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Legends Of The Super Heroes (1979)

Adam West , Burt Ward  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adam West, Burt Ward, Frank Gorshin, Jeff Altman, Charlie Callas
  • Producers: Chris Darley Bill Caruthers
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049IHWYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,084 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Heroes and villains of DC Comics square off in the two-part, live-action, made-for-TV (with a laugh track!) smackdowns of Legends of the Super Heroes.
The Challenge: Batman and Robin (Adam West and Burt Ward of the live-action Batman TV series) lead The Flash, Green Lantern and more JLA members against The Riddler (Frank Gorshin reprising his TV role), Mordru, Weather Wizard and other Doom-dealers. The Legion's ultimate gambit: trick the heroes into downing a diabolical depowering drink!
The Roast: Poking fun beats swapping punches when celebrity host Ed McMahon emcees a rowdy rave-up. Who knew DC Super Heroes and villains packed as much verbal wit as physical grit when not locked in mortal combat? These Legends will leave you laughing.

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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
This program is a campy two-part, Hanna-Barbera television special that aired only once (perhaps with good reason) in January 1979. Intended to loosely imitate Dean Martin's celebrity roasts of the time, as well as the famous "Batman" television series (from 1966-68), this cheesy show is a nostalgic blast to the past for kids of all ages. What may be its most remarkable legacy is seeing (despite the budget limitations) so many familiar DC Comics super-heroes and villains in live action wearing relatively faithful renditions of their classic costumes. Also, the use of cheapo videotape (instead of film), a live studio audience, and a laugh track here gives "Legends" the mystique of a busted tv sitcom pilot destined to become a cult classic.

The first and much better segment, "The Challenge," features several dreaded villains, including Solomon Grundy, Dr. Siavana, Giganta, Weather Wizard, Sinestro, and the Riddler (the ever-fiesty Frank Gorshin) scheming to set off a diabolical "doomsday" bomb to destroy the world. They then unwisely challenge our league of super-heroes, including Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, the Flash, Hawkman, Huntress, Black Canary, and Batman & Robin (Adam West and Burt Ward) to stop the bomb within sixty minutes. One should note that this special features the first live-action appearances of the featured DC Comics characters (except for Captain Marvel and the trio of "Batman" characters). Among the highlights are: Green Lantern visiting a gypsy fortune teller (Sinestro); Captain Marvel chatting with a demented psychiatrist (the Riddler), and Batman & Robin buying a "lemon" motorcycle & side car from a disguised Weather Wizard. Don't miss the scenes of Dr.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Super Heroes nostalgia February 6, 2011
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It had been so long since I saw these when a kid that I had actually thought I maybe just imagined them. Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin, live action, 10 years after the end of their series. I am so glad I found this. Cheesy as possible, but I loved it. If you didn't grow up with the Batman series or Superfriends, you probably won't get the charm of this. If you did, what are you waiting for?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly, campy fun!!! June 9, 2012
By M. H.
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A steroetypical plot, hammed-up acting & bad special effects... this was the best 1979 had to offer. I LOVED IT!!!!! As a kid back in '79, I was so excited to see a few of my favorite heroes together in a live-action show for the first time. For fans of the campy-style of the original Batman tv series (Adam West, Burt Ward, et. al.), this dvd is definitely one for your collection. Given the time this was produced, one can excuse the very limited special effects and the tired old plot of a bunch of bad guys trying to destroy the world, while the good guys come to the rescue.
The saving grace is not in either of those things, but the people involved. Adam West, Burt Ward & Frank Gorshin never miss a step & remain in character as Batman, Robin & the Riddler (respectively). It's almost as if those three didn't realize the Batman tv show had ended 10-15 years earlier. All three show genuine enthusiasm for reviving their characters & they have fun with it. Also, Howard Morris, as Dr. Sivana, was a good choice. His unique vocal stylings (rampant in earlier Hanna-Barberra cartoons) fits his character perfectly. Charlie Callas lends his unique twist to portraying Sinestro while the other actors do an adequate job. The Huntress and Black Canary are there simply as eye-candy but who's going to complain?
Best costumes: the Huntress, Solomon Grundy, Giganta and Mordru. In addition, there are three guest stars on board for this superheroic parody- Ed McMahon (The Tonight Show), Marsha Warfield (Night Court) and veteran comedienne Ruth Buzzi. I was quite surprised to see them of the as a part of this.
The low points: Hawkman's (lack of) acting, seeing a magical villian on a jet-ski & the introduction of Ghetto-man (I'm not making this up!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's good June 14, 2011
By Jetpack
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You have to wonder how many drugs were consumed in the creation of this.

However, there are some actual funny moments.

Frank Gorshin is brilliant. Though, how he could have been left off the Roast is mind boggling.

Aunt Minerva looking for a husband is great. Flash "I'm the World's Fastest Man!" Aunt Minerva "Pass."

Solomon Grundy pounding on Ed McMahon.

Get it on the cheap, if you like camp.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superhero 70s Slapstick May 4, 2011
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The picture & sound quality of the "Legends of the Superheroes" dvd are great. And unlike many of Warner's other MOD releases, a few extras are included in the form of outtakes. As for the contents, well, this isn't the tongue-in-cheek camp of the Batman series. DC heroes & villains are played strictly for laughs, but at the time this was broadcast, it was fun seeing so many costumed characters in live action. According to his autobiography, Adam West hoped this outing would lead to having the Dynamic Duo in a feature film, and was less than proud of the slapstick results. (Batman & Robin chasing Mordru on jetskis? Holy Sea World!) Still, it's nice that Warner Archives made this available to purchase. Can the "Shazam" series be far behind?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars but brought back good childhood memories
Items were well packed and delivered quickly......watched this DVD,,,,kind of silly, but brought back good childhood memories!
Published 11 days ago by Patti K. Johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I remember seeing this on TV as a kid.
Published 20 days ago by Brian
3.0 out of 5 stars In an attempt to enjoy a period of time in comic book history that ...
In an attempt to enjoy a period of time in comic book history that I was too young to remember I purchsased this. I wish I had bought a few comics from the period instead.
Published 1 month ago by David J. Le Bahn
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy camp batman!!
I love it!!! Hard to believe I once thought this was the best!! Hollywood has come a long way!! Still the costumes were great!!! And I enjoined going back to my childhood!!
Published 1 month ago by Gregory E. Cochrane
3.0 out of 5 stars One hit wonder
Love comic book movies but this one was more cheesy than I had remembered. It was ok but worth a second watch.
Published 1 month ago by T
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I found this movie awesome. And I'm a 21 year old DC fan. I wasnt a huge fan of "The Roast" bit in the film. A little dull. But overall its awesome. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ruben
3.0 out of 5 stars A slice of superhero nostalgia from the 70s!
Today with all of the superhero films (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, X-Men, and the upcoming Superman V. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DT Sikorski
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not worth anyon'e time to waste on this terrible film.
Published 2 months ago by ReneinMiami
3.0 out of 5 stars Hokey, but OK if you like that sort of thing.
Mixed feelings on this one. I saw it as a kid, and even then though it was hokey, but now that hokeyness is almost unwatchable to me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel A Willis
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, retro, and cheesey!
Fantastic, retro, and cheesey! I vaguely remembered this show from when I was a kid. It was slightly more exciting back then, but today it's so terrible it's actually very good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by WheelerCub
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