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Green Lantern: First Flight [DVD] [2011]
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The release of the live action Green Lantern has prompted an overdue region two dvd release for an animated film based on the character that came out a short while back in the states.

For the uninitiated: Green Lantern is a long established superhero title from DC comics. Hal Jordan is a brash test pilot. When dying alien Abin Sur crash lands on Earth the green ring he wears seeks Hal out. To become Abin's replacement in the Green Lantern Corps. An elite interstellar peacekeeping force put together by an immortal race of aliens called the guardians of the universe. Their purpose: to keep order. Their power: comes from the green rings which are powered by will. Anything you want them to create using their green energy will happen. It's all down to the wearer's willpower.

Hal is taken under the wing of Sinestro, one of the most highly regarded of the corps. As they hunt for the being who killed Abin Sur it becomes apparent that Sinestro has an agenda of his own. And thus Hal has to prove himself worthy of being a Green Lantern rather quickly. Because the fate of the universe is stake.

This only runs for seventy five minutes and thus the origin stuff is rushed through rather quickly at the start. Those not familiar with the comic may struggle to keep up unless they keep their wits about them.

The pacing also means it doesn't have time to add much depth to the characters. With the exception of Sinestro. Victor Garber delivers an excellent voice performance making him a fully rounded villain with very believable motivations.

The animation does look a bit cheap at times in the interstellar and alien world scenes and could on occasion do with more detail. Some things are computer generated and they do stand out against it slightly awkwardly. But the action scenes do look very good, especially with all the various ring generated colour auras flying around the screen. And some of them are quite pacy and exciting.

All of it builds to an epic and involving big action finale.

Possibly more for those familiar with the comic rather than casual viewers, but it's a pretty capable little movie all in all and definitely worth a look. It is a twelve certificate though because it is a bit violent so it's not a cartoon ideal for the very young.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English, Castillan Spanish, German, Polish.

Subtitles: English, Bulgarian, Castillan Spanish, German, Polish.

The only extras are four promotional pieces about other animated movies based on dc comics properties. All of these tend to be interviews with cast and crew and don't show much or anything in the way of actual footage.

Plus a promotional piece for the Blackest Night: A dc comics story involving Green Lantern and pretty much every other one of their superheroes. Which actually came out in 2009, so you can see how long we've been waiting for this particular dvd on region two.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2012
After watching `The Green Lantern' live action film, I felt like I needed a superhero palette cleanser and what better way to do this than watch a Green Lantern feature length cartoon? In this case `Green Lantern: First Flight'. Like with the Ryan Reynolds' starring film, `First Flight' is the origins of the Hal Jordon's Lantern, but after the initial set up the two films separate. `First Flight' surrounds the space based elements of the character and accelerates the decline of one of the noble Green Lanterns (can you guess which one?)

Whilst the live action interpretation was somewhat of a box office and review flop, the cartoon has a lot more going for it (although not as many people will see it). The dynamic between Hal and the other Green Lanterns is explored a lot further with the likes of Kilowog and Sinestro getting a lot to do. Sinestro in particular is a very interesting character who rules the people of his sector with an iron fist for their own good. With the space setting, the action is also more impressive - chase scenes through alien cities and during warps. The story itself is also stronger than the film with real pathos as Will buckles under the power of Fear.

There are issues with the cartoon, especially with the animation itself. As a straight to DVD feature it does not have the budget of a cinema release and you can tell with the lack of frame rate and limited use of backgrounds. The voice acting is also a little dubious with lesser known actors not making up with talent for what they lack in fame. Despite some elements of `First Flight' falling flat there is no doubting that the story works far better than the live action movie. For this reason I would rather watch a straight to DVD version of Hal Jordon's Green Lantern origins, than a $100+ movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 31 October 2011
The title I gave this review - "A run of the mill origin story" - pretty much sums up my take.

Our tale begins with an alien green lantern crash-landing on Earth. He dies shortly thereafter, but not before giving his power-ring to Hal Jordan: the hero of the piece, and the character all true fanboys will recognize as THE definitive green lantern.

This movie does differ from most other superhero origin stories in that the part where the hero actually gains superpowers is dispensed with very quickly. The focus is on the hero's first adventure - the one where he earns his spurs as a superhero. Hence the title "First Flight". But in all other respects this piece is pretty formulaic. There are a couple of twists here and there, but nothing major. The production values and the voice acting are all up to the exceptionally high standards that we've come to expect from DC's animated offerings. Otherwise...

Meh.

A lot of the animated DC stuff Bruce Timm has released over the years - in particular I'm thinking of Justice League Unlimited and Batman - Mask of the Phantasm - has had real depth; far beyond what most people expect from the superhero genre. This one just doesn't. Don't get me wrong: there's nothing especially bad about this movie. It's more that there's nothing that really stands out as especially good about it either.

The up side is, if you're after a rocket-fueled, high powered action flick, this movie delivers in spades. What you see is what you get, and what we get is a grand, galactic-scale adventure. Space opera with superpowers in the best tradition of the green lantern corps. It's only if you were hoping for anything more than that... well...

Meh.

And the extras? To be honest, after watching the actual feature I just didn't care enough to bother looking.

Theo.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2009
I actually bought a new DVD player in order to be able to watch this(it's Region 1 so I needed a player which could be converted to multi-region). It was worth every penny - I've already watched it about four times. The graphics are stunning, the voice cast is excellent, and, most importantly, it's a great story. Too often in this kind of movie(and I include live-action superhero films) the story takes second place to the action or special effects - this is not the case with First Flight: there's plenty of action and special effects, but they serve a great storyline which makes sense, has drama, suspense and humour. If the live-action Green Lantern film ever gets made, I hope it uses this movie as a model.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2010
i thought this was a very well done animated movie.it's the origin story of how Hal Jordan became a Green Lantern.i have no idea how close it is to the original comic book origin.but i do knew,i loved the story.i thought it flowed very well,with a good mixture of action and drama.i thought the voice acting was terrific.plus,they seemed to have a good script to work with.i found the dialogue to be really good,as well.none of the usual cheese we tend to see in many animated or even live action movies.i think this particular animated film is as good as any of the recent spate of releases by both Marvel and DC,and it's certainly as entertaining.for me,Green Lantern:First Flight is a 4/5
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on 2 August 2012
After watching `The Green Lantern' live action film, I felt like I needed a superhero palette cleanser and what better way to do this than watch a Green Lantern feature length cartoon? In this case `Green Lantern: First Flight'. Like with the Ryan Reynolds' starring film, `First Flight' is the origins of the Hal Jordon's Lantern, but after the initial set up the two films separate. `First Flight' surrounds the space based elements of the character and accelerates the decline of one of the noble Green Lanterns (can you guess which one?)

Whilst the live action interpretation was somewhat of a box office and review flop, the cartoon has a lot more going for it (although not as many people will see it). The dynamic between Hal and the other Green Lanterns is explored a lot further with the likes of Kilowog and Sinestro getting a lot to do. Sinestro in particular is a very interesting character who rules the people of his sector with an iron fist for their own good. With the space setting, the action is also more impressive - chase scenes through alien cities and during warps. The story itself is also stronger than the film with real pathos as Will buckles under the power of Fear.

There are issues with the cartoon, especially with the animation itself. As a straight to DVD feature it does not have the budget of a cinema release and you can tell with the lack of frame rate and limited use of backgrounds. The voice acting is also a little dubious with lesser known actors not making up with talent for what they lack in fame. Despite some elements of `First Flight' falling flat there is no doubting that the story works far better than the live action movie. For this reason I would rather watch a straight to DVD version of Hal Jordon's Green Lantern origins, than a $100+ movie.
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on 14 July 2011
I'll admit from the start to being a really big Green Lantern fan but even if you're not this is a perfect entry into the Green Lantern mythos. Hal Jordan, a test piolt is summounded to the dying alien Abin Sur by the power of the ring and becomes the newest Green Lantern but is distrusted by the guardians of the universe for being human. Which allows Sinestro to take him under his wing as they hunt for both Abin's killer and the one truely responsible Kanjar Ro who has also stolen the yellow element the only thing capable of resisting the power of the Green Lanterns. Betrayed by Sinestro who has a far different idea of how the cosmos should be policed to the ideal of the Green Lantern corp Hal is stripped of his ring by the guardians only to become their only hope when Sienstro attacks with the power of the yellow element destroying the central power battery.
This fast pace isn't a problem rather it allows us to experience everything as Hal does and so that even long term fans like myself the occasional suprise especially in the final battle Sinestro and Hal Jordan, a superbly animated sequence where I'm sure Hal becomes Ion in the process of reigniting the central power battery.
Voice wise both Christopher Meloni as Hal and Victor Garber as Sinestro capture the essence of what makes these characters so good from Hal's couragous self belief and Sinestro's self agrandeur with able support from Tricia Heifer as Boudikka the other main Lantern in the film. All in all a great film for the both the new and longtime Lantern fans which leaves you wanting more always the sign of a good film and sets a high bar for the live action film to reach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2014
After being introduced to the Green Lantern as John Steward (Black Green Lantern in Justice League) and then having to re-love the character when I thought out Hal was the original, it was weird and hard but I did it. However I had high hopes for the Green Lantern movie (live action one) but was throughly disappointed....BUT and this is a BIG BUT!!!! I watched this and I was not let down, I will say 100% that THIS is what the movie should of been!, 5 out of 5 Green Lantern Rings!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2015
As a huge DC fan, I wanted to buy more animated DC movies, this was a good place to start. The story is fairly simple, but that is the right decision, as it is Green Lanterns origin. The movie is funny, has loads of action, good animation, well worth buying.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2011
Available at last on R2 DVD!

Not being a great fan of hard SF, I nevertheless found myself enjoying this DVD very much. While my favourite Green Lantern comic book stories are the ones set on Earth, with GL fighting human opponents, the plot for this feature length DVD gets GL right out into space, on the Guardians home planet Oa and very soon fighting aliens on alien worlds very quickly and is so well-written that I wasn't, ahem, alienated at all.

It could be that this "cartoon" DVD may actually be the superior product rather than the movie and the subtle changes to the GL mythos here didn't put me off one bit. Even this DVD's re-design of Abin Sur, the dying Green Lantern who gives Hal Jordan his power ring, is terrific. Even the new take on the Weaponers of Qward got this old fanboy a'quivering!

In keeping with classic early tales, rogue Green Lantern Corps member Sinestro, is on villain duties here and the ending is brilliant; sheer spectacle, a sense of scale and most importantly, a sense of wonder makes this DTDVD a must-buy for secret fans of the GL comics as well as a safe purchase for the younger ones with a taste for super powered shenanigans (actually, editing this review in 2013, I'd like to add that there's just one scene where a female alien is tortured for information which might be rather upsetting to the younger ones). If you view this DVD as a PG12 then you can't go wrong. For adults, it's absolutely fine and it's good to see some sophistication in the writing here. Unlike the recent atrocious live action version with Ryan Reynolds....

Highly recommended!
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