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Wonder Woman [Commemorative Edition] [Blu-ray/DVD] [Only @ Best Buy] [2009]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (456 out of 466)

    Synopsis


    Wonder Woman
    A graceful Amazon princess of untold strength and beauty attempts to prevent the god of war from instigating a conflict that will last for centuries and destroy the human race as the animated adventure marking the return of DC Comics heroine Wonder Woman. On the mystical island of Themyscira lives a fierce race of warrior Amazons who have raised a powerful daughter named Princess Diana. The Amazons live in secrecy from the outside world, but when Army fighter pilot Steve Travor crash-lands in their tropical paradise, the headstrong princess defies the law of the land by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. But her transition into the modern world won't be an easy one, because when Ares escapes from his Amazonian prison and begins plotting his revenge, Princess Diana is the only person who stands between the god of war, and the destruction of the human race - beginning with the Amazons. Now, as Princess Diana harnesses her unique powers to boldly fight back against Ares and save the planet from certain destruction, Wonder Woman is born and the battle for civilization begins. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Keri Russell
      Keri Russell - Wonder Woman
    • Nathan Fillion
      Nathan Fillion - Steve Trevor
    • Alfred Molina
      Alfred Molina - Ares
    • Virginia Madsen
      Virginia Madsen - Queen Hippolyta
    • Rosario Dawson
      Rosario Dawson - Artemis



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 466 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A good origin story, but held back from great

      Posted
      BasilioBoy777
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      I recently took another look at the DC Animated Film Wonder Woman. I wanted to experience a good DC film after the travesty that was the recent Batman v Superman. I recall that Gal Godot was Wonder Woman was one of the best aspects of that movie. While I disagree with that sentiment, I am very fond of the Amazon Princess, and wanted to be reminded of the great character I watched on Justice League when I was younger. While this entry is very good, it falls just short of great, or at least the great potential Wonder Woman has. This film was made way back in the old days of 2009, and was one of the first entries into the DC Animated Films line. Something that occurred to me then, and seems to have more or less played out over the years, is that DC has a tendency to test out potential live-action big budget films with animated prototypes; an experiment to see how they could perform on the big screen, if you will. That certainly seems to be the case here for Wonder Woman, despite the great length of time it has taken Warner Bros. to get there (and they still haven’t 7 years later). This is a very good origin story for Wonder Woman, based on George Pérez’s reboot “Gods and Mortals” from 1987, just after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, which rebooted the entire DC Universe(s). Given Pérez’s great history as a comic writer, with titles like The Avengers and The New Teen Titans under his belt, this is a good staring point. Plus, this film was written by Gail Simone, arguably the greatest female comic writer of all-time, so there is no shortage of talent when it comes to this film’s story, and it certainly shows. This movie puts Wonder Woman in a modern setting, seeing her reactions to man’s world as we know it. I think this is the best place to start with her, instead of a period piece, because she is as new to the world as the world is to her, providing a great parallel contrast to her development as a character, and the development of man’s world into a place that is better in some areas and just as bad as before in others. The plot hits all the points it needs to for an origin film. The pacing is good, and there are no heavy twists to overcomplicate anything. The action is fairly good for what it is, standard PG-13 fare. You don’t actually see any of the blood or most fatalities, so don’t go in expecting God of War or 300. Diana’s character is rounded and develops well and naturally, as does the male lead, Steve Trevor, Diana’s own “Lois,” if you will. The animation style is pretty close to the designs of the legendary Bruce Timm, who is also one of the producers, so you know you can’t go wrong there. The cast is, for the most part, pretty good. Virginia Madsen does alright as Diana’s mother Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, although perhaps she comes too close to coming off as too cold. Vicki Lewis also does okay as Persephone, as does Rosario Dawson as Artemis. Marg Helgenberger completely phones it in as Hera, but seeing as how she barely has any lines, it doesn’t really matter. Oliver Platt doesn’t quite pull it off as Hades. Voice acting giant and veteran Tara Strong gives an always great and versatile performance as Alexa. Nathan Fillion completely hits it out of the park as Steve Trevor, proving why he is one of the most charismatic people in the nerd circuit, bring wit and charm to the character, who also serves as a genre-savvy commentator. Alfred Molina is great as Ares, expected as he is one of my favorite villainous actors. Keri Russell does decently as Diana herself, but in my opinion, she doesn’t quite have the right needed balance of kindness and toughness to her voice that Susan Eisenberg had during her tenure on Justice League. Despite all that, this film does have some pitfalls that begin to hinder it as they pile up. For example, it’s never explained exactly or where Ares’ army of men and monsters came from, let alone his modern-day “Cult of Ares” that somehow survived from antiquity. As with any new interpretation, the designs of the Greek gods can vary wildly, although only 2 are given any real screen time. Ares is just fine, but they really dropped the ball with Hades; I just cannot get behind that design. He’s way less James Woods and way too much Jabba the Hutt, and yes, that is as bad as it sounds. This film shows a subpar sense of space and time. We’re not really given much a frame for how much time has passed in the story, and characters just show up in locations with no explanation. How did Ares get an entire army of mythological creatures up to the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. without anyone noticing or doing anything about it? Furthermore, the Amazon’s home of the island of Themyscira is never given a definitive geographical location. I would assume it’s somewhere in Mediterranean Sea near Greece, but then how could Steve Trevor pilot a fighter jet to there from D.C. and back in a matter of minutes? Or how could the Amazon sail from there to D.C. in wooden ships and not take 6 months? A lot falls apart in the climax, and with its location of Washington D.C. and an army of Amazons, it bares resemblance to the story “Amazons Attack,” and that is not a good association. Although there is some good zombie nightmare fuel in the final fight, with undead Amazon warriors that are uncharacteristically agile and mobile for rotting corpses, it overall feels too rushed. The resolution, both Wonder Woman’s final fight with Ares and the battle in general, is too quick and nonsensical. After the big bad is defeated, Ares’s remaining army doesn’t get finished off or even disappear; they just kind of shrug their shoulders and wander off into the landscape of the National Capitol, where I’m sure they’ll just fade back into the void from which they came. Still, problems aside, this film holds up fairly well. There’s just enough baggage from the missteps to hold it back from being truly great. There is a good and fair discussion of gender roles and modern feminism, ideas that Wonder Woman was always meant to exemplify. There is great balancing act from 3rd-wave feminism, which in my opinion is largely poisonous and based in anger and vengeance, and feminism’s more noble roots of equality and fairness. Overall, Wonder Woman is a good origin story for this great character, and a good base from which to start for the live-action version that’s coming up. Now let’s just hope they don’t screw it up.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Hits the Right Beats

      Posted
      Xeno

      The DC Animated Universe has been much better than the competition. DC has pumped out hit after hit with only a few missteps. Early on, Wonder Woman was one of their ventures. The story is like every other Wonder Woman origin. Diana (Princess of Themyscara) is trapped on the Amazonian islan. A fighter pilot crashes on theri beach and disrupts the isolation they've enjoyed for centuries. This starts Diana's first introduction to the outside world. Given her tribe's value of justice, she feels a need to protect all of mankind. It's a simple story, but this film adds Ares age old ambition to destroy the Amazons after a humiliating defeat. He does this by appealing to his guard in a way her queen never has. The dual story of both Diana in the outside world and Ares' ambition gives purpose to the fish out of water tale. The downside to this movie is the ending. When you think Ares has succeeded, a ex machina ending brings this movie to a close with a brief PSA moment. The battle scenes are fun, the voice acting is spot-on, and the movie is worth your time. I would recommend the 2009 Wonder Woman animated film. What it lacks in its ending, it makes up for in overall substance.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Not your 70's Wonder Woman by far!

      Posted
      SuperShopper4U

      This is definitely not your Super Friends or Justice League Wonder Woman by far. I found this BluRay movie very refreshing because it had an honest take. Be warned that it's very graphic. People, creatures, and others are shown being slain. It's definitely got a bit of violence to it however, that's what makes it so refreshing. It adds to the storyline by creating realism instead of a generic feel good wholesome approach. This was how Wonder Woman was supposed to be presented as. You can't have a warrior and Diplomat picking flowers and taking minutes (Original Justice League / Super Friends). This movie had a great storyline and showed a great introduction of Diana to the world of Man. It was honest, it was refreshing, and it was so good that I'm hoping there are more movies soon. The animation could have been done a bit better. The costume they drew up for Diana was a little sub standard in comparison to the recent Justice League Series. Also her physically drawn aspect as well others was a little cartoony for todays animation. Even Justice Leauge had a better physical character representation format in my personal opinion. WB should take another look at the animation board for the next installment. Other than that, I rate it very well.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Animated Movie!

      Posted
      darklord81
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      I saw the live action, big screen adaptation of Wonder Woman several times, loved it, and am awaiting the movie to come out on Blu ray. Also, a friend of mine borrowed me The Killing Joke, which I enjoyed. Thus, after reading some reviews, I thought that I should check out this DC Universe originals adaptation of Wonder Woman. Although I have a preference toward the live action version, I nevertheless really enjoyed this movie and, as a result, want to check out more of the DC Universe originals animated films. It's apparent that a lot of effort is put into these films. I love the animation and the story! Also, the voice actors do a great job and the overall sound is very good through my home theater system. I would highly recommend this film to anyone that hasn't seen it. For those who have seen the film and/or already own the original edition, I'm not sure that I would run out and buy this version. However, it does have some cool extras, including a short documentary on the creation of Wonder Woman, and some really neat 3D art cards and decent packaging. Highly recommended!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great addition for avid Wonder Woman fans

      Posted
      Nozohomie
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      Due to this being the third (or fourth technically) version of this animated film to release, what makes this edition worth owning? Well firstly, the embossed detail with the new artwork for the cover of this blu-ray set is quite nice. And the added 3-D art cards look absolutely gorgeous (the art is already great enough on them, but the 3-D effect created from the cards are nice and do give a depth feel to the cards. My one and only issue with the set (and the reason why I cannot give this Five stars and must give it four) is the set within the slipcover. The slipcover is designed to be slightly oversized to compensate for the 3 art cards within the box. However, due to this, when you take out the art cards, there's extra space between the case holding the film and the slipcover itself. It causes the case inside to easily slip in and out of the slipcover. Other than that, this set is great and a great addition to my collection. I highly recommend enthusiasts and collectors to get this edition of the film while they can.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonder Woman in true form

      Posted
      iLeadfarmer
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      Far before Warner Bros and DC attempted to bring Wonder Woman to the big-screen in her live action adaptation... they brought the character to life in their animated films, mostly heavily featured in the numerous Justice League titles, but in 2009 WB and DC gave Princess Diana her very own featured animated film. Personally I loved this animated film and when it was re-released as the "Commemorative Edition" I had to rebuy it all over again to show my support. If you weren't a fan or were even bored with the live action film starring Gal Gadot but are still interested in this character, you should heavily consider doing yourself a favor and purchasing this version as well as checking out the other Justice League animated films. They're superb.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Decent animated Wonder Woman movie

      Posted
      DuaneAA
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      With the special commemorative cover art, I didn't realize I had already seen this movie a few years ago. At that time I gave it three stars, but after seeing the recent big-budget Wonder Woman movie, I've bumped it to four stars. It has the same basic origin story plot with Ares as the main villain but it is set in the present day rather than during World War 1. It has a lot of action and lots of monsters that would be hard to duplicate in a live action movie even with a big CGI budget. Still, if you are looking for a DC animated movie, I would recommend Flashpoint over this. It has a lot more Superheroes rather than just Wonder Woman and the action sequences in that one are just insane.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Just a re-release of WW from years back..

      Posted
      Waszak1977
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      Its great, bought it without realizing it was the version I already owned from 2011? Anyways..Ok when I watch films I do so on a 180" movie theater screen with full 7.1 surround sound and the Buttkicker transducer system. This is not to Boast but to give an idea of the clarity that I rate both 4k and 1080p films. 1st off regardless if you are huge into 4k or still collect Blu-ray; I will add that with today's (Oppo) upscaling technology along with upscaling technology on theater projectors that the difference between Blu-ray & 4k is minimal. I will say that going over 180" that you will likely see a difference and recommend 4k for 150"+ screens. I found the film to have superb sound & visual effects!

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