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This November, Fathom Events Brings DC's Superman and Batman Back to the Big Screen

Superman: The Movie celebrates 40 years and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm marks its 25-year anniversary.
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Press release: Two of the most iconic DC Super Heroes in pop-culture history are coming back to the big screen this November as each celebrates a milestone cinematic anniversary with special presentations by Fathom Events, Warner Bros. and DC. Richard Donner’s legendary 1978 Superman will play on Sunday, November 25, and Tuesday, November 27, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time). The revolutionary Batman animated adventure Batman: Mask of the Phantasm returns to movie theaters for only one night on Monday, November 12, playing at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local times). Tickets for both of these special presentations

The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray Review: Faster than Ever

You don't have to be a speedster to enjoy this series in a flash.
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Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided Cinema Sentries with a free copy of the Blu-ray reviewed in this post. The opinions shared are those solely of the writer. Season Three of The Flash ended on a pretty dark note. Barry West/The Flash (Grant Gustin) was stuck inside the Speed Force. H.R. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) sacrificed himself to save the world from Savitar. Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) has disappeared for fear that she’ll remain Killer Frost forever. There were some really great moments that season and The Flash remains my favorite series in The Arrowverse, but there is no doubt what

Black Lightning: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: A Realistic Feel to a Show About Superheroes

Being a fan of all the CW superhero shows, I quickly found Black Lightning stood out as my favorite.
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Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided Cinema Sentries with a free copy of the Blu-ray reviewed in this post. The opinions shared are those solely of the writer Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is Garfield High’s principal and one of the most upstanding and respected members of the Freeland community. Little would anyone know that nine years ago he was running around as a costumed vigilante known as Black Lightning. But his days wearing a mask and fighting criminals are over. His wife, Lynn (Christine Adams), had grown tired of his nightly escapades that frequently brought him home bloodied, injured, or

Book Review: Superman: The Golden Age Newspaper Dailies (1944-1947)

The latest volume of Superman dailies tackles the end of World War II and beyond.
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Superman’s adventures have been written about for 80 years now — a remarkable number for any character. He has been the subject of comic books, radio dramas, television shows, animated series, movies, and newspaper strips. The newspaper strips, which ran from 1939 to 1966 and saw the character witnessing an astonishing amount of social change in the United States, have become some of the rarest Superman collectibles. In an attempt to rectify this, DC Comics has partnered with the Library of American Comics and IDW to reprint these classic tales in lovingly assembled volumes, the latest of which is Superman:

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Blu-ray Review: Engaging with Exciting Twists and Turns

I enjoyed this movie so much more than the live action film.
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Not having been impressed by the recent live-action version, I admit the only reason I was interested in Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay was because Christian Slater voices one of the characters, but it ended up being lots of fun. Amanda Waller (Vanessa Williams) is the warden at Belle Reve penitentiary. Her unorthodox methods involve forming Task Force X with inmates Deadshot (Slater), Harley Quinn (Tara Strong), Captain Boomerang (Liam McIntyre), Killer Frost (Kristin Bauer van Straten), Copperhead (Gideon Emery), and Bronze Tiger (Billy Brown). This team of antiheros is required to take on missions at her direction with promises

Justice League Blu-ray Review: The DC Cinematic Universe Is Heading in the Right Direction

Will leave fans looking forward to the next film in the DC franchise.
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It’s been some time since the last film Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice where the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill) gave his life fighting Doomsday. The loss of the world’s most powerful superhero affected the entire planet, leaving most without hope. Even Batman (Ben Affleck) feels the loss as he takes responsibility for the death of Superman. But there isn’t time for everyone to grieve. The Dark Knight is still patrolling the streets and has stumbled upon a new threat. Some strange insect-like creatures have been appearing around the world attracted by the scent of fear. After defeating one,

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Blu-ray Review: The Steampunk World's Greatest Detective

While it’s an above average DCU animated film, it’s best for viewers with no knowledge of its superior comic book source.
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Nearly 30 years ago, DC Comics launched an ongoing series of standalone stories set outside their normal comics continuity, eventually labelling the effort Elseworlds. The stories feature their stars in alternate universes, starting with this tale of a steampunk Batman chasing Jack the Ripper in the Victorian era. While the original Gotham by Gaslight comic was only around 50 pages long, the story has been reworked and extended into this new animated feature-length film, essentially making this an Elseworlds retelling of an already Elseworlds comic. The creative changes succeed in extending the story length, but fail in improving upon the

Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941) Blu-ray Review: For Loads of Fun, Just Say 'Shazam!'

Kino Lorber gives the Blu-ray treatment to Republic's most popular serial.
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Although the format went extinct long before I was born, I’ve always been fascinated by serials. They’re short-formatted adventures that leave you wanting to come back for more. In the age of Netflix and binge-watching, we don’t really get the same thrill of heading to the local multiplex and seeing the latest chapter that shows us what happened to the hero(es) after the previous week’s cliffhanger. It’s easy to take for granted that we have full seasons available to watch at home and on demand. Back when something like Adventures of Captain Marvel was released, that wasn’t the case. It

The Art of Wonder Woman & Justice League Books Giveaway

Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza Day #10
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Cinema Sentries is teaming up with Titan Books for a Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza this month, presenting 10 days of contests for pop-culture fans. The Extravaganza concludes with a prize pack of books for fans of the DC Expanded Universe franchise. For those wanting to learn more, read the official synposes below: The Art and Making of Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman sees the hero brought to the big screen for the first time in her own movie, and fully realizes the breathtaking wonder, strength, and grace of such an historic character. Wonder Woman: The Art & Making of the

Book Review: Justice League: The Art of the Film by Abbie Bernstein

As nice as this book looks, it still looks like the Justice League movie.
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Let’s get this out of the way right here at the beginning: I haven’t seen Justice League. Nor do I particularly want to see Justice League. Despite being a lifelong fan of comic books and superheroes, I’m not quite sold on Warner Brothers' vision for the DC characters (with the exception of Wonder Woman, which was absolutely stunning), and it’s nearly impossible to avoid, or remain unaffected by the flurry of bad press the film has gotten from the often unfair online media prior to its release. But none of those reasons speak to why I remain uninterested in the

Superman: The Movie - Extended Cut (1978/82) Blu-ray Review: A DC Miracle

The Warner Archive Collection soars with this rare, three-hour TV cut of Richard Donner's superhero classic.
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Of all the variable incarnations of motion pictures that exist within the world, there is perhaps none more elusive than the legendary TV version. This holds particularly true in the instance of films made before television censors officially threw up their arms and said "We give up" after Dennis Franz's flabby backside first appeared on late night television airings. Prior to that, many theatrical outings underwent sometimes drastic re-edits before they could be shown to the still-sensitive primetime audiences of the late '70s and early '80s. One good example is the near-legendary network-added prologue to Sergio Leone's A Fistful of

DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection Bonus Disc Review

If this ever becomes available for sale individually, DC fans would enjoy it.
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The DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection is a comprehensive box set of all 30 films, five animated shorts, new special features, and exclusive collectible items including a 40-page adult coloring book featuring key art from all DC Universe films and exclusive collector coins featuring the DC “trinity” - Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. It is limited to 20,000 units and each box will be individually numbered. The films in the set are listed below along with reviews by various Sentries. Warner Brothers has provided the Bonus Disc for review, which contains the following new content (HD unless specified)

Superman / Batman: Apocalypse Blu-ray Review: Destined to Be a Fan Favorite

It's great to see so much effort put into delivering a robust and informative package.
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Here’s a recipe for surefire fanboy satisfaction: pair the two most recognizable superheroes in the world with their most well-known and beloved vocal actors, stir in a great story adapted from comics stars Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner, season with eye-popping visuals and thumping sound, and simmer to perfection. The latest DC Universe Animated direct-to-video film once again proves that theatrical blockbusters aren’t the only top chefs in the home video market, delivering a winning package destined to be a fan favorite. Although Superman and Batman get top billing, the film is actually centered on the mysterious arrival and origin

Batman: Under the Red Hood Blu-ray Review: Pays off Better Than Expected

With a strong story, quality art, and a very good audio track, Batman: Under the Red Hood is recommend for fans of the character.
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Writer Judd Winick brings his “Under the Hood” story arc from Batman comics to the animated DC Universe with Under the Red Hood. The movie opens with a prologue taken from Jim Starlin’s infamous “A Death in a Family” story arc as the Joker kills Jason Todd, the young man who had taken up the mantle of Robin after Dick Grayson moved on and became Nightwing. The story jumps five years forward, and someone identifying himself as the Red Hood comes to Gotham. He sets up a meeting with some drug dealers and makes them an offer they can’t refuse,

Superman / Batman: Public Enemies Blu-ray Review: A Lot of Comic-Book Fun

It's a good team-up story, and there's plenty of action
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Based on the first six issues of Superman / Batman by writer Jeph Loeb and illustrator Ed McGuinness, Public Enemies finds Lex Luthor (Clancy Brown) taking advantage of a poor economy and launching a third-party bid that wins him the Presidency of the United States. One of his first acts mandates superheroes must serve the government rather than act on their own as vigilantes. While some agree to serve Luthor and the country, Superman (Tim Daly) and Batman (Kevin Conroy) refuse. When a large meteor of kryptonite is discovered heading towards Earth, Luthor uses it to suggest its effects are

Green Lantern: First Flight (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD Review

Full of enough action to please the kids, the story will do nothing to endear adults to these animated features.
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The title First Flight is detrimentally accurate, as little back story into the life of our hero, test pilot Hal Jordan (voiced by Christopher Meloni), is provided prior to him receiving his green power ring, and taking off on his first flight. He is quite skilled at using the powerful piece of jewelry, and the only explanation given is that he had been practicing. Sadly, this is a huge opportunity lost. Seeing our hero adapt to his new role would not only have been entertaining, but it would have endeared him more and allowed him to become relatable to the

Wonder Woman (2009) (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD Review

It’s a wonder this got made considering how many bad choices the creative team made.
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The film opens during a 300-influenced battle sequence between the Amazons and the forces of Ares, the God of War (Alfred Molina). It is poorly presented as director Lauren Montgomery chose to create the illusion of action scenes from a live-action movie by simulating the perspective of a shaky camera. The Amazons win and Queen Hippolyta (Virginia Madsen) is about to kill Ares when his father Zeus demands she stop, although it’s rather hypocritical considering all the deaths has Ares has just caused. Ares' mother, the goddess Hera, offers a compromise. She binds Ares with gauntlets that suppress his powers

Batman: Gotham Knight (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD Review

A worthy addition to your DVD shelf, especially if you're a big Batman fan.
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When you gather six totally awesome writers and six totally awesome directors, the end product should be nothing less than totally awesome, right? While Batman: Gotham Knight falls just shy of the "totally awesome" mark, it definitely deserves a spot in the pantheon of animated superhero offerings and a place on your DVD shelf. The movie boasts a host of comicdom’s finest writers such as Greg Rucka, Brian Azzarello, Batman Begins scriptwriter David Goyer, and some of the (allegedly) top directors from the world of anime. I say “allegedly” because to be totally honest with you, my interest in anime

Superman: Doomsday DVD Review: It Over Simplifies and Trivializes this Brilliant Story

The Special Feature documentary "Requiem and Rebirth: Superman Lives!" makes this DVD worth the purchase price.
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It had been fifteen years since The Death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday, a virtually indestructible super villain, played out in the pages of DC comics when the story became available in an animated film from Warner Brothers and DC. Surprisingly, it is the Special Feature documentary “Requiem and Rebirth: Superman Lives!” that makes this DVD worth the purchase price. The in-depth effort into how the DC comics team decided Superman’s fate, how it played out in the comics and in real life, and how the turn of events impacted the characters in the comics and the comic

Justice League Action Season 1 Part 1 DVD Review: More Action, Less Filler

It’s like eating your dessert without having dinner.
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It’s been ten years since the last animated series of our favorite DC superheroes was regularly on the air. Justice League ran from 2001 to 2004 and was quickly followed up by its predecessor Justice League Unlimited, which expanded the roster of characters and ran until 2006. The two shows were praised by critics and loved by fans. Not only did it bring beloved characters to the masses, but it did so with well-drawn animation and quality storylines. After this ten-year hiatus and a live action Justice League feature film about to debut in theatres, it must have seemed like
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