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Release Information
Announce Date: 3/9/06
Street Date: 6/20/06
Closed Captioning: Yes
MSRP: $19.98
Packaging Type: Amaray Case
Media Quantity: 1
Run Time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio(s)
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33, Standard [4:3 Transfer]

Edition Details
Dolby Surround 5.1

Special Features
• None

Official Synopsis: Embittered by Superman's heroic successes and soaring popularity, Lex Luthor forms a dangerous alliance with the powerful computer/villain Brainiac. Using advanced weaponry and a special strain of Kryptonite harvested from the far reaches of outer space, Luthor specifically redesigns Brainiac to defeat the Man of Steel. But when Brainiac betrays Luthor and reveals its sinister plans for world domination, Superman must brave the mysterious Phantom Zone to find the strength to survive this deadly showdown.

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Usually on these direct-to-video DVD releases there is some kind of special feature. On Return of the Joker we were awarded a jackpot with commentary, behind the scenes featurette and deleted scenes in the form of animatics. On Mystery of the Batwoman we had a round table discussion, a voice actor featurette and an exclusive short produced exclusively for the DVD, “Chase Me.”

For Brainiac Attacks we have…trailers for other films. Yup. That’s it on this disc. There is no mini-game (despite one being rumored before), no little featurette, no nothing. Of course those of you who have already read my review of the film would ask why I care about this lack of features and the truth is I don’t; however, for a DVD to not have something other than trailers…it seems absurd.

In any event, the film itself is presented in a pristine digital transfer. No interlacing, no blemishes and no compression is noticeable in the least; the transfer definitely helps the animation of the film shine. Then there’s the audio, which can pack a mighty punch though at times seems to completely miss sound effects (not a problem with the transfer obviously, just in the film itself as certain impacts won’t have any added f/x to go with it). For such a mediocre film, the DVD certainly presented it in the clearest and loudest way possible, though a widescreen transfer would have been nice (simply because one exists and there certainly isn’t anything else using the other half of the disc space).

Trailers on the disc give us our first look at the upcoming Teen Titans DTV feature and trailers for a slew of other kids titles. While it may be worth a rental if you want to see the Teen Titans trailer (I remember renting “Space Jam” just for the “Sub-Zero” trailer) and a horrible film, I’d shy away from the DVD release unless you really enjoy the film or have young ones that can kill an hour on the disc.

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