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

Eliza Dushku , Bryan Cranston  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eliza Dushku, Bryan Cranston, Katee Sackhoff
  • Format: 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 (196 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058YPN4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,285 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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

Product Description

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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103 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "From Here, It Looks Like An Acheivement" October 12, 2011
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
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for fans of the comic December 12, 2011
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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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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great story, poor voice work and editing March 2, 2012
This is a great comic book that doesn't quite work as a movie. The dialogue is mostly word for word the same (I specifically remember that "He put Schell on probation" line) and a lot of the shots are the same. I'm not a big fan of the blocky animation (reminds me of old anime), but I could get past it.

What I can't get past is that Batman's voice actor is terrible and Gordon's voice actor is almost terrible. Also a lot of moments feel too rushed and robbed of all their awesomeness. I'm feeling inarticulate here. For example, there's a moment when the crowd cheers for Batman and Gordon observes "they've made a hero out of him." And then his next line was supposed to be "But then the cheering disintegrates... and the screaming starts again." It should have been an awesome moment because a huge swarm of bats swoops in and reminds everyone that Batman is not your buddy-type hero. But instead Gordon doesn't say the second part and it all gets glossed over. Other moments get unnaturally slowed down by voice over. I guess they had to pick and choose to cut it down to an hour. The whole presentation could have been much better with an extra half hour to add more weight to some scenes. Why did it have to be so short?

This was going to be a 2-star review but the final few scenes are well done enough to earn back a star. Still feels a bit rushed though. It could have used some more dramatic music too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for a non-hardcore fan
Good movie adaptation of the comic. The art is really nice and the pacing is really good. is good to see a more human batman.
Published 1 day ago by Eduardo Ruiz
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic
This is one my favorite animated films - it does a terrific job of bringing the graphic novel to life, true to form. All Batman lovers will love this movie.
Published 3 days ago by Jon Davidson
3.0 out of 5 stars One hell of a faithful adaptation
This movie is DC's most faithful adaptation ever! I think that the movie had every one of the novel's scenes in the same order. It was like watching the graphic novel move! Read more
Published 3 days ago by KBoticus
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for every fan
I think the other reviews are pretty spot on. The voice actor for Batman falls flat (literally) on many occasions. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Khi
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story.
This has been adapted from Frank Miller's Batman Year One Graphic Novel and is a very good origin story, but its Gordon who is the star, not Batman. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Josh B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for your little guy's in your life
This was a great gift for my relative who loves Batman. Watch out for the adult language (just a couple of words) not for an eight year old.
Published 1 month ago by Gregory L Cooper
2.0 out of 5 stars gritty, downer
Very nice, stylistic animation style. Dark and gritty, overall, too much of a downer for me. Not badly done so others may like it but I did not enjoy it.
Published 2 months ago by Feles31
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not watch this. Read the comic instead.
This is an adaptation of my favorite Batman story. I'll get right to the point, the voice acting is bad, the animation is ok, the rest of the film isn't very good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sara C.
2.0 out of 5 stars The least of the Batman films
On the one hand, this is a very faithful adaptation of Miller's 4-issue story. (I don't know why they left out the "I shall become a bat" line, but you can't have everything. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Niugui Cilantron
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman does it again
I never read Mark Millars Batman:Year One book, but apparently it was the one of the main influences for Christopher Nolans take on the Batman franchise. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Colby Barber
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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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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?
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