One of DC Comics most iconic science fiction heroes arrives
on Blu-ray and DVD that tells the origin of test pilot, Hal Jordan
who not only becomes the superhero known as Green Lantern but
also becomes part of something even bigger, the Green Lantern
Corps, an alien intergalactic peace force.
Like the comic movies before Green Lantern First Flight
(Justice League: New Frontier and Wonder Woman), DC Comics and
Warner Animated continue to push the boundaries of their creations
and best of all, they make it accessible to viewers of all ages and
no background history of the comics is required.
should be noted that Green Lantern First Flight is a modern
interpretation of the original comic story so some purists may be
offended at the changes to history, however for me, even though I'm
quite familiar with the original comics, this movie was a refreshing
tale that feature action, drama, intrigue and comedy.
The movie itself begins with an alien craft crashing on Earth and a
dying alien named Abin Sur uses his ring to find a worthy successor
and this successor is test pilot Hal Jordon (Christopher Meloni), a
man who knows no fear. Bestowed this powerful ring, a ring of the
Green Lanterns can create green energy constructs and is only
limited by the users imagination. Needless to say, it is a powerful
weapon that can be used for order.
Once the Guardians of the Universe, the leaders of the Corps
discover that a "human" has been given the ring, he is summoned to
OA by a small group of elite Green Lanterns and from there, his
initiation begins. Unfortunately for Hal, he is forced to go under
the wing of Sinestro, an honor guard, however upon further
investigation, Hal discovers that Sinestro may not be the man he
pretends to me.
Although the story was thoroughly enjoyable, some parts of the story
seemed forced and a little contrived, however trying to fit in the
origin of Green Lantern and his place in the bigger universe is a
difficult task, especially by the time constraints. Never the less,
the action is oozing with superhero goodness and hopefully we'll see
a sequel to this great interpretation of Green Lantern.
DVD, the video and audio quality is exceptional with sharp images
and an impressive 5.1 Surround Sound track. With some interesting
special features, this is definitely a must have DVD for lovers of
this genre. Let's hope the upcoming Green Lantern live-action movie
falls into this category.