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"Vixen: The Movie" Digital HD/Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

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  1. James Harvey

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    Collecting the first two seasons of Vixen with bonus footage!

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    Vixen: The Movie
    Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
    Release Date: Digital - May 8, 2017; Blu-ray/DVD - May 23, 2017


    Synopsis: Vixen: The Movie combines the first two seasons of the CW Seed digital series into a single uniform story and includes 15 minutes of all-new, never-before-seen content. The special features include a brand new featurette and two Vixen-focused episodes of Justice League Unlimited handpicked by super hero animation icon Bruce Timm.

    Produced by Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content, Vixen: The Movie features Megalyn Echikunwoke (CSI Miami, The 4400, Damien) as the voice of Vixen/Mari McCabe. She is joined by the voices of Stephen Amell (Green Arrow), Grant Gustin (The Flash), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak), Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon), Katie Cassidy (Black Canary), Victor Garber (Martin Stein) & Franz Drahmeh (Jax) collectively as Firestorm, and Brandon Routh (The Atom), reprising their roles from Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

    Originally from Africa, Mari McCabe grew up an orphan after her parents were killed by local greed, corruption and wanton violence. But Mari refuses to succumb to the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family’s Tantu Totem, Mari can access the powers of animals – anything from the strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. As Vixen, she fights valiantly to protect the world from threats like those that claimed her family.

    Bonus Content:
    -15 minutes of new footage
    - Vixen: Spirit Animal featurette
    - Bruce Timm’s Top Picks:
    o Episode from Justice League Unlimited, “Hunter’s Moon”
    o Episode from Justice League Unlimited, “Grudge Match”

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    Reminder: This thread is for the Vixen: The Movie home media release! To view more discussion on the included episodes, please click on the related discussion links below!

    Related Discussion:

    Vixen Season Two Talkback (Spoilers)
    Vixen Season One Talkback (Spoilers)
     
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  2. Frontier

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    Ah, they changed the art to reflect Barry and Ollie's new costumes. Cool :anime:.
     
  3. Yojimbo

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    The movie was so awesome!!! The first half of the movie, or season one, is unchanged. But if I had to pick one, we could have used a bit more Carlos Valdes. The bulk of the 15 minutes of new content follows after Arrow and Flash leave Detroit. It makes total sense, the new content starts off with Vixen figuring out her powers on her own and dealing with street level crime. Though a little convenient the animal behavioral specialist, Dr. Vargas, she goes to is her foster dad Chuck's ex-girlfriend. Vargas and the gorilla Caesar were a nice add to the story though. The smuggling case was simple enough. And classic Arrowverse moment, Mari tells Vargas her secret pretty much right away and she's cool with it. The end with Vixen seeing a news segment about Professor Macalester's return during a botched bank robbery is a nice and smooth transition to the season two section.

    The season two content in this movie format was a VERY BIG improvement over the original airing. The pacing and narrative is a lot more smoother and re-edited for a present structure rather than going back and forth with the stifling in media res format that haggled season two. None of that back and forth with the first battle with Eshu-how do you know my mom they irritatingly repeated for the first 3 episodes. It's the Macalester presentation, Monument Heights, totem stolen, csi scene, Eshu kills Jones, Vixen fights Eshu goes to roof then that bistro or whatever, and she stays in the swimming pool. Standing against the original episodes, it sound like they made some really errant choices during editing for the 5-6 minute episodes. There was a few new scenes added such as showing how the Fire Totem was stolen by Mr. Jones and Vixen doing a little investigating then to her first battle with Eshu. The story then continues pretty much as it original aired. I do admit I thought the insertion of Chuck during the final battle against Eshu was pretty dumb and didn't add much. Another new scene during the Kuasa chase was a hilarious joke involving Atom that made me wonder why it was cut from the original airing or if it was thought of after the fact. For the continuity buff, thought it was cool Canary had an extra line telling Vixen that Oliver was busy running for mayor. I was a little bummed they didn't add a scene revealing who the mystery villain in Coast City at the end of season two was. I was hoping Dr. Polaris. After the credits, there's one final new scene. It's an unexpected and cool treat for those who watched "Taken" in Arrow Season 4. I think the added benefit of this scene in particular is it's a better 'full circle' moment with the overall story and opening scene of the movie/season 1 in mind.

    The special feature "Vixen: Spirit Animal" is meh. If you followed "Vixen" as it aired on CW Seed and watched the featurettes that were posted on their YouTube account post-airing, then it's more of the same talking heads format talking in abstract terms and repeating stuff we've heard before. It was disappointing there wasn't a commentary track or more in-depth behind the scenes look at the creation of the series, shaping new characters, expanding the CW continuity with Vixen, and her live action debut. The packaging was a nice surprise. Instead of just a simple Blu-ray case, it comes with a slipcase like a live action TV show release would have (or in other words, you slide the Blu-ray out horizontally). It was rather confounding there wasn't a Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo like the other direct to video releases and instead you have to choose between one format or the other or get both.
     
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  4. Troy Troodon

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    I still have a problem with Vixen drowning Eshu and leaving him; I am one among the majority who have come to principle that DC superheroes should not kill or let others die. Though I may be wrong, I'll have to ask one of the producers for confirmation and what they have to say about this trilemma.
     
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    Pretty awesome stuff. I agree the story seems to flow better in movie format. The webisodes were good and I enjoyed them, but seeing those few extra scenes just made them even more enjoyable. It's still basically the same story - nothing major was changed, but I think the small details they added make a big difference.

    I also enjoyed that short story that bridges the gap between the seasons. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting (or hoping) from the bonus content announced for the movie, but it worked. It was a small story with Mari trying to learn how to control her powers and her first few attempts at having a super-hero life. It makes sense and was a pretty good story as well.

    All in all, a fun movie. I don't really have a lot to say because I already talked about most of the stuff happening in the movie when the webisodes were being released. The story is good, the action scenes are pretty awesome, the comedy works and the banter between the characters is entertaining, and it's cool seeing characters from the "Arrowverse" animated. Hopefully, there will be more stuff like this in the future.
     
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  6. Otaku-sempai

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    The new footage provided a nice bridge between the first web series and the second. I don't think anyone has yet commented on the little homage in Professor Macalester's lecture to the opening sequence of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Surely I'm not the first to notice it.
     
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    I never saw the webisodes, so this was my first time with this feature! A lot of it I liked, some things I didn't, but it does have a lot of replay value, I'd be happy to watch this again!
     
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    Was this well-promoted? I knew of it mostly through this site.
     
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    Not sure. But it's a gamble either way. Air the movie then release the Blu-ray and DVD or vice versa -- will one cut into the other. So it could have been a factor of everyone already has seen the Movie and didn't bother to tune in -- but that's speculative on my part. There could a lot of other factors.
     
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    The airing ;might be considered a loss lead by The CW, with the ratings being less important than providing Vixen with the exposure and promoting the upcoming season. That would make this like the specials that the networks used to run promoting their Saturday-morning line-ups.
     

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