors, the artists etc.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Evil: Super-Villians Of DC Comics
This movie is awesome. I learned a lot about my favorite villains from dc comics. it has a good insight about the most fearsome and feared villains. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, insightful.
Brilliant and insightful interviewees offer a range of views exploring the nature of supervillainy and why we respond to them as we do. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Goddess Zilla
5.0 out of 5 stars My mind is just blown
I just got through watching this earlier this morning before lunch. One the best documentaries of 2013. After lunch I went out and bought on Blu-Ray and had to watch it again.
Published 3 months ago by Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Super-Villains
This DVD goes into the minds of the writer and producers of DC comics to answer the WHY questions. There is plenty of thought and reasoning that goes into creating Super Heroes... Read more
Published 3 months ago by High Hurdles
4.0 out of 5 stars It was good!
It was a great documentary informing audiences a lot about the connection between good stories and a good villain. Very informative!
Published 3 months ago by craig
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