Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

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Director: Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm

Cast: Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm, Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany

     
 

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This stylish animated adventure is based on the '90s animated television series, which in turn is based on the original comics and Tim Burton's live action "Batman" films. Unlike the campy 1960s version of Batman, this version is half-mad from the superhero's obsession with justice. It is only his unusual sense of ethics that keeps him from becoming a full-blown… See more details below

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Overview

This stylish animated adventure is based on the '90s animated television series, which in turn is based on the original comics and Tim Burton's live action "Batman" films. Unlike the campy 1960s version of Batman, this version is half-mad from the superhero's obsession with justice. It is only his unusual sense of ethics that keeps him from becoming a full-blown psychotic. The story describes the origins of Batman as it follows the Dark Knight's attempts to capture the elusive, deadly Phantasm who kills a crime lord and makes it look as if Batman did it, causing a media smear campaign against the Caped Crusader. At the same time, millionaire Bruce Wayne holds a party at his mansion. There he meets Councilman Arthur Reeves, the man behind the accusations. Reeves derides playboy Wayne for allowing his college sweetheart Andrea Beaumont to leave him. Suddenly Wayne flashes back to his pre-Batman days. He remembers how he met her while visiting his parents' graves to renew his vow that he would spend his life fighting crime to avenge their wrongful deaths. He has already devised an early version of his alter-ego Batman, but that is nearly forgotten when he falls in love with Andrea. The story then jumps from past to present and back as the mysterious Phantasm strikes again. Batman continues his investigation and discovers a disturbing link between Andrea, who suddenly shows up after many years absence, and the villain. Meanwhile, the Phantasm, feeling that Batman is too close to learning his/her identity hires the Joker to kill him. But the Joker has his own agenda and much action ensues before the mystery of the Phantasm identity is solved, Batman clears his name, and justice is served. This film was originally made to go straight to video, Warner's studio liked it enough to release it theatrically. Some of the violence may be inappropriate for very young children.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Warner Bros.' first foray into animated features for their Batman franchise continued the television series' signature noir-ish aesthetics as well as the creator's attention to character-driven story lines, making Batman: Mask of the Phantasm a satisfying adventure yarn with all of the flourishes that fans had come to expect from the groundbreaking show. The scale of the tale is larger in both scope and emotional resonance as Bruce Wayne is tested by his memories of his first love and by his subsequent transformation into the crime-fighting superhero that all criminals fear. With solid voice talent backing up their three-dimensional roles and a real mystery intermixed with grand action scenes, the film makes for a nicely packaged Batman flick that, while geared toward the youngsters, still manages to keep a strong integrity for the character and his mythos. The film does have its dark underpinnings, though, as seen years after the character's later incarnations, but signature moments do tend to be played a tad lighter than usual (Bruce and Alfred's banter especially). Still, it's a solid story that's handled expertly by people who nailed the hero long before Joel Schumacher went and destroyed him.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
UPC:
0012569717275
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:16:00
Sales rank:
13,612

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Conroy Batman/Bruce Wayne
Dana Delany Andrea Beaumont
Hart Bochner Arthur Reeves
Mark Hamill The Joker
Stacy Keach Phantasm/Carl Beaumont
Efrem Zimbalist Alfred Pennyworth
Abe Vigoda Sal Valestra
Dick Miller Chuckie Sol
John Ryan Buzz Bronski
Robert Costanzo Voice Only
Bob Hastings Commissioner Gordon
Marilu Henner Voice Only

Technical Credits
Eric Radomski Director,Co-producer
Bruce Timm Director,Producer
Alan Burnett Co-producer,Screenwriter
Paul Dini Screenwriter
Benjamin Melniker Producer
Martin Paso Screenwriter
Michael Reaves Screenwriter
Tom Ruegger Executive Producer
Michael E. Uslan Producer
Shirley Walker Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Batman: Mask of the Phantasm - Standard
1. Chapter 1 [1:47]
2. Chapter 2 [3:13]
3. Chapter 3 [1:31]
4. Chapter 4 [1:29]
5. Chapter 5 [2:22]
6. Chapter 6 [5:18]
7. Chapter 7 [5:49]
8. Chapter 8 [3:03]
9. Chapter 9 [1:28]
10. Chapter 10 [2:15]
11. Chapter 11 [2:15]
12. Chapter 12 [1:02]
13. Chapter 13 [2:28]
14. Chapter 14 [2:19]
15. Chapter 15 [3:49]
16. Chapter 16 [1:41]
17. Chapter 17 [1:56]
18. Chapter 18 [3:16]
19. Chapter 19 [4:28]
20. Chapter 20 [:56]
21. Chapter 21 [2:41]
22. Chapter 22 [2:13]
23. Chapter 23 [1:24]
24. Chapter 24 [:42]
25. Chapter 25 [4:25]
26. Chapter 26 [2:32]
27. Chapter 27 [1:23]
28. Chapter 28 [1:57]
29. Chapter 29 [2:21]
30. End Credits [4:10]
Disc #1, Side B -- Batman: Mask of the Phantasm - Widescreen
1. Chapter 1 [1:47]
2. Chapter 2 [3:13]
3. Chapter 3 [1:31]
4. Chapter 4 [1:29]
5. Chapter 5 [2:22]
6. Chapter 6 [5:18]
7. Chapter 7 [5:49]
8. Chapter 8 [3:03]
9. Chapter 9 [1:28]
10. Chapter 10 [2:15]
11. Chapter 11 [2:15]
12. Chapter 12 [1:02]
13. Chapter 13 [2:28]
14. Chapter 14 [2:19]
15. Chapter 15 [3:49]
16. Chapter 16 [1:41]
17. Chapter 17 [1:56]
18. Chapter 18 [3:16]
19. Chapter 19 [4:29]
20. Chapter 20 [:56]
21. Chapter 21 [2:41]
22. Chapter 22 [2:13]
23. Chapter 23 [1:24]
24. Chapter 24 [:42]
25. Chapter 25 [4:25]
26. Chapter 26 [2:32]
27. Chapter 27 [1:24]
28. Chapter 28 [1:57]
29. Chapter 29 [2:21]
30. End Credits [4:10]

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