Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (The Original Uncut Version)
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The greatest villain of all comes out of the past to threaten Batman, Bruce Wayne and all of Gotham City in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, the first feature-length Batman Beyond movie. The sleeker, deadlier and seemingly immortal Clown Prince of Crime is back with his own unique brand of havoc and mayhem. While trying to uncover the Joker's secrets, the new Batman, Terry McGinnis, discovers the greatest mystery in the life of the original Caped Crusader: What happened the night he fought the Joker for the last time. When Bruce Wayne is almost killed in one of the Joker's latest attacks, Batman vows to avenge his mentor and put the Joker to rest forever. Get ready for heart-stomping action, awesome adventure and amazing revelations in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
- Commentary by the filmmakers
- Behind-the-scenes documentary
- Deleted scenes
- Animation tests
- Music video "Crash"
- Animated character bios
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1) The bluray version is UNEDITED. It contains all the scenes removed from the edited version including both shootings and all blood that was removed from the original release.
2) The bluray version is full frame because that is how the movie was originally animated. If you want widescreen use the zoom feature on your TV or bluray player and you'll have the exact widescreen animation as the previous unedited release. The issue is that the movie was originally animated for television, so it was animated 4:3. However the producers thought ahead to the rise of widescreen TVs so they blocked the animation to work in widescreen as well. When you zoom the picture on the 4:3 to fill a 16:9 screen with whatever function your TV has for "widescreen fit" or "fit zoom" or "smart zoom" you are not losing any actual animation, you're just removing extra space above and below the frame the animators originally included for TV broadcast. Again, IF YOU ZOOM IN IT'S THE EXACT SAME PICTURE AS YOU'D HAVE ON THE ORIGINAL WIDESCREEN RELEASE.
3) This is a true 1080p HD transfer, no upscaling. WB did an absolutely brilliant job and the movie has never looked better.
I watched a few episodes, but I just was not really interested. I preferred Batman TAS,
and a few episodes of 'the new adventures'(the one with tim drake as robin) growing pains, old wounds, and others.
After seeing a few clips online showing the younger batman I decided to rent it here,
The movie was very well done, (it actually got me more interested in in beyond)
The style of the movie is mostly like the more serious episodes of Batman:TAS, with the action of Batman beyond.
The Pacing is similar to that of 'Mask of Phantasm ' jumping from past to present.
The past sequences are done in the style of 'Batman the new adventures' and thankfully the use the joker from BATMAN:TAS
I don't want to spoil too much, but I can sum it up like this:
It's one of the darker stories,
Their are two versions,
the TV version, and the unedited PG-13 version.
The PG-13 one is the 'uncut' dvd, the blu-ray, and the one you'll see if you rent it here.
The other version has reduced violence, but both are quite dark.
After finishing this movie, I came out liking it more than Mask of Phantasm!
being a hard core TAS fan that means a lot.
So if you like any of the older animated batman shows, You have to check out this movie!
Very exploratory of the happenings of the second Robin in the series, Tim Drake (as Jason Todd was never introduced in the show) who was apparently apprehended by The Joker and then brutally tortured and broken to obey his whim, taking on his persona and laugh, notably. This part of the movie was quite lengthy, leading me to believe that it was meant to actually be aired in the series at some point before its cancellation. It deals with some pretty dark stuff, so I'm not entirely sure that it would have seen daytime television anyways.
If you enjoy Batman Beyond (as I do; Terry Mcginnis is alright in my book) you should enjoy this side-story. Plenty of action and Mark Hamil donning the Joker voice once again, so if we have any purists reading this, you'll be glad to know that. Otherwise, short of the interlude where Barbara explains what happened to Robin, there's not much here for the Batman canon-philes. At face value, there's probably not much for someone not interested in the Beyond mythos to enjoy.
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