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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis - Commemorative Edition Home Entertainment Release
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: November 13, 2018 - Digital, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra Blu-ray

Synopsis: Cyborg discovers an imminent threat in the depths of the oceans so powerful that it rallies together the newly formed Justice League. Meanwhile, wandering thousands of feet above the ocean floor is drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers who may be the last chance to bridge the ancient Atlantean world with our own. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League must band together as they face off against warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds. In this all-new epic adventure from the DC Universe, mankind’s only hope of escaping from the darkness lies with the guiding light of a man – Aquaman!

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition contains two all-new bonus features, along with special features from the film’s original release:

-“Aquaman: The New King” (NEW) – An immersive look at Arthur Curry’s evolution from guardian of the ocean to the King of Atlantis and key member of the Justice League.
-Audio Commentary (NEW) – Renowned former DC Editor and current Creative Director of Animation Mike Carlin, Creative Director of Animation, and Throne of Atlantis screenwriter Heath Corson share their insights into the legend of Aquaman.
-“Scoring Atlantis: The Sound of the Deep” (Featurette) – Every great film needs a great musical score. Filled with emotion, music takes us on a dynamic journey as we adventure with the hero. Throne of Atlantis takes us on that quest through the eyes of Arthur Curry.
-Robin and Nightwing Bonus Sequence – Producer James Tucker provides video commentary for this exciting bonus sequence where Robin and Nightwing join forces.
-Throne of Atlantis: 2014 New York Comic Con Panel – The entire, lively one-hour panel discussion between actor Matt Lanter, producer James Tucker, screenwriter Heath Corson, character designer Phil Bourassa and dialogue director Andrea Romano.
-“Villains of the Deep” (Featurette) – From Ocean Master to Black Manta to King Shark, each villain operates from his own deep sense of conviction, presenting an incredible challenge for the hero in Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman. This documentary goes into the biographical details of the villains.
-A Sneak Peek at “The Death of Superman” – The Death of Superman is widely considered one of the most popular stories in the Superman canon and the DCU. This sneak peek at the exciting new film discusses the story and its place in pop culture.
-A Sneak Peek at “Reign of the Supermen” – An exciting look at the new film which brings the epic and emotional story of a world without the Man of Steel to life.
-Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault:
—Batman: The Brave and the Bold, “Aquaman’s Outrageous Adventure!”
—Batman: The Brave and the Bold, “Evil Under the Sea!”
—Aquaman, “Menace of The Black Manta” and “The Rampaging Reptile-Men”
—Justice League Unlimited, “Far from Home”

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis - Commemorative Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review
by James Harvey

Just in time for the big-screen Aquaman live-action movie, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis returns to home video with a new Commemorative Edition release courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Not only is the animated movie available in 4K for the first time, but it also comes with new bonus features. Whether watching the film first the first time, or revisiting it in-time for Arthur Curry's solo movie, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis - Commemorative Edition is definitely the way to go.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, overall, is a pretty successful animated adventure. The story is enjoyable and the characters feel like their classic comic counterparts, but still fresh. The animation is thankfully on point for the most part, too, besides the odd blip. Aquaman fans should be pleased, no doubt, as the movie treats the character's lore with respect. For a more thorough review, check out The World's Finest's review of the Justice League: Throne of Atlantis animated movie right here.

Digging into the Justice League: Throne of Atlantis - Commemorative Edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release, it's definitely not a quickly cobbled together release. The new commentary, for one, is a legitimately interesting listen. There's more than a few reasons why fans might want to pick up this title.

First up, audio and video quality is absolutely solid, but not mind-blowingly so. The video, a 2K transferred upscaled to 4K, is a slight step-up from the regular Blu-ray edition. Colors do jump out a little more, though, and the transfer overall looks more crisp with less apparent color banding and compression (though that still is visible). However, any issues with the transfer appear to come from the actual source material and not from the transfer. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis - Commemorative Edition carries over the same DTS-HD 5.1 audio track from the film's first release, and it's as rock solid as ever. It superbly balances the action beats with the quiet character moments and the movie's excellent score. Whether it's a quiet dialogue scene or Orm's climactic invasion, everything sounds crystal clear and distinct.

Moving to bonus content, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis - Commemorative Edition comes with a new commentary and a nearly 15-minute featurette. "Aquaman: The New King" posits that Aquaman is a relatable character, despite the Shakespearian trappings of his world. Comic creators, actors and animators chime in on the character's surprising endurance all these years. It's a solid look at the character, giving a look at the character's comic book roots and touches upon some of his media appearances (including, naturally, the Aquaman live-action movie).

Also exclusive to this release is a new commentary track featuring DC's Creative Director of Animation Mike Carlin and Justice League: Throne of Atlantis screenwriter Heath Corson. It's a fairly interesting track, covering assorted bits of the film's production (with weird nuggets, like the amount of kisses in the movie being trimmed down). Also, according to the commentary track, the John Henry Irons cameo in the film was planned to pay off down the road with the The Death of Superman animated movie (which was once called Justice League: The Death of Superman) and Producer James Tucker asked to have Aquaman say "outrageous" as a nod toward the character's portrayal in Batman: The Brave and The Bold. Carlin points out how flexible the DC Universe Movie line is, allowing them to do Justice League: Throne of Atlantis but also something offbeat, like Batman: Gotham by Gaslight.

Outside of features and some new trailers, including one for the live-action Aquaman movie and another for the recent Constantine: City of Demons animated effort, the remaining bonus content is ported over from the first home video release of Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. For a detailed look at those bonus features, check out the original Blu-ray review here.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's Justice League: Throne of Atlantis - Commemorative Edition is a fine release, though not really a necessary upgrade for most. While the video and audio upgrade is minor, the new bonus content is fairly entertaining and worth checking out, but that isn't enough to make this release a must-own. However, for the diehard fans, it's a worthwhile purchase. The movie looks great and, with the new and old content combined, there is a fairly hefty batch of bonus features. For fans of the DC Universe Movie line looking to expand their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection, it does make for a solid addition. And, if you're looking for more adventures starring the King of the Sea, perhaps due to the big-screen Aquaman movie, this here is a solid start. Recommended, but with reservations.

Please note a review copy of this release was provided by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.


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