DVD Straightjacket - Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths


Synopsis:
In a parallel Earth ruled by the Crime Syndicate, the Justice League must fight their evil doppelgangers in a battle that would be dead even, except that their malicious counterparts are willing to do the one thing Batman and Superman never would: kill.

Special Features:
Blu-ray - DC Showcase: The Spectre short; "A First Look at next DC Universe Movie" featurette; Green Lantern First Look; Superman/Batman Public Enemies First Look; Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess; "The New World" - Extended Cut; Bruce Timm’s Top Picks - "A Better World" Part 1 – {previously on Justice League Unlimited S2 release}, "A Better World" Part 2 – {previously on Justice League Unlimited S2 release}, "Twilight" Part 1 – {previously on Justice League Unlimited S2 release}, and "Twilight" Part 2 – {previously on Justice League Unlimited S2 release}; DC TV Pilot Episodes (Live -Action) - Wonder Woman – (previously on Wonder Woman S1 release) and Aquaman – (never before released); and Trailers.

Two-Disc Special Edition - " A First Look at next DC Universe Movie" featurette; Green Lantern First Look; Superman/Batman Public Enemies First Look; Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess; DC Showcase: The Spectre short; "The New World" featurette; and Bruce Timm’s Top Picks - "A Better World" Part 1 – {previously on Justice League Unlimited S2 release} and "A Better World" Part 2 – {previously on Justice League Unlimited S2 release}.

Single Disc - "A First Look at next DC Universe Movie" featurette; Green Lantern First Look; Superman/Batman Public Enemies First Look, Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess; and Trailers.

Review:
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is (as usual with all the DC animated features) extremely well-done, action-packed, and beautiful to look at. It follows the same proven-to-work formula of being straight and to the point. These direct-to-DVD features have a wonderful track record of presenting a problem, establishing the plot, and getting right to the non-stop action real fast.

Writer Dwayne McDuffie makes a wonderful attempt at cramming all your favorite JL characters into a small running time. They come up a bit short Batman, but do their best to make up for it in the last act. It’s interesting that they decided to go with Hal Jordan as Green Lantern in this versus the John Stewart representation from the TV series. I’m sure it has something to do with the timeline in the DC Universe or something like that. I plead ignorance. It seems like the artists for this were feature were trying to set it apart and separate it from the animated series. Most of the iconic characters have a different look to them.

Which brings me to my only real complaint with the film: the voices of the characters. They just didn’t “feel” right. There seemed to be something off with the choices of actors to voice these legendary roles. William Baldwin as Batman and Mark Harmon as Superman didn’t have the same flair to them as Kevin Conroy and Tim Daly in the roles they have become attached to in their Batman and Superman Animated Series and countless features. As much as I hate to admit it, this really was distracting to the entire feature.

In closing, I have to say that Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths ends up being a worthy addition to any collector of the DC Universe comics and movies. I really never followed the Crisis comic series, so I can’t really compare the movie with the canon of the books. I’m reviewing it as a stand-alone film with no preconceived expectations. (Review by Eric Shirey)

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