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Legend of Korra: Book One: Air [DVD]
Legend of Korra: Book One: Air [DVD]
Dvd ~ Janet Varney
Price: 6.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series for a more mature audience, 26 Nov 2013
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This DVD arrived earlier than expected and as previous reviewers have already stated, this 2 disk DVD includes all the episodes produced for Legend of Korra: Book 1.

The episodes are very entertaining and action packed and while it is aimed towards a more mature audience than The Last Airbender, there are still many moments of levity and humour to balance things out.

The hand drawn animation is still top notch and features more CGI animation than The Last Airbender to create the various vehicles and environments of Republic City.

There are optional commentary tracks for episodes 1, 2, 11 and 12 with a number of subtitle options, and each of these episode commentaries feature the series creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Guest commentary comes from voice actors Janet Varney (Korra) in episodes 1 & 2, David Faustino (Mako) in episode 2 and Steve Blum (Amon) in episode 12 and the audio team, sound designer Ben Wynn and composer Jeremy Zuckerman in episode 11.

There is also a short film included on Disk 2 entitled the Legend of Puppetbender, which is a parody of the production process behind the show featuring the main characters as puppets and is very amusing.

In conclusion, this is a high quality DVD and at the time of writing, it is a great bargain to buy the entire Book 1 series for such a low price. I highly recommend this product for fans of the Avatar franchise and animation enthusiasts, but parents of young children should take note of the PG rating due to some unsettling scenes in later episodes.

The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series Book 1: Air
The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series Book 1: Air
by Bryan Konietzko
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.67

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In-depth behind the scenes look of The Legend of Korra, 23 July 2013
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In 2012, the creative team behind the popular animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender produced a sequel series focusing on the next Avatar, this time a headstrong teenage girl named Korra in a darker and more mature series.

Since I am a fan of both Avatar shows and already own the book Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Art of the Animated Series, I immediately pre-ordered this product when it was announced.

Unlike The Last Airbender, which was based in an feudal Asia inspired world with some examples of technology such as airships and tanks, the Legend of Korra has a 1920's theme with much of the series taking place in Republic City, an urban metropolis that resembles Manhattan but with Asian design principles, with more developed technology such as airships, automobiles, motorcycles and factories that heavily emphasise a steampunk theme. The Legend of Korra combines the mystical, fantasy and martial arts themes of The Last Airbdender with real life aspects such as technology, modernisation, organised crime and a group of extremists that become the main antagonists of the series.

Like the previous series, a book of artwork was released for the Legend of Korra, but because this show has had only one season so far, this book is 40 pages shorter than the book for The Last Airbender, which contained production art for the entire three seasons, but the quality of material shown in this book more than makes up for the decrease in quantity. It should also be noted that the front cover to this book is different to the one advertised, as it features a solo painting of Korra and it is not a group shot of the main cast, though that is included in the book.

This book is filled with hundreds of pieces of artwork that includes the design process from initial sketches of the main cast, animals, props, vehicles and environment to their final versions and colour tests. The majority of the book is taken up by individual chapters that focus on each of the first season's 12 episodes, including storyboards, expression sheets, background paintings and designs for supporting characters and new vehicles as they are introduced in the series. The book concludes with ancillary art by the production team, such as designs for DVD covers, promotional posters, random illustrations and two group shots, one of the new 'Team Avatar' and the second showing the original Team Avatar as adults, which is a nice touch by the series creators.

The amount of artwork in this book showing the creation of a new location and era for the Avatar series is immense, you can see examples of the architecture used in designing Republic City, designs for city monuments such as the Avatar Aang Statue (which was inspired by the Statue of Liberty), detailed drawings of the hot rods, automobiles and trains that populate the city streets and conceptual art of the Avatar series' new sport Pro-Bending, ranging from the arena and uniforms to the conceptual illustrations that were pitched to the studio executives.

The book itself is very well made, printed on high quality paper with a good layout and informative annotations by the series creators. There are some pages where ink has slightly transferred from the opposite page but this is barely noticeable and a minor detraction from what is a very inspiring look behind the scenes of a critically and commercially successful animated series.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend this book to fans of the Legend of Korra and fans of the Avatar universe in general, and animators and enthusiasts of production artwork for animated series and films would also enjoy this book. Like the book Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Art of the Animated Series, it is a high quality piece of material and should a similar book be published for the Legend of Korra's upcoming second season, then I will likely buy that as well.
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Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths [DVD]
Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sam Liu
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: 5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A fun comic book movie for fans and kids alike, 16 May 2011
There's usually one word associated with DC Comics, and it's not Superman or Batman. It's CRISIS... there have been so many Crisis story arcs that it's becoming difficult to keep track of them, but this animated film is something that anyone can understand and enjoy and you don't need to be a fan to do so.

Originally intended to be the transitional piece between the Justice League animated series and its sequel Justice League Unlimited, Crisis On Two Earths was made into a full length animated feature of its own independent continuity. The story has a noble Lex Luthor from an alternate reality enlisting the Justice League's help in battling the evil superhumans of his world, a mafia-like organisation called the Crime Syndicate who are twisted parodies of Superman, Batman etc.

While there are a few segments of dialogue and violence that earn this film a 12 rating, I'd say it's still suitable for children since it is easily entertaining and features plenty of action sequences. Included on the second bonus disk are the Justice League episodes 'A Better World', which is basically the same film with a few minor differences, showing what would happen if the Justice League members themselves became evil tyrants, and a DC animated short The Spectre, a dark supernatural detective story which may not be suitable for younger viewers due to some disturbing scenes.

All in all though, if you enjoyed the Justice League animated series or the DC animated universe in general, this is a good purchase for fans, though I wish they had brought back Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman.

Red Robin: Collision v. 2 (Red Robin 2)
Red Robin: Collision v. 2 (Red Robin 2)
by Marcus To
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous alliances, fun read, 9 Mar 2011
After the events of The Grail, Tim Drake has made an alliance with one of the Bat-Family's most dangerous enemies against a mutual threat in exchange for help in his quest to prove Bruce Wayne is still alive but as things are with Tim, things are not as they appear. Most of this book explores how Tim tries to honour and maintain the ideals and methods that Bruce taught him while working with his dangerous new ally, as well as the consequences of the deal that may cost Tim his soul and his return to Gotham is anything but a warm welcome as enemies are right on his heels.

The highlight of this book is Tim's monologue as he thinks his way through his battles and his journey from tortured denial and despair to finding his way again is convincing and compelling. It's less grim than The Grail as Tim finally sees hope on the horizon, begins to rely on his friends and allies again, appearances by the Bat-Family and Tim's friends from the Teen Titans add some levity to counter the peril of the story and the art's much more refined and appears more fluidic in the combat scenes.

If you like Tim Drake or the previous installment then I highly recommend this title, though you do NEED to read The Grail first, or this will make no sense.

Red Robin: Grail
Red Robin: Grail
by Christopher Yost
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old character, new identity, brilliant story, 9 Mar 2011
This review is from: Red Robin: Grail (Paperback)
This series picks up after the Battle for the Cowl story arc where Bruce Wayne's presumed dead and Dick Grayson has assumed the identity of Batman with Bruce's illegitimate ninja-trained son Damian as his Robin. But for former Robin Tim Drake, things have just got interesting as he has become convinced that Bruce is still alive and sets out alone on a global search for evidence to prove his theory, which to the other members of the Bat-Family and his friends, is simply his own denial to accept Bruce's death.

This is a very character driven story as Tim is determined to find out what happened to Bruce at any cost, to the point of using the Red Robin identity which has always been seen as something of an anti-hero figure. Travelling the world and breaking many laws in his quest, Tim realises that he is losing himself in despair and uncertainty, losing his way and trying to convince himself that he's not crazy or in denial. Since Tim's always been more of a detective and thinker than previous Robins, much of his inner monologue is his planning of taking down his enemies as quickly as possible, making this far more than just a guy in a cape simply beating people with his fists.

This is a very good story and an excellent set-up for his new series as his own hero and not a sidekick. Add appearances by the new Batman and Robin, Alfred, Spoiler, Ra's Al Ghul and the introduction of a new enemy, and this book becomes a purchase definitely worth buying by Batman fans or fans of the Tim Drake character.

Gen 13 TP Vol 01 Best Of A Bad Lot
Gen 13 TP Vol 01 Best Of A Bad Lot
by Talent Caldwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.17

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, quirky but ultimately inferior to the original, 6 Mar 2011
Gen13 is like a combination of X-Men and a teen comedy film, with superpowered teenagers dealing with sex, pop culture and rebelling against authority with the occasional beating up bad guys. The original version had these kids being secretly experimented on by a government agency to activate their powers before escaping and becoming a superhero team but for reasons I don't entirely understand, the series was rebooted a few years ago with a more modern twist.

This book covers the origin story of the new Gen13 and I have to say, it makes a lot less sense than the original. In this version the main characters are apparently lab experiments who grew up in controlled yet seemingly ordinary environments, grown for select customers for various reasons. The characters are almost the same as the original versions but with a lot less attitude and the science behind their powers is explained a lot less clearly than the original comic, making a lot of this book's plot vague and unlikely.

If you're looking for something different than the X-Men or Spider-Man, this could be worth a look but if you've read the original Gen13, this may not be a suitable purchase.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Art of the Animated Series
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Art of the Animated Series
by Bryan Konietzko
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 22.09

5.0 out of 5 stars More production art than you can shake a stick at, 2 Feb 2011
Recently I started watching the Last Airbender animated series and I liked a number of things about the series, in particular the animation and design work so when I found out about this book, I immediately made it a part of my book collection.

This book is a bible of the production process behind one of the world's most successful animated series, showing concept sketches from when Aang was just a sky shepherd tending to a herd of flying animals to the storyboards of the final episode of the series. The makers of the series have put the best concept art, environment paintings, character designs and storyboards into this book and offered commentary on the six year development of Avatar, making this a true collector's piece for anyone who's a fan of the series or of production art in general.

I highly recommend this title.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Andre Braugher
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 11.39

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for anyone who bought Public Enemies, 22 Jan 2011
This review focuses more on the Region 2 edition of Superman/Batman Apocalypse, which was adapted from the Superman/Batman: Supergirl comic that reintroduced Supergirl into modern comics. Apocalypse scores big points from the start by bringing back veteran voice actors Kevin Conroy and Tim Daly and newcomer Summer Glau proves to be a fine casting for Kara Zor-El, convincingly portraying a confused superpowered teenager on an alien world.

The animation style and character designs reflect Michael Turner's work on the original comic and there are some amazing and brutal fights in this film and plenty of special features, including trailers for various other DC animated films. My only criticisms however are Darkseid, who just doesn't seem threatening enough as he sounds too human, and the lack of a chapter select option, meaning you have to fast forward through the film manually.

Overall however, these are minor detractions from an otherwise excellent animated film and having read the original comic, I can say it is also a faithful adaptation to the animated media. I highly recommend if you enjoyed the comic and the previous animated film Public Enemies.

Superman Batman: Public Enemies [DVD]
Superman Batman: Public Enemies [DVD]
Price: 8.99

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well executed adaptation of the original comic, 17 Jan 2011
Adapted from the Public Enemies comic, this animated film has Superman and Batman team up to generally beat the hell out of anyone who stands against them, with well animated fight scenes and the witty dialogue from the comic that is excellently delivered by veteran Batman and Superman voice actors Kevin Conroy and Tim Daly.

It only misses out on top marks because it takes liberties with the original comic story and doesn't feature cameos by the sidekick teams of Superman and Batman, but it is still a worthy purchase for fans of the Superman and Batman animated series and comic books.

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy
Offered by westworld-
Price: 11.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing mixture of electronic dance and orchestral music, 2 Jan 2011
This review is from: Tron Legacy (Audio CD)
One of the things I liked most about the new Tron: Legacy film was its soundtrack and after listening to samples of it, I was compelled to buy it. The pleasant mix of both synthesiser and orchestral music suited the dark and almost surreal computer world of Tron and is great to listen to, and this is coming from a guy who prefers rock and metal over this type of music.

There are only a few fast paced tracks on this soundtrack but if you're looking for something to chill out with or if you liked the music in Tron: Legacy, then this is definitely a worthy purchase.

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