Blu-ray Review: BATMAN – YEAR ONE

Warner Home Video MSRP: $24.98 Release date: October 18, 2011 Starring the voices of Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Jon Polito, Alex Rocco, Katee Sackhoff Screenplay by Tab Murphy Directed by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu Batman Year One was originally four issues of Batman comics written by Frank Miller and drawn by David Mazzucchelli in 1987 that brought Batman back to his hardboiled roots. It takes place as Bruce Wayne returns from twelve years of training and Jim Gordon arrives from Chicago to join Gotham’s corrupt police department. The comics arc focuses on fleshing out Jim Gordon as a character and Gotham as a...

DVD Review: THE SUPER HERO SQUAD SHOW: The Infinit...

 Release date: August 2, 2011 Shout Factory MSRP: $14.93 Starring the voices of Tom Kenny, David Boat, Steve Blum, Travis Willingham, Charles Adler, Alimi Ballard, Tara Strong. Runtime: 150 minutes Based on a line of Hasbro action figures, The Super Hero Squad Show is a kid-friendly cartoon that aired from September 2009 through July 2011 on Cartoon Network in the U.S., on Teletoon in Canada, and on iTunes. In the early Season 2 episodes in this set, Iron Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Thor, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch must band together again to stop Thanos from acquiring six gems that will allow him to activate the Infinity Gauntlet and control the...

DVD Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA

Fox Home Entertainment Release date: Aug 23, 2011 MSRP: $19.95 Stars: Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Michael Nouri, Scott Paulin, Kim Gillingham. Written by Stephen Tolkin and Lawrence J. Block, based on characters created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby Directed by Albert Pyun Rated: PG-13 Runtime: 96 minutes In this adaptation of Marvel’s Captain America, our hero is made superpowerful by Dr. Maria Vaselli, to rectify what she calls “her mistake”, Cap’s Nazi counterpart, the Red Skull. They battle each other in the 1940s, and, though Cap is able to save America from a giant missile, he...

DVD Review: TRANSFORMERS Japanese Collection: Head...

Shout! Factory Release date: July 5, 2011 MSRP: $29.93 Set one year after Season 3 of the U.S. Transformers Gen1 cartoon, this 35-episode anime, produced by Japanese toy maker Takara, aired in Japan from July 1987 until March 1988. Never aired in the U.S., the series follows the further adventures of Gen 1 characters and their new allies, diminutive Transformers called Headmasters. In the Japanese continuity, the Headmasters escaped Cybertron millions of years ago, ignoring the American Season 4 premise that they were another race called the Nebulans. For American fans, the main draw is seeing the Gen1 characters again after all these...

SUPERNATURAL The Complete Second Season

Warner Home Video Release date: June 14, 2011 MSRP: 59.98 Stars: Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles Supernatural, like the older series Smallville, began before Blu-ray discs became the dominant high-definition format. For fans, it should be enough of a selling point that all of Supernatural’s seasons will be released in the best quality home format to date. The same, sadly, can’t be said of Smallville. Some background for those who have waited for Season 2 on Blu-ray to start watching Supernatural (Anyone?): Sam and Dean Winchester (Padelecki and Ackles) were trained by their father John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to be demon...