Hey folks, Valkor here. And welcome back to another episode of BluView, where we showcase some of the hottest Blu Ray discs out now or soon to be released. This next bit will be a dual review alongside MediaView (Ap3x covered the DVD) of the first full featured animated film “The Green Lantern: First Flight”.
Everything that needs to be said about the film can be found here – [HERE]
I’m not the biggest Green Lantern fan, but this movie exceeded all my expectations. I will agree with Ap3x in that it’s not a “true” GL origin story; mainly because we jump from Hal getting the ring straight to him heading off into space and joining up with the GL Corp. We don’t get to see how he ultimately knows how to use the ring, fight crime on earth and such, but honestly none of it matters because the story given is so involving so damn hardcore that you really won’t care about all that stuff, you just wanna enjoy the movie. And enjoy it you will. From the moment he heads off into space its action, pure action. The end battle between Hal and Sinestro is truly “edge of your seat” material as they really wail on each other.
Another plus for the film, and I would hate myself had I not mentioned it is the voice actors. Every voice fits their character, and I was especially surprised at how well Chris Meloni was as Hal/GL, seriously I didn’t think it would work… I’m glad I was wrong… so very, very wrong.
For audio you get Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1. The vocals are what make the audio shine because the voice work is super crisp and clear. There’s tons of great audio effects too, especially the final battle between Hal and Sinestro; there just so much going. The video is super clean and as it should for a Blu Ray, though I think Warner should have pumped in some extra loot to add some more polish to the animation. Sometimes the animation looks damn good and then it reverts back to standard television animation. Think I’m just nitpickin? Keep a close eye on the Lantern’s uniform. Notice how the green can be a solid green, and then in couple of seconds be a washed out green.
I’m not the biggest fan of extras, but any true comic geek worth his weight in geekdom owes it to him/herself to watch the extras after the film. I’m talkin some really choice bits made it on this disc. For starters you get “Behind the story with Geof Johns” Johns gives us his take on the comic and working on the film; very interesting stuff. But I watched that AFTER I hit up “First Look at Superman/Batman: Public Enemies”. I’ve read the book a number of times, and to say I’m not excited for the film is an understatement. You also get 5, count em: 5 episodes, featuring in some way or all the way, The Green Lantern, all picked by Bruce Timm. 2 are Justice League Unlimited episodes and 3 are Justice League eps. And these are some damn good episodes he picked; if it were only the film and these episodes, I wouldn’t hate on Warner for skimpin out on the rest of the extras. Finally you get the "Digital Copy" so you can load up the film on your media players, Behind the Scenes of “Blackest Night”, GL Corp character profiles, Duck Dodgers: The Green Loontern and more. Seriously… there’s more…
Green Lantern: First Flight hits the shelves July 28th and any fan of the character should definitely pick this up to add along side Batman Gotham Knight, Wonder Woman, and JLA: A New Frontier. It’s a great film, with tons of action and some of the best extras I’ve ever had the priviledge to watch. Out of TOV 5 stars, I give Green Lantern First Flight 4.5 stars and it’s been Valkor tested, TOV approved!