Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
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An anthology of 6 tales that show Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns policing the galaxy a la “Gotham Knights.”
A crash course in all things Green Lantern is offered in Emerald Knights, a DC Universe Animated Original feature that details the history of Hal Jordan and his Green Lantern Corps cohorts in an engaging and action-packed anthology film. Taking its cue from 2008's Batman: Gotham Knight, Emerald Knights spins the origin stories for Jordan and four pioneer members of the corps--Kilowog, Laira, Mogo, and Abin Sur--as a sort of inspiration for newly minted member Arisia (whom longtime GLC fans will know as Arisia Rrab) before she joins them in battle against the exiled scientist turned pure energy being Krona, who poses a threat to the entire universe. The five stories, including that of Jordan joining the corps, hew closely to the original source material, thanks to the presence of writers like DC Comics' chief creative officer Geoff Johns, fellow Green Lantern writers Peter J. Tomasi and Eddie Berganza, Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), and Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green, who penned the live-action Green Lantern that will undoubtedly spur many viewers to seek out this feature. The stories are dramatic and well scripted, and avoid the clunky linking devices that plagued Gotham Knight, and the voice cast, led by fan favorite Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Hal Jordan and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) as Arisia, is solid, with contributions by Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) as Abin Sur and Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter's Lucius Malfoy) as Sinestro among the highlights. The animation is also top-notch, with the interplanetary scenes rendered with an impressively cosmic sweep. Extras, however, are limited to sneak peeks of DCU's All-Star Superman and Batman: Year One. --Paul Gaita
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : DV1000155224
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 23 minutes
- Release date : June 7, 2011
- Actors : Nathan Fillion, Jason Isaacs, Elisabeth Moss
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B004QOB8PW
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,138 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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There are five stories in all, each focusing on a different Lantern at various points in history. My favorite story is "The First Lantern," about Avra, a scribe who seems the least likely candidate to be a Lantern but proves to all that he is more than worthy of the ring. Another exceptional tale is that of Laira, who battles her family in her first mission.
Kilowog, Abin Sur, and Mogo are all featured in their own stories, and Abin Sur's tale hints at things to come for another Lantern, Sinestro. Fans of the comics, the live action Ryan Reynolds flick, or just about any other story that features Sinestro knows what he is to become.
Overall this film truly deserves three and a half stars (I always round up) due to the fact that we really don't get to learn about or see much of Krona and a couple of the stories are forgettable. The Mogo tale was particularly dull in my opinion.
However, the Avra story alone makes this film worth watching and because of this I recommend this film to anybody who is a fan of Green Lantern and/or the DC Animated Universe.
On the other hand, after giving praise to the short character expositions, I would've preferred ones a bit closer to the source material and/or more closely related to the GL Corps, instead of just two of them. The Mogo short, for example, was funny and well done but had little to do with the GLC in general and the impact is lessened if you already know who Mogo is. There's also several nitpicky points that stood out to me: Why did the entire Corps have to line up at the main power battery to charge their rings one-by-one when they all have individual batteries, or could do it all at once? Although it happened more frequently than First Flight, there was minimal use of constructs, and when they were used it was mostly shields and bubbles. Why would GL basic training not at least start with familiarizing new recruits with their rings? It would make more sense to train them with the ring first, and then test them without it. The final and best short (IMO) featuring Abin Sur was the closest to the true continuity, but it only brushed the surface leaving out important details that wouldn't have added much time if included.
This is just a question, and doesn't effect my rating, but why was the GL symbol changed from the silver age box-shaped design to the one with pointed ends? Perhaps this was just for the movie but even though I've noticed the new design in the new 52 I believe the old one is still prevalent. I know that a few of the GLs from Earth has alterted their uniforms in some way, particularly Jon and Kyle, but as the saying goes 'if it ain't broke don't fix it.'
Emerald Knights was an interesting entry into the animated world of Green Lantern and allowed even casual fans to become familar with at least a few more of its characters. I would recommend this movie to comic and anime fans alike; however, to be honest I prefered First Flight a bit more because it focused on my favorite GL Hal Jordan, but that's just my biased opinion.
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It greatly exceeded my expectation as it has been much less hyped than other DC videos but is excellent despite that. A great purchase
Don't be put off by the Italian text on the box, the disc I received plays perfectly and automatically defaulted to English audio in my standard UK Region blu-ray player. It appears to be identical to the more expensive UK released versions.
Great for DC comics animated film fans. This Emerald Knights film is well-animated and exciting with lots of great characters.