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DCU: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition (Blu-ray)

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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  • Directors: Jay Oliva
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (427 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DP9RYDY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,739 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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150 of 153 people found the following review helpful By A. Thomas on September 16, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is considered to be one of the seminal works in the comics canon, and for good reason: it's an adult, layered work with elements of social and political satire and rich, often-disturbing characterizations of Bruce Wayne/Batman and the other denizens of Gotham. The story's complexity made it clear to Bruce Timm and the DC Animated Universe team that the usual 80-minute long adaptation could not hope to capture the essence of Miller's story, and so the decision was made to split the book into two films.

This Deluxe Edition joins the two halves together for the first time via a "seamless" edit into a single film. Despite not having seen the separate parts, nonetheless there is a moment roughly at the midpoint of the feature that smashes to black before continuing, so it is my belief that they simply removed the credits from Part 1, spliced on Part 2, and tagged on a new credit sequence with the cast and crew from the full feature. Structurally, the film still narratively plays as two conjoined halves, but the consistency of the overall tone and thematic motives throughout, as well as of the cast and crew, keep the full 148-minute presentation relatively unified. It's nice to have the full story all in one place.

In terms of quality, "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" is right at the top of the DCAU canon. The source material is of course top notch, and director Jay Oliva and screenwriter Bob Goodman have hewn closely to Miller's opus. Minor incidents have been omitted and certain aspects of the narrative have been shuffled (again, necessary to the production of the film in two parts), but the core of Miller's material is in there.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Naes on February 15, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I highly recommend this film and want to point out some of the key positives without giving away the plot:
1. The animation quality is higher than previous DC animated movies. It is the best-looking DC animated movie since Mask of the Phantasm (it actually looks better). But besides that, the editing, use of shadows, and thoughtful camera angles give this movie the sense of being a "real" movie as opposed to merely being a long Saturday-morning cartoon. My 65 year old father said it best when he said "I forgot I was watching animation." That's a testament to the quality of the storytelling, voice-acting and the overall production value. Peter Weller (Robocop) deserves a lot of credit for playing an older Batman.
2. The running time for the Deluxe Edition is 2 hours. This means that the story is not rushed from one plot point to another. One of the big problems with other DC animated movies is that they are usually less than 75 minutes long, which makes them seem rushed and leaves me feeling cheated for paying full-price for half a movie. Dark Knight Returns takes its time and allows you to become invested in the story. A proper cinematic running time makes a huge difference and I sincerely wish Warner Brothers/DC would get the hint for future animated movies.
3. The soundtrack has an amazing 1980s action-movie vibe to go along with the 1980s setting as opposed to a canned, forgettable soundtrack like Under the Red Hood and Year One.
4. The story itself as shown in film might actually be better than Frank Miller's original as it is paced better.
If you are a Batman fan or an action movie fan, then this is a must-have item.
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196 of 239 people found the following review helpful By Movie Gal With a Brain on July 15, 2013
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For fans thinking they are being 'double dipped' by this DC Universe Animated Original Movie 'Deluxe Edition' release of 'BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS,' think again. You only need look at what you are getting for your money to realize Warner Bros. animation is offering up a totally new 'viewing experience' for this groundbreaking animated achievement, along with phenomenal new extras well worth the investment. The full-length, uninterrupted version of the film clocks in at 2 hours and 29 minutes. That makes this uninterrupted viewing experience the closest fans will get to a Christopher Nolan 'Batman' film, perhaps, for the last time ever.

The fact that the entire version features a crew commentary track exclusive to this 'full-cut' means that fans get a creative perspective on the film as a whole. Had commentary tracks been recorded and released on each of the separate 'Part 1' and 'Part 2' releases, they would have inhibited the creators from discussing their overall approach to the creation, acting, directing, writing, and production work that went into the entire epic film, as each commentary would have focused exclusively on either 'Part 1' or 'Part 2.' Fans hear what it was like to tackle a a 2 and 1/2 hour animated film. The creative efforts that went into this project were phenomenal, expensive, and unprecedented for the DCUAOM team. This is a film that Warner Bros. Animation gave a high budget to and lost a significant amount of money on. The total gross for both 'Parts 1' and '2' was less than 5 million dollars. DCUAOMs used to gross 5 million PER TITLE, minimum.

The inclusion of a 70 minute Frank Miller documentary focused on the creation of the graphic novel itself is the type of bonus material the DCUAOMs have virtually never included.
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Any difference between this and other 2 blurays?
The biggest difference is that this version presents The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 and Part 2 as one single movie (or, at the very least, it gives you the option to watch it as one single movie). It also has two deluxe-edition exclusive bonus features: a 70-minute documentary about Frank... Read More
Jul 8, 2013 by Omar D. Odeh |  See all 2 posts
3 Disc version only 2 discs...
yup same issue,
and it looks like amazon is now aware of it.
(there is a note on the item page)
I believe disc 3 was just a DVD form of the movie, so you're not missing much,
but yes, I hope amazon corrects this.
Aug 1, 2015 by BOBdotEXE |  See all 2 posts
Steelbook Edition at Target for $19.99
The only exclusive thing about the Target Edition is...the fact the discs and art cards come in a 'Collectible Steelbook Case.' That's it. No exclusive content on disc nor via download.
Oct 10, 2013 by Movie Gal With a Brain |  See all 2 posts
Too smart to buy part 1 and part 2
Is there any new content in the actual feature?
Oct 11, 2013 by Gill Cornell |  See all 4 posts
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