Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero / Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
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Twice the fight: 2 feature-length Dark Knight adventures! Cold-blooded crime comes to Gotham City: Archvillain Mr. Freeze kidnaps Batgirl, and the Dark Knight and Robin scramble to rescue her before she's forever iced in the animated chiller-thriller movie Batman and Mr. Freeze Subzero. Ultra-cool style and excitement continue in the theatrical feature Batman Mask of the Phantasm, where we meet a hunted criminal named…Batman. Accused of murders carried out by a sinister masked figure, Batman is determined to clear his name. And that sets in motion a menacing, multi-layered tale filled with surprising revelations about our caped hero's past. Expect the unexpected in "a mystery that is genuinely absorbing, suspenseful and moving" (Cincinnati Enquirer).]]>
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The two sides of the discs are complete duplicates of the original releases and contain nothing new. Exact same menus and exact same video transfers. They could've taken the time to hunt down that 5.1 surround track for SubZero that was released on LaserDisc and tossed it on here, but that's not what this release was meant for. A quick cash in on the ever growing popularity of one of comic books most famous heroes. Here's hoping we'll see a more worthy release for Mask of the Phantasm come it's twentieth anniversary.
For those that don't already own these two films, it's a cheap alternative to buying two different DVD releases, but for those that already have these two releases it's a definite downgrade. Not only do you have to still deal with a flipper disc, you lose the widescreen transfer of Mask of the Phantasm. Not a huge loss considering the film was animated in fullscreen, but still. This is really just a cash cow release that, one can hope, was just released to check the interest in these two films to see if future special editions are warranted. Let's all hope for a Phantasm special edition to coincide with The Dark Knight DVD release, shall we?
Those that don't own the films: Recommended.
Already Own the Films: Skip It.
The plot revolves around romantic relationships and murder. I would not recommend this movie for children under 13.
Batman: Subzero is fairly standard Batman fair. It's not a bad movie at all, but it's a dim cousin to the Mask of the Phantasm. The animators tried to insert 3d computer graphics into the movie, which lost a lot of its luster. But the story is very human and you'll have a difficult time not feeling sympathetic for the villain -- which is the best kind.
Both movies are quite good. If you've never seen them and you like Batman, then you are completely in the dark. Buy them right now!
If you've seen them before or you own one or the other, you might do better to pick up a different collection. In my opinion, Sub-Zero just wasn't worth owning as much as Mask of the Phantasm.
Mask of the Phantasm was WB's attempt to cash in on their wildly successful animated series that ran from 1992 to 1995 (then it changed names and networks and ran for a couple more seasons.) Originally, it was going to be a DTV (Direct to Video) movie but then WB made the not-so-wise decision to release it in the theaters and only gave the filmmakers 8 months to get it ready for the big screen, which caused the film to bomb. However, it has become a "cult classic" by becoming popular among its original intended audience: home video viewers. It's a dark tale of revenge that has a few plot twists along the way and keeps new viewers guessing as to who the Phantasm is until the end (unless they figure it out.) It also flashes back to when Bruce was first starting out as the caped crusader and offers some nice glimpses into his early days as Batman. The animation is a fantastic blend of CGI and hand drawings and the story is great. However, I know I wouldn't have wanted to see a 1:33:1 aspect ratio film in the theater, so I can kind of see why it bombed. But, it looks great on TV, even on my 32-inch LCD 720p HDTV.
SubZero is a DTV movie they did 5 years after Mask of the Phantasm. The story is more straight forward, no real plot twists. Mr. Freeze's wife is dying (as she was on the TV series) and she requires a transplant. Of course, she has a rare blood type, the same type that Barbara Gordon has. So, with the aid of a shady former colleague, Mr. Freeze kidnaps Barbara in an attempt to save his wife's life and it's up to Batman and Robin to save her.Read more ›
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