Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders [Blu-ray]
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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (Blu-ray)
POW! SOCK! BAM! BATMAN IS BACK! Holy mix-ups, Batman! Gotham City’s most vile Super-Villains - including The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler and Catwoman - unleash a plan to take over the city and, ultimately, the world. Armed with the diabolical replica ray, the Super-Villains create a real who’s who for The Dynamic Duo. While it’s double trouble with Batman clones running around, the real Batman falls under a spell that turns him bad. Can Robin, The Boy Wonder – with a little help from the dubious Catwoman – set Batman straight and free Gotham City from the clutches of fiendish felony? Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar, this all-new DC Classic animated movie will have fans rushing to the Batcave!]]>
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 8.32 Ounces
- Item model number : B01KYRX23U
- Director : Rick Morales
- Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 12 minutes
- Release date : November 1, 2016
- Actors : Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar
- Subtitles: : Spanish
- Producers : Sam Register, Michael Jelenic, Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan, Michael E. Uslan
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B01KYRX23U
- Writers : Michael Jelenic, James Tucker
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,992 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The only things missing was the announcer saying at the end of the show, "Tune in next week. Same bat-time, same bat-channel."
Right from the opening credits, which cleverly intertwine the old 66 Batman television show with historic Batman comic book covers, one can immediately tell this animated film will not disappoint. The movie at its core is brilliant, using witty dialog and spectacular animation to entertain the viewer from start to finish. There are tons of Easter Eggs throughout that will satisfy the appetite of longtime fans. The Batcave’s decor is a great mix of Batman comics through the years and the tv show for which the film is based on. All items are woven together quite nicely. The story itself is not complex, but the manor it’s presented extremely creative.
The voice acting is a nice mix of the classic actors themselves (which include Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar) along with others, which do a great job with the iconic characters.
The true shining moment of this movie is the animation itself, which is pure eye candy! I’m amazed how incredible the lighting and colors burst on my HD screen. Why can’t all DC Animated films be this engaging?
I highly recommend Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders!
FINAL GRADE = A
Whether or not they had the legal rights to use the likenesses of the original (and now deceased) actors who portrayed Alfred, Aunt Harriet, Commissioner Gordon, and Chief O'Hara is questionable in my mind, as the animated versions don't really look like those characters as originally portrayed on the TV series. It's possible they were aware that the vocal characterizations of the new actors portraying the characters weren't really close enough to fool anyone, so they sought to distance the characters visually as well, or maybe they just didn't have rights to all the supporting actors' likenesses.
One thing I found disappointing is that there was no attempt to copy the standing sets of the live action series. The Batcave doesn't really LOOK like the Batcave from the 1966 series, or Wayne Manor (except for the props of the Shakespeare bust and Batphone hotline), or Commissioner Gordon's office, and why they chose to redesign those sets when they could have easily copied the actual set designs in animation background paintings is puzzling. There are some other things that seem a little off as well, like a space station that looks slightly futuristic (certainly not possible by late 1960s technology, and there's no indication that there's been any significant passage of time since the end of the series) instead of something that looks like it would have credibly fit with live action series' prop and set designs. It's notable when comparing something like the new Bat-Rocket, which DOES look like it fits within the stylistic design of the late-1960s series. Mind you, I mean that the space station looks futuristic by current standards, not by the retro-futuristic design standards of late-1960s television -- it would have fit better with Star Trek: The Next Generation than with the original Star Trek TV series (and that was set a couple of hundred years in the future of 1966). In yet another scene, we have a brief appearance by the Bat-Copter, which does NOT look like the one introduced in the 1966 feature film (and subsequently seen in later TV episodes). Then later on, we see the Whirly-Bats, looking almost exactly as designed in the comics from the late 1950s to early 1960s. It almost seems like the animation design is waffling between being faithful to the original series, and taking their own flyer on original designs that don't fit consistently with the look and feel of the live action show.
Similarly, there's an inconsistency in the scoring of the film (by DC Animated Universe scoring veterans Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion, and Kristopher Carter of BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES, BATMAN BEYOND, SUPERMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES, JUSTICE LEAGUE, JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, etc. -- collectively known as Dynamic Music Partners). While the music itself is very good and professional, it waffles between being evocative of the original scoring sound design of Neal Hefti's theme, and the background music score of composers Nelson Riddle and Billy May (and when it hews in this direction, it's very good), but also seems to want to segue back and forth to the same kind of dramatic music score cues we're familiar with from previous DC Universe animated series and original features. Both groups of music cues are of the usual high standards of Dynamic Music Partners, but they don't feel homogeneous, as if they're all part of an organic whole. It may have been that the idea was to contrast "good guy" Batman '66 against "a Batman gone bad man", but the two parts don't mesh as 'dark by 1960s standard' music cues.
I'm left with a feeling that the producers of this feature were hedging their bets, as though they didn't feel confident that they could completely rely of an audience of viewers steeped in the nostalgia of the original TV show, and had to expand beyond that to try to overlap in some way with the audience of viewers traditionally expected for DC Original Animated Movies, trying to straddle the two camps (no pun intended). For those intimately familiar with the 1966 Batman TV series, there are many points and small details in the movie that seem jarring, and spoil the illusion.
Nevertheless, relatively speaking, this release represents a substantial improvement in quality over most WB/DC DTV releases of recent years (basically, every film they've released BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS). There is enough promise shown here that I wouldn't mind seeing Batman '66 turned into its own series of DTV features. Any of the various comics miniseries like Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet, Batman '66 Meets The Man Frpm U.N.C.L.E., or the upcoming Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 would seem ripe (assuming they could clear the rights for Hornet and U.N.C.L.E.) for an animated adaptation of the story, and an animated feature based on Wonder Woman '77 isn't a bad idea either. The one suggestion I would have is to get Jeff Parker, writer of the Batman '66 comic, involved in developing the animated features, and perhaps get comic artist Mike Allred to design character models, vehicles and props.
I hope they do another because this one was just too good!!!
Top reviews from other countries
It's great to experience West and Ward revisit their iconic versions of Batman and Robin, and this 50th anniversary film is a perfect offering. It blends laughs with action, and the nostalgia value alone is worth the price of the Blu-ray! There are a couple of short featurettes, featuring cast and crew reflecting on the making of this film. And the Blu-ray comes with three post-card sized art prints. For fans, both adults and children alike, of this lighthearted Dynamic Duo - who are ever-present to save Gotham City - I highly recommend this movie.
The voices of the supervillains were all pretty good imitations of the actors that played them at the time, especially the Joker who on one or two occasions could have actually been Cesar Romero.
All in all the story is very silly and self referential, including a few subtle digs at the naivete of the original show, but i was not as captivated by this as i had hoped to be.
It's a great follow on from the '66 series, and also manages to include some references to later incarnations of Batman in some moments.
Worth a watch for any fans of Batman.