Justice Society: World War II appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. As expected, this became a satisfying image.
Sharpness excelled. The movie always came across as tight and well-defined, so don’t expect any signs of softness.
Jaggies and moiré effects also remained absent, and the image lacked edge haloes or artifacts. Outside of phony “defects” for some “old-time” elements, print flaws were a non-factor and didn’t appear at any point.
In terms of colors, War went with a palette that leaned teal as usual, but given the period setting, it also opted for amber, sepia and red as well. These hues looked well-rendered, and the disc’s HDR added heft to the tones.
Blacks were deep and tight, while shadows showed nice clarity. The HDR brought greater impact to whites and contrast. Across the board, the image worked well.
I thought the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of War opened up the comic book material in an appropriate manner. The forward channels brought out the majority of the material, but the entire package added a lot to the movie. Music presented strong stereo imaging, while effects cropped up in logical spots and blended well.
The surrounds also contributed good information. For the most part, these reinforced the forward channels, but they also contributed a fair amount of unique material.
These instances mainly occurred during bigger action scenes – with all the combat on display - but they spread out in quieter scenes as well and even featured some directional dialogue. The back speakers brought out a nice sense of space and environment.
Audio quality always satisfied. Speech was warm and natural, without edginess or other issues.
Music sounded lively and full, while effects displayed good definition. Those elements seemed accurate and dynamic. All of this led to a positive presentation that deserved a “B+”.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Audio remained identical, as both offered the same DTS-HD MA 5.1 track.
As for visuals, the 4K UHD offered the usual improvements in terms of detail and colors. This wasn’t a remarkable upgrade, but it became the stronger rendition.
No extras appear on the 4K UHD disc, but we get some on the included Blu-ray copy, and a DC Showcase Short called Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth! runs 18 minutes, three seconds. In this program, Kamandi (voiced by Cameron Monaghan) stands as the only human to survive a major catastrophe, and he now inhabits a world populated by humanoid animals.
Boy gives off a serious Planet of the Apes vibe, but it still finds its own path. Though this doesn’t become a great adventure, it does well enough for itself.
Adventures in Storytelling goes for 30 minutes, four seconds and brings notes from supervising producer Butch Lukic, producer Jim Krieg, writers Jeremy Adams and Meghan Fitzmartin, and director Jeff Wamester.
In this round-table discussion, “Adventures” looks at the project’s development and story/characters, stylistic choices, and other production topics. Too much happy talk emerges, but we still get a good mix of insights about War.
Three Sneak Peeks follow, and the first looks at 2021’s Batman: The Long Halloween Part One. This promo spans 10 minutes, 29 seconds and involves Lukic, Krieg, writer Tim Sheridan, and actors Josh Duhamel, Billy Burke, Titus Welliver, Jensen Ackles, David Dastmalchian, Naya Rivera and Troy Baker.
The “Peek” gives us an overview of story/characters with some production choices. It makes me interested to see the movie but it doesn’t deliver much more than promotional material.
A view of Justice League vs. Teen Titans spans 11 minutes, 29 seconds and includes director Sam Liu, producer James Tucker, DC Entertainment Creative Director Mike Carlin, writer Bryan Q. Miller, and actors Jason O’Mara, Taissa Farmiga, Jerry O’Connell, Rosario Dawson, Shemar Moore, Jake T. Austin and Jon Bernthal.
Some notes about characters and story emerge. However, most of the piece just acts to sell the project to potential viewers.
Finally, a preview of Wonder Woman: Bloodlines occupies nine minutes, 59 seconds and features Tucker, Krieg, writer Mairghread Scott, voice director Wes Gleason and actors Rosario Dawson and Jeffrey Donovan.
This “Sneak Peek” follows the same path as the prior one. It also seems enjoyable but largely oriented toward selling product.
Finally, under From the DC Vault, we get two episodes from the Justice League TV series: “Legends (Part 1)” (21:57) and “Legends (Part 1)” (21:45).
“Legends” sends members of the JLA to an alternate earth where they encounter the 1950s heroes the Justice Guild. I’m not sure it sustains its plot for two full episodes, but it still succeeds most of the time and becomes another enjoyable story.
The disc opens with ads for Wonder Woman 1984 and Superman: Man of Tomorrow.
As an “alternate universe” adventure, Justice Society: World War II mostly offers a fun experience. It lacks much depth and would fare better at a longer running time, but it still turns into a lively tale. The 4K UHD brings strong picture and audio along with a decent array of bonus materials. Though not among the best DC animated efforts, War largely entertains
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