Batman Beyond: The Complete Series
Standard Edition, Limited Edition
DVD | Box Set
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Terry McGinnis was just an ordinary teenager.... until his father was mysteriously murdered. Suspecting foul play at his father's company Wayne/Powers Corporation, Terry meets Bruce Wayne and learns a secret identity hidden for decades. Now too old to battle injustice, Wayne refuses to help. So Terry does what any brash young kid would do: steal the Batsuit and take matters into his own hands! Vowing to avenge his father's death, Terry dons the high-tech suit tricked out with jetpacks, a supersensitive microphone and even camouflage capabilities in search of his father's assassin. Get in on the action from the beginning of a new partnership between an ex-crimefighter and his apprentice.
Bonus disc with 95 minutes of new special features: Secret Origin The Story of DC Comics documentary and three all-new featurettes
Booklet featuring artwork from the DC archives
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All 52 episodes of Batman Beyond's three-season run have been collected in this boxed set, along with a myriad of audio commentaries and behind the scenes documentaries. All but one of the discs are the exact same discs from the individual season sets, and the only "new" disc contains retrospective documentaries as well as the new doc Secret Origins: The Story of DC Comics. Narrated by Hollywood's newest superhero, Green Lantern's Ryan Reynolds, this piece examines the history of the comic book publisher responsible for bringing Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman to the forefront of American culture.
Notably absent from this set is the Justice League Unlimited episode Epilogue, Batman Beyond's de facto series finale. Batman Beyond wasn't renewed for a fourth season and the show's crew weren't notified that the third season would be the last, so the series never received the proper send-off until Epilogue. It never seemed like a problem for episodes from DC Animated Universe shows to be included in the DVD sets of the recent string of feature-length DC animated movies, so it shouldn't seem like such a problem to include Epilogue in this boxed set.
Also missing is the feature-length movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, but I'm almost willing to let them slide on since it wasn't specifically an episode of the series. But Return of the Joker is one of the highlighrs in the character's history and one of the best animated Batman films, so leaving it out of this set is disappointing. Considering the limited amount of Batman Beyond content (3 seasons, 1 movie, and only 2 or 3 appearances in the Justice League shows), you think it wouldn't seem like too much trouble to collect them all in one set. This entire set is a bit of fan service, so why not go the whole way?
Batman Beyond seems to be making a comeback recently. The story is being introduced into the comic book continuity with a wildly successful six-issue miniseries that has just been renewed as an ongoing series. It's no doubt that Batman Beyond has a following that this boxed set will definitely appeal to. The only things keeping Batman Beyond: The Complete Series from getting 5 stars is the absent Epilogue episode and Return of the Joker.
Video quality is pretty good, especially starting with the second half of Season 2, when it goes fully digital. Audio is also good.
One thing I didn't like is the 3:2 pulldown judder. I'm from a PAL region and we don't have that nasty thing over here so I must be more prone to noticing it. But I managed to solve it by using de-judder options on my TV.
Speaking of which, all of you who live in Region 2 countries can safely purchase this, it will play just fine!