Vixen: The Movie appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. No issues emerged across this appealing transfer.
Sharpness excelled. The movie always came across as tight and well-defined, so don’t expect any signs of softness. Jaggies and moiré effects also remained absent, and the image lacked edge haloes or artifacts. In addition, print flaws were a non-factor and didn’t appear at any point.
In terms of colors, Vixen went with a fairly orange and teal palette. The tones looked solid within those parameters. Blacks were deep and tight, while shadows showed nice clarity. Across the board, the image worked well.
I thought the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Vixen opened up the comic book material well. The forward channels brought out the majority of the material, but the entire package added a lot to the movie. Music presented strong stereo imaging, while effects cropped up in logical spots and blended well.
The surrounds also contributed good information. For the most part, these reinforced the forward channels, but they also contributed a fair amount of unique material.
These instances mainly occurred during bigger action scenes, but they spread out in quieter scenes as well and even featured some directional dialogue. The back speakers brought out a nice sense of space and environment.
Audio quality always satisfied. Speech was warm and natural, without edginess or other issues. Music sounded lively and full, while effects displayed good definition. Those elements seemed accurate and dynamic. All of this led to a positive presentation that deserved a “B+”.
Only a handful of extras appear here, and we get a featurette called Spirit Animal. It runs six minutes, 13 seconds and provides comments from executive producer Marc Guggenheim, comic book historian Alan Kistler, and actors Carlos Valdez and Victor Garber. “Animal” gives us a few character and story basics, but don’t tend to learn a lot in this short reel.
Under Bruce Timm’s Top Picks, we get two episodes of Justice League Unlimited. The disc includes “Hunter’s Moon” (23:09) and “Grudge Match” (22:53).
“Moon” features a space-based mission that involves Vixen and others, while “Match” forces Vixen to battle as part of an all-female gladiator system. “Moon” seems lackluster, but “Match” offers a fun adventure.
As a character, Vixen seems moderately intriguing, but as a narrative, Vixen: The Movie doesn’t hold together as well as I’d like. While it brings us passable entertainment, it can’t turn into anything memorable or captivating. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and audio along with minor supplements. Vixen brings us a mediocre program.