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'Justice League: Doom,' 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Get BLu-ray Release Dates
Warner Home Video has set a February 28, 2012 date for the release of Justice League: Doom, the latest animated movie from Warner Premier, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation.
Doom is “inspired,” as they say, by the comic book mini-series JLA: Tower of Babel written by Mark Waid. And the movie features the last film script written by comics scribe Dwayne McDuffie who passed away last year.
The story, according to Warners, sees Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight’s “contingency plans” for stopping any rogue Justice League member.”
Nathan Fillion, Tim Daly and Michael Rosenbaum are among those providing the voices. (And Olivia d’Abo, too! Remember her?)
Cineastes probably notives that this year was the year that many classic films were given Blu-ray debuts, many given fancy restorations and handsome editions. Next year looks to continue the trend.
A Streetcar Named Desire: The Original Director’s Version will come out April 10 from Warner Home Video, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the acclaimed Marlon Brando-Vivien Leigh movie.
This edition is the uncensored version, containing three minutes that were excised by the studio which faced pressure form the Legion of Decency. The footage was thought to be lost until it was rediscovered in the early 1990s, according to the studio.
The Blu-ray will come with a 40-page booklet although the extras will be the same as in the 2006 two-disc special edition.
More exciting promises to be the To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition, coming January 31, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Universal restored the classic adaptation of Harper Lee’s book from high resolution 35MM original film elements and is surrounding it, the limited collector’s edition at least, with a package that includes script pages with Gregory Peck’s handwritten notes, storyboards, and other memorabilia.
The extras are mostly the same as the ones contained in the 2005 edition but will contain nifty bonuses like U-Control, which allows to watch interviews and photos with narration from Peck’s family picture-within-picture during certain sequences.