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DC Super Villains: 100 Greatest Moments (Hardcover/Chartwell Books)/Gotham: The Fifth & Final Season (Warner Blu-ray Set)/Shazam! 4K (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Titans: The Complete First Season (Warner Blu-ray Set/all 2019/DC Comics)

4K Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B+/B/B- Sound: B/A-/B- Extras: C+/C+/C Book: A- Main Programs: B/C+/C

Now for some new high profile superhero releases from the DC Comics world....

We start with another outstanding hardcover book release from Chartwell Press. This time, we get DC Super Villains: 100 Greatest Moments. If you're a big fan of DC comics like me, then you probably have a big collection of comics, movies, toys, and other memorabilia. Well this book series from Chartwell Books, 100 Greatest Moments, continues with a focus on DC's Supervillians that include both the well known and the rarely known as well as highlights some of the best stories and art to pick up if you're a fan.

For every iconic DC superhero such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and others there is an equally powerful super villain. While Batman's are the most well known due to the video games and movies, some other characters are a bit out of spotlight, which makes this film a must grab.

Some of the Super Villains highlighted here include Black Adam, The Suicide Squad, Amazo, Ares, Darkseid, Solomon Grundy, Killer Croc, Deathstroke, Doomsday, Bizarro Superman, and of course the Batman classics just as The Joker, Penguin, Two Face, Scarecrow, Hush, and Catwoman. Even some of the newest characters, such as The Court of Owls and The Batman Who Laughs are included. The artwork and creativity of DC is certainly captured here and a is a great guide for newcomers and seasoned readers alike.

The author, Robert Greenberger, is a trusted authority to go from too as he was a writer and editor and worked for DC comics as an assistant editor. He's also clearly a fan and it shows here in this detailed collection.

Panels from the comics are included in most of the highlights as well as highly artistic covers.

I definitely suggest this DC comics reference book!

We covered DC Comics Super Heroines: 100 Greatest Moments a few months back. Be sure to check out the link here:


and the DC Justice League: 100 Greatest Moments


After five seasons, Gotham (2019) ends with a bang and is collected here in 1080p high definition commercial free for the first time. There's no doubt that this series has gotten better since its first season, even if it isn't very faithful to the comics. Following a young Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), the series explores the dark underworld of Gotham City as it breeds new vigilantes and villains amidst its sea of crime and corruption.

In this season, many young versions of classic Batman villains are featured including Joker, Penguin, The Riddler, Bane, Two-Face, Hugo Strange, Catwoman, and many others. This being the series' end it's also a beginning for Batman and for Jim Gordon's trademark mustache, which both make an appearance in the finale.

The series also stars Camren Bicondova (Catwoman), Robin Taylor (Penguin), Cory Michael Smith (Riddler), Erin Richards, Sean Pertwee (Alfred), Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Donal Logue.

Episodes in this season are as follows and span two Blu-ray discs:

Year Zero


Penguin, Our Hero


Pena Dura

13 Stitches

Ace Chemicals

Nothing's Shocking

The Trial of Jim Gordon

I Am Bane

They Did What?

The Beginning...

Special Features include:

Digital Copy

Gotham: A New Mythology

Gotham's Last Stand

Villains: Modes of Persuasion

Gotham S5: Best Moments at NY Come-on 2018 Featurette

Gotham matured over its semi-brief five season run, and will certainly be remembered as a well received Batman TV adaptation. I especially like the series finale episode, The Beginning..., as it shows mainly characters grow into their more trademark looks. Too bad the show is stopping just when its finally growing into itself. Still, I recommend picking up this release if you're a Bat fan.

On the opposite end of things is David E. Sandberg's Shazam! (2019), a comical new take on the landmark superhero that was once named Captain Marvel (more on that in a minute) back in the 1940s as created for the now-defunct Fawcett Comics. Now simply known by the title of this film, Zachary Levi is cast as the resulting adult when Billy Batson (Asher Angel) says the title name given to him by a wizard (Djimon Hounsou) when he least expects it. Recently placed in a new foster home, he befriends a big superhero mega-fan (Jack Dylan Grazer) not knowing he might be joining their ranks.

Batson gains powers he knows just about nothing, but one Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong) pretty much knows it all about what they are and can do and will stop at nothing to get them. The script is all over the place, wanting to be a comedy, then expects us to get serious and/or sentimental on the turn of a dime and go with whatever it does, but this gets obnoxious very quickly as the script looks more like it is following legal directives on how to redo the history of the original comic books while eliminating the word 'marvel' completely.

Unfortunately, it is very sloppy and not very well thought out, so the whole thing keeps tripping over itself with DC Comics ad placements throughout (they're missing Big Bang Theory already), setting up all kinds of ideas without any real follow-through and if it were not for the decent cast, this would be a hideous disaster. It is also bad enough to be the kind of superhero film for those who hate the genre and/or have no respect for it or its fans, so we get cliches of what if a young person suddenly had extraordinary powers that Spider-Man alone has already covered many times.

Quebec substitutes for Philadelphia for whatever reason, but we never do get enough of the city, people's lives in jeopardy are treated surprisingly as trivial (and 'its only a movie' is not excuse, but then its the general sense of slacking that will likely catch up with any sequels, with at least one planned that already sounds problematic. Any attempts to emulate Tom Hanks in Big did not work either.

That the regular DC feature film is already in some disarray (good thing Wonder Woman and Aquaman worked so well) also adds to the mixed nature of this film at this time, but even if it was all in peak form, Shazam is mixed up and does not seem to care, as long as the dumbest joke makes it into the script and we are supposed to laugh. Too bad few of them are honest laughs, but then this film has an honesty issue all around.

Extras (on the regular Blu-ray) include Shazam Exclusive Motion Comic, The Magical World of Shazam, Super Fun Zac, Carnival Scene Study, Shakily Values, Shazamily Values, Who is Shazam? (could have been longer), Deleted Scenes (parts of which should have stayed in the film) and a Gag Reel, plus Digital Copy is included.

For more on the 'Captain Marvel' backstory, try this link...


Finally we have Titans: The Complete First Season (2019) making it the live action debut of the Teen Titans comic book series, albeit later characters in a humorless and visually so dark show, that the HD cannot even completely meet the darkness the makers are trying to offer, made worse by the Robin angle looking like no more than a color-drained version of the two Schumacher/Batman films (reviewed on 4K disc elsewhere on this site) so Raven, Beast Boy and Starfire join him to form this iteration of the set-up. Too bad it is as boring as it is unnecessarily dark.

The animated Teen Titans Go! is a very comical show for very young viewers and I can see the need for trying to do the absolute opposite, but I think it backfires a good bit and bringing in other characters in some episodes is not a bad idea, but I just did not buy the show in general and only diehard fans of the book, genre or characters will likely like it.

Extras include Digital Copy, a paper print episode guide and 13 small featurettes about the show.

As for playback performance, the 2160p HEVC/H.265, 2.35 X 1 Dolby Vision/HDR (10+; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on Shazam! is the champ with its superior use of color, decent CGI (save the overuse of the seven sin monsters) and some good location shooting. I would only have complaints about minute flaws and you can see how much better it is than the still-decent Blu-ray's 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image. The sound on both editions is the same Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 on older systems) that is the really big surprise here with superior recording and excellent sound design, soundfield and editing. If only the rest of the film were this good.

Gotham is presented in 1080p high definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a nice sounding mix in DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit) lossless sound. Since the show originally appeared on Fox, this is a far better presentation with no watermarks or commercial breaks every five minutes. The show is nicely shot with heavy blacks and expensive set pieces that call back to the trademark gothic imagery seen in the films.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Titans is the overly dark presentation throughout all episodes that does not always work as explained in the body of the review, sometimes to the point that it hurts definition, detail and has some black crush in and out of the shadow detail. Good for the viewers this works for, but I think many will not be impressed and the issues extend to the lack of consistent soundfield and recording quality on the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on each show that has patches of quiet, but sometimes it is not intentional. Oh well.

- Nicholas Sheffo (Shazam, Titans) and James Lockhart



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