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Batman - The Animated Series - Tales of the Dark Knight (1992)

Kevin Conroy , Loren Lester  |  NR |  DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Bob Hastings, Mari Devon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 23 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087F7K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,086 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Batman - The Animated Series - Tales of the Dark Knight" on IMDb

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The legend of the fabled Dark Knight continues, in five thrilling episodes from the award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, from battling the killer comedy of The Joker to the first fateful encounter with the diabolical Two Face, Batman explodes into action!

Gotham City's dark angel of the night returns in episodes 6-9 of the hit 1992 animated series. Boldly drawn, austerely designed, and animated with fluid motion and dynamic action, these pre-Robin episodes are not necessarily the best the series has to offer (as producer Bruce Timm comments in his introductions, "we were still struggling to find our voice"), but watching the evolution is fascinating. The caped crusader is still treated as an urban myth by the Gotham City population and an outlaw by the police, which is used to its full dramatic potential in the disc highlight "P.O.V.," a Rashomon-styled episode in which three witness paint three very different perspectives of the mysterious Batman. The DVD also features a rematch with the Joker ("Be a Clown") and a short supplemental featurette on the voice cast. --Sean Axmaker

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Cartoons, Lousy Treatment April 22, 2003
Why does Warner Brothers love to give Batman the shaft on DVD.
First they simply stuck the movie franchise films on dvd with out any extras with the exception of cast information.
Now Warner Brothers fails to deliver a collector's edition dvd for its critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series. I don't mind the episodes they put onto the disc...what I do mind are the episodes not on the disc. The Two-Face episodes about his origin are not on the disc contrary to the advertisements and Amazon's editorial description.
Its time for Warner Brothers to wise up and realize that Batman is not for the three to six years old. They killed the Batman Franchise by sugar coating it to death with such lolly-pop releases as Batman and Robin and the newer WB Batman and Batman Beyond animated episodes. Its time to salvage what is left of the franchice and start by giving the fans a DVD collection that is both weighty with content and episodes that is placed in a neatly designed box set. Kids are not going to buy cartoons that are over 10 years old. Batman is old school. Market the Pokemon videos to the infants but let Batman have a better fate.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WB screws us over yet again... March 25, 2003
By Simon
For those who willingly bought the first BTAS disc in hopes that WB would release more, and with better extras, be prepared for a big disappointment. First of all, it's been a year, and this is only the 2nd disc we've gotten. Another disc should arrive in the fall, but at this rate, we'll have to let our sons and daughters finish the collection for us. 2nd, this disc only has four episodes, not even the five that the first disc gave us, and not six, which is what a DVD disc is capable of holding (see WB's Batman Beyond DVD). 3rd...the episodes are only so-so. Only one major villain is featured, the Joker, but it's nowhere near his best outing. Another episode features the one-shot villain The Sewer King, who uses children to commit his crimes. Despite an interesting premise, it's easily at the bottom of the barrel compared to other episodes. The last two, POV and The Forgotten, are above-average and give us a nice look at Bruce Wayne and the Gotham Police force. However, overall, these episodes just weren't worth the year-long wait.
And extras? Forget about any good extras. Anything remotely interesting, such as Bruce Timm's intros, will be butchered into little segments that feel more promotional than informative. If you're a die-hard BTAS fan, you might as well grab this disc, since some BTAS is better than none, but just remember that it's a no-win situation: Good sales will only encourage WB to keep churning out poor DVDs like this, and bad sales will just cause them to stop production altogether. If it helps, consider buying this disc as an appetizer for when the new DTV Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman will be released this fall.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Stellar Disappointment April 25, 2003
These reviews are starting to sound like a broken record, but perhaps if enough people read them and stay away from these DVD releases, Warner Bros. will figure out that they can make more money by making the fans happy.
Fox can put entire Simpsons, Futurama, and The Family Guy seasons on DVD. Paramount has no problem producing and selling Star Trek: Next Gen and DS9 season sets that retail for $100. So what is up with Warner Bros. and one of their hottest properties? THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT RELEASING THE ANIMATED BATMAN SERIES IN VOLUMES OF THEIR RESPECTIVE SEASONS!!!
I might have overlooked this decision if Warner released a "Best of" DVD or DVD's devoted to single characters (all the Joker episodes, all the Two-Face episodes, etc.). But instead, we get disks like this one--containing a mere 4 episodes (none of them particularly good) and limited special features. As a fan of the series, I KNOW that there are a lot of reference materials available--just look at the excellent Batman Animated book! This disk has a brief featurette on the voice acting that contains comments from only a single actor(Kevin Conroy).
To top it all off, the disk comes in the paper DVD case that I despise (even AOL sometimes sends out free disks in plastic DVD cases!) with cover artwork that pales in comparison to the actual animation. Bruce Timm, where are you?
Please save your money by not buying this disk! Maybe Warner Bros. can forget these last two disks ever happened and start over from scratch before it's too late...
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Incredible series - another disappointing DVD March 15, 2003
"Batman:The Animated Series" is literally everything I could want from a comic book adaptation. In fact, I would say it remains the best comic book inspired TV series or movie ever made. It stays true to the characters, tells interesting stories and has some of the finest animation around. A truly groundbreaking, amazing series.
Which is why it is all the more disappointing to see "Batman:TAS" get such a lackluster DVD release. Like all TV shows, it should have been released in Season Box Sets rather than in this manner. Even as it is, the extras are slim to none, and there is nothing to really recommend this DVD. I hope Warner Bros will correct this error, and give us some Season Box Sets. Until then, I will decline.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the Shame April 9, 2003
Batman: The Animated Series is probably one of the best treatments for the charatcer that has ever been realized. Why, oh why has the release of this wonderful, exciting and fun to watch program being handled by some marketing intern?
Has WB learned nothing from the seasonal releases of "The Simpson's?" Even while the extras on that are not stellar, they are certainly nice additions. Good God, "The Transformers" from the early to mid 80's has both box sets AND single disks available for purchase and, from what I understand is doing very, very well! And four to five episodes per disk for BTAS? And not even in sequence? Who's running this? Batman is one of the strongest properties WB owns and they are handling this like some direct to video property in whcih they have ZERO confidence.
This is how BTAS should be released. Seasonal box sets. Secondary audio track for commentary. Video on the process of making the program. I KNOW video such as this already exists as I remember seeing shorts on the subject years ago. PEOPLE WILL BUY THIS TYPE OF PRODUCT.
WB...pull your thumbs out of (could barely sanitize that). You will make more MONEY by releasig this product PROPERLY. What you are doing now is DEVALUING your own license to print money. Get in the game and release these shows with some backbone, or get out. I bought the first disk, reluctantly, but if this is what they are going to .... out and try to sell me, no thanks. I'll wait the 16-17 years until Rhino (who is doing "The Transformers" MORE than justice) buys some release rights and publishes this content in a format that fans are not disgusted in buying.
One of the best animated series in television history. Too bad chimps are in charge of its treatment on DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Got for my son.
Published 1 month ago by lora ackerman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
When I purchased this DVD, I thought I was getting the regular episodes from Batman: The Animated Series, but the episodes on this DVD are really just "special" episodes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by JSC
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Batman will love this
I thought that these episodes were very well written and well worth it for anyone who likes Batman, animated or not.
Published 19 months ago by R. Yuhnke
3.0 out of 5 stars its good but not really
this is basically just 4 episodes from the Animated series, if you added $10 more dollars from the used version you could get a full volume dvd
they only thing that it is good... Read more
Published on April 26, 2009 by S. Rahman
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't wanna pay 80-90 bucks for 85 GREAT episodes than you can...
So you obviously all know that you can get all 3 real volumes and a 4th now, so only buy this if you see it at cd tradepost for like 5. Read more
Published on March 19, 2006 by morgoth
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for the episodes, not the DVD
"Batman - The Animated Series - Tales of the Dark Knight" contains episodes 6 to 9. These are really good episodes that contain villains like The Joker and The Sewer King. Read more
Published on June 24, 2005 by Raj
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the huge boxed set we all want, but still fun
Although I'm generally with the crowd that's clamoring for season-long box sets of this brooding, involving animated series, these single-disc offerings aren't all that bad. Read more
Published on June 12, 2003 by Joseph P. Menta, Jr.
2.0 out of 5 stars Great show - weak DVD's ...
WB really give the impression that they are totally uninterested in doing anything even remotely special with their valuable Batman properties on DVD. Read more
Published on May 18, 2003 by
4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars only for the eps themselves
Batman: The Animated Series is probably the best cartoon produced for Saturday mornings of the '90s. (Of course, if you're reading this, you already know *that*... Read more
Published on May 11, 2003 by Garrett Aja
1.0 out of 5 stars First Appearance of Two-Face? Where? SLOPPY DVD.
Just rented the second BTAS volume which claims to include the Two-Face intro - as far as I could find, there is no Two-Face intro on this DVD, although it appears like WB DVD... Read more
Published on May 5, 2003
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