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2.5 stars
Overall Grade
2.5 stars

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The Movie Itself
2.5 Stars
HD Video Quality
4.5 Stars
HD Audio Quality
3 Stars
Supplements
0 Stars
High-Def Extras
0 Stars
Bottom Line
Rent it

Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics

Street Date:
October 25th, 2013
Reviewed by:
Review Date: 1
February 5th, 2014
Movie Release Year:
2013
Studio:
Warner Brothers
Length:
99 Minutes
MPAA Rating:
Unrated
Release Country
United States

The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer's Take

What would Batman do without The Joker or Bane? What would Superman do with his time without the likes of Lex Luthor? I'm sure we've all thought about this at some point or another. There is a reason why we love to read about these villains and see them in movies. Even though these bad guys do diabolical things like kill innocent people, blow up buildings, and try to destroy the world for their own selfish means, we still find them (dare I say it) cool. Is it their demeanor, their swagger, or just how they make being a villain feel so right and keeps us coming back for more? These are some of the questions that are answered in this 99-minute documentary about the big bad villains of the DC Comic universe.

Especially nowadays, villains are more popular than ever. In comics, television, and film, the bad guys receive a lot of attention. Hell, you can go so far as to say that more people are dressing up as The Joker these days than Batman. There is just something about these villains that draws us to them. In comics, we are starting to see whole comic-series based on villains rather than the heroes. And in television and film, we see more often than not these villains played by the sexiest actors around, and have mustered up a bigger fan base than their heroes.

Now I'm a huge fan of comic books. I even owned a comic book store. So it is nice to see a decent documentary on the villains of some of my favorite stories rather than the rehashed information on the hero side of things. That being said, 99 minutes is way to short a time to try and hit up every villain in the DC universe. And this serves as more as an introductory course to the newcomer in the comic world rather than an avid comic-book reader, as we would know most of the information that is delivered here.

The main villains get the most screen-time here. With The Joker, Lex Luthor, Darkseid, Sinestro, Doomsday, Paralax, Zod, and most all of the big Batman villains, we see each of these characters unraveled in a way that captures their internal struggles as well as their diabolical schemes. There is even a section on the female villains in this documentary, which should please fans. The documentary discusses the motivations behind these villain's actions and how their sadistic and sinister ways serve as a pedestal for the good heroes to showcase their justice and to save the world. But each villain only receives a little bit of screen-time. And with the lesser known villains only receiving a few seconds of discussion if that.

Some of the cooler things from this documentary is that it is narrated by legendary actor Christopher Lee and features a treasure trove of talking head interviews. The big notable ones are Guillermo Del Toro, Richard Donner, and Zack Snyder. Guillermo has not made a DC Comic film like the other two have, but he seems to have the best discussions and answers to some of the questions, as he is truly a fan of these characters, unlike the other two directors. Unfortunately, Christopher Nolan is nowhere to be seen on this disc. In addition to the film side of things, we get some good interviews with creators on the comic side of things. We have Dan Didio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, and much more talking about the villains they illustrate, write, and edit for. We even get a few tidbits from some of DC's voice talent from their animated tv series on here.

'Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics' is an interesting enough documentary on the big bad guys of the DC universe. But it can only go so far as there isn't enough time nor content to really dive into each character with a decent amount of depth. Instead, we get flashes of each big character that would only satisfy someone who didn't really know anything about these comics or characters.

The Video: Sizing Up the Picture

'Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics' comes with a decent 1080p HD transfer and is presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio. There are tons of images of great comic book pages in rich full color throughout the documentary. In addition to that, there are clips from some of the feature films, tv shows, and animated series.

The detail is very sharp, especially during the comic panels, which provide great color and shading, and the interview segments showcase some vivid detail with the talent. You can make out individual hairs on their heads see the fine stitching in their clothing. The skin tones are natural here as well. There are some moments of minor aliasing, but other than that, there are no image issues. This has a solid video presentation for what it is.

The Audio: Rating the Sound

Although the cover says DTS-HD 2.0, it doesn't have that particular audio mix. Instead, it has a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo mix. There is not a lot to this audio presentation. The dialogue is always crystal clear and easy to understand with Christopher Lee's narration bringing the better aspect to the audio.

There is some light music in the background, but it's almost always unnoticeable. The dynamic range isn't that wide here and there aren't a whole lot of sound effects. That being said, for what this documentary is, it does the job. Just don't expect anything to robust. There were no pops, cracks, or hissing here.

The Supplements: Digging Into the Good Stuff

There are no extras.

HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?

There are no HD exclusives.

Final Thoughts

'Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics' is a decent enough documentary into the lives of DC's villains. But with its quick edits and not enough time being spent on each character, this will only grab the interest of somebody new coming into the comic world, which let's face it, is narrowing quickly. The video looks good and the audio won't win any awards. There aren't any extras on this disc either. If there was more meat to this documentary or a few good extras, I would say purchase, but this is best as a rental.

Technical Specs

  • Blu-ray/UV Digital Copy

Video Resolution/Codec

  • "1080p"/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.78:1

Audio Formats

  • English: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles/Captions

  • English
  • Italian
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Russian
  • Swedish
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • German

Supplements

  • None.

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