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ICYMI | BATMAN The Animated Series Goes Hi-Def for Blu-ray Release

In Case You Missed It (that’s what the acronym ICYMI standa for) Warner Bros Animation kicked off the fall with the proper release of its award-winning BATMAN The Animated Serieson Blu-ray bringing the classic series into the 21st Century proper! The entire series in its HD presentation had been introduced as part of the launch of the DC Universe subscription service (check out DCUniverse.com), before the Blu-ray release.

Included with the Special Edition box set was also an accompanying redemption number for the entire Digital Download of the series. To the surprise of many fans when you redeemed the collection from VUDU you only accessed SD versions of every episode available from each of the 4 seasons. Fortunately WB and VUDUrealized the error and worked to fix the issue. Now all episodes are running in HD as well as the 2 bonus full-length features that were included with the box set.For any fan of DC this is among one of the best releases and each of the uprezzed episodes has never looked better! The Limited Series box set was extended with 2000 more made available, although the standard full box set is now also on the market.
Batman: The Animated Series Complete Box Set is now available through most retailers just in time for the holidays and the entire series in available in HD on Digital Download platforms including iTunes and VUDU.

iReview | BATMAN: Mystery of the Batwoman on Blu-ray

The Batman gets mixed up in a caper that reveals a new vigilante emerges from under the shadows of Gotham City’s skyscrapers with an agenda to take down the underworld operations whether the Caped Crusader likes it or not in the animated adventure BATMAN Mystery of the Batwoman.

Before she gets formally inducted into the Arrowverse during the upcoming new season of The CW hit live-action series’ much anticipated annual crossover event, Batwoman has had a storied existence that is almost as enduring as that of the Caped Crusaders. The character was introduced during the Silver Age of comics and brought into the Batman Family as an indicator to readers that Batman and his ward Robin, the Boy Wonder were not engaged in a homosexual relationship. Her active crime-fighting career was short lived.

Eventually she would be replaced by the resoundingly more popular Batgirl / Barbara Gordon who would continue with a significantly important role in DC Comics mythology through to the modern era, but it was in 2006 that the newest iteration of the character appeared on the scene and sent epic shockwaves throughout the fandom. Before Kate Kane’s reimagining in 2003, the celebrated Animated Adventures of The Batman continued a traditional of producing full-length episodes indulging audience demands.

Available in a hi-def presentation Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman reunites the talents from the Emmy®-Winning “Animated Adventures” including Kevin Conroy voicing the Dark Knight and leading an all-star cast that includes Hector Elizondo, Kyra Sedgwick, Kelly Ripa and David Ogden Stiers. Released in conjunction with the final episodes of The Animated Series run, the feature takes its lead and tone from that season’s much darker and more streamlined designs, though much of the art deco cityscapes are still extremely prevalent.

Who Is the Batwoman?

Unique in that Batwoman hadn’t yet been canonized for the new millennium and many fans were unaware of her origins, the mystery surrounding this silver-clad agent of vengeance is shrouded in secrecy. As Batman (Conroy) soon discovers there’s more to the Batwoman than meets the eye, and it’s up to him to learn the truth before she gets to her next target, or the Penguin cuts her down for good! With a story by Alan Burnett, Mystery of the Batwoman truly captures the endearing spirit of the much beloved Animated Series.

The third feature-length narrative inspired by The Animated Series, the film paved the way for the Dark Knight’s entry into the Justice League animated adventures that would soon follow. The Blu-ray itself comes with some engaging behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the film, including in-depth character bios and the dissection of a scene. Though it won’t give audiences insight into the upcoming player on the Gotham City rooftops that will be joining the Green Arrow and The Flash, it’s still a great introduction for the uninitiated.

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman in available now on Blu-ray and Digital Download from Warner Bros. Animation and is directed by Curt Geda with a story from Alan Burnett.


iReview | Batman & Mr. Freeze SUBZERO

A classic chapter from the Emmy-Winning BATMAN Animated Series adventures reveals a feature-length tale that puts one of the Caped Crusader’s most complicated villains in the spotlight!

One of the best things that came out of the release of the 1989 blockbuster motion picture Batman directed by Tim Burton was the winning animated series that inspired a darkly more interesting take of the Dark Knight. Batman: The Animated Series could have played in primetime and benefitted from the success of its big screen counterpart to also carve its own path and introduced a very colorful cadre of super villains that challenged the Caped Crusader in all new ways. Featuring the voice talent of Kevin Conroy, Batman was vengeance!

The unlikely pairing of Batman & Mr. Freeze on the “Subzero” actually delivers one of the most compelling adventures in the Caped Crusaders animated arsenal.

Among all those very complex characters in the Batman’s rogues gallery that translated so beautifully to the medium, none was more interesting than Mr. Freeze (voiced by Michael Ansera) who was always the most tragic of figures. Victor Fries is motivated by the love of his life, his wife Nora has succumb to a fatal affliction, and in his haste to keep her preserved using cryogenics, Fries ends up becoming a victim of his own science, the frigidly frightening Mr. Freeze! When the feature-length Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero begins Fries has exiled himself away from Gotham.

As is often the case (and can ruin anyone’s day) a nuclear submarine on a research mission accidentally penetrates Fries’ hidden lair where the scientist is living happily while tending to his wife’s frozen body, and hopefully — for the crew of the sub — puts Nora in jeopardy! Victor must act quickly, and kidnaps Batgirl the only compatible candidate for an organ transplant that can save Nora’s wife! It’s up to Batman and Robin to rescue Barbara Gordon who becomes determined to save Nora and Mr. Freeze from himself.

On Blu-ray

Following on the success of the premiere release of Mask of the Phantasm on Bu-ray, Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero was a properly positioned sequel to that film’s success that went straight to video and was supported within the continuity of the Batman: Animated Series. Up-rezzed for hi-def presentation on Blu-ray, the animation translates beautifully and is truly a feast for the senses. The series itself has always had a stylized look that revitalized the art deco shine of the grit popularized in the live-action film’s design.

Subzero looks wonderful in this freshly minted hi-def presentation that will delight diehard fans and includes bonus episodes that elaborate on The Saga of Mr. Freeze with episodes from the animated series including the epilogue that appeared in Batman Beyond. It’s a complete package; the only thing missing would have been a Digital HD download copy so that you can take the action with you anywhere.

Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero is available now on Blu-ray.