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Superman: Doomsday (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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The most shocking showdown in Superman history! When Lexcorp accidentally unearths the intergalactic serial killer Doomsday, Superman battles the creature head on in the fight of his life...literally. The world collectively mourns their fallen hero; humanity realizes it will never feel truly safe again. Superman's enemies rejoice all but Lex Luthor, who grieves the loss in his own demented manner, setting off a chilling chain of events that even he couldn't have foreseen. Inspired by the bestselling graphic novel of all time, DC Comics' The Death of Superman, this feature-length animated adventure boasts exciting action sequences that rivals anything you've ever seen starring the Man of Steel!]]>
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1.) Straight-to-video titles rarely have the production values of theatrical animated releases, so know going in that the animation is no great shakes - a notch above the latest Superman and Justice League shows on Kids WB!, but not a huge step up by any means. There are some inspired moments of animation, but they are few and far between.
2.) Don't be taken in by the "PG-13" rating. I suppose slapping "PG-13" on it works to WB/DC's advantage, suggesting the movie is a "hard" Superman story that attracts the fanboys. But while it does contain some language, violence and themes that you'd never see on the Animated Series on TV, in relation to what you see in theatrical films, this is squarely "PG" all the way.
3.) There is no way they could cram in everything from the Death/Rebirth of Superman storylines into a 90-minute film. I doubt they could effectively squeeze it all into a 3-hour film. So there's no Justice League getting whupped by Doomsday, no Supergirl or "heroic" Lex Luthor II, no Steel or Superboy, no Cyborg and Mongul colluding to destroy Coast City. No Kryptonian War-Suit.
If you go in with all that in mind, the film isn't so bad. IMHO, they did a good job of condensing the essentials of the storyline into a single digestible story. Those who strive for continuity with the comic books need not apply.Read more ›
Gone are the side stories about Superboy and Steel, which were very cool IMHO. Gone also is the interesting story about how Superman came back to life. The mechanics behind how he does so in this DVD are completely different, from what I recall.
Not bad for a fun hour's watching, but don't expect this to be like the original story.
I wish they'd have made the movie of it like they'd planned :(
The story was action packed, suspenseful, and interesting. It provided a whole new perspective to the Superman mythos - that of a dark society and a group of villains who were not hesitant to kill innocents. The fact that this cartoon showed the degree of genuine violence it did shocked me a bit, but given the 'adult' nature of this cartoon, it was appropriate. The re-imagining of many of the characters was great, and the way the movie ended was intriguing as well. Overall, this was an enjoyable movie to watch, and it provided what I was looking for - namely, entertainment in the form of a new look to the Superman story.
Would I have liked a bit more detail in some of the story elements? Sure. I would have liked to hear more background about Lex Luthor and his plot to genetically engineer a group of Supermen. I would also have liked to learn more about how Superman is reincarnated. There could have been more detailed story lines, and more character development. But even without any of these things, the movie was still great.
To those naysayers, I am sure that if you really compared this to the earlier comics and the overall story line of Superman, there may have been flaws. But I would venture to say that the flaws in this updated version were no worse than the flaws in the 1970s and 1980s versions of the Superfriends.Read more ›
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Great writing nice clean artwork. I can't wait to get more like this one.Published 7 days ago by Gnarly Ed
Crisp and clean, so glad I found this movie on blu-ray. Call me crazy but my children have really gotten into the DC and Marvel universe and I needed them to get shaken up a bit. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Enrique and Angie
I only use the star system to rate movies and books because who knows who I am and why would you listen to me anyway?Published 2 months ago by Casper
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