Rent Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011)

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Synopsis:
Six legendary Green Lanterns. Six interlocking stories. One groundbreaking film. With stories by acclaimed writers including Geoff Johns, Alan Burnett and Dave Gibbons, this DC Universe Animated Original Movie explores the rich mythology of the Green Lantern universe through six interlocking chapters. While awaiting a battle with Krona, an ancient enemy of the Guardians of the Universe, Earth's Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Kilowog, Sinestro and other members of the Green Lantern Corps recount their greatest adventures to new recruit Arisia - everything from tales of the first Lantern to the ominous events that led to the Corps' Blackest Night!
Directors:
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Producers:
Greg Berlanti, Donald De Line, Lauren Montgomery
Voiced By:
Nathan Fillion, Jason Isaacs, Elisabeth Moss, Henry Rollins, Arnold Vosloo, Tony Amendola, Steve Blum, Grey Griffin, Kelly Hu, Michael Jackson, Peter Jessop, David Kaufman, Sunil Malhotra, Roddy Piper, Andrea Romano, Jane Singer, James Arnold Taylor, Bruce Thomas, Mitchell Whitfield, Wade Williams
Creators:
John Broome, Gil Kane
Writers:
Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, Peter Tomasi, Chris Samnee, Dave Gibbons, Kevin O'Neill, Geoff Johns, Alan Burnett, Todd Casey, Ruben Diaz, Travis Charest, Eddie Berganza, John Broome, Gil Kane, Alan Moore
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Anime & Animation, Children & Family
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/06/2011
Run Time:
84 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
Castillian, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, German Hard of Hearing, Latin American Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Only the Bravest: Tales of the Green Lantern Corps - In-Depth Profile of the Interconnected Men, Women and Creatures of the Corps
  • Sneak Peek 'Batman: Year One' - Preview DC Universe's Next Animated Original Movie Explore the Recent DC Universe Animated Original Movie
  • All-Star Superman - Bruce Timm Presents 2 Bonus Cartoons
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/06/2011
Run Time:
84 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
Castillian, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, German Hard of Hearing, Latin American Spanish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Only the Bravest: Tales of the Green Lantern Corps - In-Depth Profile of the Interconnected Men, Women and Creatures of the Corps
  • Sneak Peek 'Batman: Year One' - Preview DC Universe's Next Animated Original Movie Explore the Recent DC Universe Animated Original Movie
  • All-Star Superman - Bruce Timm Presents 2 Bonus Cartoons
  • Trailer
  • Why Green Lantern Matters: The Talent of Geoff Johns - The Noted Comic Book Author Discusses the Lore and Longevity of the Character
  • Filmmaker Commentary with DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and Co-Publisher Dan Didio
  • Green Lantern Virtual Comic
  • From Comic Book to Screen: Abin Sur
  • Beautiful...But Deadly - From Comic Book to Screen: Laira Omoto

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Green Lantern: Emerald Knights review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

In this animated anthology film, the Green Lantern lore gets a bit of an animated exploration, allowing for a slew of different superhero stories. While this is a rather unorthodox DC Comics movie, considering it’s bookended by a story involve Hal Jordan saving Oa, I always relish such treats as anthologies. Considering how deep the Green Lantern lore goes for spanning countless galaxies and species, there’s a lot worth exploring in these segments.

While preparing to defend Oa against the evil force of Krona, Hal Jordan is tasked with inducting the rookie of Arisa into the ranks of the corps. To calm her nerves while they prepare to fight such a threat, Jordan gives her a bit of a history lesson by covering various stories in Green Lantern legend.

He starts at the very beginning with the first Lanterns ever chosen to don the green rings capable of such galaxy-protecting power. One of the first four ever chosen was a mere scribe. Known as Avra, he is not an adept warrior or skilled genius that his being chosen by the Guardians comes as a baffling choice. Though an unlikely hero, Avra soon proved himself to be a powerful Green Lantern when facing off against the Dominators. The story relates back to Hal by Avra’s ring having been passed down to Abin Sur who in turn passed it onto Jordan.

Hal then gives Arisa a history lesson in the gruff trainer Kilowag and why he’s so accomplished. Kilowag was once a rookie as well and found himself placed in a dangerous situation when protecting refugees from invaders. Under the command of Sergeant Deegan, Kilowag learned first-hand what it meant to be a leader and how to value teamwork.

Next up is Laira, a princess who proved herself to be a warrior. Then came Mogo, the only planet-sized member of the entire corps. Then, of course, there’s the tale of Abin Sur which is rather intriguing considering he fought against Atrocitus, the criminal who would later lead the Red Lanterns, and fought alongside Sinestro, the Green Lantern who later come to utilize the yellow power of fear for his own corps. Finally, everything comes back to the armada of Green Lanterns defending Oa in a grand space battle.

Emerald Knights does divide up much of its stories that there isn’t a lot of room for the character arcs to progress at a steady pace. With a running time of only 84 minutes and with six stories to tell, there’s not exactly a lot of breathing room. While not all of the stories work with this premise, the presentation remains as robust as any DC Comics animated movie. The voice cast is especially powerful this time around. Geeky fans will be pleased to hear Nathan Fillion finally voicing the role of Hal Jordan, a role that he seemed destined to play. Other highlights include Elisabeth Moss as Arisia Rrab, Jason Isaacs as Sinestro, Henry Rollins as Kilowog, and Roddy Piper as Bolphunga.

Watching Emerald Knights mimics that feeling of picking up a handful of comic book singles and just thumbing through them. You get a little bit of the best stories from the Green Lantern comics run in this film, including a few from Alan Moore. As a Green Lantern fan who will humbly admit to being won over by such depictions of characters and stories I’ve adored from the comics, I fully admit that my love of this film may be a guilty pleasure. At the very least, it’s a solid crash course for anybody who has yet to take the dive into the deep green pool of the warriors of Oa.

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