Friday, 6 October 2017

Wonder Woman DVD

Image credits: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc

If you missed seeing Wonder Woman in the cinema earlier this year, now you have a chance to catch up on this year's most exhilarating blockbuster.
Wonder Woman arrives onto 4K UHD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD on 9 October and as Digital Download on 25 September. The 4K UHD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray will include an all-new bonus scenes never before seen in cinemas, as well as interviews with filmmakers, featurettes and extended scenes.

Image credits: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc

Gal Gadot is a convincing Diana, a woman-child who still believes in goodness of the humankind and doesn't understand the dirty politics and cynicism of people whom she tries to help by defeating Ares the god of war.
Diana, being brought up in a world void of male aggression, is naive but good-hearted. She is one of a few Marvel heroes who doesn't fight inner demons. She is compassionate, courageous and selfless.
You can see why this character has been hailed as a feminist icon. Though happy to work in a team, she doesn't rely on men to save the world.
This story has several strong female protagonists - Diana's mother and aunt are good role models for young Diana.
Her mythical island is a utopia, an ideal place for women. Links to Greek mythology are quite loose, the plot doesn't follow the original myths of Ancient Greece, more taking inspiration from them rather than being truthful to them.
It is an interesting interpretation of myths, with references to Amazons, Zeus and Ares.
The first part of the film reminded me of Xena the warrior princess which I used to watch twenty years ago (and I loved it too then).
Like Xena, Diana is athletic, strong and excels in martial arts.

When an American pilot crashes in the sea nearby the shores of the island of the Amazons, Diana's world becomes exposed to the perils of the modern world. Outside, the WWI is raging, and Diana leaves her island in order to end the war by finding and destroying Ares.

It's fascinating that one of the major villains in this story is another woman. Dr Poison is a lethal threat to the world. She is fragile physically, and facially disfigured (presumably some experiment has gone wrong), but she is pure evil.

And when the time comes to fight, Wonder Woman is the iconic figure we recognise from Marvel comics - she diverts the bullets with her famous bracelets.
You have to see it to appreciate the merits of the bulletproof outfit during the battle scenes.

I haven't been a big fan of Marvel characters and stories until my younger son got me hooked on them. We've watched together many films with superheroes, and we enjoyed Wonder Woman.

Image credits: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc

Disclosure: We received a copy of the DVD for the purposes of reviewing. All opinions are our own.

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