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Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (2013)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EE8AJ50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,859 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, hosted and narrated by Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), examines the evolution of superhero characters and the comic book industry, chronicling how these inexpensive diversions became the foundation for a multi-billion dollar industry. Features interviews with pioneers such as Stan Lee, Joe Simon, and Jerry Robinson as well as iconic actors Adam West (Batman) and Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman).

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Documentary About Super-Heroes October 15, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
This is a review by someone who has been reading super-hero comic books for more than 50 years, including reprints of the great comics that were produced during the 25 years before that. I have no way of judging this three-part documentary from the viewpoint of someone without that immersion in the art form or of someone whose interest in superheroes is based solely on the superhero movies and TV shows that have overtaken our culture.

That being said, I was very surprised (and pleased) that this documentary stuck so closely to the comic books themselves rather than devoting more time to the films, especially since clips from the movies are now so available and many more people have seen a Batman or Spider-Man movie than have actually read the comic books. Oh, there are many clips from the TV shows and movies, from the 1940s serials and Superman theatrical cartoons to the 1950s Superman TV series, the 1960s "Batmania," the 1970s blockbuster Superman movie and so on, but they are only a small part of this three-hour examination of the impact superhero comics have had on our culture.

Much more time is spent on how the content of the super-hero comic book has changed over the past 75 years, from Superman's initial appearance to today, with an emphasis on how the comics have reflected major turning points in society such as World War II, the Atomic Age, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement, Feminism, the disenchantments of the 1970s, and of course 9-11 as the threshold of our current era. Even acknowledging the growing success of super-hero movies, the emphasis is more on what was happening in the actual printed comics: the ways they changed with the times and in some cases how they did not.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Documentary October 20, 2013
By Chongo
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I caught the last hour of this the night it aired on PBS. Daneel Olivaw's review is perfect & spot on. It truly is an all encompassing look into the comic book industry & all the mythology surrounding superheroe's & all it's costumed brethren. This really delves deeply into comic books, the roots of this graphic fiction medium, & it's long lasting impact in popular culture. Personally this is one of the best documentary's on the subject since "Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics" from 2010. Everyone should see this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A History Lesson October 26, 2013
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This is the kind of product that should be shown in colleges teaching the Comic Arts and Writing or in Film Schools. Liev Schreiber narrates the nearly 3 hours of material which begins during the Golden Age of comics and runs right up to the current era. It is a fast moving and in-depth piece that to those of us making our own comic works is also inspirational. To comic fans, this is a terrific addition to their DVD collections right up there with Comic Book Confidential, Comic Book Heroes Unmasked, The Mind of Alan Moore, Todd McFarlane-The Devil You Know, and Will Eisners doc on Sequential Art. Add all of these to your comic collection and be inspired as you create your own piece of comic book history. Excelsior!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best superhero documentary to date! April 11, 2014
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This is a great film that examines every comic book Superhero and their influence to the comic industry. Without the influence of the first Superhero Superman we would have nothing! The impact of the character Superman inspired people to come up with their own Superheroes that people love today, so give Superman a little more respect. Based on my opinion Superhero's are not just for kids, but are for adults as well. Kids may ware Superhero clothes and watch cartoons and movies, but they do not read comic books anymore. Adults Do! If you walk into any comic shop, you will not find a single child in there, except adults. This movie explains everything you need to know about comic book history and is a wonderful dvd to add to any Superhero fans collection. Just to point it out there they show very little photo's toward the end of the film, towards our current time from the movie Man of Steel but say nothing about it and say in no way how it impacted the comic book world like they do with the other superhero movies, You know why? Man of steel was a horrible film that ruined Superman, had no character study, a horrible plot, and was about dumb and unnecessary, non stop fighting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leave it to PBS to get it right February 4, 2014
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I originally saw this on PBS and I was amazed at how good it was, so I had to add it to my collection. If you think comics are kid stuff, this will change your mind.

This is very well done, intelligent and respectful story of comics from the begging in the 30's all the up through modern day blockbuster movies. But its more than a retelling of comic book superhero history. Its intelligent and insightful, explaining how historical events and societal attitudes influenced the storylines and characters. This doc makes it clear that writers and artists werent writing kids entertainment, rather, illustrating and interpreting issues of the day. War, racism, you name it, were all discussed within comic pages, making those topics palatable to young audiences.

If you're a comic fan, I guarantee you'll love it. If you aren't, you'll come away with an understanding of why comic are and important artistic medium.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliantly done.
Published 16 days ago by Sam N.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great show, even to an expert.
An in depth program detailing the history of comic books, character development, current projects & expectations. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Erik Wichert
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting!
I saw this documentary on PBS a few months ago and decided I wanted it as a part of my DVD Library. I enjoyed learning about the history of these superheroes and their creators. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great history of comics.
Published 2 months ago by Rod Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a great video to show as a sub video for students.
Published 3 months ago by Alan Francis Peralta Ordona
5.0 out of 5 stars Why comic books are so important and who made them so.
This outstanding, three-part PBS documentary is remarkably complete in its exploration of the super-hero comic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mighty Mick
4.0 out of 5 stars nice over view of super hero history
This was similar to a special done on History Channel several years ago. This is longer but still very general about super hero comics. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael A. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superheroes: A Never-Ending Masterpiece!
This DVD is plain awesome. Whether you are a comic book junkie, or just like watching entertaining stories, this is for you. Read more
Published 6 months ago by PinnacleStudioPro
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DOCUMENTARY!
Awesome documentary with famous actors/actresses who portrayed superheroes throughout the years. I was flipping channels one evening and stopped on PBS when this documentary caught... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nancy C. Rojas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD
I got this for my son who is a comic book fan and collector. The picture quality is first class and information is presented in a very professional manner. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bill Mackay
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