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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 [Blu-ray] (2012)

Peter Weller , Michael Emerson , Jay Oliva  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (644 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Weller, Michael Emerson, David Selby, Michael McKean, Ariel Winter
  • Directors: Jay Oliva
  • Writers: Bob Goodman
  • Producers: Alan Burnett, Bruce Timm, Sam Register
  • Format: Animated, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: September 25, 2014 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (644 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008RV5K5E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,514 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired, and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now, when his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face, for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Review: "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1" September 29, 2012
Warner Premiere and DC Comics have topped themselves with the Blu-ray / DVD release of "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1." After the release of "Batman: Year One," the only logical choice for the Caped Crusader's next solo animated feature was evident. It was time for Frank Miller's other beloved and critically acclaimed graphic novel to be adapted for the screen.

Frank Miller's "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" not only had an effect on the entire comic book industry, it influenced director Tim Burton to make a serious film adaptation based on the super hero that turned into a multi-billion dollar franchise. Many fans and historians would say it is responsible for the popularity of comic book movies today.

It's been ten years since Batman's last appearance in Gotham City. Bruce Wayne has retired the cape and cowl for a life of tedium and drinking. He meets occasionally with Commissioner Gordon for drinks and to talk about the state of the world. Gordon knows Wayne's secret and is one of his only confidants.

Bruce begins having horrible nightmares about his parents' deaths and witnesses Gotham City digress even further into the depths of depravity at the hands of a new criminal syndicate calling themselves the Mutants. He's driven to suit up once again to take on the homicidal maniacs and show the citizens of Gotham City that they need not live in fear any longer.

"Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1" is the best animated feature film DC and Warner Premiere have released. There's no other way of putting it. It feels epic and holds a cinematic flare that the other entries in the DC animated super hero movie franchise haven't accomplished. That's not to say they aren't good or worthy of praise.
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79 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adaptation September 14, 2012
I own this blu-ray. Not sure how I got it delivered early from another company but I did and I can tell you that this is the finest Batman film ever made. It is up there with Batman Mast Of The Phantasm.

As a life long fan of Frank Millers Graphic Novel I was excited to see this following Batman Year One which also served the source proud.

There are a few differences from the source. Most notably, Millers trademark voice over narrative of Batman is gone. In the comic we really got into Bruce's head and Batman's. The good news is that I did not really notice this until I got my novel out after viewing. This does not detract from the great story. Another difference is the scene with the general who supplies the Mutants with weapons. There is an additional scene where Batman confronts the general rather than finding him dead.

The film finishes in a perfect place with the fight with the mutant with the incredible line "...this is an operating table and I'm the surgeon."

The voice talent is top notch. I'm a Kevin Conroy fan but Peter 'Robocop' Weller does a great job and its good to hear and see Batman and he truly belongs in the animated universe. The problem with Nolan's live action films is that they are great crime dramas but everytime Batman is on the screen it is embarrassing. It is a man in a suit with a stupid voice. It never worked for me.

This animation however, is a great experience and I cannot wait for part 2.

Extras on the blu-ray include a sneak peek at part 2, a couple of episodes from the animated series (Two Face) and a series of trailers.

Buy it now.
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207 of 270 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie is available 9/25/2012 September 9, 2012
This is a heads up for Daniel the retired cop who will not buy this because it is a scam...Daniel, this is not in any way associated with THE DARK KNIGHT RISES..this is an animated version of the Frank Miller comic book/graphic novel from 1986 that tells the story of Batman who comes out of retirement when he is 55 because Gotham is under seige by a gang called the is not in any way related to the summer film of this year...because as I have said before; is an animated version of the Nineteen Eighty Six comicbook of the same title....ok? You got it? Good...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Knight Mediocre September 21, 2012
For years, shows like Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Brave and the Bold have given us tantalizing glimpses at an animated adaptation of Frank Miller's groundbreaking Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. If you had asked me what comic I most wanted to see adapted into The DC Animated Universe, it would have been without question "The Dark Knight Returns." Now finally, close to thirty years after its publication, I finally get my wish.

And it is ... disappointing.

"The Dark Knight Returns" is one of the greatest American comics ever published. That isn't idle praise. Frank Miller tapped deep into the collective unconsciousness to deliver a myth that continues to be an influence to this day. It is an incredible work of art. And DC had to have known that they needed to treat the story with a little more reverie. I am actually confused at how it got such a poor treatment. There are so many problems with this release, from the main film to the bonus features.

First off, and most obvious, is the decision to split the film into two parts. There is nothing behind that but money. DC knows they have a hot property on their hands, so they want to sell it to you twice. But, "The Dark Knight Returns" is still only a 4-issue comic, only slightly longer than Batman: Year One which was adapted to a single film. In order to justify the two-parter, they pad the story. Every scene of dialog is stretched just a little bit further.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Transparent partisan hackery.
I'm familiar enough with Frank Miller's work to expect a degree of Libertarian silliness, but this was so over-the-top that it was just embarrassing. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Katherine A. Shelton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
A loot of Frank Miller's design work survived here although not as detail. Batman is a chunky brick wall and is well conceived. Totally enjoyed it!
Published 2 days ago by Jamie Haggerty
4.0 out of 5 stars A gun?
He is older, so I guess it's ok for him to use a gun, but it was kind of weird when it happened. Excellent movie, getting ready for Part II.
Published 11 days ago by Devin Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Batman
This is a Frank Miller story and it's fabulous. I read the books several years ago and these movies seem true to the books. This is a Batman with an edge. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Michael F. Emig
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what i wanted.
one of my favorite animated movies as soon i watched the first time now i finally have it thank for the great deal and timely shipping.
Published 24 days ago by Andrew Tyler Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars What a thrill!
This movie really makes you think. If you are a Batman fan you should love the intensity of this movie.
Published 25 days ago by Cyrus Dillinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Good!
OK, I'll admit I thought I was getting a live action film when I ordered this. However...having owned and read The Dark Knight Returns, I wasn't too disappointed by discovering it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Toni V. Sweeney
3.0 out of 5 stars perfect film
this dvd would be great if they didn't re release part 1 and part 2 on 1 dvd and as 1 continuous film -_- they honestly wonder why people "pirate" movies
Published 1 month ago by The devil is me.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, it is a cartoon
Truthfully, I bought this because David Selby is the voice of Commissioner Gordon. But overall it is entertaining. I don't have plans to watch Part 2. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shari Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story line
I thought the plot and story line were very thoughtful and entertaining. The content is graphic and violent, definitely for adults. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike Newsome
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No REAL digital copy?
But what if your like millions of us using android phones and tablets and rokus? itunes is a product that only works with apple products, ultraviolet can work for everybody!
Oct 10, 2012 by Mike Ingram |  See all 3 posts
Two Parts?
No, Part 1 and 2 as in the original material is so great, it was split into 2 movies.

Personally, I think its a great thing because some of the previous DC Animated DVDs... you could tell they had to cut a LOT out from the story. Justice League Doom and All Star Superman are great examples of... Read more
Aug 17, 2012 by SuckaMC |  See all 3 posts
THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: Animated Film of the Frank Miller Graphic Novel
Nice write up on the graphic novel, impressive. However, New Frontier the animated movie was a let down for me after all the hype, I actually own a hardcopy and a lesson. And "Year one" was pretty well done, but I don't need to own it. I keep watching the 4 previews or trailers... Read more
Sep 14, 2012 by Bent |  See all 2 posts
The Dark Knight Diluted
Frank miller is insane now, besides dark knight strikes back was pretty bad.
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