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Release Information:
Announce Date: 10/31/03
Street Date: 2/3/04
Closed Captioning: Yes
MSRP: $14.97
Packaging Type: DVD tray (FLP snapper)
Media Quantity: 1
Sound Track Language: English
Run Time: 61
Aspect Ratio(s):
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33, Standard [4:3 Transfer]

Discographic Information:
Sound Quality: Dolby Surround Stereo - Spanishl; Dolby Surround Stereo - English
Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol

Edition Details:
• Encoding: Region 1
• Animated, Color


Special Features

• Superman: Family, Friends & Foes; Portrait of a Hero: How to Draw Superman; Escape from Planet Krypton
Theatrical Trailer

Official Synopsis: From the producers of The Emmy(R) award winning Batman: The Animated Series comes an all-new feature-length animated adventure starring the world's most celebrated superhero: Superman:The Last Son Of Krypton! Year: 1996 Director: Curt Geda, Scott Jeralds, Dan Riba, Bruce Timm Starring: Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Clancy Brown, Malcolm McDowell

Review

When this DVD was first announced, I, along with many other people probably just rolled our eyes and said “Great. More pathetic DVDs from WB.” After wall, what was the point of releasing more of these kinds of DVDs if, somewhere down the road, they might be releasing season sets? Or heck, just stop with these right now and start the season sets…

But—I take back anything negative I said about this release. It really impressed me, in terms of value, video quality and special features, it’s probably one of the better cheap DVDs I’ve seen (as of this writing, most Wal-Mart’s are charging a mere $8.88 for this disc).

One thing that irked me about WB’s passed super-hero releases, sans Batwoman, was the video. Mainly seen on the last two Justice League DVDs, there was a massive amount of halo-ing (lines appearing when something happens fast) everywhere on the video. It wasn’t just the episodes, it was anything else on the disc—the games, the episode intros, even the easter eggs on the last disc (“Paradise Lost”) were a victim of this. I was extremely relieved to see that when I popped this disc, none of that was present. There was very little compression (and what there was of it was usually around brightly lit scenes where a lot of things would dance off of each other), and it just looked like it was an extremely well done video compression. A couple things did turn up after I finished watching it though—the one scene where the little girl was drawing a picture of the “Angel” that saved her was practically invisible due to an over-abundance of contrast on the paper, and while shifting through various screenshots I had taken, there seemed to varying levels of color brightness/dimness—of course this isn’t even visible unless you pay close attention, so those looking to kill a quick hour won’t see anything out of the ordinary.

Special Features wise, I admit, I was both disappointed and surprised. The usual, useless, game was here, alternate language tracks and subtitles (which I hardly call “Special Features” anymore…), Trailers, Bios, and, the best thing out of this disc (sans the episodes itself, that is) was the How to Draw Superman feature. It wasn’t just your basic 30-second fest of hands quickly moving across the screen and drawing the character, but rather they took the time out to interview James Tucker, and how they changed Superman’s model a bit, adding and subtracting some things and even commenting on how hard it is to draw the “S” that we see so prominently featured on ol’ Superman’s chest.

The overall experience I got out of this was enjoyable—I’m sure I’ll be watching this disc many times to hold me over till WB makes some more Superman DVDs, and is definitely worth it, if you can snag it for under $15.

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