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'Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons'
(Michael Chiklis, Sasha Alexander, Asher Bishop, Noshir Dalal, Castulo Guerra, et al / Blu-ray+DVD+Digital / R / 2020 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Mercenary and master assassin Slade Wilson leads two lives: one as the relentless killer known as Deathstroke and the other as a dedicated family man.

When these worlds collide, forced together by the vicious terror group known as H.I.V.E., it is the killer in Slade who must fight to save his loved ones, as well as what remains of himself.

With his soul torn apart and his young son held captive, Deathstroke will have to atone for the sins of his past to fuel the battles of his future!

Blu-ray Verdict: OK, before we dive into this quite brilliant 'Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons' film, it should also be known that this has been produced in a dual format.

Initially as animated shorts, the first five of which appeared on CW Seed, with a runtime of 87 minutes, this feature-length 'Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons' film has nearly 50 minutes of never-before-seen content, including the film’s thrilling climax!

The film is also rated R for bloody violence/gore, language, disturbing images, and some sexual content, but don't let that sway you from taking a visual shot on it, as it truly is an amazing work of visual art, my friends.

For everything about this storyline, the animation and especially the voice acting is top class ab-fab, that's for sure! Incorporating the parts of Deathstroke we know and love along with adding new twists and turns, this feature-length 'Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons' (in my humble opinion) does not have one flaw to its name.

Featuring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Michael Chiklis (The Shield), who headlines the cast as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, alongside Sasha Alexander (Rizzoli & Isles) as Wilson’s wife, Adeline “Addie” Kane Wilson, let alone Chris Jai Alex (ThunderCats Roar) as The Jackal, Faye Mata (League of Legends) as Jade/H.I.V.E Queen, Griffin Puatu (Beastars) as Joseph/Jericho, and Imari Williams (Transformers: Rescue Bots), this 87 minutes is jam-packed action combined with some rather suspenseful moments too!

Sung Jin Ahn directs the film from a script by J.M. DeMatteis, and so what we get is, some might say, a slightly imaginative children’s fantasy world that allows the tale to begin being told.

We learn more backstory about the origins of Deathstroke and his abilities, why he feels the way he does, and what truly motivates him, and all that takes a little time, sure, but when things get going, well, there's no slowing this film down!

Anyway, Slade reunites with Addie and they tackle a grown Joseph, who has fallen in with the H.I.V.E. Queen (Faye Mata) and now goes by Jericho.

As for those aforementioned never-before-seen, all-new-material 50 minutes of content, well, 'Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons' builds very nicely to it and slides seamlessly into it, to ensure the film has one heck of a thrilling, and ultimately wholly satisfying climax, of that you have my word! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Feature of:

• Deathstroke: One-Man Death Machine (New Featurette) – Some think he’s a villain. To others, he’s an unsung hero of secret wars fought all over the world. One thing’s for certain: When you see the orange-and-black mask, Deathstroke is coming!

Go behind the mask and into the deep backstory of one of DC’s most revered anti-heroes in 'Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons', a new entry in the popular series of DC Animated Movies.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Blue Ribbon Content and DC, the feature-length animated film will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting August 4th, 2020, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 18th, 2020.