JLA: Trapped in Time appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. This was an acceptable SD-DVD presentation.
The movie demonstrated mostly good clarity and definition. Some shots could be a bit on the soft side, but they didn’t create major concerns, so the majority of the program appeared reasonably accurate. I saw no noticeable problems or moiré effects, but I did view some light edge haloes. The shows remained nicely clean and fresh, as they displayed virtually no signs of various defects.
Colors presented the strongest elements of the movie, as the hues came across as pretty bright and vivid. Black levels seemed dark and solid, whereas low-light scenes appeared clean and concise. The softness/haloes left this as a “B”, but it still looked nice for its format.
As for the movie’s Dolby Surround 2.0 soundfield, the track focused mainly on the front channels, where I heard good stereo imaging for the music and reasonable usage of effects. The mix didn’t use those elements in an especially broad, engaging manner, though; they added some breadth to the proceedings but failed to create much specificity. Surround usage offered general support of the front without much else to merit attention.
Speech remained perfectly adequate. The lines sounded crisp and warm, with no issues caused by edginess or intelligibility. The score was bright and concise, and effects seemed decent; those elements could be a bit loose, but they were fine. This was an average mix.
As a bonus, the DVD includes two TV episodes. We find 1977’s “The Mysterious Time Creatures” from The All-New Super Friends Hour (23:06) as well as 1980’s “Elevator to Nowhere” from Super Friends (8:41). Yeef, what awful fare! I’d not watched Saturday morning fare since around the time the 1970s Super Friends aired and had forgotten how bad it could be. How did we watch this junk?
The disc opens with ads for Scooby-Doo: Wrestlemania Mystery and the Lego Legends of Chima videogame. We also find trailers for Tom and Jerry, Beware the Batman, Tom and Jerry’s Giant Adventure, Teen Titans Go! and The Lego Movie.
Although its plot provides some potential thrills, JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time seems too light and brief to really succeed. It comes with occasional fun but never turns into anything especially memorable. The DVD offers good picture, acceptable audio and minor supplements. While I don’t think this becomes a bad show, it doesn’t stand out as better than mediocre.