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Batman: The Animated Series Vol. 2

Vowing to avenge the murder of his wealthy parents, Bruce Wayne devotes his life to wiping out lawlessness in Gotham City. The Dark Knight battles his inner demons as well as the evil figures who bedevil him. Volume two features appearances from villains Killer Croc, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, Ra's Al Ghul and others.

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The early-'90s Batman series was probably the best animated superhero show ever, mixing stylish animation with a dark tone appropriate for the Dark Knight. The second volume, comprising four discs of 28 episodes and vastly preferable to the many single-disc releases, features familiar characters the Joker, Catwoman, the Penguin, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, as well as the first appearances of the Riddler, and Ra's Al Ghul and Talia. The episodes are highlighted by the Emmy-winning two-parter "Robin's Reckoning," which recounts the origin of the Boy Wonder and his chance for revenge years later. In "Perchance to Dream," Bruce Wayne finds his parents alive and another Batman patrolling Gotham City, the two-part "Something" pits Batman against Miyazaki-styled robots, and Batman revisits the samurai training of his past in "Night of the Ninja" and "Day of the Samurai." Give the series credit for not talking down to kids--Japanese characters spoke in Japanese with English subtitles, and one episode, "Almost Got 'Im," was styled after a '50s black-and-white variety show. It employed smart humor and characterization even to the point where it could let villains carry an episode. Certain stories were based on comic books, and the series involved comics veterans such as Denny O'Neil and Len Wein. Also camp-master Adam West appears as the voice of the Grey Ghost. --David Horiuchi


Special Features

Audio Commentary: Commentary by Bruce Timm (Producer) and Eric Radomski (Producer), Kevin Altieri (Writer/Director), Paul Dini (Producer), and Boyd Kirkland (Producer) on 4 episodes. Featurette: Robin Rising [Featurette detailing the evolution of Robin's character in the series RT 10:00]; Gotham's Guardians [Featurette about the supporting cast of The Batman Animated Series- Includes Commissioner Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth, Selina Kyle (aka Catman), Harvey Bullock, Rene Montoya. RT 10:00]; Voices of the Knight [Featurette about the voices behind the characters RT10:00]Audio Commentary: Commentary by Bruce Timm (Producer) and Eric Radomski (Producer), Kevin Altieri (Writer/Director), Paul Dini (Producer), and Boyd Kirkland (Producer) on 4 episodes. Featurette: Robin Rising [Featurette detailing the evolution of Robin's character in the series RT 10:00]; Gotham's Guardians [Featurette about the supporting cast of The Batman Animated Series- Includes Commissioner Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth, Selina Kyle (aka Catman), Harvey Bullock, Rene Montoya. RT 10:00]; Voices of the Knight [Featurette about the voices behind the characters RT10:00]

Product Details

  • Actors: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill
  • Directors: Bruce Timm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 624 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ZMHWM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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262 of 268 people found the following review helpful By Servo VINE VOICE on September 18, 2004
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Get ready for more dark justice as the Dark Knight prowls the streets and skies of Gotham City for the criminal element which infests it in Batman: The Animated Series - Volume Two. This 4-disc set features 28 episodes of animated bliss which include the first appearances of Ra's Al Ghul ("Tron's" David Warner), and his beautiful daughter Talia ("Supergirl's" Helen Slater) in "Off Balance"; and The Riddler ("Smallville's" John Glover) in "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?" The set also includes the Emmy-winning "Robin's Reckoning" with corresponding commentary by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski. As always, the voice talents never cease to amaze. The brilliant thought and care put into the series' voice casting is a tradition that continued with the later DC Comics superhero shows, Teen Titans and Justice League Unlimited. Here are the contents of this set:

Disc 1:
Eternal Youth
Perchance To Dream
The Cape And Cowl Conspiracy
Robin's Reckoning Part One
Robin's Reckoning Part Two
The Laughing Fish
Night Of The Ninja

Disc 2:
Cat Scratch Fever
The Strange Secret Of Bruce Wayne
Heart Of Steel Part One
Heart Of Steel Part Two
If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?
Joker's Wild
Tyger, Tyger

Disc 3:
Moon Of The Wolf
Day Of The Samurai
Terror In The Sky
Almost Got 'im
Birds Of A Feather
What Is Reality?
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137 of 139 people found the following review helpful By E. Hornaday on December 10, 2004
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After years of steadfastly ignoring the ardent wishes of its fan base, Warner Brothers is finally continuing to release its landmark Batman: The Animated Series in quailty DVD complete box sets,instead of dolling the episodes out at a sluggish four or five at a time! The "seasons" are somewhat complicated to explain as the Animated saga is actually comprised of three separate "series" that originally aired from 1992-1995, with some of the episodes being replayed in the upcoming "season," hence the designation of "Volume" rather than "Season" in the DVD box set releases.

As has been noted, this 4-disc set features 28 episodes including the first appearances of Ra's Al Ghul, voiced by David Warner, his daughter Talia, voiced by Helen Slater, in the facinating episode entitled, "Off Balance." The set also includes the Riddler, voiced by John Glover, in, "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?" This release also includes the Emmy-winning "Robin's Reckoning," which deals with the murder of Dick Grayson's parents and subsequent emotional trauma when Grayson, who is now Robin learns the identity of the killer. This episode includes corresponding commentary by the equally brilliant Bruce W. Timm and Eric Radomski.

The creators of this Animated classic series set to their task after the first Batman movie and somehow managed to capture the essence of the comic book world of Batman, without the gore of the mainstream comic book titles.

In one of the last hand-painted animation shows ever to have been rendered, Batman: The Animated Series is as flawless a rendition of Bob Kane's mythic creation as ever captured on comic paper or film, both live-action and animation.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ervin Griffin on September 15, 2005
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In Batman - The Animated Series, Vol. 2, we see more of the classic episodes that added to the already large legend and popularity of one of comics' most enduring characters.

DISC 1

Eternal Youth - Seeking vengence for "crimes against nature", Poison Ivy sets up a vacation spa for unsuspecting philantrophists she blames for the ruining of the planet. One of those people, however, is Bruce Wayne/Batman's butler Alfred!

Perchance To Dream - One of The Dark Knight's stranger episodes as he confronts not only The Mad Hatter.....BUT HIMSELF!

The Cape & The Cowl Conspiracy - Batman takes on a thief who steals information and rare items by threating his victims with death traps. This time, this thief wants to steal the mask of Batman.

Robin's Reckoning: Pt. 1 - Robin's past is revealed for the first time. We also see the first signs of conflict between Batman & Robin as both hunt down the murderer of Robin's parents seperately! This conflict was explored more in the re-vamped version of BatMan in later years.

Robin's Reckoning: Pt. 2 - The conclusion of Robin's origin as we see him become (briefly) almost as dark as Batman himself as he finally faces off with his parents' killer!

The Laughing Fish - One of the darker Joker episodes as The Joker tries to get a pattened on his grotesque version of fish!

Night Of The Ninja - A part of Bruce Wayne's past is revealed as an old foe returns to seek revenge on him.

BONUS FEATURE: Robin Rising - A unique look at this series' version of Robin. One thing is for sure, he isn't the Adam West version!
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