Warner Bros. Entertainment was awesome enough to send me a copy of the Justice League 4K release to review, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how the film played in my home theater.
You may recall from my previous Blu-ray reviews that my home theater was recently upgraded to a 4K tv, as well as a Dolby Atmos 7.1.2 system. This actually increased my enjoyment of the film, because it wasn't nearly as dark. I mean that as in the lighting of the actual film wasn't so dismally dark that I couldn't see all the details and hidden gems in the background (like the Janus company's logo on a building).
I didn't HATE Justice League when I first saw it, but I felt the tonal shift from the dark and brooding BvS to this one didn't serve the set DCEU very well. So often when we review a WB DC film negatively we get accused of being paid off by Marvel Studios (no, seriously, if you doubt this go look at the comments on ANY DC film review) and vice versa.
This time however, it's super apparent the WB folks really wanted to capture part of what audiences engage with in the MCU. Obviously — they brought in the guy responsible for making Avengers (Joss Whedon) to finish Justice League when tragedy struck Zack Snyder and his family.
(You can read my theatrical Justice League review here if you like, just to get an understanding of how I viewed the film initially.)
Okay, so the big part of the 4K release is of course, the 4K presentation, which is the best at-home theatrical quality high definition you can currently get on the average market. There is also the bonus features, which is why I still purchase physical media. (Even though the recent Star Wars: The Last Jedi digital version has all the bonus stuff included, so maybe I should stop saying that).
Also, this is probably the closest Snyder Cut of the film we'll ever see.
The Justice League 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D combo pack (which is two disks total) contains some pretty good special features, if you're into that sort of thing:
- Road to Justice- Journey alongside DC comic creators (Bruce Tim, Jim Lee, Dan DiDio, Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, Marv Wolfman, and more) as they explore over fifty years of the Justice League, from comic books to animated adventures to their cinematic debut. (14:03 minutes long)
- Heart of Justice- Discover the heart, soul and mind of the Justice League, as the cast and filmmakers share their admiration for DC's iconic Trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. (11:52)
- Technology of the Justice League- From Batman's arsenal to Cyborg's alien tech, interface with the Justice League database to learn their most advanced secrets. (8:14)
- Justice League: The New Heroes- Join Ray Fisher on a personal tour to meet the newest members of the Justice League: Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg. (12:24)
- The Return of Superman- Bonus scenes not seen in theaters, including Superman's return to the fortress ship, his first meeting Alfred, (WHY WAS THIS CUT ALL OF THESE SCENES ARE PRETTY GREAT)
- Steppenwolf the Conqueror- Join actor Ciarán Hinds and the filmmakers as they reveal the story behind mankind's ancient enemy and the Justice League's greatest challenge. (3:03)
- Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons- Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League's most visually exciting and action-packed sequences (15:17 for all four Scene study featurettes)
- Scene Studies: Wonder Woman's Rescue- Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League's most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
- Scene Studies: Heroes Park- Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League's most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
- Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle- Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League's most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
- Suit Up: The Look of the League- Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson explores the innovation and artistry that goes into creating the costumes of DC's iconic heroes. Gal Gadot says there were roughly 14 different Wonder Woman costumes made, from 'more soft', to 'more shiny' and everything in between. No mention on why the shorter skirt tho. (10:21)
On the DVD release version, you get:
- Road to Justice
- Heart of Justice
- Technology of the Justice League
- Justice League: The New Heroes
- Steppenwolf the Conqueror
- Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons
- Scene Studies: Wonder Woman's Rescue
- Scene Studies: Heroes Park
- Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle
- Suit Up: The Look of the League
It's interesting that there is no Joss Whedon in any of the featurettes – it's all Snyder on set in the process of filming – making this the closest to a Snyder Cut we'll probably get for the foreseeable future. This more than likely means these BTS featurettes were filmed earlier in the production.
Again, this release made me like the film more, so maybe if you were on the fence about Justice League, picking up this 4K may help change your mind.
It's currently available for digital download now, and will hit shelves on March 30th.