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Blu-ray Shopping Bag: Green Lantern The Animated Series

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By Robert T. Trate     April 01, 2014
Source: Mania.com


Green Lantern The Animated Series Season 1
© Warner Bros.

In 2011, the world prepared for the arrival of the Green Lantern. The Ryan Reynolds vehicle looked to have all the makings of solid superhero story. As genre and comic book fans, we understood what was at stake. If this film adaptation of the classic comic book character connects with audiences, then we would be one step closer to a Justice League movie. It didn’t and Warner Brothers took two steps back instead of one leap forward. 

With the launch of any franchise, there are always tie-ins to keep the property viable after the film has left the theaters. Sure, the adventures of Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns would continue in comic form, but would that be all? Thankfully not, as DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation launched Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Sadly, with the bad taste of the Green Lantern movie still lingering, I never bothered to catch the series. Since the blu-ray of the first season has arrived, I decided that three years was long enough to forget about Reynolds’ Hal Jordan. 

It was completely refreshing that they skipped the origin story. Someone must have figured out that if kids and fanboys are going to watch this, that they already know how he became the Green Lantern. Instead, we are jettisoned to OA, where we find Hal Jordan (Josh Keaton) teaming up with Kilowog (Kevin Michael Richardson) to track down the Red Lanterns. The opening story finds our two heroes with a new experimental ship trapped on the outer rim of the known galaxy. They want to get back, but know they have to stop Atrocitus (Jonathan Adams) and his followers. 

As superhero cartoons go, I was raised on the Challenge of the SuperFriends. I’m talking about the ones where no one got hit, the Wonder Twins where there, and Aquaman did magic tricks over PSA’s. The stories there always had a reset button and nothing really changed. They were accessible, riddled with plot holes, and had giant leaps in logic. Don’t get me wrong, they were fun, but redundant. I grew to have an appreciation of the characters involved, especially the Green Lantern (voiced perfectly by Michael Rye), which is probably why the Green Lantern film was such a let down. I want more from characters than a two hour movie can provide. I want a full fledge story that reveals itself. This could be why I like graphic novels and trades over individual comics. Green Lantern: The Animated Series has the same appeal. There is a mission for Jordan and Kilowog and these two characters grow as the story progresses. However, it isn’t just their story. 

A great hook to the series is that Jordan and Kilowog take a Red Lantern prisoner. Razer (Jason Spisak) was driven for vengeance when his loved one was killed on his home world. He joined the Red Lanterns to make sure that tragedy never happened to anyone else. When Razer becomes directly responsible for the destruction of another planet, he begins to question what Atrocitus is doing. We have a Star Trek: Voyager type story with Jordan and Kilowog trying to get home, but the real story is about Razer’s redemption. In being so far away from OA, Jordan and Kilowog come to rely on Razer for help. Razer, though, still wrestles with his own demons and the Red Lantern oath. 

To take the Star Trek analogy one step further, there is a character that is looking for that human connection. Enter Aya (Grey DeLisle), who is actually the mind of the ship who creates a physical form to leave with the crew on missions. Bruce Timm (see full IMDB) may not have had his hand on every single episode of the series, but his style and presence that made Batman: The Animated Series is evident here. 

The stories interweaved Green Lantern mythology and characters perfectly into the series. It also works itself into what is currently going on in the comic book. It may not be gospel, but we have Red Lanterns, the yellow fear crystals, a Blue Lantern, and even Mogo has appeared. These stories are fun and great stuff for kids. I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was to see stories about comradery, sacrifice, trust, and doing what is right.

 

I watched the first arc of the series and already found myself completely engrossed by these characters. It really was a shame that the Green Lantern movie failed so miserably. I think that Hollywood should really get out of the way and allow people who really care about storytelling handle these characters. That isn’t saying anything new, but damn if I didn’t enjoy the hell out those first 8 episodes. 

Order the Green Lantern: The Animated Series HERE at the WBShop.

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BLU-RAY AND DVD Releases for April 1st 2014

ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS

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47 Ronin (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet) Starring Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano

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The Bag Man Starring John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa, Robert De Niro

The Bag Man (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet) Starring John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa, Robert De Niro

The Bunker Starring Ken Shamrock and Mike Brown

Death Watch [Blu-ray]

The Depraved Starring Nathalie Kelley, Nick Eversman and Max Riemelt

Emulation Starring Tom Getty, Jeff Howanek and Steven Chiado

Fargo Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]

Forgetting the Girl Starring Christopher Denham, Lindsay Beamish, Elizabeth Rice

Forgetting the Girl [Blu-ray] Starring Christopher Denham, Lindsay Beamish, Elizabeth Rice

Meet Him and Die [Blu-ray] Starring Ray Lovelock and Elke Sommer (1976)

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No Holds Barred [Blu-ray] Starring Hulk Hogan, Joan Severance and Tommy 'Tiny' Lister (1989)

Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines (2014)

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Smuggler: Live Action Movie (Subtitled) Starring Satoshi Tsumabuki, Masanobu Andô and Yasuko Matsuyuki

ANIME

Angel Blade Complete Collection

Dragon Ball Z: Season 3 [Blu-ray] Starring Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat and Stephanie Nadolny

Ebiten: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]

Ebiten: Complete Collection (2012)

Happiness: Complete Collection

Mystery of the Necronomicon

Princess Nine Complete Series (1998)

The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye Starring Megumi Toyoguchi (2006)

CARTOONS

Batman & Friends Starring Kevin Conroy, Jr. Efrem Zimbalist, Loren Lester

Bugs Bunny & Friends Starring Mel Blanc

Daffy Duck & Friends Starring Mel Blanc

The Pirate Fairy (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)

The Pirate Fairy

Scooby-Doo & Friends Starring Mindy Cohn, Grey Delisle, Casey Kasem and Frank Welker

Superman & Friends Starring Various

Tweety Pie & Friends Starring Various

CLASSICS

Bait (1954) Starring John Agar, Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas and Emmett Lynn

Devil's Playground (1937) Starring Richard Dix, George McKay, Pierre Watkin and Chester Morris

Joe Kidd (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet) Starring Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon and Don Stroud

Lightning Guns Starring Gloria Henry, Raymond Bond, Edgar Dearing

Rooster Cogburn (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet) Starring John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Zerbe

Thunder at the Border Starring Nadia Gray, Rod Cameron, Pierre Brice and Marie Versini (1966)

The War Wagon (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet) Starring John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Howard Keel and Keenan Wynn

Two Mules For Sister Sara (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet) Starring Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Manolo Fabregas

COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)

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Knights of Badassdom [Blu-ray] Starring Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn, Ryan Kwanten and Summer Glau

HORROR

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About a Zombie Starring Patrick Murphy and Rory Mullen

The Depraved Starring Nathalie Kelley, Nick Eversman and Max Riemelt (2011)

The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) Starring Faye Dunaway, Tommy Jones, Rene Auberjonois and Raul Julia

L'Immortelle Starring Francoise Brion (1963)

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The Lodge (Region Free) [PAL] [Blu-ray] Starring Elizabeth Kell, Owen Szabo, Kevin McClatchy

SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY

King Kong Escapes [Blu-ray] (1968)

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Paradox Alice Starring Jeneta St. Clair, Stewart Calhoun, Ethan Sharrett

War of the Worlds-Goliath [Blu-ray] Starring Adrian Paul, Adam Baldwin, Peter Wingfield

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TV LAND

Broadchurch: Season 1 Starring David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

The Client List (2012): Season 2 Starring Jennifer Hewitt, Loretta Devine, Colin Egglesfield

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Psych: Season 8 Starring James Roday and Dule Hill

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COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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blankczech 4/1/2014 8:08:11 PM

 Your review of the Green Lantern animated series blu-ray Disk, is very well written Robert.  I'd give it an "A"

RobertTrate 4/2/2014 7:43:05 AM

 thanks, Warner Archive liked it as well. 

Tevii 4/2/2014 7:54:34 AM

If all you saw was the first 8 episodes but you are going to watch the rest, then you are in for a treat. They just got better and better

joe4306 4/2/2014 1:44:53 PM

i really liked this series i wish there were more episodes made....the same with young justice 

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