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4.0 out of 5 stars Short Movies, Short Disc, February 11, 2011
This review is from: Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The only new work on this disc is the Superman/Shazam short. The other three shorts were previously included in deluxe editions of previous DC Animated films and are now presented in slightly extended versions. All four are very well done with top notch animation work, great efforts from every voice actor and tight, concise plotting.

Superman/Shazam eschews character work for action and succeeds for it. Cars, buildings and even a dam get smashed in a superpowered brawl between our heroes and the villain. The Spectre, my favorite of these short films, replicates the grindhouse style with artificial film grain, 70's beats and voice-over narration, creating a spectacular horror vibe. Green Arrow is action-packed as well, but is the weakest of the shorts, featuring a fairly standard rescue story. And the Jonah Hex short is everything the Brolin movie wasn't - a true western setting, full of atmosphere and immersed in the questionable morals of the period.

Unfortunately, all that greatness only adds up to 62 minutes. And I wonder why the studio saw fit to release this disc when it would mainly appeal to fans that already own the deluxe edition of the previous animated films. Having already bought the movies that included the Jonah Hex and Green Arrow short films, I was reluctant to shell out full price for this disc. Still, the material is great and highly re-watchable. Maybe soon DC will consider giving these lesser known properties the full feature treatment.
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