Zack Snyder’s Justice League: 4K Ultra HD [2-Disc]
(Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, et al / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray / PG-13 / 2021 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: In Zack Snyder’s Justice League, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions.
The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes.
Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Verdict: Studio Distribution Services / Warner Bros. is expanding their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray catalog offerings this month with the release of the spectacularly opulent and thrillingly graphic Zack Snyder’s Justice League coming to 4K Ultra HD video format this September 7th, 2021.
For my money, this Zack Snyder’s Justice League: 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray combo packs sharpness takes a fairly large step forward from others in their 4K Ultra HD catalog and even comes with HDR (High Dynamic Range) for the complete 4K Ultra HD experience, of course.
So, what we have is Zack Snyder’s Justice League presented to us as a two-disc combo pack with a sheet for a Digital HD Copy. Other stand out points you should know are: Codec: HEVC / H.265, Resolution: Native 4K (2160p), HDR: HDR10, Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 and Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1, 1.85:1.
Featuring Dolby Vision and HDR10 for brighter, deeper, and way more lifelike colors, as with most all 4K UHDs, everything that we watch features these qualities - but somehow, this film gloriously shines within them all.
Noticeably crisper with the overall clarity receiving an obvious boost here on this release, what is more is that it is enjoyably noticeable. In fact, for me, one of the biggest beneficiaries of this is the battle between the Amazons of Themyscira, who were featured in 2017’s Wonder Woman, and Justice League’s primary villain, a monstrous alien called Steppenwolf.
The darkly-imbued scene in which Superman, newly risen from the dead and unaware of who he is, attacks the Justice League, is also another stand out. Shot at night, or early morning if you are that way inclined, just the idea of Superman losing touch with his morality and turning on his teammates is more terrifying than anything Steppenwolf does.
Also, the moment when The Flash runs past Superman, everyone else around him frozen by his speed, only for Superman to slowly turn his head and look Barry in the eyes, is the scariest thing in the entire movie!
As for the audio, well we have a veritable smorgasbord of choice here: English: Dolby Atmos, English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 16-bit), French: Dolby Atmos, French: Dolby TrueHD 7.1, German: Dolby Atmos,
German: Dolby TrueHD 7.1, Italian: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit), Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps), French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1, Czech: Dolby Digital 5.1, Polish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps) and Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1.
As for the story itself, well, 2017’s Justice League assembled with glaringly obvious, shoddy and appalling reshoots and edits from a greedy theatrical release mandate, was like in style of a sort of Victor Frankenstein in a laboratory, stitching an abhorrent creation together of mismatched ugly limbs - the reshot and altered scenes wedged in the movie’s cut runtime - immorally meddling with what was once robust life re: Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and desperately hoping the final form would harmonize into a fan satisfying and coherent movie!
Ultimately, 2017’s didn’t. It was an abomination. An unprecedented failure and insult to fans of the beloved DC characters this movie sourced from!
On the other hand, THIS movie, 2021’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League in fortunate contrast, is undeniably the superior version. As an avid fan and reader of the source comic characters (this movie’s incarnation clearly taking much inspiration from the New 52 comics version of the core characters) this movie satisfied what elements I had yearned of from a live-action Justice League movie.
The action scenes are a pleasure to watch in Zack Snyder’s Justice League via stunning cinematography and combat choreography with as much aesthetic composition sensibility as panels of a comic book.
Whether it’s Batman grapnel glide kicking a Parademon, Wonder Woman’s motion blur deflecting streams of bullets with her gauntlets (clearly reminiscent in style of panels from Wonder Woman: Year One (2016)) or Darkseid’s ominous foot squashing Steppenwolf’s head within camera frame, it looks artistically conscientious for the utmost epic intent.
A particular aspect I want to express that I really liked of Zack Snyder’s Justice League is the depiction of the heroes’ support and teamwork with one another as the film progresses.
Each Justice League member have individual crucial moments of the plot that solely rely on their separate strengths and capabilities, moments dependent on each, showing and proving each member’s validity to the team as a whole - why they need each other in certain situations and predicaments. Some examples of many include:
The Flash alone reversing time and altering the Justice League’s assumed defeat and destruction.
Aquaman alone being a stronghold preventing a wall of water from engulfing the team.
Batman being the movie’s narrative catalyst (uniting the team and encouraging the team) and later using his tactical vehicle resources to destroy the Mother Box unity dome to then lure away the parademons so that the remaining League members could access and attack Steppenwolf directly.
There’s more that can be listed, but to lessen length, the team synergy of separate strengths stemmed from individualized predicaments is an aspect I feel is lacking or absent in other ensemble universe movies of the genre - 2019’s Avengers: Endgame an egregious comparative example to me.
Cameos and an expansive cast of characters, seemingly just for the sake of scope. An ingredient for good characterization is that each character must have meaning and if their particular absence wouldn’t affect the plot’s evolution - its conflict and its means for resolution - then they have no reason to be included within the story.
Avengers: Endgame has many characters not contributing to the movie’s particular narrative (Winter Soldier, War Machine, Falcon, etc.) aside from joining among the charging mob as fan inclusion set-pieces or to fill a poster, nothing more.
Justice League in contrast to that aforementioned movie has legitimate need of all its team members. Without a member and their participation, the story would crumble. And to make clear, I’m critical of this being a DC and MARVEL fan!
I’m going to conclude this, because I could go on and on about what I liked of Zack Snyder’s Justice League - especially now that it is here on glorious 4K Ultra HD, of course, but also being a comics fan, I don’t believe I really need to delve further into things because those who followed the evolution of this movie from 2017 should be fully aware of the better content this version has in comparison that was previously and heartlessly reshot and cut away!
That all said, it’s presence is very evident while watching Zack Snyder’s Justice League through and thus, in conclusion, we fans finally have a live-action Justice League movie that’s a satisfying experience of these beloved characters.
● Road to Justice League: Director Zack Snyder reflects on his trilogy of films in the DC Universe.
The Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Zack Snyder’s Justice League will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.
To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
The age of heroes is upon us when the Warner Bros. Pictures and DC full-length HBO Max Original feature film Zack Snyder’s Justice League arrives on 4K, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD on September 7th, 2021.
The screenplay is by Chris Terrio, story by Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder and Will Beall, based on characters from DC, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
The film’s producers are Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, with executive producers Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Wesley Coller, Jim Rowe, Curtis Kanemoto, Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League | Official Trailer | HBO Max