|Releases - DVDs - Superman: The Animated Series, Volume 2
Studio: Warner Home Video
Announce Date: 8/24/05
Street Date: 12/6/05
Closed Captioning: Yes
Subformat: Multi Disc
Media Quantity: 2
Run Time: 390
Disc 1 - Identity Crisis; Target; Action Figures;
Mxyzpixilated; Double Dose; Solar Power
Disc 2, Side A- Monkey Fun; Brave New Metropolis; Ghost
in the Machine; World's Finest Part 1; World's Finest Part 2;
World's Finest Part 3
Disc 2, Side B- Father's Day, The Hand of Fate, Bizarro's
World, Prototype, The Late Mr. Kent, Heavy Metal
Orginal Aspect Ratio - 1.33
Standard [4:3 Transfer]
• Encoding: Region 1
• Animated, Color
• Commentary on "Brave New Metropolis" and "World's Finest Part 1"
with Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Glen Murakami, James Tucker, Dan Riba and
Moderator Jason Hillhouse, "Mxyzpixilated" with Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Dan Riba and
Moderator Jason Hillhouse.
• THE DARK SIDE: BEHIND THE VILLAINS OF SUPERMAN: The Origin and
Evolution of Superman's Adversaries
Official Synopsis: Lex Luthor. Bizarro. Metallo. Karkull. The
universe is filled with villains. And only the Man of Steel can keep
them from overthrowing Earth in these 18 action-packed episodes from the
Emmy-winning series! Filled with dynamic storylines, brilliant animation
and complex characters, this collection includes the three-part
crossover episode World's Finest, in which The Joker teams with Lex
Luthor, forcing Batman and Superman into a reluctant partnership to
defeat the crazed clown and maniacal billionaire. Fly high with this
exciting two-disc set packed with all the thrilling battles that only
Superman could win!
If the eighteen episodes from the first volume intrigued, surprised and
entertained you, then you’ll no doubt be in line for the second volume of
Superman: The Animated Series. At the end of Volume 1's second
disc, we got a few episode from the series' second season, which was
renamed The New Superman Adventures to coincide with The New
Batman/Superman Adventures cartoon that Kids WB! aired. In it, new
episodes of Batman and Superman aired, along with a few crossover
episodes to boot.
Superman has always been treated as the underdog of the DCAU and there
really is no reason for this series to be seen as such. With stories just as
strong as those on BTAS/TNBA, STAS/TNSA features a robust
cast of characters and plenty of entertainment. This set includes the
first Batman/Superman three-part crossover “The World’s Finest” (If you
didn’t know where this site name came from…well, now you know. We aren’t
quite that egotistical!) as well as a handful of what may be the best
episodes of the series: "Mxyzpixilated," "Brave New Metropolis," "Ghost
in the Machine," and and fan-favorite, "The Late Mr. Kent."
This set comprises eighteen more episodes, split among one single sided
disc and one double sided disc, in a great transfer. As with the last
box set, it does have its fair share of interlacing (as with almost all
animated show DVD releases I’ve seen) and compression artifacts (due to
the show's clean cels), it’s nothing that will distract too badly or anger
you into returning it to the store. It’s an older show and it shows its
age at times, but it’s to be expected.
Audio is identical to the last release: Dolby 2.0 and nothing more. It’s
what you’d expect from an older animated show and there’s nothing to be
disappointed about here. I’m sure a deluxe 5.1 remix would be wonderful
to have, but it’s really not worth it for most of these episodes. The
only other audio on this set is the commentaries and that on the special
features, which we’ll now progress into.
The first commentary we get is a video commentary that takes place in
Dini’s apartment. Present are Hillhouse, Timm, Riba and Dini and they
talk through the episode "Mxyzpixilated." An entertaining commentary
throughout, the ending is also quite humorous with the way the sign off
is given; sure it’s cheesy, but c’mon…it was good fun!
Second we hit commentaries for "Brave New Metropolis" and "World’s
Finest Part 1". The "Brave New Metropolis" commentary can be kind of
dull at times, it’s almost funnier than "Mxyzpixilated" was. The
comments on Lois’s surprised gasp every time a character came on screen
were quite humorous; combine it with the lack of anything to say halfway
through the episode, it was quite a fun listen.
"World’s Finest Part 1" is informative and pretty much a definitive
commentary. Lots of facts that went on behind the scenes and talk of
colors and animation made for an informative session. If you’re a fan of
the episode, it’s definitely well-worth listening to for all of the
Flash past the commentaries and we get a Villains featurette. This is
nicely detailed and runs a fair amount of time, so nothing to be
disappointed at here. It delves into the show's established villains as
well as its own (Livewire, Luminous) creations and is another good featurette to add to the pile. A few trailers are thrown on Side B of
disc two and that’s it for the special features.
Menu’s are animated once again and I must give a negative strike for one point: Lois’s “scream” as she falls in the opening menu scenes is
one of the most stock sounding screams I’ve ever heard. Aside from, the
menus have a beautiful look to them, as well as sound with the STAS
theme playing over the main menus.
Moving past the disc contents, we’ll fly over to what they’re presented
in: the packaging. Again, we’re met with a two-disc digi-pak set with
one single and one double-sided disc. The discs are snug in their
holders, so no worries about the “flipper” disc falling during shipment.
Packaging is nice, vibrant colors with a proper color tone that goes
next to the first volume. No disappointment in that front.
Lastly we get a bonus animation cel with this release. Featuring Lois
and Superman with the Daily Planet as the backdrop, this is a very nice,
high-quality cel that is a great freebie. It doesn't add to the cost of
the set and it's a cool bonus. It’s a shame that not all sets come
with them (look for a sticker on the outside of the packaging indicating
Overall, this is another great set in the Superman: The Animated
Series installments. With the third volume undoubtedly coming around
the release of Superman Returns in theaters, we should have the
complete collection of Superman: The Animated Series before long.
I personally can’t wait to have this entire series alongside the
completed Batman: The Animated Series volumes.