Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ultimate Edition
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Ultimate Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack.
Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Despite being sourced from a 4K digital intermediate, Warner's HEVC /H.265/2160p UHD disc won't immediately blow viewers out of their seats with its superior resolution, largely because BvS is such a visually kinetic film that the camera rarely pauses long enough for anyone to assess the improved detail—but it's there. Combined with judicious HDR encoding that subtly enhances brightness and contrast, the UHD treatment of BvS amplifies the impact of director Zack Snyder's crowded frames, even as the action rushes forward. Take, for example, the scene, where Batman and Superman first confront each other standing atop the Batmobile, with bright flames to the right and a blue lens flare bisecting the frame horizontally. In the UHD presentation, the key elements of the tableau stand out more distinctly against the nighttime background, namely, the two superheroes confronting one another, each under the mistaken belief that the other one is a menace.
Indeed, the entire sequence leading up to that moment demonstrates the UHD image's superiority, beginning with the aerial shot that finds Batman poised above the pier where a ship smuggling kryptonite has docked. As the camera swirls and zooms from above, the folds of Batman's cape blowing in the wind are more defined on UHD.
The ensuing pursuit in the Batmobile—an elaborate combination of practical stunts and CG elements—feels more visceral and immediate, because, even with the rapid-fire editing, all of the critical elements in the frame have more presence and finer definition, including Batman and his vehicle, the truck carrying the kryptonite, and the various additional vehicles and weapons deployed by Luthor's minions against their pursuer. (For a clear example of superior resolution, look at the beard stubble on Batman's face in the undercranked closeup where he first drives past Superman. On the regular Blu-ray, it's facial coloration, but on the UHD, you can see individual whiskers.)
-Codec: HEVC / H.265
-Resolution: 4K (2160p)
-Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
-Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
-English: Dolby Atmos
-English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
-French: Dolby Digital 5.1
-Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1
-Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
-Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
-English: Dolby Digital 5.1
-English SDH, French, Italian SDH, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional), Norwegian, Polish, Swedish.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition Blu-ray + Theatrical Blu-ray)
The extended cut of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” includes 30 more minutes of story and action not seen in theaters! Also includes the Theatrical Version of the film plus over 2 hours of bonus content. From director Zack Snyder comes “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing. Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.]]>
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Batman and Superman as enemies? That premise seemed, at first, outrageous. How, I wondered, could these two "good guys" wind up being enemies? What justification could there be for casting them as such?
Then I watched the movie and, lo and behold, I got it. Not only did it make sense to me, I also found it especially relevant to today's world where fear of "the other" (whoever that "other" may be) is such a central theme of political campaigns and, in fact, daily life. Superman is the ultimate "other" in this instance; not just an alien, but a powerful one at that. Batman is, despite his wealth, the prototypical American who conveniently sets aside his own failings while adopting a sense of moral superiority with respect to the actions of others. As an allegory to the world we currently live in, I think this film is brilliant.
It is more than that, however, for it is a film that also gives us hope on two different levels.
First, it shows that people of different backgrounds - an alien and an American in this case - can put aside their differences and unite in order to make the world a better, safer place.
Second, it highlights the fact that women - Diana Prince and Lois Lane - are equal to men: Just as smart, just as willing to shoulder any burden to make the world better, and just as courageous in the face of danger.
(I know, some people will pooh-pooh the idea that women can handle themselves in combat situations. In my defense, I would point to the examples of women demonstrating exceptional bravery on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq. Their actions more than prove my point. Want more examples? Cast your eyes back to World War II and the Soviet "Night Witches" who scared hell out of the Germans on the Eastern Front or British Special Operations Executive women like Nancy Wake, who once killed an SS soldier in hand-to-hand combat.)
That said, I can understand why so many "purists" didn't like this film. It does, after all, paint both Batman and Superman somewhat differently than most fans of these two superheroes are used to seeing them portrayed.
I, however, don't agree with the purists for a couple of reasons including the fact that both the Superman and Batman characters have undergone many, many changes since they were first created. I'm old enough to remember, for example, that Superman and Lois Lane were once married and had a child; that Batman fathered two children with two different women - and was not married to either of them - during his long comic book history. My point is that their characters have not remained static over the years, nor should they. As society changes (I was going to say "evolves" but I'm not sure we're evolving much these days) so must our myths and legends if they are to remain relevant.
Additionally, let's be honest here and admit that we are not talking about rewriting history but, instead, are discussing a film based on comic book superheroes. Because that's so, I believe we have to give creative people leave to express themselves in the way they see fit just as we admire the people that created the originals.
I thought the cast was admirable. I've never been a big Ben Affleck fan but I thought he made a fine Batman. Henry Cavill is no Christopher Reeves (but, then, who is?) but he makes a good Superman in this film. Amy Adams is very good as Lois Lane and, though he has taken a lot of heat from critics, I thought Jesse Eisenberg was very well cast as Lex Luthor. In the comic books, Luthor is terrifying not because he is physically imposing but because his madness combined with his genius makes him truly dangerous. Eisenberg, I thought, captured both Luthor's insanity and his intellectual brilliance very well. Gal Gadot is gorgeous and I thought did a very nice job as Wonder Woman. I'm looking forward to seeing how well she grows into the character.
The cinematography is excellent as is the CGI and, though this is a long movie, I thought director Zack Snyder kept the film moving at a decent pace. The costuming is bold and the new Batmobile design is in keeping with the rest of the film's technical gadgetry.
All in all, this is a bold interpretation of the Batman and Superman stories and, for my money, it works..
** Spoilers ahead ** This is far from a bad movie. It's no Citizen Kane, but it is fun and very watchable:
Pros: * Gal Gadot is awesome as Wonder Woman, so convincing with her sexy Mediterranean accent.
* Ben Affelck is a pleasant surprise as Batman.
* Some people will disagree, but I thought Jesse Eisenberg was great as Luthor, a perfect combination of quirkiness and menace.
* Henry Cavill is solid as Superman
* Action scenes are terrific, particularly the fight between Superman and Batman
Cons: * Doomsday: how much time did they put into creating this character? 5 minutes? He looks awful, like one of the
Cave Trolls from the Lord of the Rings movies. He IS the major weakness in this movie.
* Ending drags a little
* Would have liked to have seen lengthier appearances from future Justice League members, like the Flash, Aquaman,
But this movie is definetly entertaining and worth at least a single viewing, if not more
In the movie version, I did not understand the scene where Superman accused Batman of killing his woman. These dream sequences make more sense in the longer version of the movie.
By the way, if you want a hint of what will come in the Justice League movie, read the Flashpoint series of DC comic books. (I read Flashpoint from the library). Between the Ultimate edition and Flashpoint, you will find yourself looking forward to the Justice League movie.