Batman - Holy Batmania
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Release Date: 19-OCT-2004
Media Type: DVD
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Of all the documentaries, the one I liked best was the Julie Newmar one. Even if her parents were home movie buffs (something I can only assume), it is still hard to believe that there exists so much footage of Julie from her childhood to her twenties! She seems to have as much footage of her early years as any celebrity child, except, to my knowledge, she wasn't one. It is great to be able to see little Julie in the swimming pool, in her dance classes, then again as a teenager, and even the aspiring actress starting a new life in a new town.
All the documentaries include excerpts from other movies and projects the actors were involved in before and after "Batman". Cesar Romero was the only one of the three who had long made a name for himself prior to the television series and had already secured a place in movie history. Relatives and acquaintances are interviewed and it is touching to hear Adam's children speak fondly of their father.
The real treat on DVD 2 are the screen tests of Adam West, Burt Ward (who got the parts), Lyle Waggoner and Peter Deyell. Both the Batman costume and the sets were different from the ones they would eventually use in the series. The Batcave looks darker and smaller, being more reminiscent of the 40's serials and comic books.Read more ›
I have to confess that when I heard about this DVD, I thought I finally could get read of those "Holy Batmania" videos I purchased ten years ago, that had qreat deal of Bat "odds and ends" from over the year.
Burns calls in Bill Mumy to be the narrator for the Batmania special, and Mr. Mumy proves to be a great commentator for this documentary, and again Burn proves his that he knows his Batstuff.
While many wonderful extras are here. Including the screen tests for Adam West and Burt Ward, the alternate ones with Lyle Waggoner, the bumper bits for the Batmania wrap arounds in the late eighties (and all of this is great), I found myself noticing a few absentee spots such as the Batgirl Yvonne Craig ad for equal opportunity pay that was done in the early seventies, the ABC 1967 tv special, which had Adam West and Burt Ward discussing the new fall lineup, and the Yvonne Craig/Ambush Bug screen test,which shows up in the old videos.
Than it dawned on me, it seems that there's been a kabash on most of the Batgirl stuff, probably due to legal situations, we can only guess at.
Maybe there can be a Batmania 2 DVD, in a few years to come.
But as someone else pointed out, this DVD will have to do, until Fox and Warners can hammer out a deal to release the Adam West series out on DVD. And it is well done, with three other full length documentaries on Adam West, Cesar Romaro, and Julie Newmar. Who's left? Burt Ward
Hopefully, Mr.Read more ›
The DVD is split up into four different documentaries whose subjects are: The Show, Adam West, Cesar Romero and Julie Newmar (where's Burt and Yvonne??). I don't know why they did this as it just allows for a certain amount of repetition and makes it seem like the producers are artificially padding the overall runtime. On the other hand, it's not too bad and there must have been a reason for it, I suppose, like perhaps they were originally made to be broadcast on television. Overall, it is very enjoyable and I definitely got my money's worth! The real problem is that the original T.V. series is not available on DVD yet! What's up with that?
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WELL NOW THAT THE TV SERIES IS OUT WE HAVE FOUND OUT THAT 20TH CENTURY FOX HAS DROPPED THE BALL.3 HOURS OF HORRIBLE EXTRAS. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Scott Denny
Also on disk 2 the abc network presentation of the BAtman tv show and Batmania as well as promos tv spots and trailers for my favorite movie Batman: starring Adam West and BUrt... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dusti9274
If you are a fan of the 1960's Batman series, this (overpriced) DVD is a blast to watch. Lots of info and behind-the-scenes videos.Published 21 months ago by Albert D. Smith III
this really bring me back when I was a kids, your kids will love this show also I remember runing home form school to watch this showPublished on February 5, 2014 by Sandra J Fritz
This is a how-to video. I was expecting the actual shows. Maybe I didn't read something completely, but I won't order such as this again.Published on November 4, 2013 by Beverly Waller
I didn't grow up with this, but my tastes are older than me. Now-a-days, there aren't too many shows or movies that catch my attention.Published on August 17, 2013 by mighty mo
It arrived in a timely fashion. It exactly as presented. And it was something my Batman loving son wanted and loves!!!Published on February 6, 2013 by Lila Williams