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Marvel Knights - Black Panther

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  • Directors: Mark Brooks
  • Format: Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Vivendi
  • Release Date: Jan. 18 2011
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  • ASIN: B00465I19C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,552 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Marvel Knights-Black Panther ~ Marvel Knights-Black Panther

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127 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Different Feb. 19 2011
By John Kress - Published on
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1. First, people should be aware that this is not a movie, but an 8 episode mini-series.

2. The animation style is different, somewhere between "normal" animation and a motion comic, but the art is John Romita Jr.'s and is first rate. If you are the sort of person who gets upset that not all animation looks like your favorite "cartoons", this might bother you. If you are the sort of person who can relax and appreciate a unique style for what it is, then do that, and you'll see it is appropriate and really well done.

3. The voice acting is simply STELLAR. This voice talent and direction here is superb. We even get Stan Lee himself voicing a crotchety, loud-mouthed general, and getting it just right.

4. Characters of almost infinite lameness, e.g. Klaw (the guy "made of sound") and Batroc ("the leaper") are re-imagined in interesting and subtle ways, transforming them into both credible threats and working to build a Black Panther mythos.

5. Some people are upset that the Black Panther lays the smack down on Captain America. It *is* clearly emphasized that Cap has just started out (he has the old, pointy shield to prove it) ... and this Black Panther of the WW II era has MUCH more experience. And let's be honest, the Black Panther is in Captain America's weight class (I'd put Wolverine in there too). And do you know a better way to establish a character as a formidable fighter than to show him taking down Captain America (after a hard fight)? And as "generic state department guy" reminds us, the Panther did take out the Fantastic Four, all four of them, in his first appearance (canonically, in the comics). The Black Panther is TOUGH, Cap was trespassing, assuming that an African country mainly counted as a stage for his fight with the Nazis, and the Panther showed him the door.

6. The music is remarkable, incorporating many African styles -- appropriate, since (nearly) all the action takes place in Africa. I understand the composer even created elements of the Wakandan language, appropriate that area of Africa.

7. The series succeeds in making it very much a family story, placing T'Challa's mother, uncle (the previous Black Panther), and sister front and center in the story, not pushed off to the side.

8. The series doesn't make any bones about taking place in a political context of a world where various European powers have felt that Africa belongs by right to them, rather than Africans, a history that is of course still very much with us. If you don't like your super-hero stories to touch on actual political and historical themes, go rent a Super Friends DVD, this isn't for you. (I take it back. Even the Super Friends tried to make a positive political statement, as painful and clumsy as it seems today, with characters like "Black Vulcan" and "Apache Chief '... *winces at the memory*). Is it coincidence that that the super-villain team that attacks Wakanda (which lies basically at the heart of Africa) is led by a Belgian, and includes a Frenchman, an Englishman, an American, and a Russian? (I also enjoyed Batroc's comeback to the Juggernaut's taunt about the US saving France during WW II, "Yes, you owed us one for helping you win your Revolution.")

9. The portrayal of the Roman Catholic Church is rather absurd if taken at face value -- and we're left wondering why the Black Knight is a Catholic zealot, instead of, say, a good Anglican, fighting for the Church of England. I believe the writers succeed in calling attention to the fact that political and economic imperialism rarely occur apart from religious imperialism. My guess is that this was less sloppy writing than a convenient way to portray both the Catholic Church's history in Africa as well as Great Britain's. "Christianizing and civilizing the heathen African savages" was a crucial part of the justificatory rhetoric of colonialism after all. The portrayal of organized religion is rather absurd and unfair, and does a disservice to all the good that was been done by the Church in Africa. There are more Roman Catholics in Africa today than in Europe, and it is likely that the future of Christianity will belong to Africa (at least the foreseeable future).

10. Minor point of annoyance for me: the substitution of the Juggernaut for the Rhino (who was in the comic book run). It's completely understandable why they did it: because it created an entirely plausible reason to work Ororo into the storyline. But 1. you can't stop the Juggernaut with knock-out gas. If you could, everyone would just do that, and he wouldn't be very unstoppable, now would he?; and 2. come on, who doesn't want to see THE RHINO actually in Africa? It's too hilarious NOT to do. Oh well. On the other hand, I can't think of a better way to get Storm involved in the action either.

11. In sum, Art: 5 stars, Voice acting: 5 stars, Music: 5 stars, Characters: well written and complex, Story: some implausible parts, but succeeds on a deeper level, touching on more serious social, cultural, and political issues, without being too heavy handed about it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Animation Style, Unique Feel Jan. 12 2016
By snow47 - Published on
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This was a very pleasant surprise. I read up on the 'Marvel Knights' animation style, and was expecting something very limited. Having watched it, I almost prefer this to typical animation. Technically speaking this style has fewer frames and less-fluid movement, but the quality of the images is superior because this is taking frames from very good comic book artwork as the source. Great textures, tight stylization, very cool.

As someone looking to learn a bit more about this character ahead of the upcoming film, I found the story interesting and dramatic. It it s bit jumpy, due to being a series of short-burst episodes instead of a seamless longer film. That being said, this is quite high-quality for an animated adaption, and the African setting and style (to the music, among other things) which sets it apart from the typical Marvel stuff. Well worth the price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Miniseries Wish it was longer Jan. 28 2015
By popcornkid - Published on
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Excellent Miniseries
Wish it was longer! 6 episodes, not 8 as I'd been led to believe.
Great art direction, all star talent cast, great score and most importantly, engaging, intelligent story. There's a reason it was never aired in America: brutally honest biting social commentary. Watch this Miniseries to get caught up on the likely Black Panther storyline for the upcoming BP film! (Might be better than the film) Support quality storytelling
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Marvel History ever. Nov. 4 2014
By Kenneth Harrigan - Published on
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Absolutely Fantastic Storyline!!! Unfortunately this is an action comic book instead of the great animation that Marvel has available. But this is the best storyline of all Marvel characters. You get the complete history for the Black Panther and a surprise history on another popular Marvel character. This dvd also acknowledges Wakanda's place in world history. The script is great and it explains plenty and it has good humor also. Several well known Marvel villains are a part of the action. There are also popular celebrities doing the voices such as Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamonds) as the Black Panther, along with Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott, Stan Lee himself and others. The only reason this dvd does not get 5 stars is because this is not a true animated film and plays in episodes. Although you can select Play All on the dvd. Buy the way, the price is less than $10. It is over 2 hours long.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Recommend Irrespective of Age Aug. 8 2015
By John Nicholson - Published on
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Wow! Just wow! I can almost guarantee that the U.S. would think this to be "anti-American" and "anti-Capitalism"! This short series (which could have been a movie in itself) is littered with so much hidden truth about the nature of the world. There's a lot of ambiguity throughout to leave the mind to wonder about the messages; some well placed comedic relief; and lot of knowledge of the Wakanda tribe (especially hints of spiritual superiority). There's not a excessive focus on T'Challa, and it attempts to capture more of the larger picture - which emotes balance.

I kind of wished it was longer. Sighs. The voice actor selection was precise. The storyline was spectacular. Very sensible and fitting. This is a decent introduction to the Black Panther if anyone is not familiar with it. And since Marvel is releasing a movie for this in a few years, this would be a great premise/foundation for any new BP fans.

BP faced off against Captain America on here....although Cap lost, it was kind of a weak fight scene.

I like how the characters are constantly reintroduced in each episode; it helps prime the memory for those who are new to this series. My son and his cousins love this and have watched it 3 times already, and they still wanna see it again. It would be nice if BET could air this during Black History month again in conjunction with an actually brief historic capture of the BPP since there are some loose connections.

Aside from it being short and concise, I have no complaints. High recommend

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