After DC's middle of the road Superman: Doomsday DVD, we get this fantastic addition to our DVD library. Justice League: the New Frontier, based on the Graphic Novel Absolute DC: The New Frontier, is a "What if?" Story asking "What if the DC's Superheroes existed during the Cold War?" But it also tells the origin of Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern. And it all builds up to a climax that could only be described as "biblical."
You can tell a meticulous amount of love went into the production of this animated feature. The animation is very close to the art of the source material, and the voice cast is very strong. To me, David Boreanaz IS the voice of Hal Jordan. And they squeezed every detail they could from the Graphic Novel into the movie. It's not perfect enough to replace the original story, but the material that was dropped doesn't hamper the movie. What was cut: the Suicide Squad, the Challenger of the Unknown, the Viking Prince, most of the JSA and John Henry story.
What makes this DVD a perfect five is they extras on the Two-Disk version. We get two commentary track, one with the filmmakers, and another one with Darwyn Cooke, the original writer/artist from the graphic novel. Two entertaining documentaries, "The History of the Justice League," and "The Legion of Doom: Pathology of the Super Villain," as a comic book fan, I really enjoy these and I've watched them over and over. Plus, a featurette "Comic Book Commentary: Homage to the New Frontier," which is the creator, Darwyn Cooke, detailing what was cut during the adaptation from the Graphic Novel to Film.
Finally, on this 2-Disk Special Edition, three episodes for Justice League Unlimited. "Dark Heart," where an unidentified alien menace threatens the earth, which is a nice parallel for the movie. "To Another Shore," which features the Viking Prince. And "Task Force X" which a group of villains calling themselves Task Force X, AKA the Suicide Squad, infiltrate the JLA headquarters.
This is a perfect 5 out of 5. Maybe, not so good for young kids, because it takes place during the Cold War, so they might not "get it." But, for us older types, this is a great movie with awesome extras. I can't recommend it enough, and if you like this, maybe take the plunge and look up the source material.