Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition
"Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition" continues the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman as it heads towards her live action movie debut in June. "Wonder Woman" is one of the most critically acclaimed titled in the decade-long history of the DC Universe Original Movies and this special re-release includes a new retrospective on what defines her as a timeless icon. The "Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition" released on Digital HD on May 2, 2017 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on May 16, 2017.
I previously did a review about the movie itself so I won't be revisiting it. But upon rewatching it, "Wonder Woman" still holds up after dozens of titles released after it. The new additions to the special features are the previously released Sneak Peak at "Batman and Harley Quinn" from the recent "Teen Titans: The Judas Contract" movie release, trailer for last year's "DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year", and a new retrospective titled "What Makes a Wonder Woman". Clocking in just a bit more than ten minutes, the retrospective features thoughts from select commentators about Wonder Woman's most defining features. They include Patty Jenkins, director of the upcoming live action Wonder Woman movie, this animated movie's director Lauren Montgomery, author of the Essential Wonder Woman Phil Jimenez, Geoff Johns, author of "The Secret History of Wonder Woman" Jill Lepore, screenwriter of this animated movie Michael Jelenic, literacy educator Andrea Quijada, Wonder Woman comic artist Cliff Chiang, son of creator William Marston Pete Marston, and Gal Gadot. The commentators offer different perspectives and cite the qualities they think most important. Standing for love, truth, justice, and kindness tempered with strength. The embodiment of someone who was never told her gender was a detriment or made her a lesser. Someone who didn't have to wear a mask. A symbol of inspiration. The ideal person to aspire to be. To see the world in a new way.
I admit the "Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition" is a difficult recommendation to make. At its core, it's just a re-release of a movie you might just already have. It's just one new 10 minute thing that doesn't justify spending $17 to 25. But on the other hand, it is a multi-format release. You can finally have the movie in Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital. "Wonder Woman" first released when it was just DVDs and Special Edition DVDs. Chances are it's time to trade up. But it's also important to consider that solo superheroine movie releases are still fairly rare. Combined with the recent "Vixen: The Movie" release, "Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition" is a chance to really vote with your wallet that we want to see more new content. We all know we've been waiting many years for another animated Wonder Woman movie. Or Batgirl. Or Batwoman. Zatanna. Black Canary. The list goes on an on. It's a shame that the unreleased uncut version wasn't cleared for this release because it netted a R rating and for whatever reason couldn't get a PG-13.
"Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition" is a re-release of one of the first movies in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line and is still one of the greatest of all. "Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition" is recommended for the hardcore collector, the person looking for multiple formats of an amazing movie, or the first time viewer looking for a good primer on the character before they head into theaters June 2nd.
Main Feature: 5 out of 5
Special Features: 3.5 out of 5
Average Rating: 8.5 out of 10