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Good God.....what DC/WB can accomplish when all parties cooperate and the divisiveness that informs both the organisation and its fans can be cast aside. This film is scoring a hefty 9.2 out of 10 on numerous credible sites and having watched this four hour,two minute opus, I can assert that the praise is warranted. What WandaVision accomplishes for Marvel/Disney, JLA- Snyder Cut matches....well close enough for DC. Where WV redefined and blew up the genre and expanded the MCU for its next phase, JLA proved in one tight, succinct volley that when this organisation can get its act together, great things can occur. For the first time in a long time, DC is receiving earned positive feedback for giving fans the presentation of what Justice League should have been. Now I know it is vogue to crap on Joss Whedon, but the man's vision of 2017's Justice League was not the s-show it was purported to be....When one sees the cut Snyder intended, one quickly recognises however that the darker themed newest release was how the film should have been delivered, whether in segments or as one mass volley. The film is... linear, broken into several parts with due titles, it plays as a nearly episodic series. As a film it unquestionably works. Ray Fisher has made headlines of late with his war with Joss Whedon, Walter Hamada and DC/WB. While I can't speak to this matter, I can assuredly attest that Fisher's Victor Stone/Cyborg part was exceedingly and severely cut for the Whedon version. Here, his character is very well developed. While he is far more grim and less likeable, Cyborg is far more grand. His expanded role makes his presence integral to the film and works that might have followed. His tale is all the more tragic and his character's deepened gravitas works astoundingly well. Ezra Miller's Barry Allen/Flash I felt was the weakest point in the Whedon Justice League. While I still think his depiction of the fastest man alive is fairly poor and that Miller is absolutely miscast...Flash does get to shine in this extended cut. An opening segment featuring him visiting his jailed father Henry (Billy Crudup) was solid. No less so was his rescue of Kiersey Clemons' Iris West. The scene was nigh balletic and hinted at an attraction between the two which stands to expand over time and potentially the next 'run' of DC films. Even in battle sequences throughout the film, the Flash was more assured and less inept. The source material presents Barry Allen as a brilliant scientific mind, grounded and capable. Miller's Allen is socially awkward, weird, annoying and often hard to like. His role, like Cyborg's, does make him far more key to the narrative. The villains get a huge upgrade in this film. Ciaran Hynds' Steppenwolf, due to horrific CGI and poor plot development in the original incarnation, was just...poor. Here, with improved re-shoots, better CGI and a firmer backstory, he becomes a fearsome force. CGI is still DC's 'kryptonite' and Cyborg's armor more often than not is the clear example that they have yet to get it fully even. Still... the Snyder cut offers a vast improvement. Steppenwolf's orgin tying into DeSaad (Peter Guiness) and ultimately Darkseid (Ray Porter) makes the whole mother box/unity arc more sensical and grander in its presentation. The re-vistation of the old world battle of gods, aliens and mortals versus Darkseid was damned epic. Such scenes are where Snyder's stop/start shines. The character who gains the greatest salvation however is the one who should have needed it least, Superman aka Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill). In fact, his death from the previous critically drubbed B Vs S: Dawn of Justice gains greater significance. That all Cavill's sequences/scenes were shot pre-beard removal debacle and that the studio opted to use the lowest grade of modification to 'remove' said beard after the fact and actually release said product is galling and gives one pause as to whatever their motivations might have been. In JLA- SC (Snyder Cut)- Snyder doubles down on the messianic overtures that framed his vision of Superman. From his death throes in the opening of the film....with due epiphanic resonance of his death's significance- Superman's rebirth is a clarion call that reignites the now aptly titled Snyder-verse. Seeing Superman in tender moments as well as harder fight sequences is damned superb. Seeing Superman cutting loose is something to behold and that is very much the point. That Cavill is all but prepped to be cast aside shows an astounding short sighted-ness on DC/WB's part. Reboots be damned. The battle scenes both featuring him and the other Leaguers are more crisp, refined and brutal. The film's now "R" rating is not an idle move to gain more adult viewership, it illustrates a more gritty version of a film very much based on wars The Knightmare segments are a mixed bag as they were in earlier endeavours but they do indicate a long term epic vision Snyder might have developed and delivered. Zack Snyder has opined that he had a five picture plan for the DCU...sadly we probably won't see it. The critical response has to feel good though. The DCU continues to falter. WW1984 was a mess. The CW's television series are a sea of wtf moments and near or imminent cancellations. If anyone on high..at AOL, parent company, is paying attention..the fans cry of 'bring back the Snyderverse" should surely be an aspect of due consideration. Far more peaks than valleys, strong gravitas laden performances and the proper allocation of respect to characters worthy of it make the Synder Cut a film well worth watching. Four hours flew by and the feeling of what is and what just could be resparks a needed interest in DC. When the Russo Brothers, directors of Marvel's greatest films, give Snyder a shout out, this is evidence that ultimately the case of superhero fatigue is nowhere near imminent and that there is room enough for both entities. This Justice League stands as a masterpiece and is very much worth your time. A final kudo must be given to Harry Lennix, the actor who plays General Swanwick. As a hero in plain sight, his two segments in this film were absolutely terrific. It is good to know that as fans we can still be nicely surprised. JL- Snyder Cut is just outstanding.
There's been a lot of debate about the merits of the theatrical release of the Justice League movie versus this new "Snyder Cut" version. This newest release, in 4K, does have some caveats for the technically inclined. The most contentious feature is Zach Snyder's decision to release this movie in IMAX aspect ratio of 4:3, which is similar to older television screen proportions, resulting in black bars on the left and right, instead of the top and bottom. Some may try to circumvent this by using automated functions to fill the screen, however this results in a loss of image quality, as well as "screen information" since some parts of the image may get cut off.
The other thing to keep in mind is that this not a short watch. Snyder got the green light to indulge himself, so rather than a cut intended for theaters, this version runs about four hours and is split across two discs. The upshot is you get a LOT of scenes expand characterization, especially for Cyborg who got marginalized as a character in the theatrical cut. You also get a lot of slow motion and repetition of a lot of information and emotional scenes.
I think generally speaking this is probably an improvement over the original theatrical version that was re-directed by Joss Whedon. However, it's not leaps and bounds ahead. The longer slow motion action scenes and the repetition of information do hurt the pace of the film. However, for fans the DC comic book universe that want even more Kirby Fourth World shenanigans, this film at least manages to cram in an appropriate "final boss" villain on the scale of Thanos, though of course, Snyder didn't get dozens of films to build up his universe and had to try to do it in three.
The 4K image and the audio quality are, however, sharp and crystal clear. It's a great looking movie, and will likely be used for some 4K demonstrations by enthusiastic home theater owners.
Not only the Snyder Cut is real, but it's very different and way better than the 2017 release. It has better story and better action sequences. Above all, it has heart and soul which the 2017 release doesn't have. This movie shows the true talent of Zack Snyder and the great potential of the Snyderverse. Also, Jared Leto as the Joker is amazing. Thank you for all the fans of Release the Snyder Cut who made this movie possible.
As for the blu ray, it's excellent except that there is almost no extras. I didn't have any problem to get a digital copy from Google with the code included. Very highly recommended. It helps me appreciate and understand Man of Steel and Batman v Superman even more.
Very detailed in back stories, truly for fans. Regular movie fans should stick to the theatrical & save 2h2m of their lives, but for super fans a wicked way to get the most out of the story. Pretty cool!
Freaking fantastic 4k transfer and Atmos sound for the best superhero movie of all time tied with Batman V Superman ultimate remastered cut imo. That other pile of crap Josh wheaden put out was pathetic and took a giant crap on what Zack Snyder had worked so hard on before his daughters tragic sudden death. They basically did major surgery on it and ripped it to shreds to make it look like a half rate avengers knockoff. What Zack thankfully saved on his laptop in black and white turned into this astonishing 4 hour epilogue that gave us character development from the ground up on the three new members being the Flash , Aquaman and especially cyborg who's character was reduced to a minor role in that other version. And the most sickening thing is the fact Warner Bros still use Josh wheadens version as the candid one, they also listed the marketing for the 4k and BluRay of this cut on their YouTube channel then made it unlisted so nobody could see it or know when it was coming out and it completely backfired on them as it sold out in minutes on Amazon and finding a physical version is tough , you would think Warner would be proud and enjoy all the money and revenue from t-shirts and accessories but they treat Zack Snyder and his fans like crap and they now no how much of a stronghold we have over them and they have lost alot of fans and directors like Christopher Nolan who has worked exclusively with them for years and years leave the company. Whoever is running that company and especially the DC division need to really stop and figure out a way to get Zack to come back which will probably be quite the task given the total lack of respect you have showed the man, but if you can get him to finish his story which involves two more justice league sequels they will make a crap ton of money and slowly gain some respect back. But until then you can market that trashcan version of justice league all you want , it was both critically bashed and fans hated it even more. It's time to stand up be the bigger man and apologize to Mr Snyder and get the sequels green lit.
Far and beyond a trilogy that stands apart from any comicbook movie series ever filmed. Each movie is an adventure for the eyes, the heart and the soul. We are challenged by concepts of science, religion, myth, legend, sacrifice, family, fathers, mothers, man's place in the world, and so much more... Zack Snyder's visual driven storytelling is par none. This is the painstaking work of a true artist. Owning this boxset is a no-brainer for any amateur of film and cinema, or for anyone looking for something fresh in a world of repetitive and formulaic corporate junk.