All-Star Superman Blu-ray Review
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD/1 DVD
All Star Superman the movie pales in comparison to the 12 issue story arc written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Frank Quitely. Although Dwayne McDuffie ( R.I.P.) tries to recreate the magic from the pages of the comic book he can’t within the limited run time of the film. The film feels disjointed for that very reason . It has a stop start feel to it and leaves the viewer a bit confused at points. Morrison’s All Star Superman was his big tribute to the character and really told the story of the most powerful man in the universe becoming even more so at the ultimate cost.
We get glimpses of how Superman spends his final days but we really don’t get into his head the way we need to , to understand what all this means to him . Again this is not an indictment on McDuffie. The assignment to recreate this story was always an onerous one.
Not everything is bad about this film, i do love the recreation of the Superman theme as well as the animation. McDuffie also captures a small fragment of the Lex/Superman dynamic that does make for a few fun scenes in the movie. Also there is a line uttered by Lois in the film that is a simplified version of the one Morrison thought up for the book that resonated for me . It reflected Superman’s selflessness and that eternal love they share. I used part of it in my review title.
I really tried to love this film because Superman is one of my favourite characters and Dwayne McDuffie one of my favourite creators, however, the movie really does not soar. If you liked the book and just love Superman buy it to see how it was executed. Otherwise you can skip it.
Movie Quality: 8.5/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2:35:1 aspect ratio. Some parts of this animation are impressive, while others the CGI does not look as good. The problem is that with a lower budget certain areas will suffer. This is a very colorful film that is vibrant and pops. With a strong color palette, it brings out the fine details. Black colors are deep looking. Taking all these strong elements, they produce one sharp looking picture. My only complaint again is just some of the CGI not looking up to par.
Print Quality: 8/10
The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. With this mix, all my speakers were working for their money. The dialogue comes out of the center channel very clean and crisp. I found the balance to be mixed very well between the soundfield and dialogue. I am glad that finally more and more releases on Blu-ray are coming with well balanced audio mixes.
Print Quality: 9/10
- Sneak Peek at “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights”
- 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 “Superman: The Animated Series” handpicked by Bruce Timm
- Featurette: “Incubating the Idea” – A conversation with Grant Morrison
- Audio Commentary: Bruce Timm and Grant Morrison
- All-Star Superman Virtual Comic Book
Special Features: 8/10
This story is presented as a real movie that adults and children will enjoy equally! This, in my opinion, is what makes it unique, and destined to become a classic among animated films. It is not biased to the action side of super heroics (as most of the DC animated films have been) and it is not a soap opera dwelling in drama. The movie captures action and drama with ease, and keeps the audience engaged for the entire ride.
Overall Rating: 8/10