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Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths [Blu-ray] by Sam Liu (Co-Director) and Lauren Montgomery (Co-Director)
Review by Charles Mohapel
Warner Home Video Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B002YOKVUE
Date: 29 March 2010 List Price $29.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com - Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths / IMDB.com - DC Showcase: The Spectre / IMDB.com - Wonder Woman (1975) / IMDB.com - Unaired Aquaman Pilot / Show Article /

Whenever DC Comics decides that it's time for a new crisis in the DC Universe, you just know that the events will occur on an epic scale and heroes will die. Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is no exception.

Originally titled "Justice League: World's Collide", Dwayne McDuffie's script was commissioned for a planned direct-to-video feature in 2004 meant to bridge seasons two and three of Justice League (2001). However, due to a tight TV schedule and various other problems, it was not produced then. (IMDB.com)

Thanks to Warner Premiere, the six year wait was worth it since the technology has improved significantly since then, particularly Blu-ray discs like this one.

Not only must Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, and J'onn J'onzz (the current members of the Justice League) have to return with the good Lex Luthor (that's no April Fool's joke) to his parallel Earth, but they will have to fight their evil counterparts in the Crime Syndicate: Ultraman, Owlman, Superwoman, Power Ring, and J'edd J'arkus. The Crime Syndicate operates much in the manner of the five Mafia families that used to rule New York before being taken down by the FBI. Ultraman is the "Boss of Bosses" and he, Owlman, Superwoman, Power Ring, and J'edd J'arkus run their individual syndicates, aided by several lieutenants known as "Made Men" such as Angelique, Black Power, Breakdance, Extruded Man, Vamp, Model Citizen, Sai, Gypsy Woman, Aurora, Olympia, Warwolf, Scream Queen, Archer, Mr. Action, Captain Super, Captain Super Jr., and Uncle Super.

From official release/information:

Description:
In a parallel Earth ruled by the Crime Syndicate, the Justice League must fight their evil doppelgangers in a battle that would be dead even, except that their malicious counterparts are willing to do the one thing Batman and Superman never would: kill.

Running Time: 75 minutes

Special Features
DC Showcase: The Spectre
"The New World" extended cut
"A First Look at the Next DC Universe Movie"
"Green Lantern" First Look
"Superman/Batman Public Enemies" First Look
"Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess"
Trailers
Bruce Timm's Top Picks; "A Better World" Parts 1 and 2, "Twilight" Parts 1 and 2
DC TV pilot episodes (live-action): Wonder Woman (previously on Wonder Woman S1 release), Aquaman (never before released)

Disc Contains:
Promo for Sherlock Holmes on Blu-ray and DVD (2:17)
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (75:21)

Special Features:
DC Showcase: The Spectre (Exclusive Animated Short) (11:53)

Bonus Episodes:
Bruce Timm Presents Justice League:
"A Better World, Part 1" (21:40)
"A Better World, Part 2" (23:22)
"Twilight, Part 1" (22:27)
"Twilight, Part 2" (23:14)

DC Live Action Pilots:
Wonder Woman(1975) (73:52)
Aquaman (2007) (41:23)

Behind The Story:
"DCE: The New World" with Paul Levitz (President & Publisher, DC Comics), Rags Morales (Penciller, "Identity Crisis"), Geoff Johns (Writer, "Infinite Crisis"), Mike Carlin (Sr. Group Editor, DC Comics and Editor on "Identity Crisis"), Brad Meltzer (Writer, "Identity Crisis"), Dan DiDio (Executive Editor and SVP, DC Comics), and Michael Uslan (Executive Producer of the "Batman" movies) (33:14)

Extras:
"A First Look at Batman: Under The Red Hood" with Brandon Vietti (Director), Judd Winick (Writer), Gregory Noveck (SVP Creative Affairs, DC Comics), Bruce Timm (Producer), Alan Burnett (Co-Producer), and Andrea Romano (Casting and Voice Director). (13:47) Coming to Blu-ray and DVD Summer 2010

"A First Look at Green Lantern: First Flight" (10:20)

"A First Look at Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" (7:49)

Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess (10:26)

(Source: Warner Home Video)

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