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Green Lantern Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2:40:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Rating: PG-13/Unrated
  • Run Time: 114/123Mins.
  • Discs: 2 (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD + Digital Copy)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Blu-ray Release Date: October 14th, 2011
  • List Price: $35.99

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3.5/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:3/5]

Some time ago, before Earth was created, a group called the Guardians of the Universe used green essence of willpower to create  a kind of police force called..wait for it… the GREEN LANTERN CORPS! Sounds tough, no? Anyway, they decided to split the universe into 3,600 different sectors, one Green Lantern per sector. Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison), of Sector 2814, has defeated the being known as Parallax (voiced by Clancy Brown) thus imprisoning him in the Lost Sector on the planet Ryut. Moving to present day, Parallax escapes, and mortally wounds Abin Sur. He’s able to escape, crash-landing on Earth. Before dying, Abin Sur commands his ring to find a replacement. Enter Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), a cocky test pilot.

Bottom Line? Green Lantern is far from a excellent or even a great superhero film, but is still entertaining for what it’s worth. Yes, the film has a ton of issues ranging from the weak script to the bland acting. Still the film has a few impressive action moments and I guess that’s all you can ask for out of a superhero film. After all, every single one can’t be AS GOOD as The Dark Knight or the recent Captain America….can they?

Video Quality

[Rating:3/5]

Now with this being a summer blockbuster, one might expect this transfer to shine brighter than the Green Lantern himself…right? Well, I’m disappointed to report that Warner’s 2:40:1 AVC MPEG-4 transfer is lackluster. The biggest issue here is the black levels. Anyone who has seen this movie clearly knows that a majority of the sequences were filmed quite dark. Unfortunately, detail and clarity that normally should be present has been lost. Even the brightest moments, like that of exterior shots in daylight, are drab and overly dark. Flesh tones are also lacking accurate contrast levels. Take for instance our lead character Hal. Up close shots result in a flat mess not a high-definition experience. I don’t recall the film being this dark during my theatrical viewing. Superhero films should look excellent. I’m not sure whether to blame Warner on this or the DP of the film. Either way chalk this up to a truly disappointing transfer.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

Well, at least the film’s provided DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track lives up to its calling. Dialogue is well reproduced with no instance of drop out. Atmosphere is top notch, as it should be, creating a truly great 360 degree soundfield. Take note at the dynamics of the film. Whether it be background dialogue of the attendees or other sound effects like the brakes of Hal’s Mustang screeching in the beginning moments of the film, everything is expertly handled here. LFE is deep and immersive, particularly during the final battle between Hal and Parallex.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:3.5/5]

  • Maximum Movie Mode – Feature-Length Expedition into Green Lantern via Picture-in-Picture (2 examples are below)
  • The Universe According to Green Lantern
  • Justice League #1 Digital Comic
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended and Theatrical Cuts [123 Minutes and 114 Minutes]
  • Focus Points – 8 different aspects of the film are given a glance, running a total of 47 minutes.
  • Ryan Reynolds Becomes the Green Lantern
  • Preview of the Green Lantern Animated Series
  • PS3 Dark Arkham City Skin Code
  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy
  • DVD Copy

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

While some may have found Green Lantern dull, I enjoyed the film for what it was. Warner’s Blu-ray disc is a mixed bag though. While the audio is fantastic and the features informing, the lackluster video leaves a lot to be desired. I can’t imagine the biggest fans of the film will be pleased with this. My advice is to stick with a rental.

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3.5/5]

Click thumbnails for high-resolution 1920X1080p screen captures

(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

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