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With its 16:9 enhanced widescreen presentation, STARCROSSED THE MOVIE is JUSTICE LEAGUE done right. Since its debut, JUSTICE LEAGUE has aired at various times on Cartoon Network in full screen and widescreen versions, with widescreen being preferred by the series creators. Now even though the series is intended for widescreen consumption, previous JUSTICE LEAGUE DVD releases have only offered full screen versions of the episodes. Hopefully, the DVD release of JUSTICE LEAGUE: STARCROSSED THE MOVIE ($20) will be a foretaste of things to come, and we will see season sets of JUSTICE LEAGUE in 16:9 enhanced widescreen.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: STARCROSSED THE MOVIE combines a three episode story arc edited into a single entity, which delivers some of the series best and most dramatic moments. The plot centers on the arrival of a space fleet from Hawkgirl’s Thanagarian home world that has come to Earth offering to bolster our planet’s defensive capabilities against an impending invasion force. However, the invasion threat turns out to be a ruse and the Thanagarians’ intentions for Earth turn out to be far from benign. As you might expect, this leaves the members of the Justice League facing overwhelming odds as they try to take back the planet from the Thanagarians. JUSTICE LEAGUE: STARCROSSED THE MOVIE features the vocal talent of Kevin Conroy as Batman, Maria Canals as Hawkgirl, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Phil LaMarr as Green Lantern, Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter, George Newbern as Superman and Michael Rosenbaum as The Flash.

Warner Home Video has made JUSTICE LEAGUE: STARCROSSED THE MOVIE available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays, plus a full screen version is also provided. Both versions look good, but 16:9 enhanced version is decidedly preferable, as it provides more dramatic framing and looks better on a large widescreen display. The image appears as crisp as this type of 2D animation can look. Colors are strongly saturated and rendered with complete stability. Blacks are on the money, while the whites appear pure. There are no visual imperfections in the image and digital compression artifacts are always nicely contained.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: STARCROSSED THE MOVIE comes with a fine sounding Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo surround soundtrack. Obviously mixed for the broadcast medium, the forward soundstage dominates, with the rear channels offing occasional effects, ambient sounds and musical fill. There is good channel separation across the front, plus the music produces a strong sense of presence. Fidelity is just fine, although the bottom end could have been a bit punchier. No other language tracks are provided, but English, French and Spanish subtitles have been included.

Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as a few extras. Hawkman: From Comics to Cartoon runs seven minutes and discussed the character’s development over the decades and why he doesn’t appear in this adventure. Four deleted scenes are provided, and while they are primarily extensions of existing sequences, they are interesting nonetheless. Tour Of The Watchtower offers a four-minute look at the Justice League’s orbital base of operations. Justice League Watchtower Bios provides a who’s who of the heroes featured in the show. Closing things out are trailers for JUSTICE LEAGUE: STARCROSSED THE MOVIE, BATMAN: THE MYSTERY OF BATWOMAN, SUPERMAN: THE LAST SON OF KRYPTON, SAMURAI JACK: SEASON ONE, and ALOHA SCOOBY-DOO!.

With JUSTICE LEAGUE: STARCROSSED THE MOVIE, Warner really does right by the series fans and its creators. The 16:9 enhanced widescreen presentation gives the program just the right look, as the widescreen framing makes it seem all the more dramatic. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that JUSTICE LEAGUE: STARCROSSED THE MOVIE is a top-flight adventure from the television series. If you are a superhero fan, you’ll definitely want to check out this DVD.



Justice League - Star Crossed (2004)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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