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"Green Lantern (Blu-ray)"  - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

Throughout the universe, there exists an elite force of protectors for peace and justice called the Green Lantern Corps.  One of these protectors, Abin Sur, is mortally wounded in a battle against the evil Parallax (voiced by Clancy Brown).  Abin Sur manages to escape from Parallax and crash lands on earth where he commands his ring to find a worthy successor to his place as the Protector of Sector 2814.  The ring selects a cocky test pilot, Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), to be the first Earthling to join the Green Lantern Corps.  Jordan gets taken to the Green Lantern Corps' home planet, Oa, where he trains under the other protectors from around the Universe.  He finds that the power of the Green Lantern is fed by the will of all living creatures while the yellow power of the villains is fed by the fear in all living creatures.  Jordan must now return to Earth and try to single-handedly protect the planet from destruction at the hands of the evil Parallax.

Specifications

  • Warner Brothers
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 54 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: AVC MPEG 4
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD-Master Audio
  • Starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Saarsgard, Mark Strong and Tim Robbins
  • Directed by Martin Campbell
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I really wanted to enjoy this movie.  And I did - in some ways at least.  The special effects were pretty cool.  The acting job turned in by Peter Saarsgard was noteworthy in its competence.  But I was disappointed with the acting efforts of Ryan Reynolds in the lead role and of Tim Robbins, who plays Hammond (Saarsgard's on-screen father).  Neither actor came on the screen with any sizzle or vigor and their low-key tone permeated the entire film as it plodded along to a predictable conclusion.  I also never felt an emotional connection to any of the characters.  This Blu-Ray is worthy of a rental if only for the special effects.

Technical

I found the picture quality to be near reference-quality.  It is amazing how the skin tones looked very natural, despite all the green lighting.  The CGI effects were first rate as well.  I deducted half a star because the darker scenes exhibited a small degree of crush.  The audio was very good.  The surrounds only kicked in when the bigger battle scenes were underway.  I was impressed that the bass was full and present when called on but it was not boomy or bloated.

Extras

This two-dsic set is loaded with extras - Extended Cut (adds 9 minutes), Maximum Movie Mode - Green Lantern's Light, "The Universe According to Green Lantern" Featurette, "Ryan Reynolds Becomes Green Lantern" Featurette, The Justice League #1 digital comic, Deleted scenes, a Preview of "Green Lantern: The Animated Series", BD-Live, Disc Two - DVD of theatrical version and Ultraviolet (streaming) digital copy.  Also included is the access code to unlock the Sinestro Corp Batman Skin for the "Batman: Arkham City" video game.