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Legends Of The Super Heroes

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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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  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049IHWYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,564 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Hound Dog on March 2, 2011
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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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Galen K. Johnson on 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. H. on June 9, 2012
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jetpack on June 14, 2011
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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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. Edwards on 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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