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 All-Star Superman

 

  Review by Suzanne 2/15/11

I really enjoyed this movie, just like I have all of the superhero animated movies that Warner Brothers has put out in the past few years. I love Superman, anyway, in just about any form, so I can't say I'm really that picky...

This was a very good story, although the ending was a bit of a downer. It does end on a sort-of positive note and leaves things open for a sequel. That is kind of unusual for these type of movies, though. Usually they are self-contained stories.

This has all the usual Superman characters, like Superman, Clark, Lois, Jimmy, Perry White, and Lex Luthor, plus some other bad guys, including Lex's niece. It also has heroes Samson and Atlas.

This movie is rated PG because of some disturbing violence and blood, so it's not something that younger viewers should see. They crammed a whole lot of story into the movie. I think it would have been better if they had made this a couple of movies because it really rushes through a lot of story very quickly, and some parts don't make much sense to me. Maybe if you read the comics first, it would make much more sense.

I don't want to give the plot away, but at one point I wondered why Superman doesn't save himself from the thing that's hurting him by using this one villain in the story, Parasite? Seems that would have solved the problem...but I don't know. Anyway, you watch it and see if you agree. I do look forward to any sequel they have that will fix this weird ending.

There are some really great voices in the film. Ed Asner as Perry White is fantastic casting!!! Love hearing one of my favorite actresses, Finola Hughes, even if it's in a small role. There are a lot of great actors cast in this, which you can see from the list.

My only other complaint is that there are no extras except for a few trailers for other movies. Usually they have a few other cartoons or "making of" specials. I would have liked to have heard an explanation for this movie and the thought behind it, and what comes next.

Also available in Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy

Press Release (This does contain SPOILERS!)

SAVING THE WORLD … ONE LAST TIME

MAN OF STEEL FACES THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN ALL-NEW DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE
ALL-STAR SUPERMAN

Coming Feb. 22, 2011 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO

James Denton, Christina Hendricks, Anthony LaPaglia Lead Stellar Voice Cast;
Available as Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, 2-Disc Special Edition and Single Disc DVD
Grant Morrison’s beloved, Eisner Award-winning vision of Superman’s heroic final days on Earth is brought to exquisite animated life in All-Star Superman, the latest entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies coming February 22, 2011 from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. The highly-anticipated, full-length film will be distributed by Warner Home Video as a Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD for $24.98 (SRP), as well as single disc DVD for $19.98 (SRP). The film will also be available On Demand and for Download.

In All-Star Superman, the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation – which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms – finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthor’s perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth’s safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act.

The celebrity-packed voice cast is headed by James Denton (Desperate Housewives) as Superman, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as Lois Lane, and Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) as Lex Luthor. The stellar cast includes seven-time Emmy® Award winner Ed Asner (Up) as Perry White, Golden Globe® winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Ma Kent, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Jimmy Olsen and Linda Cardellini (ER) as Nasty.
Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy), Catherine Cavadini (The Powerpuff Girls), Finola Hughes (General Hospital), Alexis Denisof (Angel), Obba Babatunde (That Thing You Do!), Michael Gough (Batman) and John DiMaggio (Futurama) round out the voice cast.

Based on the Eisner Award-winning DC Comics series/graphic novel of the same name by Grant Morrison with illustration by Frank Quitely, All-Star Superman is executive produced by animation guru Bruce Timm and directed by Sam Liu (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by acclaimed comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths).

All-Star Superman 2-Disc Special Edition DVD features approximately 1 1/2 hours of exciting extra content, including:
Feature film (est. 75 min)
-Sneak Peak at Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
-Featurette: “Superman Now” – In a moment of inspiration, Grant Morrison was provided an opportunity to revamp the Man of Steel into something modern, something more relevant for today’s audience. This is the story of All-Star Superman – where it all started, and what it came to be
-Two bonus episodes from animated television series handpicked by Bruce Timm

All-Star Superman Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack will include approximately 2 1/2 hours of intriguing bonus features, starting with all of the content available on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and adding:
-Featurette: “Incubating the Idea” – A conversation with Grant Morrison
-Audio Commentary: Bruce Timm and Grant Morrison
-All-Star Superman Digital Comic Book
Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
-Digital copy on disc of the feature film

“The All-Star Superman comic was the work of two immensely talented creators at the absolute top of their game,” said Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment. “Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All-Star Superman is one of those modern classics, and I can’t wait to see it brought to life as an animated film.”

“Grant Morrison’s fascinating comic vision comprised all the aspects of a truly great film action, drama, fantasy, romance, sacrifice and hope – and the animation team of Bruce Timm, Sam Liu and Dwayne McDuffie have passionately translated that vision into an enthralling movie experience no Superman fan can resist,” said Hersin Magante, WHV Marketing Director of Family and Animation. “As the next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, All-Star Superman stands as a shining example of the creative heights possible from the partnership of Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video.”

SUPERMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. (s10)


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