Injustice: 4K Ultra HD (Blu-ray+Digital)
(Justin Hartley, Anson Mount, Laura Bailey, Zach Callison, Brian T. Delaney, et al / 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray+Digital / R / 2021 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: An unthinkable tragedy propels Superman into a dangerous new mindset, ultimately pitting Justice League members against each other in Injustice, an all-new DC Animated Movie.
Inspired by Injustice: Gods Among Us, NetherRealm Studios’ popular video game, and the best-selling DC graphic novel based on the video game, Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One by Tom Taylor, the animated film Injustice finds an alternate world gone mad - where The Joker has duped Superman into killing Lois Lane, sending the Man of Steel on a deadly rampage.
Unhinged, Superman decides to take control of the Earth for humanity’s own good. Determined to stop him, Batman creates a team of like-minded, freedom-fighting heroes. But when Super Heroes go to war, can the world survive?
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Verdict: Warner Bros. is expanding their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray catalog offerings this month with the release of the brilliantly created DC Animated Movie Injustice in the expansive 4K Ultra HD video format this October 19th, 2021.
For my money, this Injustice [4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital] combo pack 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 Injustice 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: 4K (2160p), HDR: HDR10 and Aspect ratio: 1.78:1.
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 crisp with the overall clarity receiving an obvious boost here on this release, what is more is that it is enjoyably noticeable.
For as well as some new nuances to the somewhat drab palette courtesy of Dolby Vision we also get to witness sudden bright pops of color; such as most all the moments where Harley Quinn aids in the murders of millions of people in Metropolis, let alone both Jimmy Olsen (I mean, a bullet through his camera lens to the head!) and, of course, Lois Lane).
Indeed, the picture enjoys the fruits of the added resolution in terms of bringing out the aforementioned extremely fine facial and some of the yellow graded material - notably the fine detail to the faces of Batman, The Joker and Superman, as he busts through the police station interrogation room wall!
I mean, The Joker alone has faultless facial expressions, even with his face seemingly caked in make-up, of course, but even with a mask on, you can definitely tell the angular creases of Batman’s facial expressions underneath.
As for the audio, well we have a veritable smorgasbord of choice here: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1 and Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1.
Overall, this is a very strong 4K HDR Blu-ray presentation, and, for the most part, the audio track remains fairly similar to its DTS-HD counterpart; with much of the action occupying the surrounds with outstanding directionality and placement where effects flawlessly pan between the sides and rears.
As for the movie itself, well, as expected it obviously won’t please all the people all the time, but for me personally, it was rather satisfying.
Sure, I know a lot of people who are upset with how inaccurate it is, but let’s be honest, the comics and the games have their own differences, thus this is just another interpretation of something with similar names and ideas.
They even changed stuff for Under the Red Hood compared to the comic storyline and that’s one of the more famous movies, so people, come on now, please just accept that this movie is simply a different interpretation and appreciate what it did right - although, yes, I’ll give you that The Flash’s death was still a really stupid move!
Admittedly, there are some confusing things happening here, or not happening, as the case may be, such as what happened to the Huntress? The Nightwing (still dead?) thing was also a little confusing. Is Green Arrow still dead? Why did Raven just suddenly help Superman and then never came back?
And then we have the rogue one taking his grief out on the world after the lose of his pregnant love, Lois Lane - I won’t be held back by ideals that don’t protect the innocent. Slaughter’s not only the innocent, but a myriad of other superheroes including an entire living planet and all the life on it’s surface.
But, as I’m sure you all know by now, Superman turns back to good because Lois comes back! That just means he hasn’t completely lost his marbles yet, but enough to kill kids? It’s like Master Skywalker all over again!
Oh, and don’t get me started on Harley just being let off the hook even though she’s culpable of oh-so many deaths along with all the pointless gore of an elseworld story!
But that is why there is always a balance that has to be struck when watching these newly-created DC Animated Movies, because not being able to please everyone all the time at the very least means you can please the others; if only once in a while.
Because, and I simply cannot stress this enough, DC Animated Movie Injustice is set in an alternate universe of the REAL Injustice universe, meaning anything goes and DC timeline rules can be broken aplenty!
Injustice – Special Features: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and Digital
Adventures in Storytelling – Injustice: Crisis and Conflict (New Featurette) – The storytellers behind the new Injustice animated film discuss how all the intense drama and unabashed action was brought to life.
• DC Universe Movies Flashback
o The Death of Superman
o Reign of the Supermen
• From the DC Vault
o Justice League – Injustice For All, Part I
o Justice League – Injustice For All, Part II
Justin Hartley (This is Us, Smallville) and Anson Mount (Star Trek Discovery, Hell on Wheels) lead the Injustice all-star cast as Superman and Batman, respectively.
The massive cast also includes Janet Varney (The Legend of Korra, You’re The Worst) as Wonder Woman, Brandon Micheal Hall (God Friended Me) as Cyborg, Kevin Pollak (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) as Joker & Jonathan Kent, Anika Noni Rose (The Princess and the Frog, The Good Wife, Dreamgirls) as Catwoman, Reid Scott (Veep, Venom) as Green Arrow & Victor Zsasz, Edwin Hodge (The Tomorrow War, Mayans M.C.) as Mr. Terrific & Killer Croc, Gillian Jacobs (Community, Invincible) as Harley Quinn, Oliver Hudson (Rules of Engagement, Nashville) as Plastic Man, and Laura Bailey (Critical Role, Avengers Assemble) as Lois Lane & Rama Kushna.
Faran Tahir (Iron Man, Star Trek) stars as Ra’s al Ghul, Derek Phillips (Friday Night Lights, 42) as Nightwing & Aquaman, Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10 franchise, Young Justice, RWBY) as Mirror Master, Flash & Shazam, Zach Callison (Steven Universe, The Goldbergs) as Damian & Jimmy Olsen, Brian T. Delaney (Fortnite, Batman Unlimited) as Green Lantern, Fred Tatasciore (Family Guy, American Dad!) as Captain Atom, and Andrew Morgado (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) as Mirror Master Soldier.
Looking for a refresher course on animated Super Hero entertainment before seeing Injustice? HBO Max has a rich catalog of DC Universe Movies and DC-centric films and series.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the feature-length animated film is set for release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP; Canada $44.98 SRP), Blu-ray (US $29.98 SRP; Canada $39.99 SRP) and Digital on October 19th, 2021.
Injustice | Trailer | Warner Bros. Entertainment
Injustice | Red Band Trailer | Warner Bros. Entertainment