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Batman: The Animated Series, Volume 4 (DC Comics Classic Collection)

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Batman: The Animated Series Vol. 4

Vowing to avenge the senseless murder of his wealthy parents, Bruce Wayne (voiced by series star KEVIN CONROY) devotes his life to wiping out lawlessness in Gotham City. The Dark Knight occasionally joins Robin and Batgirl, battling his own inner demons as often as the evil figures who bedevil him. Relive the Batman saga in this faithful rendering of the character and stories. Volume four features all the action, villainy and heroism of previous installments.

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The fourth and final volume of Batman: The Animated Series is a little uneven but still encompasses some great episodes. Start with "Over the Edge," a nightmarish scenario in which Commissioner Gordon dedicates himself to hunting down Batman following the death of his daughter, Batgirl. "Critters" is a tribute to Japanese monster movies, "Mad Love" recounts the origin of Harley Quinn, and "Legends of the Dark Knight" animates both a '50s-styled Batman adventure as well as a scene from Frank Miller's Return of the Dark Knight. This run of 24 episodes has a lot of Batgirl, too little Nightwing, and a lot of the new Robin, Tim Drake, whose origin is explained in "Sins of the Father." Drake gets a mostly solo adventure, Batgirl teams with Supergirl, and there's still a sense of fun, with goofy humor that includes an appearance by the Three Stooges as the Joker's henchmen. Guest voices include Sela Ward as Calendar Girl and Tippi Hedren, and Mark Hamill continues the excellent work as the Joker that created some early rumors about his taking the live-action role in the sequel to Batman Begins. By this time, Batman had become part of the Batman/Superman Hour, so viewers can choose the opening sequence for either that or the original animated series. That, as well as the unbalanced number of episodes in the seasons (e.g., the first season of the animated series was 60 episodes), is why Batman: The Animated Series was released in volumes rather than as single-season sets. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

Audio Commentary: Commentary on "Over the Edge", "Critters" and "Legends of the Dark Knight" by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Glen Murakami, James Tucker, Dan Riba and Moderator Jason Hillhouse Featurette: Arkham's Finest: Inside Batman's Rogue GalleryAudio Commentary: Commentary on "Over the Edge", "Critters" and "Legends of the Dark Knight" by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Glen Murakami, James Tucker, Dan Riba and Moderator Jason Hillhouse Featurette: Arkham's Finest: Inside Batman's Rogue Gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill
  • Directors: Bruce Timm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 521 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,085 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B7QCHC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,236 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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These episodes were produced two years after the original Batman: Animated series ended, and were made for the KidsWB Saturday morning block, which was still relatively new at that time. What's notable about these episodes is that the character designs have been totally revamped, and this was when the "DC animated universe" really began, as Batman stories would often cross-over with the Superman series and vice-versa.

The real shame about The New Batman Adventures is that KidsWB basically stopped production after 24 episodes, so we don't get to see the new revamps as much as we'd like (ex. Riddler, unfortunately, only shows up in minor cameos). A host of new villains and femme fatales appear, including Calendar Girl, Roxy Rocket, and the (dreaded) Farmer Brown and his mutant farm animals. Etrigan and The Creeper make their first animated appearances, but only get an episode each (Etrigan was later fleshed out in Justice League). Most telling is that certain plot threads feel rushed, including the introduction of Tim Drake as the new Robin, the departure and return of Dick Grayson as Nightwing, and even a new twist involving Two-Face. There just weren't enough episode to tell everything the staff wanted to tell (and maybe they told one Joker story too many).

Are these episodes as good as the original B:TAS? Overall, no. It's more about comic book fights and action now. Bruce Wayne's a little stiffer and darker, and the stories have lost that humanizing touch the best B:TAS episodes had (with exceptions of course). Is the quality still there? Yes. This is still excellent entertainment for kids and adults alike, and new viewers may be surprised at how mature these episodes feel compared to the stuff on KidsWB these days.

Definitely pick up vol. 4. It's a nice supplement to the initial 3 volumes, and continues the animated legacy of Batman nicely. Here's hoping Batman Beyond gets the box set treatment next.
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New adventures await you and the Gotham Knights in Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Four - The New Batman Adventures! Revamped from the dark deco days of the original series with a simpler yet stylized new look, the New Batman Adventures featured the Gotham Knights: Batman & Robin, Batgirl and Nightwing in some of their most memorable episodes. Introducing the voices of Mathew Valencia as Tim Drake, the new Robin and Tara Charendoff-Strong (replacing Melissa Gilbert-Brinkman) as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, this 4-disc (521 min.) set contains all 24 episodes from the series which include classics "You Scratch My Back", "Old Wounds" and fan-favorite "Over the Edge". Other highlights include "Legends of the Dark Knight" which acknowledges the works of Bill Finger, Dick Sprang and Frank Miller. Not to mention "Never Fear" featuring the most horrific version of the Scarecrow (chillingly voiced by Jeffrey Combs) ever animated. The New Batman Adventures not only refined the designs of the characters (a "taste great/less filling" matter of opinion) but also how the stories were presented to viewers. The show's pacing and even balance of mature melodrama and stylized action would serve as a blueprint for the success of future shows Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited.Read more ›
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Continuing the storyline from the original Batman: The Animated Series, we find Bruce Wayne still fighting the good fight in Gotham with a brand new Robin and Batgirl by his side. Dick Grayson (the first Robin) has meanwhile left The Dark Knight and established his own identity as Nightwing but still fights with Batman occassionally.

This set is a mixed bag. While not as classic as the "dark deco" episodes, there are some gems among this collection:

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Holiday Knights - Three different tales that take place during the Christmas and New Year holidays where Batman, Robin and Batgirl faces off with Poision Ivy, Harley Quinn, Clayface and The Joker!

Sins Of The Father - Tim Drake, an orphan left homeless by his criminal father, stumbles across a confrontation between Batman and Two-Face. A series of events follow that lead to a new Robin.

Cold Comfort - On the heels of the animated feature "SubZero", Mr. Freeze unexpectedly returns to seek cold revenge! His fate on the heels of that tale will shock you!

Double Talk - The Ventriliquist fights his past as Scarface by trying to go straight but some of his old buds won't leave the past in the past.

You Scratch My Back - The first appearance of Dick Grayson as Nightwing as he forms a dangerous alliance with Catwoman to take down gun smugglers, much to the dismay of Batman.

Never Fear - Exposed to The Scarecrow's new gas that suppresses fear rather than induce it, Batman's rages threaten to turn him into what he swore to fight against.

BONUS: Interactive Arkham Asylum - See files and hear from the creators of Batman: The Animated Series on some of The Dark Knight's more fearsome foes.
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