Superman vs The Elite [Blu-ray]
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DCU: Superman vs. The Elite (Blu-ray)
Based on Joe Kelly's Action Comics story What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way? (No. 775), Superman vs. the Elite finds Superman in the unusual position of being saved rather than doing the saving. His helpers are a newly fashioned group of freelance superheroes known as the Elite, and at first glance, it looks like there might be a chance for Superman to combine forces with the telepathic Manchester Black and his fellow superheroes in the war against crime. But any hopes of partnership quickly turn into rivalry. The ruthless quartet's have-no-mercy attitude raises the question of whether the world has moved on to replace Superman and his idealistic beliefs with a new breed of heroes, ones who don't just stop wrongdoers, but deliver the ultimate judgment. The animation is only adequate in this 14th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, but the story and the voice talent make the film worth seeing. George Newbern (Superman) and Robin Atkin Downes (Manchester Black) are especially excellent in their roles, and while there are certainly some changes from the original comic, the idea that Superman's idealism and sense of morality continue to have a place in an increasingly cynical and violent world comes through loud and clear. (Ages 13 and older) --Tami Horiuchi --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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At first, it seems like a simple, effective answer to complicated times, but the story soon begins to illustrate that so-called heroes who don't know where to draw the line are more trouble than they're worth.
The animation has a few weak moments, but some quite impressive ones too, and overall I'd say it's well produced. If anything, my only complaint is that they're still releasing single-disc editions of these films with virtually no extras (aside from some trailers) and saving any special features for a two-disc edition. It's both wasteful and unnecessary to put the extras on a second disc, and it's an obvious cash grab. Why not charge slightly more for a single-disc edition complete with everything? These are only 75 minute films, after all.
That’s basically the premise of the movie and it’s not so much a story with the fate of the planet hanging in the balance, but rather a story about the fate of how villains should be dealt with hanging in the balance. Bottom line is the question: is the world ready to move on from using temporal solutions to stop criminals—super or otherwise—to permanently stopping them by simply killing them?
Superman believes in the potential good in everyone whereas the Elite, led by Manchester Black, believes that if you mess up, you should die to a) bring justice to whatever crime you did, and, b) stop any future chance of it happening again. While in a way you can see where he’s coming from, his black-and-white view of how to deal with evil leaves a lot to be desired. If anything, his view mirrors Superman’s in that justice must come to pass, but Superman also believes in mercy and forgiveness and the idea of learning one’s lesson then trying to make a positive go at things versus getting one shot and if you blow it then that’s it.
Part of this movie asks the question about Superman’s place in our modern society and if his ideals and motives are still relevant. Face it, we live in a very cynical, hard-edged world where people would sooner see the worst in others—while missing the bad in themselves, of course—than acknowledge people’s shortcoming(s) for what they are, try to fix the issue(s), forgive and move on.Read more ›
Based on a short action comic story and later fleshed out in Justice League Elite; it's a typical DC mini movie of 75 min. length which probably should have been a little longer with more of a backstory on the elite. As I found it a bit too simplistic and the ending a bit weak. But it will do.
As for extras, there are really only two main ones. One is a 15 min. look into The Elite characters done by the co-creator of the comic which goes into much more detail on these flawed so-called heroes. Too bad more of this couldn't have been put into the movie. And the other is also a 15 min. piece on the morals of being a superhero and where do you draw the line between enforcing the law and becoming the law.
In addition there are two 10 min. mini documentaries on The Dark Knight, Part 1 and DCU: All Star Superman and two episodes from the Superman TV series which address this issue. One on an alternate universe where Superman has become the bad guy and one on a warrior queen who has to learn from Superman that she serves her people; they don't serve her! Both of them are quite enjoyable.
The main audio is an English DTS-HD 5.1 track. There are also Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in French, Spanish and Portuguese. As for the DVD, it is another of those unique to DC DVD/Digital Copy combo discs. It has only the movie and the two mini documentaries. Everything else is only on the Bluray.Read more ›
On the surface, this thing appears to try too hard. It starts off quite cheesy, but with just the right light dose of self awareness. The deceptively kiddie looking animation doesn't help either. Cheesy thankfully doesn't last too long before it evolves in to something else entirely.
I was amazed to find this short comic book movie actually felt like a great Christopher Reeve era live action movie. The themes aren't new, but the methods for Superman in cartoon-dom are. This movie has a message the way the good blue-tighted boy scout always does, but it's an enjoyable one that takes it's time and balances the nice subtle touches with the brash.
What starts out feeling like a fun unfilling appetizer winds up feeling more like the main course Superman should rightfully be but rarely ever is.
A very welcome but unexpected surprise.
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Another bunch of would-be heroes (who think that they are the best thing since sliced bread) have their butt kicked in the end by our beloved man of steel. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2013 by Wolfen
I picked up this title out of curiosity and was crossing my fingers it wouldn't end up in the "not so good movies" pile. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2012 by Stefanie Beaudin