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Batman: Year One [Blu-ray]
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
In 1987 Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli launched the "Year One" craze with their BATMAN: YEAR ONE arc, a gripping look back at the earliest days of Gotham City's most driven and pointy-eared vigilante. For my money and most everyone else's, this arc is near as monumental as Miller's THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. It's certainly more noirish, more real, told on a more intimate stage. In the wake of BATMAN: YEAR ONE, DC soon churned out BATGIRL: YEAR ONE, JUSTICE LEAGUE: YEAR ONE, TEEN TITANS: YEAR ONE... You get the picture. Even Dynamite Entertainment's jumped on the bandwagon with its SHERLOCK HOLMES: YEAR ONE volume. Point being, BATMAN: YEAR ONE is so influential that it absolutely deserves an animated feature adaptation.
After living abroad for twelve years, 25-year-old Bruce Wayne, Gotham City's richest, most eligible bachelor, has come home to begin his crimefighting career and to kick off his perceived life of hedonism. No need to go into Bruce's childhood past. We know what happened and how it influenced the course of his life. But it's fascinating to eyeball Bruce Wayne as a rank amateur, still finding his legs, still bumbling about. His first sortie out in the crime-infested streets doesn't go well.
Except that I think of this arc as Jim Gordon: Year One even more so than Batman: Year One. It's a pure revelation meeting a young and badass Lieutenant Gordon, newly arrived to Gotham and living down a rep in Chicago as a badge what ratted out his fellow cops. He gazes around his new city and his bleak mood grows bleaker as he soaks in the city's widespread corruption. If ever a town needed cleaning up...Read more ›
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When Gotham City is in desperate need of heroes, two men take a stand for justice but on opposite sides. Read more
A great animated batman film. Love it, its a must for Batman fans everywhere.Published 13 days ago by Ubaldo Orosco
Another perfect Miller adaptation to movie. Frank Miller wrote a great comic book in Batman: Year One, and I loved to watch the movie that was based on the comic. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jason Crihfield
I love Batman. This movie sucks. Bryan Cranston was great as Commissioner Gordon. That's the only thing you can really say was good about this film. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jason M. Etgen
If you liked Frank Miller's Year One comic book,you'll love this DVD.Of course,there's a little editing for "the children" as Catwoman doesn't start as a prostitute. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Doug Denslowe
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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
Nov 12, 2011 by FromABuick6 | See all 7 posts
|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.
Aug 16, 2011 by dorian gray | See all 2 posts
|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.
Sep 22, 2011 by B. Talbot | See all 2 posts
|Ultraviolet Digital Copy?||
Just got mine and it is an I-tunes digital copy not an Ultraviolet scam copy.
Oct 20, 2011 by Momaw | See all 16 posts
|What's the lowdown?||
Emerald Knights had an exceptional preview in the special features. Ben McKenzie from The O.C. and Southland is playing Bruce Wayne. I think its supposed to be a very young Batman and even though almost every movie about heroes here recently seems to be going back to their beginnings, hopefully... Read More
Jul 26, 2011 by PS360 | See all 10 posts
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