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Batman: Year One [Blu-ray] (2011)

Eliza Dushku , Bryan Cranston  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Eliza Dushku, Bryan Cranston, Katee Sackhoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058YPN4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Batman: Year One [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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DC Universe's original animated movie takes on one of the most acclaimed texts among Batman fans: Frank Miller's Year One, which retold the Dark Knight's origins as a crime fighter from a decidedly hard-boiled point of view. The feature follows Miller's story arc faithfully, with young Bruce Wayne (voiced by Benjamin McKenzie of Southland) arriving in a vice-ridden Gotham with a decade's worth of martial arts training and a head full of vengeance over his parents' murder. At the same time, new police transfer Jim Gordon (Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad) settles into his job, where he discovers that the police are often worse than the criminals. What follows is an inversion of the traditional superhero story, with both men, ostensibly on the side of law and order, taking the business of saving Gotham into their own hands, with Gordon untangling the web of corruption around the city while Wayne, as Batman, adopts a more hands-on (read: violent pummeling) approach. The feature, codirected by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu (who previously shared helming duties on Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths), captures the visceral grit of Miller's take, but not the depth of character and story, which made the source material so rich. Exposition is delivered through cumbersome voice-over, while the plentiful action threatens to overwhelm the scant characterizations afforded by Tab Murphy's script. Casting is another mixed bag, with Cranston delivering Gordon's frustration and fury with skill, but McKenzie and Katee Sackhoff (as Sarah Essen, Gordon's lover and future wife) not quite striking the same balance. Striking the right combination of Miller's literary leanings in the original text with the visual elements required to keep an animated feature interesting is a formidable challenge, and one that the makers of Batman: Year One got only partially right.

Extras on the Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy set are typically plentiful, with featurettes and interviews giving an in-depth look into the origins and making of the film. Chief among these is the original short Catwoman, which pits the whip-wielding feline fatale (voiced by Eliza Dushku, who has a cameo in Year One) against a dangerous smuggler. As with its accompanying feature, the action is fast and frenetic, though scenes in a strip club make this definitely PG-13 material. Batman producer Michael Uslan is front and center for Conversations with DC Comics, which features the DC Entertainment team's thoughts on the Batman: Year One text and its long-reaching influences, while Heart of Vengeance looks at Miller's work and its impact on the comic marketplace. Liu, producer Alan Burnett, DC writer/editor Mike Carlin, and voice casting director Andrea Romano are featured on an info-heavy commentary track, while two episodes from Batman: The Animated Series, previews for previous releases, and a sneak peek at Justice League: Doom, the next feature from DCU, round out the sizable set. --Paul Gaita

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When Gotham City is in desperate need of heroes, two men take a stand for justice…but on opposite sides. Bruce Wayne returns home after years abroad to become a crimefighter, just as honest cop Lt. James Gordon moves to Gotham and finds corruption at every level. When Bruce becomes the masked vigilante Batman, the city explodes as his new nemesis Catwoman, the mob and Gordon all close in! Don’t miss this thrilling DC Universe Animated Original Movie based on the groundbreaking story by Frank Miller and featuring Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Katee Sackhoff, Eliza Dushku, Alex Rocco and Jon Polito in its stellar voice cast. Experience a bold and dynamic vision of the Dark Knight’s first year in action and the start of his enduring friendship with Jim Gordon.

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107 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "From Here, It Looks Like An Acheivement" October 12, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
So I am aware that posting reviews on these DC Warner Premiere titles is risky or precarious at best. The fans are quite knowledgeable and while some don't want a fluff review others are full of adoration for their favorite characters and want reviews that only say positive things. Having had the privelege to obtain and view the film a week before its planned release I am going to attempt to review the actual overall quality for those who are uncertain about making this purchase. While all opinions are obviously subjective I will try to state facts and point out any statements that are based more on my opinion to allow each individual to decide for themself.

Adaptation/Story: Overall this is an excellent adaptation, 10/10. The film follows the exact plot of the original Frank Miller graphic novel, and as has been stated in interviews with Bruce Timm and others, it doesn't leave any scenes out but some are added/very slightly rearranged. The added scenes, in my opinion, don't feel out of place. They are in tone with the original material and are also kept few and far between. Certain monologues/inner dialogues have been slightly changed or shortened but the essence of each is kept true to the source material.The story, needless to say, is fantastic and establishes Batman in a dark gritty world of realism, pure genius on the part of Frank Miller.

Note: Only a rewording of Bruce Wayne's opening monologue felt pointless to me, rather than saying he should've taken the train to be closer to the enemy he says from the plane he can't see the enemy. I feel his desire to be near the enemy was better felt with the original line. Sorry to nitpick.

Animation: Stunning 9/10.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Faithful Adaptation (4.5 stars) October 12, 2011
Format:DVD
Along with The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One has generally been considered one of the finest achievements in comic book writing of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Warner Brothers has produced an extremely faithful animated adaptation of the comic book. For those who enjoyed the comic book or who are interested in a sophisticated Batman story, Batman: Year One will definitely be worth watching.

As I've already said, this is a VERY faithful adaptation of the classic comic book story. It is different from other recent adaptations such as Marvel's Planet Hulk or even DC's Justice League: The New Frontier, which changed some aspects of the original storylines and added a lot of dialogue. In Batman: Year One much of the dialogue from the comic book was imported more or less wholesale into the animated film.

The story may come as a bit of a surprise to those who are not familiar with it. Many have said that it should really be called Commissioner Gordon: Year One because the story focuses so heavily on the commissioner and how he reacted to the sudden appearance of the Dark Knight. It is therefore quite different from the more Bruce Wayne centered perspective taken in the movies and elsewhere. The approach to Batman taken in this film is among the more realistic. He has a few gadgets but nothing like the high-tech stuff that he totes around in most recent comic books and films. He gets bruised in his battles with everyday hoodlums and can't take out twenty guys at once the way he can in other storylines. The Dark Knight also makes mistakes both in his judgments and his relationships. He doesn't seem to know everything and be able to track every situation as he does in many Justice League stories.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman: Year One - Faithful and Well-Done October 23, 2011
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Very close to the original comic! Frank Miller's work brought to life with great animation and voice acting, I'm watching a second time to compare with the book, and it is worth it!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for fans of the comic December 12, 2011
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I thought the movie was well done and did a great job of following the comic. I'm not not going to over analyze the details of the movie or complain about the voicing, if you want to find a problem with something you will. I thought Batman Year One the movie did a great job of following the comic and I loved the movie.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BYO - another win for DCU animation October 28, 2011
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Batman Year One is the story of how Batman transitions from a vengeance seeking victim into the Gotham City crime fighter we know today. With far fewer gadgets, far more mistakes and no allies, BYO focuses on Batman as a newbie crime fighter - something that hasn't been done before in movies or animation. While many of us are sick of Hollywood prequel fever (i.e. Spiderman 4), BYO actually got it right by keeping it short and simple. No real cliffhangers, no super-complex plot, no huge leaps of faith (although I do question the last fight scene of the movie - man of foot chasing motorcycle and car...really???), and most importantly no major deviations from the original story line. Throughout the movie there was great attention to detail, I really felt like I was transported into the past to discover a side of Batman I never knew. BYO also has two parallel story lines (Lt. Gordan's 'on the job training' and an intro to Catwoman) that fit in nicely. Personally, I would have like to have seen a 2 or 3 minute flashback on Catwoman's background, but that's just me.

I gave BYO 5 stars and highly recommend it to DC and Marvel fans alike.

Congrats to producer Bruce Timm and team on another fantastic DCU animated movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it but not better than Catwoman her sisters keeper story
Love it
Published 27 days ago by joey
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman Lover Review
I love Batman so you won't get a bad review from me. I will say I'm an adult and I purchased this for myself. Again a bit bias but I enjoyed them.
Published 1 month ago by V. JOHNSON
4.0 out of 5 stars go jim
great movie but straight to the point this is a young batman so the story actually focuses on jim gordon and his relationship with batman. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joshua
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Awesome. I'm not really well versed in Batman, so iI can't speak to that end. I rented it for my son and it was so good I bought it
Published 1 month ago by N. H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such an amazing story.
Published 1 month ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a great story line to the Batman saga
Wsih they would do more, this is a great story line to the Batman saga, lets go with Year Two!
Published 2 months ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Very good adaptation! If you're a fan on the graphic novel, you'll enjoy the movie. The animation looks sharp, the voice-acting is well done, the fight scenes pop, and the story is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars BATMAN YEAR ONE (BLU-RAY)
I enjoyed this dvd movie of batman. I KIND OF WISHED THE DIRECTORS WOULD CHOOSE OTHER EPISODES TO MAKE MOVIES OF INSTEAD OF ALTERING THE FIRST YEAR OF BATMAN OVER AND OVER IN OTHER... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth Linnenburger
1.0 out of 5 stars batman
Not as expected at all. I bought not knowing the cover art would not be included. Will not buy anything like this again
Published 3 months ago by Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick
This is a great version of the Frank Miller origin story of Batman. I watched it with my young son and there were a few parts that might have been rough for some. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chuck Hamilton
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Appropriate for my 11 year old son?
If you would let your kids watch a mild action movie at home, you'd be fine letting them watch this. Violence is seen often but expected. This is Batman after all. There is a graphic scene when Bruce Wayne's parents are murdered at gunpoint. No nudity but there is a section of the movie... Read More
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German Blu-Ray and DVD Design
Much better IMO. Better fits the original graphic novel. European Blu-Rays often get the best covers and/or designs, most of the time.
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is D.C planning Release Batman year one Animated movie soundtrack
I don't know but I do like the music they have on the trailer.
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Ultraviolet Digital Copy?
Just got mine and it is an I-tunes digital copy not an Ultraviolet scam copy.
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