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The legendary caped crusader is back in the Emmy Award-winning BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES. During the day, mild-mannered millionaire Bruce Wayne seems like an average--albeit wealthy--Gotham City resident, but at night, when the crime comes out, so does his alter-ego. With the help of his trusty sidekick Robin, Batman combats the evil forces that are constantly threatening to overpower Gotham City, including classic villains such as Penguin, Joker, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and more. Airing from 1992-1995, this animated BATMAN is acclaimed for remaining true to the original comic book's dark tone while introducing new and exciting storylines and characters. This first volume includes 28 action-packed episodes.

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  • Edition: 4-Disc Set
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 085393189624

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Genre:Action/Adventure, Television
Format:DVD
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Created: 10/23/08

The best merchandise-driven show of my youth

The 4 DVD set contains the first 28 episodes of the series. This being one of my favorite childhood shows, I submitted it to the nostalgia vs actual quality test; sure, I liked to collect the action figures, but does the content of the show still hold up to my present standards?

So does it? That will be subjective depending on the watcher, but chances are if you are looking to buy this you have either seen the series on TV or are already a Batman fan. While I am not going to review each individual episode here, I must say that there is a fair share of great episodes. Some highlights for me were "Heart of Ice", "Two-Face" and "Feat of Clay", all episodes that retell the origin of villains while playing like Greek tragedies.

In fact this has been said ad nauseam in other reviews but will reiterate here: As with the Burton films, some of the episodes focus closely on the villains, especially their back-stories and motivations. I feel compelled to mention the episode "Mad as a Hatter", which takes one of the most pathetic villains from Batman's rogues gallery and has him turn to evil because of unrequited love. The man is still crazy but, hey, anyone who has ever been turned down for a date (I.E. most of us) can probably relate (to an extent) to the poor guy.

Speaking of the Burton films, the series in itself could be considered a spiritual successor of sorts to Tim Burton's vision: The gothic, art-deco Gotham and the Danny Elfman theme were taken directly from the 1989 Batman. There are also subtler aesthetic and storyline references to the films, such as "Jack Napier" being the Joker's real name, Selina Kyle being blonde as a homage to Michelle Pfeiffer and Harvey Dent being black (Okay, more "tan" than black, but this probably references Billy Dee Williams in the role). Being that Batman is a very, very long running series and thus condemned to continually reference itself, even today's fans will find some similarities with the Nolan films; I was amused when Bruce Wayne organized a fundraiser for the campaign of district attorney Harvey Dent in "Two-Face". Too bad Mark Hamill's great, great Joker didn't crash that party.

Another strong point of the series is that it is actually about Batman. Some of the episodes ("Forgotten", "Appointment in Crime Alley") seemed to have weaker villains so we could explore Batman's few relationships and see a bit of the Dark Knight's psyche, what makes him tick, what he fears. Kevin Conroy's voice work also contributed greatly to the emotional depth of the character.

Picture quality is great for an early 1990's series, I noticed some small "spots" flash onto the screen at times; I don't know if these are intentional or imperfections in the original tapes, but I find they add to the aged, gritty feel of the show.

I can't really tell much about the sound as I watched the DVDs on a bare-bones TV (just like when I was a kid!). I noticed no background noise or distortions. There are audio tracks in English, Spanish and French (the French dub is pretty good, I don't know Spanish unfortunately), and subtitles for all three.

Special features contain two featurettes as well as the original pilot for the show (which actually only lasts a few minutes, but it's still fun to watch). There is also a commentary track on 2 episodes

All in all the series has passed the test of time with flying (albeit dark) colors. The mature themes and adult plots make for a quality show that is still enjoyable to watch.

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Created: 12/01/06

No Joker Here, Batman DVDs are the Real Deal

As a child one has to have heroes to cheer for. No one quite knows the reasons why but every kid selects someone to model their own lives after. For me this was Batman. A intellient, tough crime fighter who took his own lose and turned it around to save other people from having to share in the pain. I watched "Batman the Animated Series" on television every chance I got so I could see my hero in action. Now after purchasing "Batman the Animated Series: Volume One", I can see the Dark Knight anytime I what!
The first installment of the four volume series has the first twenty-eight episodes on four disks. There are also special features to be had on two of the four disks. What seperates this series from other cartoons of the time is the intense work on the storylines and voice-acting that other shows deemed 'unimportant'. The producers also added darker and sad backgrounds to otherwise gimic villians such as Mr. Freeze and Clayface. The show is created with bringing Batman back to the public's eyes and making him an even bigger star than he already is.
All four disks are in the best of shape and with a touch of carefulness will last for years. The quialty is outstanding and features interesting. This collection is the king of the mountain and a must have for any fan of the Batman or DC Comic superheroes. Much like myself.

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Created: 12/17/07

Beware The Grey Ghost

"Beware The Grey Ghost" (Episode #18) is featured on Volume One of Batman: The Animated Series (DC Comics Classic Collection) (1992) DVD.

After a series of unexplained yet blatant acts of arson, The Dark Knight awakes with memories of a television program that "he and his father" would stay up and watch during his youth--The Grey Ghost.

The following morning as Bruce Wayne, The Batman investigates this lead and enlists the assistance of a reluctant Simon Trent--who was the fictional actor that played The Grey Ghost (voiced by Adam West). With Trent's help, The Batman discovers that an episode of The Grey Ghost (entitled "The Mad Bomber") bore uncanny similarities to the Gotham City arsonist.

From there, the clues begin to fall into place and lead the duo of Batman and Trent (now clad in his Grey Ghost costume) straight to their adversary (voiced by Batman: The Animated Series creator Bruce Timm), whom they eventually bring to justice.

This is one episode of Batman: The Animated Series that I can never get tired of watching as it not only gives fans a glimpse of Bruce Wayne's childhood, but also reveals a more human side to The Dark Knight.

Yes. Even The Batman had his idols.

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Created: 01/08/07

The Beginning

This set of DVDs os the perfect addition to any Batman collection. Whether you are a true hard core fan of Batman or just like the movies and saw the TV shows occassionally you can enjoy this series comepletely. The developers of this show were very good at explaining storylines so the casual viewer would not get lost while they stayed mostly true to the comic versions of Batman for the more Die-Hard fans. Either way this seies will have you remembering the reason you rushed home after school everyday and also give you an oppertunity to share it with the little Batman fans of the future. This cartoon was so well done it seems to be almost timeless.

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Created: 01/12/07

BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES THIS TAKES YOU BACK!!!!!!!

WHEN I FIRST FOUND OUT THIS THAT THIS CAME OUT ON DVD I WENT TO GET IT THIS TAKES ME BACK.I REMEMBER WHEN THIS SERIES FIRST CAME ON THE AIR BACK ON SEPTEMBER 1,1992 I THINK IT WAS ON AT 4:00 PM EVERY AFTERNOON I TAPED ALL THE EPISODES ON VHS IN EP MODE THE QUALITY NOW IS HORRIBLE I HAD A MONO VCR.BUT NOW AMAZING I CANT BELIEVE HOW GOOD IT LOOKS IF YOU LOVED THIS SERIES THEN GO GET IT THIS IS SO COOL THIS IS THE ONLY BATMAN SERIES THAT I LIKED THE ANIMATION WAS NOT THAT GREAT BUT THE COLOR PALETTE IS QUITE DARK WHICH AGAIN ONLY MAKES IT MORE INTERESTING.

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