All-Star Superman 4K review by Bobby Blakey
For years Warner Bros and DC Comics have been churning out some great animated features. Director Sam Liu is easily one of the most prolific directors of these films bringing us Batman: Killing Joke, The Death of Superman, Batman: Soul of the Dragon and more recently Batman: Doom Comes To Gotham. Back in 2011 he brought the comic series All-Star Superman from creators Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly to animated life with the late Dwayne McDuffie writing the film. Now the film is getting an all-new 4K release bringing it back to the forefront for fans.
The film features a great voice cast including James Denton, Christina Hendricks, Anthony LaPaglia as Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. Ed Asner, Frances Conroy, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Linda Cardellini, Arnold Vosloo, Steve Blum, Catherine Cavadini, Finola Hughes, Alexis Denisof, Obba Babatunde, John DiMaggio, Chris Cox, Robin Atkin Downes, Kevin Michael Richardson, Fred Tatasciore and Michael Gough.
All-Star Superman follows Superman's heroic final days on Earth is brought to exquisite, animated life. The film begins as the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) but, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation - which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms - finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthor's perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth's safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act.
I loved this series when it came out and was excited the first time around this film was released and much like the other films in the DC Animated series it doesn’t disappoint. This new release is all the better in the hi-def
look that enhances the visuals and of course the action of it all.
This is one of the more unique Superman stories out there with it facing down the end of his possible life. It’s a great story that was not only a great comic series, but lends to a perfect for this animation style. The look and feel matches up with some of the previous films, but still has hints of Frank Quietly’s artwork at times. The film holds up well and really brought together nicely with this latest release.
Whether you are seeing it for the first time or just revisiting it, grab your copy of All-Star Superman when it hits 4K for the first time ever available now from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.