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The World’s Finest Reviews “Constantine: City of Demons – The Movie”

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Constantine: City of Demons – The Movie animated feature, now available to own on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray. In short, While sometimes hampered by the limitations of its budget, Constantine: City of Demons – The Movie exudes confidence in both its feature character and the story it wants to tell, and even that is bolstered by having actor Matt Ryan back in the trench-coat as DC Comics’ top occultist. It’s a great showcase for the character and builds nicely on his ever-growing cult following. To read the complete review, click on the image below.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has also provided a video clip from Constantine: City of Demons – The Movie, which features Constantine (voiced by Ryan) and Chas (voiced by Damian O’Hare) discussing the possibility of recruiting the Aztec God Mictlantecuhtli to assist in their quest to save Chas’s daughter. View the video in the player below.

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The World’s Finest Reviews “The Death of Superman,” New Video Clips, Images

The World’s Finest has published its review of the The Death of Superman animated feature, now available to own on Digital HD and coming to 4K Ultra Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on August 7, 2018. In short, The Death of Superman is a worthwhile, faithful retelling of the original comic book classic that’s worth checking out. While the script isn’t able to overcome a couple hiccups with Superman’s supporting cast and relationships, it more than makes up for it in its recreation of Doomsday’s reign of terror and his epic battle with the Man of Steel. To read the complete review, click on the image below.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has also provided new video clips from The Death of Superman, featuring Wonder Woman and Superman facing off against Doomsday, along with four new images. View the video in the player below, with images following beneath.

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The Death of Superman – Animated Feature Review

The Death of Superman
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation
Release Date: July 24, 2018 – Digital; August 7, 2018 – 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD

Synopsis: The Death of Superman ultimately finds Superman in a fight to the finish when the Man of Steel becomes the only hero who can stand in the way of the monstrous creature Doomsday and his unstoppable rampage of destruction. As the inaugural film in the DC Universe Movies series, Superman Doomsday told an abridged version of The Death Of Superman, DC Comics’ landmark 1992-93 comic phenomenon. But with a runtime of 75 minutes, the film focused on a core, singular storyline. The new, animated The Death of Superman, the first of a two-part film experience that will conclude with Reign of the Supermen in early 2019, restores many of the moments and characters that fans hold dear to their hearts.

The all-star cast is led by Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan, Stand By Me), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office) as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. The potent trio is joined by the DC Universe Movies’ returning voices of the Justice League: Jason O’Mara (The Man in High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, Daredevil) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle, ABC’s upcoming The Rookie) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty) as The Flash.

Producer Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) co-directs The Death of Superman with Jake Castorena (Justice League Action) from a script by New York Times best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights). Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay, Justice League Dark).



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The Death of Superman Feature Review
By James Harvey

Updating and reworking the classic DC Comics storyline, The Death of Superman is a thrilling adventure that makes the viewer dread the inevitable. While it’s not a beat-for-beat recreation of the famed DC Comics storyline from the 1990s, it definitely holds true to the original story. Character work between the Leaguers and Superman’s supporting cast is solid, making the film’s climactic battle with Doomsday that much more intense. You want the heroes to win here, but can’t help but feel worried knowing things – at least for now – are not going to end well. With fantastic animation (this is easily the best animated installment in the DC Universe Movie line since Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) and a solid script, The Death of Superman beautifully brings the gripping story-telling of the source material to life.


Now, we already know the story, and it’s already been adapted to animation before (in 2007’s Superman Doomsday), so we know the destination, but what about the journey itself? Is this a trip worth taking again? Short answer: Definitely. While it’s not perfect, the character work is handled well and the onscreen action is really engaging. And boy, there is a lot of action here. Given that the film features a massive extended fight sequence, the creative team deserve props for making it so riveting from start to finish, building to a surprisingly emotional fatal finale. Directors Sam Liu and Jake Castorena bring it all to the table, no question, and Frederik Wiedmann’s score nicely accentuates the dramatics unfolding on the screen. Naturally, spoilers will be as light as possible … even though we do know how this is going to play out.


The Death of Superman, after a short cold open where Superman faces off against Bruno Mannheim, works hard to make us care for these characters before the fists fly. We know it’s coming, that the fight is coming, and the movie does an admirable job at giving us a more thorough look at Superman’s world. And while it’s nice to see his supporting cast get more screentime, it does fall a little bit short. At this point in the DC Universe Movie continuity, it feels like Superman’s world should be a little more established, so we’re subject to a lot of character introductions that feel like they should have been done ages ago (though, granted, some of this are re-introductions for new viewers). If this was a stand-along entry, it likely wouldn’t have mattered as much, but after a host of shared continuity movies, this feels a little late.


Another hurdle this film attempts to overcome is how to wrap up the formally-burgeoning relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman, which has been growing since Justice League: War, in order to introduce and establish Superman’s relationship with Lois Lane. Given the tricky situation, The Death of Superman acknowledges Superman and Wonder Woman’s time together, and that it’s come to a close, but it also rushes Superman and Lois Lane to a couple specific relationship hallmarks that doesn’t quite work. There’s no real sense of how much time has passed between the end of Superman’s previous relationship and his current relationship with Lois Lane, and that ends up kind of muddling things up a little. Still, the creative team makes the best of the tough story-telling situation they’re in. There’s a really great moment with Lois Lane toward the end of movie that just packs such an emotional punch that it really sells the her relationship with Superman. That should come as no surprise, as writer Peter J. Tomasi is a pretty brilliant scribe (as evident by his amazing runs on Superman, Super Sons, and Batman & Robin, to name a few).


And while there are a couple issues that hold The Death of Superman back just a little, the final product we get is still a riveting film that features stunning action sequences, great choreography and nice character work among Superman, the Justice League and some of the Man of Steel’s supporting cast. There’s a nice small scene, after Superman takes down Mannheim, that involves some light, fun character work between Superman a couple of his fellow League members. Cyborg gets a little focus in the movie, too, which is a nice continuation of the plot threads started in Justice League: War. It’s also interesting to see how the characters have developed and changed since then. The Death of Superman really excels as presenting Superman as that beacon of hope and kindness, both in his interactions with his fellow teammates and how some of the film’s supporting cast see the hero.



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What The Death of Superman really excels at is the build-up and actual brutal showdown between Superman, the Justice League and Doomsday. The animation is top-notch and the action itself intense and riveting. Again, we know how this fight is going to end, but it’s still a brutal slugfest that manages to keep things tense despite the well-known climax to the whole bloody affair. Each Justice Leaguer gets a few moments to shine, too, with Wonder Woman’s last stand against Doomsday an incredible display of power that really establishes the stakes of what this threat could mean to the world. No punches are pulled here and, man, this fight gets absolutely savage. And nearly every moment of this battle looks pretty amazing, in terms of animation and staging. It’s clear the budget was a shade bigger than usual because, wow, The Death of Superman is one pretty lookin’ movie.


If you’ve watched any of the Justice League movies since Justice League: War (from 2014), you know what to expect here. The New 52-inspired costumes look sharp, though a little too busy for some of the Leaguers (Green Lantern and The Flash are two, for example). The design for Doomsday, however, is absolutely stellar. Fierce, ugly and …just a beast, Character Designer Phil Bourassa nails it here. A huge, hulking monstrosity of a creature, Bourassa’s design helps sell the massive threat Doomsday presents, which in turn helps to sell the inevitable result of its deadly clash with Superman.


And, much like the source material, this is one fight that Superman does not walk away from. The battle itself is absolutely engaging from start to finish, even though we know the outcome. That final moment between Superman and Doomsday, the one the brings the fisticuffs to end, hits hard and it still manages to be a little shocking. The Death of Superman handles that, along with the impact felt on his friends, his fellow Leaguers and the world, nicely. However, the film does move a little too quickly in setting up the sequel, which while still cool, does deflate things a little. Still, there are some great standout moments that spin out of this, including one with Luthor that just sells his manipulative and devious nature.


In terms of voice work, the cast is solid across the board. Everyone sounds comfortable in their roles, which should be no surprise as fair chunk of the cast consists of established DC Universe Movie players, but there is one performance that really pops. Rebecca Romijn absolutely shines as Lois Lane, and just utterly sells every single bit of that role. Lois endures a lot in this movie, providing the emotional core for The Death of Superman, and Romijn is stellar every step of the way. Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor is also a legitimate surprise, perfectly encapsulating the malicious genius of the character. You can hear the contempt in nearly every line of Luthor’s dialogue, and it works so well for this take on the classic Superman foe. Once again, Wes Gleason’s voice directing is spot-on.


Overall, The Death of Superman is a solid entry into the DC Universe Movie line. Did we need this story retold? Nah, but what we get here is a worthwhile, faithful retelling of the original comic book classic that’s worth checking out. While the script isn’t able to overcome a couple hiccups with Superman’s supporting cast and relationships, it more than makes up for it in its recreation of Doomsday’s reign of terror and his epic battle with the Man of Steel. It’s superbly executed and is littered with great dramatic moments and some show-stopping beatdowns. For those let down by Superman Doomsday over a decade ago, this is the adaptation you’ve been waiting for. The Death of Superman is a heckuva good time, folks. Highly Recommended!


Note: Review based off iTunes purchased edition of “The Death of Superman.” A Blu-ray edition was also provided to The World’s Finest by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to review.



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The Death of Superman – Home Media Review

The Death of Superman Home Entertainment Release
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: July 24, 2018 – Digital; August 7, 2018 – 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD

Synopsis: The Man of Steel meets his ultimate match when Doomsday comes to Earth – hell bent on destroying everything and everyone in his path, including the Justice League – in the action-packed The Death of Superman. Part of the popular series of DC Universe Movies, and produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated film ultimately finds Superman in a fight to the finish when the Man of Steel becomes the only hero who can stand in the way of the monstrous creature Doomsday and his unstoppable rampage of destruction.

The Death of Superman Enhanced Content
Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Deluxe Gift Set, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital
-The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All (Featurette) – Experience the battle between Superman and Doomsday like never before as creators of the iconic comic and the new film explore the nuances of “The Greatest Fight” with the help of a martial arts expert.
-A Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie, Reign of the Supermen – An exciting look at the next film in the two-part saga that brings the epic and emotional story of a world without the Man of Steel to life.
-From the DC Comics Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Dark Victory: Part 1” – After eliminating Imperiex, Brainiac 5 takes over his army and plans to take over the universe. With Superman thought to be dead, the other Legionnaires must stop him before it is too late!
-From the DC Comics Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Dark Victory: Part 2” – The Legion faces Imperiex in a final battle, while a traitor lurks in their midst.

DVD
A Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie, Reign of the Supermen – An exciting look at the next film in the two-part saga that brings the epic and emotional story of a world without the Man of Steel to life.
 

The Death of Superman Blu-Ray Review
by James Harvey

Released on Digital HD, 4K Ultra Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, The Death of Superman hits home media with a small selection of extras that nicely compliment the main feature. While the bonus content is lacking, the extra content is still a worthwhile watch.

Video and audio for the Blu-ray The Death of Superman is solid, though not perfect. The video transfer is clear and the colors look great, though there is noticeable banding and compression. That said, the transfer is definitely better than some of the recent previous entries in the DC Universe line. In terms of audio, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 transfer is great, suitably adding weight to the action scenes while also making sure the quiet scenes are also crystal clear. The major fisticuffs between Superman, the Justice League and Doomsday sound pretty amazing, with some punches absolutely brutal.

The enhanced content for The Death of Superman is unfortunately a little lacking, with roughly 25 minutes of featurettes and two bonus cartoons. Given how well the bonus content on the Superman Doomsday home media release extensively covered the comic book origins of The Death of Superman (there is some legitimately great documentaries and featurettes on there that, for fans of the DC Comics saga, are basically must-see), it is understandable that the content would not be repeated here. That said, the bonus content included with The Death of Superman is definitely lighter than expected, given the animated feature and its source material, but they’re still worth watching.

The bonus featurettes include “The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All” and a First Look featurette for “Reign of the Supermen.” The 16-minute “Brawl” featurette lightly covers the background of the original 1990s comic event, it’s impact and how the epic fight between Superman and Doomsday was handled to make sure it was effective and emotional for the characters and for the fans. It’s a new perspective on the epic battle, by looking at the stakes of the fisticuffs, and it’s actually a neat watch. However, those looking for a detailed look at the original battle and event will likely be a little letdown. Still, as a companion piece to the animated movie and a quick revisit to the original story, it’s a good watch.

The other featurette is a roughly 10-minute preview for the upcoming Reign of the Supermen animated movie (the sequel to The Death of Superman, providing a mix of talking head interviews, some production art and a wealth of finished footage. The featurette includes plenty of shots of the four Supermen – Superboy, Steel, The Eradicator and Cyborg Superman – and teases what the film will cover. It’s a great look at what’s up next for the DC Universe Movie line and, boy, the wait for this one is going to be excruciating.

Additional content, included on the Blu-ray release, includes the two-part Legion of Super-Heroes “Dark Victory” series finale. While the inclusion of these episodes is a little peculiar, it is fantastic to see this series get a little love.

It’s worth noting that for those who opt to purchase The Death of Superman on physical media will also get a small figurine with the Blu-ray Deluxe Gift Set. Again, it’s fantastic to see Warner Bros. Home Entertainment supporting the physical media release of this movie with exclusive content.

While the special features are a little lacking, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray release for The Death of Superman is definitely a worthwhile purchase. The main feature itself is a spectacular animated flick, featuring blistering action and surprising emotional depth, and makes up for any lack of enhanced content. The featurettes are enjoyable for what they are, but feel a little too light for the source material (that said, if you don’t own it already, pick up Superman Doomsday for an in-depth exploration of the film’s comic book origins). The video and audio quality is solid as well, though the The Death of Superman 4K Blu-ray release is easily superior. Regardless of the format, The Death of Superman is a great DC Universe Movie title worth adding to your collection and comes Highly Recommended.

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The Death of Superman – Reviews

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