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- Apr 4, 2017
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Batman: The Complete Animated Series
Before the Tim Burton era the cinematic version of Batman were mostly based around the goofy 1960s TV show, and the animated works were just as lighthearted and silly for the most part. While I will not say that Tim Burton’s Batman with Michael Keaton revolutionized the public’s views on Batman, but it DID alter the perception enough to allow for a darker, more serious Batman to arise from the ashes. While most people consider Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy to be the crème de la crème of grounded Batman mythology, Bruce Timm introduced the world to one of the most iconic variation of the character, all ushered in by the paradigm shift of dark and gritty that Tim Burton ushered in during 1989.
Batman: The Animated Series is widely hailed as the single best animated version of Batman and for good reason. It was during a time period when cartoons and Saturday morning shows were allowed to introduce more “mature” content. The series was not just a kids show, but it very seriously delved into the twisted psyche of the Dark Knight and peeled back the onion layers that is his rogues gallery. In fact, the rogue’s gallery is one of the biggest draws of the series. Not only did we get to enjoy watching Batman (Kevin Conroy) beating the tar out of Man Bat, Clayface, Killer Kroc and countless others, but the show actually delves into their backgrounds and motivations as much as they do the title character. Mark Hamill was mainly known for basic voice acting and as Luke Skywalker, but nowadays he’s known just as much for the single best portrayal of the arch nemesis of the Dark Knigh, the Joker himself (sorry Heath Ledger, you were good, but Mark is still my idol when it comes to the clown prince of crime).
This new 12 disc set is wildly impressive if you look at it critically. Take out he little action figures, and the little booklet, and the 7 postcards, the set is completely content rich as well. 9 of the discs are designated to the series itself, but there is also a 10th disc of special features, AND the final two are the made for TV (and theatrical) movies Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Mr. Freeze: Subzero, which were only available in Warner’s MOD program, through Warner Archive. All locked in one set, this 12 disc set makes for an IMPRESSIVE addition to any Batman lover’s collection, and the quality of the set itself is quite amazing. One thing to note. The series comes with a digital copy (the set was delayed and enhanced with them), but they originally were redeeming as SD only, something which Warner appears to be working on as people across the web are reporting that they are being upgraded to HD as we speak.
There ARE some caveats to the great improvements, and those seem to be source related. There’s still some print damage here or there, with little speckles and debris popping up throughout the show. Also ,when in complete darkness there’s some intermittent flickering of the shadow and the grain levels or noise levels seem to spike a bit. The very first episode seems to be the worst in that regards, but it comes and goes throughout the three seasons. Still, overall the good outweighs the bad by a large margin of error and I wouldn’t hold them against the series at all, as it is a huge improvement over what we have and an actually impressive disc by 1080p standards to begin with.
• Introductions by Bruce Timm (
• Audio Commentary: For "On Leather Wings:"
• The Dark Knight's First Night Pilot Promo: Hosted by Bruce Timm
Season 1, Disc 2
• Batman: The Legacy Continues Retrospective
• Audio Commentary: For "Heart of Ice:"
• Tour of the Batcave
Season 1, Disc 3
• Audio Commentaries: For "Robin's Reckoning Part One:"
• Robin Rising: How the Boy Wonder's Character Evolved
• Gotham's Guardians: The Stalwart Supporting Characters
Season 1, Disc 4
• Audio Commentary: For "Almost Got 'Im:"
• Voices of the Knight
Season 1, Disc 5
• Audio Commentaries:
• Gotham's New Knight
Season 2, Disc 1
• Audio Commentary: For "Harlequinade:"
• Video Commentary: For "House & Garden:"
Season 3, Disc 1
• Audio Commentary: For "Over the Edge:"
• Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight's Many Foes
Season 3, Disc 2
• Audio Commentaries: For "Critters:"
• The Heart of Batman
- Batman: Season of Darkness
- Batman: Musical Interlude
- Batman: Season of Light
• Concepting Harley Quinn
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Mr. Freeze: Subzero
• The Mr. Freeze Saga Episodes - In Chronological Order
- Heart of Ice
- Deep Freeze
- Cold Comfort
- Meltdown (From Batman Beyond)
• Art of Batman - Music Montage
• Get the Picture - How to Draw Batman
Batman: The Animated Series is a seminal bit of Batman watching material and probably the best iteration of the character on the small screen outside of Nolan’s trilogy. Kevin Conroy was THE voice for Batman for well over 2 decades, and even Mark Hamill made such an impression as the Joker that most people know him for that as well as being Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars universe. The new boxset is an impressive jump over the old single seasons we have had for years, boasting new transfers, lossless audio, and extra bonus disc worth of HD special features, AND the inclusion of the two animated movies Mask of the Phantasm and Mr. Freeze: Subzero that was previously only released through the Warner Archive MOD (manufactured on demand) program. For the price this is a steal of a set, and the quality well worth getting for fans of the show. Highly Recommended.
Starring: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Robert Hastings, Arleen Sorking, Lloyd Bochner, Richard Moll
Created by: Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Eric Radomski
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1, 1.78:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 2.0 (movies and series), French, Spanish DD 2.0 (Series)
Subtitles: English SDH (movies and series), French (Series)
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 2541 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: October 30th, 2018
Recommendation: Great Buy