Justice League (DVD) : Review

Film

Following on closely to the events depicted in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Bruce Wayne / Batman (Ben Affleck – The AccountantSuicide Squad) is on a quest to unite a group of special people, possessing unique abilities and powers, drawing inspiration from Superman’s (Henry Cavill) sacrifice, and selfless act. As the world faces a grave dangers, and a powerful enemy from a time long past, Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds – Frozen).

Joining this intrepid group of metahumans, is Batman’s newfound ally, Diana Prince / Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot – Wonder WomanTriple 9), to face an even greater enemy. Barry Allen / The Flash (Ezra Miller – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) is on-board, with Arthur Curry / Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Victor Stone / Cyborg (Ray Fisher) rounding off the list.

With all the many characters brought together in one story, and the fast pace at which we are introduced to each, especially for viewers new to these characters and this world, rewatch value is rather high on the film given that the film is both a good story and contains a lot of information and action thrown at the user in one go.

Of course, one could not let a DC Universe collection exist without the addition of this latest outing of the heroes, so yet another reason to get a copy.

Read the full SAMDB review of Justice League.

Disc

Overall, the disc is of a good technical quality, with a fun main feature.

Justice League is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a decent average bitrate, with no visible artefacts on-screen. There is also no visible colour bleed. Details in darker scenes is good, as with the many faster paced action sequences.

Viewers with the necessary hardware or software could scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they wish.

Video for the bonus feature is a bit more compressed, leaving more space for a higher bitrate on the main feature. However, that being said, while the disc is dual layer, there is still an amount of free space on the disc that could have been utilised.

The menus are very compressed, at low bitrates, but this poses no issue, as this is merely to navigate with.

Audio

Audio is encoded at a high constant bitrate, and presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Dialogue is clear via the centre speaker. The audio stage is very broad, with great use of discreet mixing to both front and surround channels, greatly expanding the on-screen world, and placing the viewer in the midst of the action.

Audio for the bonus feature on the disc is presented only as a stereo 2.0 soundtrack.

Navigation

Navigation is simple, and easy to use. The main menu is static, with a background poster and accompanying music. There are text links to play the main feature, scene selections, languages, and special feature.

The scene selection sub-menus each contain six medium sized colour, static thumbnails, for a total of twelve chapters. While these are numbered, they are not labelled, nor is there any package insert listing with chapter names or descriptions.

The languages sub-menu has a text list of available audio languages, including English descriptive audio, and a list of available subtitle languages, including English for the deaf or hard of hearing.

The special feature (singular) sub-menu has just one text item, to play the included special feature on the disc.

Bonus Features

Road to Justice – This feature talks about how the heroes have teamed up, covering from the Justice Society to the Justice League, with insightful input from the creators and filmmakers.

A fun trip down memory lane, that should appeal to any lover of the DC Universe or the DC Comics. A nice addition.

Packaging

Packaging is rather standard on the DVD, with a poster on the front, with title. There are no cast names, but these should be known to almost everyone by now.

The back of the packaging has a few small poster type images, showing one hero per poster. There is a short synopsis, and the usual technical information too.

There are no package inserts, such as chapter listing.

Published by Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za And IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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