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Comix: Beyond The Comic Book Pages (2016/Kino Lorber DVD Set)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: B Documentary: C

Michael Valentine's Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages (2016) is an insightful documentary about the history of comics and features interviews with some of the biggest names in the business and more. From the history of the medium, to the modern day influence it has on our society and a look at some of the dedicated fans at comic-cons, this documentary covers all the bases.

What holds the film back is some sloppy editing and sound mixing that makes the piece feel a little amateur. Hardly are there title cards or subtitle identifications to explain who some of these artists are, shots that don't linger on interviews long enough, and quick cuts to images and comic art that make it feel like a rushed piece. However, the interviews are nothing to shake a stick at featuring comic book legends Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Mark Waid, Neal Adams, John Romita Jr., Marc Silvestri, Mike Richardson and more. The piece also looks at comic book movies, conventions, and how nerds are looked at with higher regard due to the recent popularity of the medium. Too bad only fanboys and scholars will understand all of it.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossy 2.0 Dolby Digital stereo track, the film looks fine for DVD but could definitely benefit to a High Def upgrade and clean up work. Obviously shot on different formats, some shots are more clear and sharper than others and overall the sound mix seems a little off - with the musical score often overpowering some of the dialogue in key scenes.

Extras include...

Extended Scenes and Outtakes including Anime and Manga, The Art of Collaboration, Comics and the Movies, Influences, Insights, Making History, More on Comic Book Conventions, Outtakes, and a Theatrical Trailer.

Complete Hour-long interviews with Frank Miller and Stan Lee.

Insert booklet with a mini comic.

While the documentary has some heart and covers a lot of ground, its technical errors and off-kilter editing makes the overall pacing seem off.

- James Lockhart



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