All-Star Superman (Amazon Exclusive Limited Edition with Litho Cel) [Blu-ray]
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Nicely done adaptation of Grant Morrison's graphic novel is an emotional and exciting Superman animated adventure and one of the better DC animated movies. The designs are quite different on the characters as if they appeared to look more like Peter "Aeon Flux creator" Chung's designs and i also like how this was the first appearence of Superwoman to appear. The animation is very good and so is the music, there is plenty of great action here and a great ending.
This Blu-Ray offers crystal picture and sound quality with terrific extras like featurettes, commentary, all-star Superman digital comic, sneek preview of "Green Lantern Emerald Knights" and two bonus Superman episodes.
That being said I think this is one of the very best DCAU movies to date. I didn't think I'd like the look of this movie (felt the preview art was soft, etc), but quickly took to it and the voice acting was excellent (including the first Lois Lane I liked that wasn't Dana Delany). Overall, in good company with Under the Red Hood, BB Return of Joker, JL Doom, and Wonder Woman.
I would have loved to see how Dwayne McDuffie could handle the subject with more time, but considering WB seems to find little merit in the storytelling benefits of longer DCAU features, this will be a about as good as they get. Recommended.
All Star Superman answers those questions and many more. It is a love story. It's a hero story with some nasty villains besides Alexander Joseph Luthor.
The main story takes place on Lois Lane's birthday where Superman whisks her off to the Fortress of Solitude. There she discovers more about Superman and Clark Kent.
The Fortress is a museum, workshop, laboratory and most of all a homage to an ancient planet known as Krypton. This hermitage is where Superman pursues his various interests and vocations. Except for his robot helpers it is a lonely, isolated place.
Perhaps this is the core of the film--Superman's unique loneliness and isolation. Growing up in Smallville he had his earth parents and special friends like Lana and Pete. In Metropolis he had Jimmy and Lois, but all in all Superman's existence was a lonely plight of a strange visitor from another world untouched by humanity's mortality.
The various battles, the inspiring music and the sad overtones of a demi-god facing his end are wrapped into a neat package. The poignant conversation between Superman and Lois about their genetic incompatibility is touching.
The conversation between Clark and Lex as they fight for survival in a prison riot reveals how Lex feels about Clark and how Clark feels about Lex. Lex and Superman could have been great friends.
There are many elements in this film as well as many characters.Read more ›
"WOW, these DC animated movies would do really great in a movie theater," Jeff said as "All Star Superman" closed on a hopeful note.
"I agree, but it all probably comes down to the profit margin line. It's easier to recoup an investment in a direct-to-DVD release as opposed to what you'd have to spend promoting a movie in theaters," I replied.
And it's rather a pity that the DC animated movies are not at least given a limited release run in theaters. To date, Warner Brothers has done such a good job making these movies - many of which are far superior to the current crop of live action ones.
"All Star Superman" is a faithful adaptation of the comic book series, which was later released as a graphic novel.
During a rescue mission of manned orbital mission of the Sun, Superman is poisoned by an overdose of solar radiation which is slowly killing him. Lex Luthor put the mission in peril in order to achieve his life's goal of being the one who killed Superman.
Given the news that he has only a few weeks, if that to live, Superman decides to fulfill a few dreams of his own - revealing Clark Kent as Superman to Lois Lane, finding a home for the Bottled City of Kandor, and giving Lex Luthor an opportunity to redeem himself.
What makes "All Star Superman" a special part of the Superman lore of the multiverse is that it rings true to what makes the character of Superman so unique, even as he's facing his own demise. He only looks back once with regret before saving the world one last time. It would be interesting to see a live action version of this animated movie.
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Great movie. This is what Superman is all about. Forgiveness, Understanding and self sacrifice. Very well written. R.I.P. Dwayne Mcduffie. You will be missed.Published 2 months ago by thomas
I really loved this movie the voice acting was good and the story was phenomenal.Published 3 months ago by Joshua Gonzalez
I can honestly say that this take on the superman story is the best iv'e ever seen. both emotionally and suspense wise the movie fully delivers on all fronts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by xArkSlade-J.S.x
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