Justice League vs. Teen Titans appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Overall, the image looked positive.
Only a smidgen of softness appeared, and that was result of the inexpensive source animation. Overall accuracy varied from very good to excellent, with an emphasis on the latter. No issues with shimmering or jaggies materialized, and I saw no edge haloes or noise reduction. Of course, I found no print flaws here.
In terms of colors, Titans went with a stylized look. It tended toward low-key tones and favored a fairly blue or red appearance much of the time. The colors seemed fine, as they represented their intended schemes. Blacks were deep and dark, while shadows looked smooth and clear. This wasn’t a great image but it was very good.
When I examined the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Titans, it created a fine sense of action. The movie packed a lot of battles and involving material, and it used the five channels to impart that information in a lively manner. Explosions and fights filled the channels to create a full spectrum, and quieter elements fleshed out the room as well.
Across the board, the material sounded good. Speech remained distinctive and concise, without edginess, and music seemed vivid and full. Effects appeared accurate and tight, with clear highs and some powerful lows. All in all, the mix worked nicely.
As we head to extras, we start with Growing Up Titan. In this 23-minute, 46-second piece, we hear from DC Entertainment Creative Director Mike Carlin, New Teen Titans writer Marv Wolfman, DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio, and producer James Tucker. The show looks at the use of young heroes in comics and the development of the Teen Titans over the decades. “Growing Up” offers a good overview of the franchise’s history.
Two featurettes come under the Heroes and Villains banner. These look at “Raven” (6:05) and “Trigon” (5:17). In these, we find info from Tucker, Wolfman, DiDio, and Carlin. As expected, these pieces give us insights into the Raven and Trigon characters. Both don’t run long, but they cover their subjects reasonably well.
Two animated TV episodes follow. We get “Sidekicks Assemble!” (22:52) from Batman: The Brave and the Bold as well as “The Prophecy” (23:02) from Teen Titans. “Sidekicks” involves Robin and other junior heroes, while “Prophecy” focuses on Raven. The latter leaves me cold, as I don’t care for the Titans series style, but “Sidekicks” delivers a fun romp.
We also locate a Sneak Peak for Batman: The Killing Joke. During the 10-minute, 15-second featurette, we get notes from Carlin, executive producer Bruce Timm, director Sam Liu, and actors Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, Ray Wise, and Mark Hamill. The program offers an overview of the upcoming video release. It includes a handful of filmmaking thoughts, but it mostly acts to promote the movie.
The disc includes trailers for Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout, Batman: Bad Blood and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. No promo for Titans shows up here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Titans. It includes the “Sneak Peek” and the trailers but lacks the other extras.
Contrary to its title, Justice League Vs. Teen Titans doesn’t offer a balanced story, as it focuses heavily on its younger participants. That creates a problem, as those characters fail to become especially interesting, and the occasional action scenes don’t redeem the tedious teen bonding. The Blu-ray boasts very good picture and audio as well as a reasonable array of bonus materials. Titans lacks consistency and ends up as nothing more than a minor pleasure at best.
Note that this version of Titans is a “limited edition” that includes a Robin action figure. The same Blu-ray DVD combo is also available on its own without the figure for $5 less.