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GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT ($30) is another terrific direct-to-video re-imagining of the origin story a classic DC comic book superhero. The premise of GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT recounts the story of Hal Jordan, who becomes the first human inducted into the Green Lantern Corps. As the story opens, Jordan is a test pilot, who is selected by the Power Ring of dying Green Lantern Abin Sur to be his immediate replacement. As no other human has ever been a Green Lantern, Jordan is taken before the Guardians of the Universe, the ancient race that founded the Corps, who place him on probation and under the supervision of a respected senior Lantern named Sinestro. Jordan quickly learns that Sinestroís extreme methodology is highly effective in maintaining order, but it also flies in the face of the principles laid down by the Guardians of the Universe. As part of Jordanís first mission with Sinestro, he is assigned to investigate the death of his predecessor, which places the rookie Lantern into the middle of a conspiracy that threatens the very existence of the Green Lantern Corps. The vocal talent behind GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT features Christopher Meloni, Victor Garber, Tricia Helfer, Michael Madsen, Juliet Landau, Olivia D'Abo, Richard McGonagle, John Larroquette, Kurtwood Smith, William Schallert, Larry Drake, Rob Paulsen, Kath Soucie, Malachi Throne, David Lander and Richard Green.

Warner Home Video has made GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that have been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. I have to say that this direct-to-video release looks fairly amazing in 1080p. The picture is crystal clear and rock solid. Every bit of detail in the 2D animated image is right up there on the screen. Colors literally leap off the screen, with primary and secondary hues looking utterly fantastic. Greens and yellows really explode, but maintain perfect stability. Blacks and whites are pure and perfectly rendered. Contrast is as excellent as the animation will allow. Not produced on film, GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT is free from the grain and print flaws.

GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. This is a good quality track for a direct-to-video release, but it doesnít distinguish itself in any way to make one forget its origins. GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT is competently mixed and makes fairly good use of the outlying channels. A number of the effects seem a little too "canned" for their own good, despite the lossless encode. The bass channel is more than respectable, but again, is a little too direct-to-video. Where the track excels is in its dialogue reproduction; all of the voices are warmly recorded and maintain all the character of the actors providing their talents to the production. An English Dolby Digital 5.1 channel track has also been provided, as have English subtitles.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplemental materials. Featurettes and other programs include the following: I Am The Ring (twenty three minutes), Behind The Story With Geoff Johns (nine minutes), Sinestro (four minutes), The Guardians Of The Universe (four minutes), Superman/Batman: Public Enemies First Look (eight minutes), DC Animation Project Previews (thirty three minutes) and Blackest Night (nine minutes). Next up are some bonus Green Lantern Themed TV Episodes: from DUCK DODGERS comes The Green Loontern and Bruce Timm's Top Picks offers the following five JUSTICE LEAGUE episodes- Once And Future Thing Parts 1 & 2, Hearts And Minds Parts 1 & 2, and The Return.

GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT is another terrific direct-to-video animated superhero release from Warner. The Blu-ray presentation delivers wonderful video that really pops in high definition. Recommended.



Green Lantern: First Flight (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (2009)


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