Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar Blu-ray review

Aug 19, 2023- Permalink

After a four season run and a one-hour special, Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse returns with a new direct-to-video animated movie, Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar. In it, the beloved heavy metal band Dethklok must write a song that will save the planet from doom. The voice cast includes series’ creators Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha as well as Malcolm McDowell, Raya Yarbrough, Mark Hamill, Victor Brandt, Thundercat, King Diamond, Jon Hamm, Scott Ian, Amy Lee, Juliet Mills, Laraine Newman and Livia Zita. Warner Brothers has just released the movie on Blu-ray and I had a chance to have a look. The WB likes disclaimers, so here goes: Though Warner Brothers provided me with a copy of this release to review, the thoughts and opinions below are mine.

The 1080p AVC encoded digital transfer is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. It’s a good looking presentation with sharp detail on the line animation. The colour palette ranges from dark blacks, browns and greens to more vibrant reds. Black levels are deep and though there might be some occasional banding here and there, it’s not a big issue at all.

On the audio side of things, the disc comes with an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack as well as a Spanish Dolby Digital track. Subtitles are available for English SDH, French and Spanish. The track sounds great with action and ambient noise moving throughout the soundscape, while the bass pounds during the musical numbers. While the music is king of the hill here. The dialogue is clear and well placed in the mix.

The Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar Blu-ray comes with a digital code (not redeemable in Canada) and a folded poster. There’s also a solid featurette of cast and crew talking about the music and story in this latest release.

Fans of the series will enjoy the Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar Blu-ray. With great audio and video, it’s recommended.