The Batman: Training for Power Season 1, Vol. 1
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Batman, The: Training for Power - Season 1 Vol. 1 (DVD)
Three episodes from the all-new The Batman animated TV series available for the first time on DVD. Episode Synopses: 1) The Bat in the Belfry: The Batman finds himself dealing with a new breed of criminal when the Joker takes over Arkham Asylum, then plans to fly a hot air balloon filled with Joker Gas, a toxin which leaves its victims in a strange "rictus" state, and pop its contents all over Gotham! 2) Traction: The Batman faces off with masked criminal Bane, and once Bane's Chemical steroid-infusion is activated, Batman finds himself outmatched in the Brute strength department. 3) Call of the Cobblepot: Ozzy Cobblepot, aka Penquin, has delusions of rebuilding the last cobblepot fortune, via high-flying robberies employing various trained birds. Unaware of Cobblepot's criminal plans, Alfred finds himself in the run-down and decrepit Cobble pot mansion where he is ensnared by Ozzy. Now, Penguin will let his hungry birds feast upon Alfred, unless The Batman can rescue him in time.]]>
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : WHV68652DVD
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 5 hours and 38 minutes
- Release date : April 10, 2007
- Actors : Rino Romano, Kevin Michael Richardson, Alistair Duncan, Steve Harris, Tom Kenny
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : Duane Capizzi, Alan Burnett
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B0007XG266
- Number of discs : 1
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This stars, well, no one most have ever heard of!! LOL!!! Anyway,
while the main actors are unknowns, this does have some pretty
good actors in it guest starring: the original Batman - Adam West, Ron Perlman
(Hellboy), Robert Englund(Freddy in the Nightmare On Elm Street
movies), Frank Gorshin(The original Riddler), Louis Gossett Jr.
(An Officer And A Gentleman, Roots), Jerry O'Connell(Sliders), Kevin Conroy(The original
animated voice of Batman!), Mark Hamill(Star Wars) & Brooke
Gone are Robin, Batgirl & Commissioner Gordon!! And I'm not
impressed by the two cops that hound Batman/Bruce Wayne,
one being a friend of Bruce's, and the other with an apparent
ax to grind!! At least they kept Alfred, although I'm not real
impressed with they way they are representing him here.
Batman has a device that tells him when there's trouble in
Gotham, but no explanation of who's sending him the
One more thing, I'm not really crazy with the artwork in this!!
It almost looks like it was made for really young children, but
the stories and the violence are not really for the young!!
You may think with all this negativeness that I didn't like the
series. Not true, it's quite enjoyable, and well worth a watch.
And for those which find this important, there is closed captioning! RP
I watched 2 episodes with him and he was bouncing off the walls he was so happy. The picture was nearly as good as the Blu-Rays I've bought for myself. Sound was great as well. And the price INCLUDING S/H was **UNDER** $10. You just can't beat that with a stick!!!!!
His mom has called and thanked us - apparently he watches as least one episode a night after supper. I guess I will have to buy him the rest of the series for his birthday this summer.
I would rate this a very good 8.75 to 9.25 out of 10 - nearly any young child will like this and many older adults (you know who you are!) will have fond memories of this 1960's show!. Highly recommended!!!
Now we have to explain.
If it's for kids, and it is, it's surprising that Robin doesn't show up until much later in the series. This means that Batman has to be more kid-friendly, thus there is a lot more action than the dark and gritty Batman of the 90's series.
As far as standards - the story lines suffer in depth. This also a Gotham mostly without guns. In fact, the police force carries around these laser-gun looking things instead of the old revolvers that were okay in the 90's for animated cops to carry around.
Batman has new gadgets, and the villains are sillier in their "crimes" and even worse in their puns.
Still, it's a Batman for a new set of kids and he doesn't disappoint.
The story and pacing is a little more intense because Batman is fighting not only the villains but also the cops as they chase him through the streets of Gotham. Great animation and great voice acting. I highly recommend this series!
Top reviews from other countries
Not as dark as btas. But perfect for younger kids
When I first saw it, I saw them all in black and white.Colour sets were expensive,and the very few colour ones I saw in my neigbourhood at that time, had terrible colours,as they all seemed to have a green hue over everything,not like the clarity we enjoy as a given today.So you can imagine my amazement when I stick the first disc into the player and out comes a product I originally saw in B&W and grainy(we had TV antenna's not cable) to this,so clear and crisp it looks like it was filmed just yesterday.There is a bit of graininess of course,to be expected considering its age,but holy DVD Batman,what a pleasant surprise.
Now,along with seeing it as a young teenager,I could get the humour and double entendre's, but basically I was viewing it more or less as a serious series.It has so many layers to it,and those layers/levels I NOW enjoy as an an adult.The humour weaves through everything, along with a ton of life lessons(tongue in cheek,of course) ,and some ultra smart dialogue,along with those double entendre's I mentioned earlier.It's a veritable smorgasbord of tastes for everyone's palate,no matter how old you may be.As I said I got the light heartedness of it all,yet seriousness when I was young,but now it all comes together.I can see it now in its entirety,and I must say it is delightful.Some say camp,I say smart...period.And one has to look at Adam West's titular role as close to flawless in execution.I cannot imagine anyone else in the role.His phrasing of a line,with frequent hesitations(reminding me of William Shatner on Star Trek) is delightful.And Burt Ward as his faithful sidekick, always coming out with the line"Holy..."something or rather,which more often than not were funnier than all get out,considering the circumstances of the moment.
And who can forget those wall climbs with celebrity guests popping out of a window?Jerry Lewis was the first.And they went on to have many high profile stars do this.If this was not the hit it was,as many claim,what could have attracted them to appear at all? Rowan and Martin's Laugh In went on to have many a star and cast member pop out of windows/walls during their shows,and I have often wondered whether Batman was the influence.
Then we have the stalwart cast members:Alan Napier as Alfred the butler,Neil Hamilton as Commissioner Gordon,Stafford Repp as Chief O'Hara("begorah"), and Madge Blake as Aunt Harriet.Veterans all,these guys,like the two leads,played all their parts straight down the line,which is what all good comedy is supposed to do.That is one of the most important and appealing aspects of the show, as comedy,good comedy, is indeed a serious business.
Last but not least are the villains,and what an absolute wonderful cadre of criminals these folks were.Comedian Frank Gorshin who just chewed the scenery up with his portrayal;Burgess Meredith who also went a long way in almost upstaging the dynamic duo;one of my absolute faves Victor Buono as King Tut,what an actor;who can forget Caesar Romero as the Joker,and that painted over mustache of his?,and Julie Newmar makes her first appearance as Catwoman,who brought sexiness to the show in spades.Other foils for the caped crusaders were less than inspiring,folks like David Wayne as The Mad Hatter,Roddy McDowell as the Bookworm,Malachi Throne as False Face,Anne Baxter as Zelda the Great and George Sanders as Mr.Freeze.I left Mr Freeze until last because they switched him up three times which pee'od me to no end.As they would later do with the Riddler(twice), but that's for another season.
All in all what a delightful blast from the past and in glorious living colour,beautifully remastered after TOO long a wait.I think many folks today won't get it,like we did having grown up with it,because there are many jokes and many of the on screen personalities that have long past and would be unknown to generations now.The show was of its time,but at the same time well ahead of it.I enjoyed it immensely(in the past and now) and look forward to future seasons.To the bat cave.