by Del Harvey
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“In brightest day, in blackest night
Are you a DC kid? Or a Marvel kid?
If you’re the former, then you know this saying well. It’s the motto of every Green Lantern in the universe. Soldiers who patrol specific sectors of the universe and keep vigil against evil. Powered by a magical ring which is in turn driven by a personal lack of fear. In other words, a sense of bravery that doing what is right is more important that one’s own concerns, one’s own life.
Each Green Lantern possesses a power ring and power lantern that gives the user great control over the physical world as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it. The ring is one of the most powerful weapons in the universe and can be very dangerous. While the ring of the Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott) is magically powered, the rings worn by all subsequent Lanterns are technological creations of the Guardians of the Universe, who granted such rings to worthy candidates. This shift to a technological explanation reflects the comic book industry’s tendency to explain extraordinary powers through science and reasoning rather than magic.[
In the world of DC comics, the first Green Lantern (Alan Scott) was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Martin Nodell in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940), The Green Lantern most of us know and have come to accept as the original, however, is that of Hal Jordan, who first appeared in comic book form in 1959. This is the model used by Warner Brothers’ latest comic book adaptation, “Green Lantern” starring Ryan Reynolds and premiering October 14th in an extended cut on BluRay 3D combo pack, BluRay combo pack, and a new technology, Ultraviolet Digital Copy.
The film adaptation also stars Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Rocknrolla, Revolver, Syriana) as Sinestro, the strongest of all Lanterns and their erstwhile leader. Blake Lively is Hal’s love interest, Carol Ferris, and daughter to the man who owns the aircraft testing facility where Hal works. Tim Robbins is Senator Hammond, father to brainy but not very popular Hector Hammond, played by Peter Sarsgaard. Hector is infected by the evil yellow light that is fear itself and becomes Hal Jordan’s nemesis in the film.
“Green Lantern” tells the story of Hal’s becoming a member of the Green Lantern Corps, his journey to Oa, the planet where the Sentries live, and his learning to use his new power for good.
An old enemy of the Corps, Parallax, escapes and uses Hector Hammond’s fear to infect him and use him to focus his power and do evil against humankind and, ultimately, the Corps itself.
Hal Jordan is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. Hal’s humanity is one weapon no other member of the Corps has ever had. And with that, as well as willpower, determination, and the encouragement and support of Carol, Hal quickly masters his new powers and finds the courage to overcome his fears. If he can do these things then there is hope that he can help the Corps defeat Parallax and save the Earth from certain destruction.
The feature is directed by Martin Campbell, who did such a fantastic job of re-starting the James Bond franchise with “Casino Royale.”
The BluRay 3D combo packs include the following DVD elements:
Green Lantern will be available digitally in High Definition VOD and Standard Definition VOD from cable and satellite providers and on select gaming consoles.
Warner Bros. is taking Digital Copy to a whole new level with UltraViolet Digital Copy which includes a SD digital copy of the theatrical version of the film.
See it beginning October 14th from Warner Home Entertainment Group.
Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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