Blu-ray: GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS (2011)
This 1080p/AVC-encoded disc is a handsome effort by Warner Premiere. One problem plagues the release though and that is color banding. Sadly the issue doesn’t just appear in backgrounds and lighting. Some can be seen on characters as well. But as is the case with these DC Direct titles, the colors are spectacularly vibrant. The balance is perfect and the blacks are inky. Outside of the banding, the Blu-ray doesn’t display any other digital anomalies.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track has the solid treatment that has come to signify these DC Direct titles. In the sound effects department, the film is first rate. From the rings powering up to the booming bass during fight sequences the soundscape erupts with action. For the most part the elements are balanced nicely and the directionality is well done. Once or twice I did notice the sounds lagging behind the fast images, but it was minor. The dialogue scenes are simply just that clear front heavy speech.
DC Direct titles always have nice features and this one doesn’t disappoint. The commentary from DC Ent. CCO Geoff Johns and DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio is an engaging talk on the origins of the film and the lore of Green Lantern. They definitely focus more on the overall property than specifics about this production though.
“Only the Bravest: Tales of the Green Lantern Corps” is a half hour look at the themes of bravery, selflessness and fear that permeate the world. The mini-doc talks with DC execs, artists and even a psychology professor to delve deep into these universe’s issues. It’s a fascinating doc that illuminates the unique Green Lantern world.
It’s equally matched with the 18-minute doc “Why Green Lantern Matters: The Talent of Geoff Johns.” The doc chronicles Johns revamping of the Green Lantern world, bringing Hal Jordan back into the Corps and later creating the various colored lantern corps. The doc is a great supplement to get a quick lesson of events that have transpired in the Green Lantern universe that are not featured on film yet.
The “From Comicbook to Screen” features profile the tales of Abin Sur and Laira from the comics to EMERALD KNIGHTS. They serve as nice additional bios for the beloved characters.
The disc also includes Bruce Timm’s picks from the TV series BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, a great excitement building promo for the upcoming BATMAN: YEAR ONE, a promo for ALL-STAR SUPERMAN and the 13-page virtual Green Lantern comic.