Justice League x RWBY Super Heroes and Huntsmen Part 1 4K UHD Review

3.5 Stars The Justice League teams up with the Huntresses and Huntsmen of the acclaimed anime-inspired web series in this new release.
The Justice League Huntresses and Huntsmen Review

The Justice League finds itself in the realm of Remnant in an action filled crossover with the Huntresses and Huntsment of RWBY.

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Disc Information
Studio: Warner Brothers
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish 5.1 DD
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Rating: PG
Run Time: 1 Hr. 20 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: Amaray
Disc Type: UHD
Region: All
Release Date: 04/25/2023
MSRP: $39.99

The Production: 3/5

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The members of the Justice League awaken reborn as teenagers in the world of Remnant.  The Justice League have not only become teenagers, but also developed new powers and abilities.  For example, Bruce Wayne is literally a Batman with bat wings protruding from his shoulders.  The Justice League teams up with RWBY in part 1 of a crossover with the anime-inspired web series.

RWBY is the acronym of the huntresses’ first names:  Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long.  RWBY are warriors trained in the world of Remnant to fight monsters referred to collectively as Grimm.  RWBY are as mystified as the Justice League regarding their transition from planet Earth to Remnant.

You do not need to have seen the RWBY web series to enjoy this film, but I am sure that it helps.  I was not familiar with RWBY, so the subtleties of the world of Remnant were a little hard to follow.  The story itself is chock full of battles and action, as the members of the Justice League solve the mystery of their dilemma and find their way home back to Earth Prime(or whatever the DC version of Earth is called today).

The voice cast includes Chandler Riggs(The Walking Dead) as Superman, Nat Wolff(The Stand) as Batman, and Natalie Alyn Lind(The Goldbergs) as Wonder Woman.  The screenplay by Meghan Fitzmartin(Justice Society: World War II) puts the Justice League and RWBY through their paces in some interesting situations in an action packed crossover.   If you have never seen RWBY before, you are basically in the same position as the members of the Justice League as they explore the world of Remnant for the first time.

Video: 4.5/5

3D Rating: NA

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Justice League x RWBY appears on 4K UHD in a 1.85:1 screen aspect ratio with the HEVC codec.  Hues and colors are vibrant with HDR.  The animation linework reproduces with excellent clarity in 2160p.  The only apparent flaw is minus density that is most apparent in dark areas of the screen.  I am almost inclined to think that this is deliberate for some reason, but if so, the reason escapes me.  Even with this, however, the video presentation is very nice.

Audio: 4.5/5

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Justice League x RWBY plays by default in English 5.1 DTS-HDMA.  The audio has nice punch and clarity with dialogue almost always audible and some discreet use of directional audio.

Special Features: 2.5/5

Special features on the 4K UHD disc include all of the following:

Justice Comes to Remnant(7:35):  Director Kerry Shawcross, writer Meghan Fitzmartin, and cast members provide a helpful primer on the world of Remnant and the characters of RWBY.

You Look… Different:  The Design of Justice League x RWBY(9:01):  Creative talent including director Kerry Shawcross and writer Meghan Fitzmartin discuss the creative choices made in adapting the Justice League into teenage anime-style characters.

From The DC Vault:  Justice League Unlimited episode “Kids’ Stuff”(20:23) and Justice League Action episode “Plastic Man Saves the World”(11:14).

Also included is a Blu-ray disc and paper insert with validation code for redemption of digital copy.

Overall: 3/5

Justice League x RWBY Part 1 is a different take on the Justice League with the heroes appearing anime-style in a crossover with the huntresses and huntsmen of RWBY.  The video and audio presentation are fine, with the limitations as noted.  The special features are fine, and the “Justice Comes To Remnant” featurette is recommended viewing before the feature to get up to speed on this new world.  Otherwise, you may feel like you have never watched Game of Thrones before, and you are coming in on a random episode during the third season.  You will probably enjoy this if you come in with that expectation, unless you are already a fan of RWBY, in which case you will come up to speed fast.   I infer that Part 2 may take place on Earth instead of Remnant, but time will tell.

Timothy has worked background in theatrical features and television, just for the fun of it, in films directed by Peter Segal and Christopher Nolan. His favorite film star is Bugs Bunny, and Timothy has discovered that most of the problems in life can be solved successfully (strangely enough) by asking “What would Bugs Bunny do?” Timothy has been involved with the Home Theater Forum since 2007 and has reported from Comic Con, interviewed Bruce Campbell and Danny Trejo, and reviewed classic animation and new theatrical releases on disc.

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