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Superman: Brainiac Attacks [Blu-ray] [2006] [US Import]

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Product details

  • Format: Animated, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AF82WSU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,510 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 2 July 2010
I have to disagree with the first review on all points.

Lex Luther is not portrayed as goofy and comical. Sure he's not as dark as he is in Superman the animated series, and he does drop the odd one-liner, but he is still Lex Luther the bad guy.

The story is a rollercoaster of emotions. Plenty of tension, tenderness, twists and turns. It's a well written story.

Well worth the money.

Go for it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A juvenile disappointment, to be sure. 12 Jan 2007
This production parades itself as being part of the WB Superman: The Animated Series universe by using the same logo, character designs, and some of the same voice talent... But this film is far from it.

I would compare this more to the Superfriends era type storytelling, and i like Superfriends much better. The character of Lex Luthor is goofy and comical - not the cold, calculating s.o.b that we've all come to expect from S:TAS.

There is not much story here. Brainiac arrives, and mayhem ensues. Superman has to stop him, and that's pretty much it. It's a product rather than a movie, i think, produce purely to capitalize on the release of Superman Returns... It could've been really good, but it's just not.

The younger audience will no doubt enjoy this romp for what it is - an action palooza, so if your kid digs Superman this film is not going to be a waste of money, but from my point of view - as an adult who loves the series - this film is not worth my money.

This is such a sad way to end the animated Superman franchise, and with Tim Daly on the cast as Superman, it's just that more sad. :(
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'Superman: Brainiac Attacks' seems aimed squarely at the very young, but I doubt even they will be too impressed. There isn't much of a story, the over-long action scenes are boring and Lex Luthor is portrayed as a comical buffoon. Only worth watching if you're aiming to watch all the DC animated movies.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Questions and Answers for DC Animated Universe Completists... 23 Jun 2006
By Matt Zimmer - Published on
You know who you are. You are the kind of person who is going to buy DVDs related to to Bruce Timm's DC Animated Universe to have a complete collection of everything DCAU. Here are some questions that completists who have not seen Superman: Brainiac Attacks yet may ask themselves when thinking about whether or not to buy this DVD.

If you are not a geek feel free to ignore this review.

Q: All the reviews say it's really bad, but internet critics are ALWAYS unnessecarily harsh. Is it really THAT bad?

A: Yes, it is. Static Shock's "Hoop Squad" has always been widely considered the single worst thing to come out of the DCAU ever. This is only marginally related to the DCAU and it is roughly twenty times worse. Sixty if you consider it's 22 minute running time one of "Hoop Squad"'s virtues. It is a pile of dried monkey vomit.

Q: But I want a complete DCAU collection!

A: The movie only uses character designs and some of the voices from the old Superman cartoon but it flatly contradicts things that have come before in the DCAU. Lex Luthor and Brainiac act INCREDIBLY out of character (buffoonish and melodramatic respectively) and the movie is at complete odds with how the Fortress of Solitude and Phantom Zone are portrayed on the old show.

Q: CAN it fit into the DCAU if I REALLY tried to make it?

A: I suppose you could come up with explainations for everything and wedge it into it if you really wanted to but it fits about as well as Teen Titans and Krypto the Superdog. Only those two cartoons are cool.

Q: Is Bruce Timm or any of the major creative forces of the DCAU involved?

A: None of the major creators are involved. It is written by Dwayne Capizzi of The Batman fame.

Q: Is it considered official canon by the fans or the creators?

A: The is a near-consensus of DCAU fans who don't believe it can fit. The DTV's writer, The Batman's Duane Capizzi has stated in an interview that it is NOT in continuity with the DCAU, probably in a desperate attempt to get people to keep an open mind about this abomination. Or as I said, monkey vomit.

Q: Well, even if it ISN'T DCAU I plan to buy every single cartoon DVD related to a DC property ever so where should I put it on my priorities list?

A: After The Batman season sets, Superfriends season sets, and the movie Scooby Doo Meets Batman but BEFORE The Batman or Superfriends single disc releases.

Q: Hey, The Batman isn't THAT bad. In fact, Duane Capizzi wrote The Batman versus Dracula and that was pretty cool.

A: Any talent Capizzi showed in the Dracula movie is missing here. Brainiac Attacks is worse than almost every episode of The Batman.

Q: Does the DVD at least come with any interesting extras?

A: Only a batch of trailers that can be found on both the superior Superman: The Animated Series Volume Three and Justice League Season Two sets. You'll be better off buying those.

Q: Sigh. Well, shouldn't I buy this anyways? Justice League Unlimited has been cancelled and there are no new real DCAU projects in the pipeline. Won't skipping this just send a message to Warner Bros. Animation that nobody ever wants to see new DCAU material again?

A: There is no easy answer for this. It's the ultimate no-win scenario for DCAU fans. If we DON'T buy it we may never see any new DCAU stuff again. If we DO buy it, it sends a message to Warner Home Video that they can release sub-standard DCAU related stuff with no imput from the creative forces that made it great. I reccommend using your money to buy the season sets of Batman, Superman, Batman Beyond and Justice League. It will tell WHV there is still a huge audience for this franchise without letting them think they can get away with quicky cheap-o releases designed for four year olds who frankly have much better children's programming options. And to be honest, if the only new "DCAU" projects we get in the future are on the same level as Brainiac Attacks I would just rather not see anything new from this franchise.
145 of 161 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the single worst animated film of all time. 27 May 2006
By scarywarhol - Published on
Unlike previous reviewers, I have actually gotten to see this mess, and let me just say that it is truly a disgrace to Superman: The Animated Series, and even writer Dwayne Capizzi's (of The Batman) other work.

When this was announced, and when the word came out that it would feature the original voice tallents for Superman and Lois (Tim Daly and Dana Delaney), fans of Superman and especially that wonderful and under-rated 90's cartoon show were estatic. Finally, this great version of Superman was getting his own animated movie!

Or so we thought.

As more details poured in, fans got more and more skeptical. Fan-favorite villains Lex Luthor and Braniac (Clancy Brown and Corey Burton) were recast. It was to be written by Dwayne Capizzi, of The Batman, an almost universally reviled anime-inspired version of the Dark Knight. What little pleasure that show ever had for me was in its kinetic animation, the writing was always atrocious and simplistic.

This is ten times worse. How this man can type out some of the lines in this movie is amazing. Lines like Lex Luthor saying "I'm happy! Oh, wait, no...I'm saaaaad!" or even telling Superman as he battles Brainiac "I'm rooting for you, my man!" is incredible. It's ten times more kiddie and stupid than any awful episode of The Batman.

The animation is rubbery and, for the most part, poor. Characters rarely look the same way in different scenes.

This DVD has been cropped to Fullscreen for some inexplicable reason since it was made in widescreen for a direct-to-video release.

I wont spoil details of the story for those who care, but suffice it to say that it makes the infamous movie "Batman and Robin" look absolutely brilliant.

All in all, this is not a movie, but a corporate product, perhaps an ad for the upcoming "Superman Returns" movie. Luckily, that film looks much better than this pile of garbage.

This is probably the last time that this version of Superman will be animated. Given the result, it makes it that much more sad.
53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kicking a good man... 20 Jun 2006
By M. Christian - Published on
Not to jump on the band-wagon here, but I would have to agree with the other reviewers. Had I purchased this instead of waiting for the "free view" on Cartoon Network I would be of all men, most miserable. I absolutely love Batman, Batman Beyond, Superman and Justice League and this production was a huge disappointment. The Luthor and Braniac voices were awful...the story was the second season of Justice League instead.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie is really....bad 3 Aug 2006
By Richard Hadley - Published on
I've got to agree with other reviewers on how bad this is.
It's so bad I feel compelled to write my first review just to warn people away!

Like so many others here, I enjoy "Batman: the Animated Series", "Superman: the Animated Series", and "Justice League" in all its incarnations, so it makes me very sad to say: There is just nothing to like about this movie.

The characters are very poorly written: Lex Luthor is portrayed as a clown (and not even a scary one!). Superman doesn't seem to have any idea how to fight an enemy other than fly at him and try to smash him.

The plot takes bizarre twists out of nowhere, such as a trip to the Phantom Zone, and a wholly unnecessary sub-plot featuring Jimmy Olson(!) in a fight with Luthor's leggy limo driver.

And don't start me on the voice work. While I respect Lance Henriksen, he just doesn't work for Brainiac. Brainiac sounds like he smokes cigarettes here, for crying out loud.

If you're thinking of buying this movie, do yourself a favor and buy "Justice League" or "Superman: the Animated Series" instead.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Super...WHAT THE?!? 4 Sep 2006
By Itani Mullik - Published on
I hate to have to agree with many of the other reviewers, but, upon adding this film to my Superman:The Animated Series collection, all that worked for me was the ACTION, the return of original voice talents of TIM DALY and DANA DELANY, and the fact that this marks the 1st Superman animated movies. The action was there, however, Duane Capizzi does an even bigger hatchet job on Superman via the storyline than he did on The Batman series...Lex Luthor cracking jokes? Braniac showing a sense of emotion? Get real? Powers Boothe, known for his portrayal of Jim Jones in the Guyana Tragedy, would've made a perfect replacement as Lex Luthor had it not been for the mediocre sense of humor...Boothe was abused in my opinion, and Lance Henriksen would've been perfect for any role but Braniac's...the original voice talent reminded me of Mr. Freeze from the 90's Batman series...cold, calloused, calculated, no emtions,etc...Braniac, in this film was laughing. No way.

To make a long story short, this one's only for die hard fans of Superman vol. 1-3 and for completists like myself. Otheriwse, you may want to rent this one first. A better investment would be Superman:The Animated Series vol 1-3, Justice League, The Complete Classic Superman(1940's) or even The Tick vs Season One for that matter.
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