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Young Justice: Season One, Volume Two
Street Date: 10/25/11
Closed Captioning: Yes
MSRP: $14.97
Packaging Type: Eco Amaray Case
Media Quantity: 1
Disc Configuration: DVD 5
Product Language: English
Original Soundtrack Language: English
Run Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16x9)
Sound Quality: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English
Episodes:
5. Schooled
6. Infiltrator
7. Denial
8. Downtime

Synopsis: Animated DC Universe cartoon series for a new generation starring Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis. Combined these six teenage heroes are Young Justice the Justice League’s secret weapon against the forces of evil. Based out of The Cave, the teen heroes will take on under-the-radar missions that would be impossible for the League proper (with its incandescent star-power) to handle covertly. In addition, these kids are in constant training to take their place alongside the great heroes. Red Tornado will be their supervisor; Black Canary will be in charge of their training, and Batman will hand out their assignments. And of course, Young Justice will push their missions, often turning a simple assignment from Batman into something much larger, often discovering that what they’ve been tasked to do is just the tip of the iceberg.

Review:
The batch of four episodes of Young Justice included on this single-disc collection are no different than those from the first DVD release. Gorgeous animation, great characters, tight scripts, beautiful characters designs, solid performances, nary a hair out of place here. The show is slowly lining everything up, one by one, setting the stage for what will undoubtedly be some epic stories down the line. But what we get here is definitely nothing to sneeze at, either.

Young Justice is the classic DC Universe come to life. Yes, the show is focusing on a select group of characters, with plenty of others rotating in the background, but this show drips of the DC Universe. It's like a DC Comic come to life in the best possible ways. As dense and complicated as the DC Universe can be, producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti are able to make it fairly accessible. There are times when fans may wonder who some of the characters are, but that's a rarity. Die-hard DC fans, however, will notice a constant array of nods and homages in nearly every episode. I personally can see how this show can be overwhelming at times, especially given the expansive mythology of the DC Universe, but the creative team is able to use that to their advantage by dropping us into this obviously lived-in world and making these adventures, and this team, matter.

The Young Justice creative team has really found an ingenious little way to make this series appeal to the younger crowd but also bring in the older fans. Long-time fans will get a kick out of seeing what is obviously a very well thought-out premise for the series, steeped in DC mythology, and new viewers will undoubtedly be drawn in by the charismatic main characters. Thankfully, the older members of the Justice League aren't the cookie-cutter one-dimensional “we're the adults and you do as we say!” types, and the younger characters aren't just looking for kicks, but heroes looking to prove they are ready to do what they've been trained for. The episodes included here allow us to get a deeper look at the main characters, definitely helps in making the series premise and its surrounding world a bit more easier to swallow and inviting. These are critical episodes, too. These are the episodes where we really start to explore these characters and discover why we should care about them and their fate in the massive events to come for this series.

And, as with the previous DVD, we get another sparse release. Young Justice - Seasone One, Volume Two arrives in a standard single-disc Eco Amaray case. No inserts or extras of any kind. Disc art is very, very basic (and pictured above) and menus are simple and easy to navigate. Outside of trailers, there are zero extras on this set. While the disc may lack bonus features, but the A/V quality here is pretty solid. Audio is a standard English Stereo mix and the video presentation is an anamorphic widescreen encode, resulting in a surprisingly stunning image. Still, this is a show aching for a Blu-ray release. And, personally, I think it'd be a big seller. But what we get here, though somewhat disappointing, is fine. Especially since, based on other Cartoon Network DVD releases from Warner Home Video, these "Season, Volume" releases are going to be the new norm.

Overall, it's a sparse release but one worth at least a rental. Collectors will definitely want to add this to their collections, as well as fans of the show, but the limited selection of episodes does hamper this release. Still, if you're a fan of the series and want some Young Justice on DVD now, then this is a Recommended release. I've personally found myself zipping through the episodes more than a couple times, trying to catch little tidbits here and there that might lead to bigger things down the line. However, if you're hoping for more in the future ... then you may want to consider holding out for a more substantial release. Will we get that release ... hard to say. It's possible, and even likely, given the history of animation titles from Warner Home Video, but there's no guarantee right now. Still, until then, I'd suggest picking up Young Justice - Seasone One, Volume Two to continue supporting the show and get a chance to enjoy four great episodes in solid DVD quality.

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