Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
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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
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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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It absolutely delivered.
This version provides that little element of heart that was unfairly cut out of the cinematic release, appropriately provided by the character with the biggest heart of them all: Superman. From calling up his mother in the middle of the night to seek guidance and emotional support, to going against his boss's instructions to shed light upon the people who are being hurt by Batman's vigilantism, and consistently helping others in spite of being distrusted and rejected by an unappreciative world who sees him only as a loose cannon (Anti-MoS fanboys, anybody?), this Superman provides the most human element of the story in this, THE definitive version of Batman vs Superman. In fact I find it very hard to regard him as the dark and violent sadist that the detractors of these DC movies see him as, considering that he does pretty much nothing to warrant such a label... that honor goes to Ben Affleck's dark, twisted, and unforgiving portrayal of Batman.
Speaking of, Batman is undoubtedly the single biggest reason to see this movie. After three solid films by Christopher Nolan which depicted a semi-dark but overall heroic (and dare I say, unintimidating) version of the dark knight, Zack Snyder's take on the caped crusader gives us an interesting portrayal the likes of which we've never really seen before, borrowing heavily from Frank Miller's seminal graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. This Batman is an old and broken man, bitterly stubborn and Hell-bent on bringing down Superman, no matter what the cost. And I DO mean that in the most drastic of terms, for it seems that Batman's 20-year reign of terror has left him indifferent to the lives of criminals; at one point in the film during an exciting chase scene, for instance, we see the Batmobile snag a car holding some thugs and use it to dispatch a second car, no doubt killing virtually everyone inside of both vehicles in the process. But unlike in Tim Burton's duology, Christopher Nolan's films, and even Joel Schumacher's "Batman Forever" (wherein we see Batman remorselessly kill three thugs, a buttload of ninjas, The Joker, The Penguin, Two-Face (twice), Ra's Al Ghul, AND Talia Al Ghul), this time around we're given a look at Bruce's psychology as well as some clues to give us an idea of why this version of Batman is so cruel and harsh towards criminals. It's... honestly surprising that people give this film such a hard time about Batman's "killing spree" when this is absolutely NOT breaking any new ground with him. But hey, could be worse; he could be making out with Black Canary while some criminals burn to death nearby. *Cough*(All-Star Batman)*Cough*
Now that I've covered both of the main stars, I'd like to briefly cover the titular fight which everyone paid to see. Put simply, it's a satisfyingly brutal bout between two titans of the genre that have never shared the screen before. Batman's mechanical armor from The Dark Knight Returns is beautifully recreated in live action, and I'm glad to say that it was largely a practical effect rather than a CGI costume (ala Iron Man) and as a result, it feels appropriately bulky, intimidating, and powerful. I WAS somewhat disappointed that it didn't grant Batman any enhanced strength, merely serving instead as a means by which Batman may take the brunt of Superman's strength without harm, but at the very least it serves its purpose very well. Both characters give it their all, and without spoiling how the fight actually ends it stands as the emotional peak of the movie. (Yes, fanboys, I liked how the fight ended... for a detailed analysis as to why, and with no restraint on spoilers, I refer you to CinemaWins' spectacular video "Everything Great About Batman Vs Superman") This summarizes my major plus-points about the overall experience.
I do, however, take issue with the climax of the film. That is not to say that it doesn't deliver exactly what it sets out to; it IS explosive and action-packed, with appropriately epic visuals and a suitably intimidating and powerful villain, but honestly after the spectacular fight between Batman and Superman (which I was far more invested in) the final battle simply bored me. It DOES end on a surprising note, however, which I shan't spoil here (although anybody who's familiar with the source material this film was based on might be able to wager a reasonable guess). Plus we finally got to see Wonder Woman in action for the first time ever in a major big-screen motion picture, so there's also that plus. Believe it or not, I'm one of those few people who is just fine with Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor; I mean he's not the calm and collected mastermind we saw in the Superman and Justice League animated series, but I liked him well enough. At the very least his plan was deeply complicated, he seemed to have contingencies for just about everything, AND he has some of the best lines in the film. So it's a mixed bag; either you love him or you hate him.
Overall I give this movie a 4 out of 5. Too many people have forgotten just how lucky we are to even have this thing; 10 years ago it would never have even been conceivable, yet now because of Marvel's super happy fun time superhero movies (which I should mention I am also quite fond of) we've become spoiled and ungrateful for what we have. This film attempts to be different than Marvel's straightforward super-fare by offering a thought-provoking analysis of Superman and what it would really be like to have such a powerful being in our modern world of cynicism and distrust, and the fans took one look at it and went "why can't it be all fun and happy like Marvel's doing??" and refused to appreciate the movie's good points, of which there are many. To me, this film stands not only as an outstanding Batman/Superman movie as well as a monolith of just how far we've come in the medium of superhero movies as a whole. Thank you, Zack Snyder, for this monumental achievement. I'm proud to own your imperfect masterpiece here on Amazon.
Imagine I traveled to a planet where the inhabitants were about the weight and consistency of styrofoam peanuts, and I spent my time kicking them to and fro for my own reasons. Would that make me virtuous, would it make me super? And even if I did it with the best of intentions, wouldn't they have every reason to fear me? And how could I assure them, how could I assure myself I would be the one person in history immune to the absolute corruption of absolute power?
It is problematic, and I appreciate this movie dealing with the problematic nature of the "superhero" issue.
I disagree with those who criticize the hard turn the movie takes when Batman and Superman resolve their difference seemingly over their mothers' shared name. For one, Batman relents when he understands Superman's motivation is to protect his mother --- the shared name is merely a device to catch his attention. For obvious back-story reasons, Batman is highly motivated by the possibility that Superman could fail to protect his mother, and that's the *substantive* reason he decides to help him rather than fight him.
I do think the conflict could still be carried forward with an only uneasy truce between Batman and Superman. That would make for a better story, both dramatically and, in my opinion, philosophically.
That quibble aside, this movie, in contrast to almost every superhero movie, has well-written, natural-sounding dialog, fewer "cinema sins", almost-perfect casting, compelling acting, and truly beautiful imagery that is a breed apart from the overly-filtered awkward CGI of so many movies like this. I'm deeply surprised that it has received such poor reviews when other movies that I've found almost unwatchable have received near-universal praise.
film the clarity, characterization, and emotional resonance that was lacking before. This pushed what was a
fair/good assessment of the film from me previously into the very good/great direction. Haters will likely still hate it, but I know I'm more than satisfied now with this ultimate cut.
Update: After watching Wonder Woman recently, I wanted to go back and watch this film again to see any new revelations that could be grasped. Let's just say that the look of familiar despair on Diana's face at the end of the climatic battle with Doomsday took on a whole new weight after her film showed us her experiences with loss. The BvS ending was even more of a gut punch on this viewing and I found myself getting emotional just as I did during Wonder Woman. Try looking at this film with fresh eyes and perhaps you'll find the beauty therein.