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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
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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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: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E4Q6U82
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,152 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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26 of 26 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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9 of 9 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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8 of 10 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, insightful. January 19, 2014
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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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 Enjoyable, but... December 27, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
I kind of wish there was more information on lesser known villains, so I was a little disappointed. But no where was it promised to include lesser characters, so I can't fault them for not delivering what they never promised to deliver in the first place.

It was very interesting to hear some of the artists, writers, and creators of the characters talk about their process, but you do have to get past the fact that it's an hour and a half commercial for the New 52.

If you're a DC fan, this probably won't contain much new information for you, but it's still fun to watch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 11 days ago by Sean M Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I am a huge comic book fan, so this DVD was a no- brained for my library. I saw the documentary on PBS and started looking for it on Amazon. Great documentary.
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A company made documentary.
Not exactly what I was expecting. I was hoping for a more in depth examination of the various classes of villains most DC Heroes have. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Gary Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this doc
awesomenessss! loved this doc., was excellent and nice to see people like znyder , Geoff jhons , Guillermo del toro , michael shanon and so on giving their own perspective on the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by frank I.
3.0 out of 5 stars don't bother
a lot of discussion about why and how the heroes and villains interact and that's really about it, sure there are some famous people giving their opinion, but it didn't do anything... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lord Rhys
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
This was a cool video to add to my collection and thought it was well made. Thanks again for your time and item.
Published 3 months ago by Shane Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenominal! A must-watch for every comic book nerd!
This DVD was amazing! It includes professional geeks as well as psychologist analysis's of what drives the villains. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephanie
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but slow
Very long and slow at times you keep checking your watch to see how much time is left the end
Published 3 months ago by Gary Fagelbaum
5.0 out of 5 stars evil dc comics
this was great, especially for the $6 i paid for it. only oddity about it was complete lack of extras and usually DC fills their disks with a lot of stuff
Published 3 months ago by Lee B. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool
A revealing view of super-villians to anyone who has not taken PSY-101. But there are a few surprises, including some of the interviewees.
Published 3 months ago by Snarkers
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