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First they simply stuck the movie franchise films on dvd with out any extras with the exception of cast information.
Now Warner Brothers fails to deliver a collector's edition dvd for its critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series. I don't mind the episodes they put onto the disc...what I do mind are the episodes not on the disc. The Two-Face episodes about his origin are not on the disc contrary to the advertisements and Amazon's editorial description.
Its time for Warner Brothers to wise up and realize that Batman is not for the three to six years old. They killed the Batman Franchise by sugar coating it to death with such lolly-pop releases as Batman and Robin and the newer WB Batman and Batman Beyond animated episodes. Its time to salvage what is left of the franchice and start by giving the fans a DVD collection that is both weighty with content and episodes that is placed in a neatly designed box set. Kids are not going to buy cartoons that are over 10 years old. Batman is old school. Market the Pokemon videos to the infants but let Batman have a better fate.
And extras? Forget about any good extras. Anything remotely interesting, such as Bruce Timm's intros, will be butchered into little segments that feel more promotional than informative. If you're a die-hard BTAS fan, you might as well grab this disc, since some BTAS is better than none, but just remember that it's a no-win situation: Good sales will only encourage WB to keep churning out poor DVDs like this, and bad sales will just cause them to stop production altogether. If it helps, consider buying this disc as an appetizer for when the new DTV Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman will be released this fall.
Fox can put entire Simpsons, Futurama, and The Family Guy seasons on DVD. Paramount has no problem producing and selling Star Trek: Next Gen and DS9 season sets that retail for $100. So what is up with Warner Bros. and one of their hottest properties? THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT RELEASING THE ANIMATED BATMAN SERIES IN VOLUMES OF THEIR RESPECTIVE SEASONS!!!
I might have overlooked this decision if Warner released a "Best of" DVD or DVD's devoted to single characters (all the Joker episodes, all the Two-Face episodes, etc.). But instead, we get disks like this one--containing a mere 4 episodes (none of them particularly good) and limited special features. As a fan of the series, I KNOW that there are a lot of reference materials available--just look at the excellent Batman Animated book! This disk has a brief featurette on the voice acting that contains comments from only a single actor(Kevin Conroy).
To top it all off, the disk comes in the paper DVD case that I despise (even AOL sometimes sends out free disks in plastic DVD cases!) with cover artwork that pales in comparison to the actual animation. Bruce Timm, where are you?
Please save your money by not buying this disk! Maybe Warner Bros. can forget these last two disks ever happened and start over from scratch before it's too late...
Which is why it is all the more disappointing to see "Batman:TAS" get such a lackluster DVD release. Like all TV shows, it should have been released in Season Box Sets rather than in this manner. Even as it is, the extras are slim to none, and there is nothing to really recommend this DVD. I hope Warner Bros will correct this error, and give us some Season Box Sets. Until then, I will decline.
Has WB learned nothing from the seasonal releases of "The Simpson's?" Even while the extras on that are not stellar, they are certainly nice additions. Good God, "The Transformers" from the early to mid 80's has both box sets AND single disks available for purchase and, from what I understand is doing very, very well! And four to five episodes per disk for BTAS? And not even in sequence? Who's running this? Batman is one of the strongest properties WB owns and they are handling this like some direct to video property in whcih they have ZERO confidence.
This is how BTAS should be released. Seasonal box sets. Secondary audio track for commentary. Video on the process of making the program. I KNOW video such as this already exists as I remember seeing shorts on the subject years ago. PEOPLE WILL BUY THIS TYPE OF PRODUCT.
WB...pull your thumbs out of your...um...ears (could barely sanitize that). You will make more MONEY by releasig this product PROPERLY. What you are doing now is DEVALUING your own license to print money. Get in the game and release these shows with some backbone, or get out. I bought the first disk, reluctantly, but if this is what they are going to .... out and try to sell me, no thanks. I'll wait the 16-17 years until Rhino (who is doing "The Transformers" MORE than justice) buys some release rights and publishes this content in a format that fans are not disgusted in buying.
One of the best animated series in television history. Too bad chimps are in charge of its treatment on DVD.
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When I purchased this DVD, I thought I was getting the regular episodes from Batman: The Animated Series, but the episodes on this DVD are really just "special" episodes. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by JSC
I thought that these episodes were very well written and well worth it for anyone who likes Batman, animated or not.Published on March 28, 2013 by R. Yuhnke
this is basically just 4 episodes from the Animated series, if you added $10 more dollars from the used version you could get a full volume dvd
they only thing that it is good... Read more
So you obviously all know that you can get all 3 real volumes and a 4th now, so only buy this if you see it at cd tradepost for like 5. Read morePublished on March 19, 2006 by morgoth
"Batman - The Animated Series - Tales of the Dark Knight" contains episodes 6 to 9. These are really good episodes that contain villains like The Joker and The Sewer King. Read morePublished on June 24, 2005 by Raj
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