Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Justice League: The New Frontier on 26th February 2008. Based on the graphic novel by Darwyn Cooke and produced by Michael Goguen and animation legend, Bruce Timm, this new original movie is the epic tale of the founding of the Justice League. The animated film, written by Stan Berkowitz, features a voice cast that includes David Boreanaz, Brooke Shields, Lucy Lawless, Neil Patrick Harris, Miguel Ferrer, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeremy Sisto and Kyle MacLachlan.
“Super Heroes United!: The Complete Justice League History”- The documentary is a comprehensive forty seven year Justice League chronology from the inception in the comics to vivid animated renditions. The story is told with a myriad of interviews tracing back the early days of DC Super Hero team ups during the Golden Age, to the Silver Age rendition where the established heroes emerged and beyond. Interviews include Paul Levitz (President of DC Comics), Dan Didio (SVP Executive Editor at DC Comics), Michael Uslan (Historian), Gregory Noveck (SVP Creative Affairs DC Comics), Mark Waid (DC Comics Historian and Writer), Mike Friedrich (Writer JLU), Denny O’Neil (Writer and Editor at DC Comics), Mike Carlin (DC Comics Executive Editor), Stan Lee (Marvel Comics Co-Creator) and Marv Wolfman (Writer of Fantastic Four).
Available in single-disc ($19.98 SRP) and 2-Disc Special Edition ($24.98 SRP) versions, features are detailed below…
Single-Disc Edition - Presented in 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with English and Portuguese audio (DD5.1 Surround) and subtitle options. Extras include:
“Sneak Peak: Batman: Gotham Knight” - One part anime, one part Caped Crusader, the result is a glimpse at the world of Eastern anime sensibilities combined with a Western tradition of Batman. A detailed look at the world of Warner Bros Animation, and how they joined forces with the renowned Japanese animators to create the highly anticipated anime film of 2008.
“Audio Commentary I” (featuring the talented filmmakers of New Frontier)
“Audio Commentary II” (featuring Comic Book Writer and Artist Darwyn Cooke)
2-Disc Special Edition - As above, plus a second disc with the following additional extras…
“The Legion of Doom: The Pathology of the Super Villain”- This documentary will examine the early mythological archetypes of nemesis characters from a historical perspective, and see how the tenants of this rich history were adapted and woven into the Justice League stories. The bonus feature includes many of the talent included in Super Heroes United! As well as Jim Kreuger (Writer of “Justice”).
“Comic Book Commentary: Homage to the New Frontier” - This documentary is a nod to the fans of the New Frontier comic book. This featurette further expands the themes contained in the source material, and how these elements were truncated or evolved for the inclusion in the film. Featuring vivid imagery culled from the pages of the New Frontier comic, mixed with the commentary of Writer and Artist Darwyn Cooke, this featurette is a treat for both fans and scholars of the medium.
“Justice League Unlimited Bonus Episodes” - Bruce Timm selects three of his favourite episodes from the Justice League Unlimited animated series:
1. Dark Heart – Alien invaders attempt to thwart the Justice League. The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of Ray Palmer, AKA The Atom.
2. To Another Shore - Wonder Woman learns of a plot to steal the powers of the 3,000 year-old corpse of The Viking Prince. It is up to the Justice League to make things right.
3. Task Force X - Four incarcerated villains are released from prison by Cadmus to undertake an impossible mission: steal a powerful mystic artifact from the JLU Watchtower under the noses of the League.