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Blu-Ray + Digital  |  Warner Bros.  | 1996-2000 |  1138 mins |  Rated PG  |  October 26,  2021

Director:  Curt Geda, Dan Riba, Toshihiko Masuda, Kenji Hachizaki, Butch Lukic

Starring:  Tim Daly, Dana Delany, David Kaufman, Clancy Brown, Lauren Tom

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Video:

Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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Audio

English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
Spanish: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1

| Film Synopsis |

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation (WBA), the Emmy Award-winning 'Superman: The Animated Series' was the perfect follow-up to the landmark Batman: the Animated Series.

 

Producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett elevated The Man of Steel’s animated presence with an imaginative, heartfelt look at Superman’s adventures in Metropolis alongside Lois Lane and opposite the villainous likes of Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid and more.

 

Premiering on September 6, 1996, the series continued WBA’s dominance in Super Hero animation, once again setting new standards for storytelling, art direction and acting performances – and garnering 11 Emmy Award nominations and two Emmy Award wins, including top honors as the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program of 1998.

| Video |

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings us 'Superman: The Complete Animated Series' on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer remastered from the original 35mm source. The HD upgrade is absolutely amazing.  Colors are incredibly vibrant and bold throughout the entire set. Everything looks sparkling new and crystal clear. Black levels run very deep. This presentation really dazzles the screen.

| Audio |

This Blu-Ray disc comes with a DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio mix that is really lively and exciting. Dialogue is crystal clear. Sound effects carry a real weight within the mix.  but naturally doesn’t get to have any surround or major subwoofer action.

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| Special Features |
  • Audio Commentary: In a bit of a curious choice, the four audio commentaries provided on this set can only be viewed in standard definition instead of as an alternate audio track on the high definition versions of the episodes. 

  • The Last Son Of Krypton – Part I: Bruce Timm, Dan Riba, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini and Glen Murakami

  • Stolen Memories: Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Curt Geda and Glen Murakami

  • The Main Main – Part II: Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini and Glen Murakami

  • Mxyzpixilated: Bruce Timm, Dan Riba, Paul Dini and Jason Hillhouse

  • Superman – Timeless Icon: A new 33-minute featurette which covers the cultural relevance of Superman, the process of creating Superman: The Animated Series, the pressure that was felt coming off Batman: The Animated Series, the early concepts of the series, the challenges that the show presented, the character designs, specific storylines, the legacy of the series and much more that fans will eat up. 

  • Menaces Of Metropolis – Behind The Villains Of Superman: A 13-minute featurette which takes a closer look at some of the iconic (and not iconics) villains featured in the show, the process of digging into the comic history, finding new ways to battle Superman and much more that shows some of the unique challenges of this character. 

  • Building The Mythology – Superman’s Supporting Cast: A ten-minute featurette which shows the characters that are essential to the Superman lore and how they are brought to life in this series. You understand the strength of Superman goes far beyond the Man of Steel himself. 

  • Superman – Learning To Fly: A ten-minute piece which explores some of the process of adapting Superman to the small screen and what the creative team wanted to accomplish with this show. 

  • A Little Piece Of Trivia: An option to watch the episode “A Little Piece Of Home” with optional pop-up trivia track. This is presented in standard definition. 

  • The Despot Darkseid – A Villain Worthy Of Superman: A 17-minute piece which takes a closer look at one of the most formidable villains in Superman’s bench of adversaries. This provides some great background history from the creatives on the show. 

| Overall Reaction |

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has done an outstanding job with this release. The wealth of special features are very informative of the series and the history of Superman.  Each episode both look and sound amazing from it's original source. This is for sure worth the purchase for any Superman fan. 

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SUMMARY:

Film:  4.0   Video:  4.0   Audio:  3.5    Extras:  4.5    Overall:  4.0