JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED:
For my money, JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED was and is the finest animated superhero series ever produced for television- thus far. Following in the legendary footsteps of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES and BATMAN BEYOND, JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED delivers animated superhero adventures that are ready for an adult audience. JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED succeeded famously because it never "dumbed down" its stories and was always respectful of the comic book characters and their mythologies (not to mention the audience). Additionally, JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED manages to keep the episodes fairly character driven, despite having to shoehorn a whole lot of action and story into a half hour time slot.
The basic premise of JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED finds that that founding members of the league Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy), Superman (voiced by George Newbern), Wonder Woman (voiced by Susan Eisenberg), Green Lantern (voiced by Phil LaMarr), Hawkgirl (voiced by Maria Canals), The Flash (voiced by Michael Rosenbaum) and The Martian Manhunter (voiced by Carl Lumbly), have flung open the doors of their society to include all the world’s superheroes. Some of the superheroes making appearances during the series final season include Green Arrow (voiced by Kin Shriner), Supergirl (voiced by Nicholle Tom), Dr. Fate (voiced by Oded Fehr), The Question (voiced by Jeffrey Combs), Vixen (voiced by Gina Torres), Black Canary (voiced by Morena Baccarin) and Huntress (voiced by Amy Acker).
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED: SEASON TWO ($27) comes to DVD in a four-disc set that features the following thirteen episodes: I Am Legion, Shadow Of The Hawk, Chaos At The Earth's Core, To Another Shore, Flash And Substance, Dead Reckoning, Patriot Act, The Great Brain Robbery, Grudge Match, Far From Home, Ancient History, Alive!, Destroyer. JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED: SEASON TWO features the rise of the Legion of Doom, Flash switching bodies with Lex Luthor (voiced by Clancy Brown), the female superheroes are brainwashed into a "girl fight" and Darkseid (Michael Ironside) makes an appearance that may signal the demise of the Earth. Other featured voices heard during season tow include Corey Burton as Brainiac, Powers Boothe as Grodd, Ron Perlman as Orion and J.K. Simmons as General Wade Eiling.
Warner Home Video has made all twenty-two episodes that comprise JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED: SEASON TWO available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. As expected, JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED: SEASON TWO looks really sweet on DVD. The presentations just rock, and blow away a typical Cartoon Network broadcast. Picture quality is excellent for this type of television caliber animation, with everything looking clean, sharp and brightly colored. As this series was not produced on film, JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED is free from the grain and print flaws that were occasionally bothersome in previous superhero series produced by Warner’s television animation division. Digital compression artifacts are never a cause for concern.
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED: SEASON TWO arrives on DVD with Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtracks, which decode rather well to standard surround. As always, it remains my opinion that 5.1 should be the rule instead of the exception. What we have sounds really good, but the sound mixes have that "made for television" imprint all over them. As expected, the majority of the sound localized to the forward soundstage, with the rears adding only mild effects, ambient sounds and musical fill. Dialogue is crisp and clean. A Portuguese language track and Portuguese subtitles have also been included on the DVD.
Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard episode selection and set up features, as well as a few nice extra features. Cadmus Exposed offers a roundtable discussion of the Cadmus storyline. Justice League Chronicles offers the series’ creative team, who discuss their favorite moments of the final-season. Lastly there is a Music-Only Track for the episode Destroyer, with an introduction by Bruce Timm.
Animated superhero television series just don’t get any better than JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED. If you are a fan, then JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED: SEASON TWO is a must have. Highly recommended.
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