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Nebula Award finalists announced; Black Panther, Spider-Verse nominated

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) has announced the nominees for the 54th Annual Nebula Awards, including the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book, and for the first time, the Nebula Award for Game Writing. The awards will be presented in Woodland Hills, CA at the Warner Center Marriott during a ceremony on the evening of May 18th.

2018 Nebula Award Finalists

Novel

  • The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco; Orbit UK)
  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Macmillan)
  • Witchmark, C.L. Polk (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
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Mary Poppins Returns to Home in March

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award® nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design and best production design. Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall, who helmed screen adaptations of Chicago, Nine and Into the Woods, and starring Emily Blunt, Golden Globe®-nominated for her role as practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins, and award-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda as charming lamplighter Jack, the fantastical film arrives into homes instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD™/HD and Movies Anywhere March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 19  — with a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus features.

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Into the Spider-Verse Swings Home in March

CULVER CITY, Calif. (February 18, 2019) – The Academy Award® Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, swings onto Digital February 26 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD on March 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Animation. From Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the uniquely creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, the film offers a fresh vision of the Spider-Man universe with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind.

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Humble Bundle Releases a Must-Read Collection to Benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Humble Bundle Releases Collection to Benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

If you love comics, you should love the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which fights for your right to read comics without the threat of censorship. And now, the good folks at Humble Bundle have curated a fantastic collection including comics like Lumberjanes, Saga and Attack on Titan, all to support comic creators and businesses in need.

“Humble Comics Bundle: Start Here!” features over 40 comics and graphic novels from publishers including BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse, Fantagraphics, Image Comics, Kodansha, Top Shelf and more, spanning America, Europe and Japan. The Humble Bundle: Start Here! kicks off February 13th at 2:00 p.m. and runs through March 1st at 1:00 p.m., Eastern time. For more on the available titles, visit the Humble Bundle website.

Originally at www.pastemagazine.com

Bumblebee Comes to Earth March 19

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – Hailed as “fun, action-packed and exciting” (Scott Mantz, Collider), director Travis Knight’s thrilling new film BUMBLEBEE lands on Digital March 19, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD April 2 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Boasting an impressive 93% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, BUMBLEBEE is filled with “personality, wit [and] imagination” (David Fear, Rolling Stone).  The Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are packed with over an hour of exciting special features, including an all-new BUMBLEBEE motion comic following the beloved AUTOBOT on his next adventure. Plus, check out deleted and extended scenes you didn’t see in theaters, including the original opening of the movie, enjoy hilarious outtakes, and see G1 (Generation 1) TRANSFORMERS robots on CYBERTRON through the eyes of BUMBLEBEE with exciting Bee Vision. 

The perfect gift this Easter, BUMBLEBEE on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack or Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes an exclusive printed version of the new motion comic featuring BUMBLEBEE in a standalone side story (for a limited time only).

The 4K Ultra HD disc and 4K Ultra HD Digital releases** feature Dolby Vision®, which brings entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality with spectacular colors, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker.  The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead***.  In addition, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include access to a Digital copy of the film.

Synopsis

CYBERTRON has fallen. When OPTIMUS PRIME sends BUMBLEBEE to defend Earth, his journey to become a hero begins. Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenager trying to find her place in the world, discovers and repairs the battle-scarred robot, who’s disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. As the DECEPTICONS hunt down the surviving AUTOBOTS with the help of a secret agency led by Agent Burns (John Cena), BUMBLEBEE and Charlie team up to protect the world.

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD COMBO, BLU-RAY COMBO & DIGITAL*

  • Sector 7 Archive
    • Agent Burns: Welcome to Sector 7
    • Sector 7 Adventures: The Battle at Half Dome (All-New Motion Comic)
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Bee Vision: The Transformers robots of Cybertron
  • Bringing Bumblebee to the Big Screen
    • The Story of Bumblebee
    • The Stars Align
    • Bumblebee Goes Back to G1
    • Back to the Beetle
    • California Cruisin’ Down Memory Lane

The BUMBLEBEE DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.

BUMBLEBEE will also be available as part of a BUMBLEBEE & TRANSFORMERS 6-Movie Blu-ray Collection arriving on April 2.

A di BONAVENTURA PICTURES Production A TOM DESANTO/DON MURPHY Production

A BAY FILMS Production “BUMBLEBEE” HAILEE STEINFELD JOHN CENA JORGE LENDEBORG JR.

JOHN ORTIZ JASON DRUCKER PAMELA ADLON

Music by DARIO MARIANELLI Costume Designer DAYNA PINK Edited by PAUL RUBELL, ACE

Production Designer SEAN HAWORTH Director of Photography ENRIQUE CHEDIAK, ASC

Executive Producers STEVEN SPIELBERG BRIAN GOLDNER CHRIS BRIGHAM EDWARD CHENG

Produced by DON MURPHY & TOM DESANTO LORENZO di BONAVENTURA MICHAEL BAY MARK VAHRADIAN

Based on HASBRO’S TRANSFORMERS™ ACTION FIGURES

Written by CHRISTINA HODSON Directed by TRAVIS KNIGHT

Win a Blu-ray Copy of Ralph Breaks the Internet

ome times, the sequel is better than the original. That seems to be the case with Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet.

You can determine that for yourself by winning as Blu-ray Combo Pack from our friends at Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

All you need to do is tell us what Ralph should break next and why.

All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Monday, February 18. The contest is open to North American readers only and the decision of the ComicMix judges will be final.

The combo pack will go on sale February 26.

BONUS FEATURES: *
 
Blu-ray & Digital:

  • How We Broke the Internet –Go behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios to get an in-depth look at how the filmmakers brought a world to life that billions of people visit every day but never actually see – the internet. Take a front-row seat as the team reveals the inspirations for the story and what it took to bring it to the screen. Discover all that went into developing the characters of the film including netizens like KnowsMore as well as characters like Double Dan. See the lengths the team took to create the car chase scenes in Slaughter Race and much, much more.
  • Surfing for Easter Eggs – Surf the web for the near-countless Easter Eggs, inside jokes and references hidden throughout the movie.
  • The Music of Ralph Breaks the Internet – Take a look at the music of Ralph Breaks the Internet with appearances by Imagine Dragons, Julia Michaels, Alan Menken, Sarah Silverman and more.
  • Deleted Scenes – Five deleted scenes with intros from directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston. Scenes include Into the Internet, Opposites, Domestic Hell, Bubble of One & Recruiting “Grandma.”
  • BuzzzTube Cats – Many videos were created by the animators to fill the screens of the Internet world…and lots of them are of cats! Check out the BuzzzTube to watch this hilarious cat compilation.
  • Music Videos – “Zero” by Imagine Dragons and “In This Place” by Julia Michaels.

 Digital Exclusive:

  • Baby Drivers – Slaughter Racing School – Take a spin behind the wheel with the artists behind Ralph Breaks the Internet as they go to race car driving school.

DVD:

  • Music Videos – “Zero” by Imagine Dragons and “In This Place” by Julia Michaels.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
Product SKUs:
Digital = 4K Ultra HD, HD, SD
Physical = 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (4K Ultra HD+Blu-ray+Digital), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray +DVD+Digital) and DVD

Feature Run Time:
Approximately 112 minutes
Rating:
PG in U.S., G in CE, and G in CF
Aspect Ratio:                              
16 x 9; 2.39

Audio:
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish & French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish & French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
DVD: English, Spanish & French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
4K Ultra HD Digital: English Dolby Atmos (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
Digital HD:  English 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus (some platforms), English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital
Digital SD:  English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital

Languages/Subtitles:        
4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish & French
Blu-ray: English SDH & ESL, Spanish & French; DVD: English SDH & ESL & Spanish
Digital: English SDH, French Canadian, Latin Spanish
Digital & DVD Captions: English

Aquaman Home Video Details Wash Ashore

Burbank, CA, March 26 – The ocean comes alive when Aquaman arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Special Edition and Digital. From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, Aquaman , starring Jason Momoa (Justice League, Frontier, Game of Thrones) in the title role.

Aquaman also stars Amber Heard (Justice League, Magic Mike XXL), Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man 2), Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring films, Watchmen), Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables films), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down), Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Lion), Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) and Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Green Lantern).

Wan directs from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2) and Will Beall (Gangster Squad, Training Day). The story is by Geoff Johns, Wan and Will Beall, based on characters from DC’s Aquaman created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger.  Aquaman is produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.

Wan’s behind the scenes team includes Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“The Conjuring 2,” “Forrest Gump”), five-time editor Kirk Morri (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7,” the “Insidious” films) and production designer Bill Brzeski (“Furious 7”). They are joined by costume designer Kym Barrett (“The Matrix” trilogy, “The Amazing Spider-Man”) and composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (“Wonder Woman”).

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Safran Company Production, a James Wan Film, Aquaman. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

All versions of Aquaman”will include a three minute sneak preview of Shazam, the upcoming live action feature film starring Zachary Levi as the DC Super Hero. The film will be released in theaters on April 5, 2019.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Aquaman will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Aquaman will also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Aquaman” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own Aquaman via purchase from digital retailers beginning March 5.

SYNOPSIS

The Atlantean child Orin, son to the Queen of Atlantis (Nicole Kidman), was abandoned as an infant and left to die; however, he was rescued and raised by a kindly lighthouse keeper. The keeper (Temuera Morrison) adopted the boy as his own son, renaming him Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa). Able to survive the harshest depths of the ocean and on the surface world above, the child of two worlds grew to be a hero to both eventually returning to Atlantis to become their King in addition to being a founding member of the Justice League as Aquaman!

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

Aquaman 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:

·       Going Deep Into the World of Aquaman

·       Becoming Aquaman

·       James Wan: World Builder

·       Aqua Tech

·       Atlantis Warfare

·       The Dark Depths of Black Manta

·       Heroines of Atlantis

·       Villaneous Training

·       Kingdoms of the Seven Seas

·       Creating Undersea Creatures

·       A Match Made in Atlantis

·       Scene Study Breakdowns

·       Exclusive Sneak Peek of Shazam!

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

BASICS

PRODUCT                                                                             SRP

4K UHD Combo Pack                                                            $44.95

Blu-ray Combo Pack                                                              $35.99

DVD Special Edition                                                              $28.98

4K, Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: March 26

EST Street Date: March 5

DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

BD Languages: English, English-ADS, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese

DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French

BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese

Running Time: 143 minutes

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language

DVD: DLBY/SURR   DLBY/DGTL [ENG-SDH]

Blu-ray: DTS HD-MA [ENG-Atmos, ENG-ADS]

Justice League vs. the Fatal Five Details Released

BURBANK, CA (February 6, 2019) – The fate of the planet rests on the shoulders of a reluctant Green Lantern and an unstable hero from the future in Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting March 30, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on April 16, 2019.

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) as well as on Digital ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD). The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film.

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five finds the Earth’s future hanging in the balance when the Justice League faces a powerful new threat – the Fatal Five. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman seek answers as the time-traveling trio of Mano, Persuader and Tharok terrorize Metropolis in search of budding Green Lantern, Jessica Cruz – whom they need to free remaining Fatal Five members Emerald Empress and Validus in order to carry out their sinister plan.  But the Justice League discover an ally from another time in the peculiar Star Boy – brimming with volatile power, could he be the key to thwarting the Fatal Five? An epic battle against ultimate evil awaits!

The Justice League vs. The Fatal Five all-star cast is led by Elyes Gabel (Scorpion, Game of Thrones) as Thomas Kallor/Star Boy and Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black, Jane the Virgin, DC Universe’s upcoming Doom Patrol) as Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern. Reprising their Justice League/Justice League Unlimited roles as Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman, respectively, are Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: The Killing Joke), Susan Eisenberg (Injustice 2, LEGO DC Super Heroes – Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis) and George Newbern (Superman vs. The Elite, Scandal). Providing the voices of the villainous Fatal Five are Peter Jessop (Mass Effect, Fallout 4, Resident Evil) as Tharok, Matthew Yang King (Batman Ninja, Supah Ninjas) as The Persuader, Sumalee Montano (S.W.A.T., This Is Us) as Emerald Empress, and Philip Anthony Rodriguez (Grimm, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) as Mano. (Note: Validus does not speak)

Other members of the voice cast include Daniela Bobadilla (Anger Management, The Middle) as Miss Martian, Kevin Michael Richardson (Family Guy, The Simpsons) as Mr. Terrific, Noel Fisher (Shameless, Castle Rock) as Brainiac 5, Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke, Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!) as Saturn Girl, and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Bloodsport.

Producer Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen, Gotham by Gaslight) also directs Justice League vs. The Fatal Five from a script by Eric Carrasco (Supergirl, Justice League Action) and Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) & Alan Burnett (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay). The film is based on a story by Carrasco. Burnett and Krieg are also co-producers. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer. Co-Executive Producers are Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm (Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Animated Series).

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five is an important addition to the DC Universe Movies, spotlighting two unlikely young heroes with real-world issues facing off against a daunting quintet of futuristic villains,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing.  “We’re also are proud to have Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg and George Newbern reprising their seminal roles as DC’s Trinity in the Justice League & Justice League Unlimited animated series, and believe the fans will be equally pleased with their return to these characters.”

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five Enhanced Content

Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital

Battling the Invisible Menace (Featurette)– This featurette will explore the nuanced hero as many characters must deal with the everyday feelings of anxiety, depression, and other incapacitating emotions that we all must battle and overcome.

Justice League vs. Fatal FiveUnity of Hero (Featurette) – A look at how the pantheon of DC heroes has never been more diverse and inclusive, as writers and artists break boundaries and smash stereotypes.

Audio Commentary – Bruce Timm, Sam Liu, Jim Krieg and Eric Carrasco share their thoughts and insights on Justice League vs. The Fatal Five.

A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Batman: Hush – An advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.

Sneak Peek Revisited: A Preview of Justice League Dark – John Constantine leads a group of misfit characters that use magic to vanquish their opponents.  This is the dark version of The Justice League taking on the malevolent forces that go beyond our plane of existence.

Sneak Peek Revisited: A Preview of Justice League vs. Teen Titans – A glimpse into the characters known as the Teen Titans.

From the DC Vault: Justice League Unlimited, “Far From Home”

From the DC Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Man of Tomorrow”

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Justice League vs. The Fatal Five will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Justice League vs. The Fatal Five will also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own Justice League vs. The Fatal Five via purchase from digital retailers beginning March 30, 2019.

BASICS

PRODUCT                                                                  SRP

4K UHD Combo Pack                                                $39.99

Blu-ray Combo Pack                                                  $24.98

Blu-ray Languages: English, French

Blu-ray Subtitles: English, French

Running Time: 87 minutes

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence, some bloody images, language and partial nudity.

Animated Hellboy Twin Disc hits 4K April 2

One of the all-time greatest comics characters comes home when the Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms and Blood & Iron double featurearrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) April 2 from Lionsgate. Voiced by the very same actors from the popular live-action films, including Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, and John Hurt, Sword of Storms and Blood & Iron arrive on 4K Ultra HD™ just in time for fans to catch up on the iconic franchise before the new reboot of the live-action film hits theaters on April 12. Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision® HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack also features Dolby Atmos® audio mixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. Available for the very first time in this absolutely stunning format, the Hellboy Animated double feature 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack is packed with special features and will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.

HELLBOY ANIMATED: SWORD OF STORMS OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

In the first animated feature from director Tad Stones (Buzz Lightyear of Star Command), a folklore professor becomes unwittingly possessed by the ancient Japanese demons of Thunder and Lightning. But when The Bureau of Paranormal Research & Defense dispatches a team of agents to investigate, a cursed samurai sword sends Hellboy to a supernatural dimension of ghosts, monsters, and feudal mayhem. Now, while pyrokinetic Liz Sherman and fishboy Abe Sapien battle one very pissed-off dragon, a lost and cranky Hellboy must find his way home. Even if he can survive the perilous journey, how much crap does a guy have to put up with from the two most vengeful and ferocious spirits of Japanese legend?

HELLBOY ANIMATED: BLOOD & IRON OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

When Hellboy, Liz Sherman, and Abe Sapien are assigned to investigate the ghost-infested mansion of a publicity-hound billionaire, they uncover a plot to resurrect a beautiful yet monstrous vampire from Professor Bruttenholm’s past. But before they can stop her bloodbath, Hellboy will have to battle harpies, hellhounds, a giant werewolf, and even the ferocious goddess Hecate herself. How much crap does a guy have to take from a Hungarian Blood Countess before he and his surrogate father can avenge the souls of the damned? It’s going to take more than just a horde of very pissed-off demons for our heroes to see the light in this animated adventure from creative producers Guillermo Del Toro and Mike Mignola.

4K ULTRA HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “A New Breed: Creating the New Hellboy” Featurette
  • “Conquering Hellboy: The Actor’s Role” Featurette
  • “A View from the Top: The “Heads” Sequence” Featurette
  • “Tales from the Tomb: A Look Inside Blood & Iron” Featurette
  • “’Iron Shoes’ with Introduction by Mike Mignola” Featurette
  • Sword of Storms Audio Commentary Featuring Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola, Supervising Producer-Director Tad Stones, and Director Phil Winstein
  • Blood & Iron Audio Commentary Featuring Mike Mignola, Tad Stones, and Vic Cook
  • “Reversal of Fortune, Professor Bloom’s Story” Featurette

CAST                                                 

Ron Perlman               TV’s Hand of God, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Selma Blair                 TV’s American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Anger Management, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Doug Jones                Star Trek: Discovery,” Hellboy, Hellboy II:The Golden Army

and John Hurt             That Good Night, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 & 2, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army

HELLBOY ANIMATED: SWORD OF STORMS PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2006

Title Copyright: All Program Content © 2006, 2007 Starz Media, LLC/Revolution Studios Distribution Company, LLC. Package Artwork © 2018 Starz Media, LLC. Package Design © 2019 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: TV-on-DVD

Rating: PG

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

Closed Captioned: NA

Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH

Feature Run Time: 77 Minutes

4K Ultra HD Format: Dolby Vision, 2160p Ultra High Definition, 16×9 (1.78:1) Presentation

Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16×9 (1.78:1) Presentation 

4K Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos

Blu-ray Audio Status: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™

HELLBOY ANIMATED: BLOOD & IRON PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2007

Title Copyright: All Program Content © 2006, 2007 Starz Media, LLC/Revolution Studios Distribution Company, LLC. Package Artwork © 2018 Starz Media, LLC. Package Design © 2019 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: TV-on-DVD

Rating: TV-14

Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy

Closed Captioned: NA

Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH

Feature Run Time: 75 Minutes

4K Ultra HD Format: Dolby Vision, 2160p Ultra High Definition, 16×9 (1.78:1) Presentation

Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16×9 (1.78:1) Presentation 

4K Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos

Blu-ray Audio Status: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™

REVIEW: Reign of the Supermen

One of the smarter moves the DC Animated Universe did was begin to build interlocking storylines, characters, and voice artists. This has allowed them to build off previous events and let the status quo consistently evolve rather than feel static. (Amazing animation can do this far more easily and effectively than the film division.)

As a result, we are now emotionally invested in this incarnation of the classic heroes and villains, which allowed the redone Death of Superman film in 2018 work so well. This also paved the way for the sequel, Reign of the Supermen, which has received quite the promotional bump.

Out on home video today from Warner Home Entertainment, the 87-minute adventure rarely lets up and is more satisfying than previous installments. While it takes the name from the 1993 storylines that followed the Man of Steel’s death, it bears little resemblance. This is wholly set in the new framework and fits quite nicely.

As the world adjusts to the absence of Superman, four beings wearing the S-shield arrive, each claiming to be the hero reborn. As we meet the teen version, armored hero, cybernetic edition, and cold goggled killer, it’s clear none of them are the real deal. When they tussle with one another, they are betraying the Action Ace’s ideals, doing his legacy a disservice in the name of senseless violence.

But just seeing the S-shield gives others hope. For the members of the Justice League, it raises questions. And for a grieving Lois Lane (Rebecca Romjin), it makes her heart ache.

All the pieces are in place, but then we struggle with juggling four distinct Supermen, those they interact with, and what’s the real threat. In the comics, it was the arrival of Mongul, resulting in the destruction of Coast City. Here, continuing previous animated threads, it’s Darkseid (Tony Todd) and his minions (which are bordering on being overused across all media). During the Parademons’; first assault, it’s great seeing the JLA, especially Hawkman and Green Lantern (Nathan Fillion), in action. Then they stand stupidly stock still as Darkseid sends a boom tube to remove them from the playing board.

Instead, Cyborg Superman offers mankind the ability to be their own heroes and those who accept, are transformed into variations of the OMACs from The OMAC Project comic. They are all being controlled in order to create the massive boom tube Darkseid needs to arrive in splendor. Or something. Co-writers James Krieg and Tim Sheridan could have done more with the exposition and learn that a Mother Box is a sentient device, not a laptop.

Meantime, Lois is busily investigating what’s going on at Project Cadmus, running afoul of Dabney Donovan (Trevor Devall) and Lex Luthor (Rainn Wilson). Slowly, we are given hints that maybe Superman isn’t dead since, after all, his body has vanished, and we see activity in the Fortress of Solitude.

When the next attack comes, it’s Superboy (Cameron Monaghan), Steel (Cress Williams), and the Cyborg Superman (Patrick Fabian) (secretly controlled by Darkseid) to defend humanity (apparently the Teen Titans were off that week). Showing how truly cowardly he is, Luthor refuses to get involved on more than one occasion until he comes to realize why Earth needs a Superman (Jerry O’Connell).

For all its faults, Justice League did a much better job handling Superman’s resurrection and public return than what happens here, robbing the movie of the Wow moment it had been building up to. In fact, the entire climax occurs aboard the JLA Watchtower with just Lois as witness, reducing the magnitude of the moment.

Still, as the dust settles, it resets the animated universe’s status quo for the future. When that comes remains to be seen. For now, this is a lot of fine individual moments, marred by a jumbled overall story.

The movie has been released in the usual assortment of formats including the popular Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD combo. The 1080p, AVC-encoded disc does an excellent job capturing the brilliant hues and fervent activity. The 5.1 soundtrack, encoded in lossless DTS-HD MA, nicely complements the visuals.

There is a paucity of bonus material here, perhaps because later this year, Death of and Reign of will be combined, with extra footage, in one massive disc. What we get here is acceptable, just not thrilling. We get the obligatory Sneak Peak, this one being Justice League vs. The Fatal Five (9:29), which is designed to fit the Justice League Unlimited version of reality than the current animated universe. Me, I can’t believe my favorite Legionnaire, Star Boy, will be getting the spotlight and they introduce us to an animated Jessica Cruz.

There’s Lex Luthor: The Greatest Nemesis (16:08) with artist Jon Bogdanove and former Superman editor Mike Carlin among those chatting about what makes Lex so evilly delicious.

Rounding out the extras are episodes taken From the DC Comics Vault: Superman: The Animated Series, “Heavy Metal” (20:52), introducing Steel, and Justice League Unlimited, “Panic in the Sky” (23:04).