Batman The Animated Series - Volume 1

Batman The Animated Series - Volume 1

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Cast: Kevin Conroy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Mark Hamill

     
 

Thanks to repeated online petitions and demanding consumers everywhere, Warner Bros. has finally released this four-disc set from the first season of Batman: The Animated Series. Was it worth the wait? You betcha! Twenty-eight action-packed episodes are included (that's half of the first season), as well as some fine extras that should make any Bat-fan drool.See more details below

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Overview

Thanks to repeated online petitions and demanding consumers everywhere, Warner Bros. has finally released this four-disc set from the first season of Batman: The Animated Series. Was it worth the wait? You betcha! Twenty-eight action-packed episodes are included (that's half of the first season), as well as some fine extras that should make any Bat-fan drool. From the foldout packaging to the design aesthetic that mirrors the studio's other recent superhero releases (see Challenge of the Super Friends: Volume One), this set screams class, just like the set's first episode "On Leather Wings" did when it aired in 1992. While the shows may not be in correct air date order, "Wings" was the first to be produced, and looking at it today will give anyone a new appreciation for the artistry involved in the production. Rarely do you see such stark and innovative lighting on an animated series -- especially anything around that time. And though there might be some flecks here and there throughout the hand cel animation, the picture quality on the DVD is a treat and a half, as are the various language Dolby Digital Surround tracks (English, French, and Spanish, for those counting). Extras start with the 17-minute "Batman: The Legacy Continues" retrospective featurette, containing interviews with the series creators as well as comic professionals. "Legacy" is an in-depth look at how the show was created and what set it apart from the rest of the character's history, from the comic page and beyond. Also included is the 1991 original pilot promo reel from Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski that kick-started the series, ushering in the first time that the footage has been seen outside of rare bootlegged copies found in the fan community. Additionally, two commentaries from both co-creators are attached to "On Leather Wings" and the acclaimed "Heart of Ice" episode -- long regarded as one of the finest of the series' history. Other extras include trailers for other superhero releases from Warner Bros. and DC, along with "A Tour of the Batcave," an interactive feature where you can view various show highlights focusing on different areas of Batman's secret lair. Any Bat-fan should be impressed with this release, though it would be wise for future DVD volumes to take notes from Paul Dini and Chip Kidd's Batman Animated book as far as the inclusion of title card galleries and character studies go.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The brighter the picture, the darker the negative. So it goes for millionaire Bruce Wayne and his nocturnal, crime-fighting alter ego, Batman, in this brilliantly stylized, "dark deco," Emmy-winning series. Emerging on Fox the same year as Tim Burton’s second Dark Knight flick, Batman Returns (1992), the series surprised many by offering fans a far more satisfying Caped Crusader than any of the increasingly overstuffed live-action feature films. So, it's about bat time that it was at last released on DVD in a complete-season set. As its creators and scholarly fans note in a bonus retrospective featurette, Batman: The Animated Series took the world of Batman seriously, but it did not take itself too seriously, and much of the pleasure of this four-disc collection is being able to see how the series evolved. In the inaugural Robin-less episodes (the Boy Wonder makes his series debut in "Fear of Victory"), Bats functions largely as an urban legend. He helps free a band of runaway children from their Fagin-like leader, the Sewer King, in "The Underdwellers." In "P.O.V.," Batman helps policewoman Rene Montoya clear her name following a botched sting operation. In "The Forgotten," amnesiac Bruce Wayne is shanghaied and forced to work as a slave laborer on a mining-camp chain gang. The mayor's neglected young son becomes an unwitting pawn in the Joker's latest plan to trap Batman in "Be a Clown." When it comes to memorable super villains, Batman was particularly strong. There are some you recognize, such as Harvey "Two Face" Dent, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, the Penguin, and Scarecrow. There are some villains you've hardly even heard of, such as Harley Quinn, Clay-Face, and the Clock King. But what elevates Batman is the stunning animation, compelling stories, and smart writing. Fans of the high-camp 1960s live-action series will especially appreciate the episode "Beware the Grey Ghost," featuring Simon Trent, a former TV superhero whose career was cut short by typecasting. Adam West, the only screen Batman who matters, supplies Trent's voice. Holy art imitates life!

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2004
UPC:
0085393189624
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
10:25:00
Sales rank:
16,897

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Batman: The Legacy Continues" retrospective featurette; "The Dark Knight's First Night" pilot promo; Tour of the Batcave; Commentary on two key episodes by series producers Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski, and Paul Dini; English, French, and Spanish languages and subtitles

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Episodes 1-7
1. On Leather Wings [22:20]
1. Christmas With the Joker [22:20]
1. Nothing to Fear [22:24]
1. The Last Laugh [22:17]
1. Pretty Poison [22:18]
1. The Under-Dwellers [22:24]
1. P.O.V. [22:16]
Side #2 -- Episodes 8-14
1. Forgotten [22:20]
1. Be a Clown [22:20]
1. Two-Face: Part One [22:24]
1. Two-Face: Part Two [22:23]
1. It's Never Too Late [22:23]
1. I've Got Batman in My Basement [22:13]
1. Heart of Ice [22:24]
Side #3 -- Episodes 15-21
1. Cat and Claw: Part One [22:17]
1. Cat and Claw: Part Two [22:19]
1. See No Evil [22:14]
1. Beware of Gray Ghost [22:16]
1. Prophecy of Doom [22:13]
1. Feat of Clay: Part One [21:49]
1. Feat of Clay: Part Two [22:19]
Side #4 -- Episodes 22-28
1. The Joker's Favor [22:17]
1. Vendetta [22:18]
1. Fear of Victory [22:18]
1. The Clock King [22:15]
1. Appointment in Crime Alley [22:17]
1. Mad As a Hatter [22:15]
1. Dreams in Darkness [22:19]

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