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4K Ultra HD Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

September 7, 2021

By John Corrado

This is a review of the 4K Ultra HD release. For my full thoughts on the film itself, including my star rating, please read my original 3.5 star review right here.

After a long fan campaign to #ReleasetheSnyderCut, Zack Snyder’s original cut of Justice League was finally released earlier this year on HBO Max (Crave in Canada).

And the four-hour superhero epic not only lived up to the hype, but exceeded expectations, improving upon Joss Whedon’s cobbled together theatrical version in every single way. Now Zack Snyder’s Justice League is being released on physical media this week, with a 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray release.

The story finds Batman (Ben Affleck) assembling a team of superheroes including Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and a resurrected Superman (Henry Cavill) to face off against the ancient threat of Darkseid (Ray Porter) and Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds).

The third film in Snyder’s trilogy following Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder’s Justice League is easily one of the best films in the DC Extended Universe. The film really shines in its extended form, with a darker, more even tone than Whedon’s overly jokey theatrical cut. It’s presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio that mimics the look of IMAX, and features rousing action sequences and hero moments for each of the characters, with Snyder’s signature slow-motion. I’m just happy it exists, the chance to finally put a physical copy on my shelf is pretty irresistible for fans.

Bonus Features (4K Ultra HD):

There are four discs included in 4K Ultra HD set that I was sent for review – two 4K discs and two regular Blu-rays – with the film spread over two discs in both formats. The two first discs both include a new featurette. A code for a digital copy is also included in the package, which comes with a dark, matte slipcover.

The Road to Justice League (24 minutes, 40 seconds): Snyder discusses his grand plans for the trilogy, and his mythological approach to bringing these comic book characters to the screen. Strangely, but perhaps not surprisingly, the drama surrounding the release of the film and the Whedon cut are not mentioned.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release. It’s 242 minutes and rated 14A.

Street Date: September 7th, 2021

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