The New Adventures of Batman DVD: My Review!! Jul 2, 2007 12:42:38 GMT -5
Post by filmationbatmanfan on Jul 2, 2007 12:42:38 GMT -5
Since Matt has posted the official DVD review on the review page, I thought I would post my review here. I truly consider myself to be the all time biggest fan of this particular Batman series. If there's anyone bigger, I don't mind meeting you as long as there are others.
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BATMAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD
All 16 episodes are complete and uncut and the quality is superb. If anyone has recorded these episodes off WB network back in 2001, the quality outmatches even what was on TV. After watching the entire thing this weekend, it was a wonderful experience to chuck away my recordings and replace them with this set on my Bat DVD shelf. No TV logos are at the bottom and the picture is absolutely perfect and no announcer boy talking over the closing credits. The sound is in mono but still good. There is only one extra feature on this set. The featurette is not called Light VS Dark: Filmation and the Batman. Instead, it is called "The Dark Knight Revisited". Half of the featurette talked about how Batman was portrayed in the comics during the 50's and 60's and the direction he was taking in the 70's and how this Filmation series went the opposite direction. Other than the president of WB Animation, interviews are done with Paul Dini and surprisingly, Mark Hamill. Also interviewed are artist Michael Swanigan and Filmation founder Lou Scheimer. Now for the bad news. It was originally advertised that Michael Swanigan and Lou Scheimer were due to make a couple of audio commentaries on a couple of episodes, but there are no episode commentaries on here. I also wished they could have interviewed Adam West and Burt Ward but it was not to be.
On the trailers, they have DVD previews for Space Ghost and Birdman, but surprisingly, not the Filmation Superman and Batman. Only "The Batman" and the Teen Titans third seasons are there. The back on the second disc with the extra feature also contains a sneak preview into the DC Direct To DVD movie, Superman/Doomsday.
One final note, the episode chronology is a little off. Curses! Oiled Again is on disc two between Dead Ringers and Birds of a Feather as opposed to following the Bermuda Rectangle. But this is no big deal. I highly suggest that any BatFan who loves the Adam West series or interpretation get this DVD.
The only negative review I have to give is the artwork. The only place where you'll see the Filmation designs are on the back of the inner case. The inside where the discs are shows Batman and Robin swinging over the rooftops of Gotham City, but's the Alex Toth versions from the SuperFriends. I always wondered why the Filmation models were off limits in terms of photographs. The only things not on the DVD are the commercial tags and the preview to part 2 of Have a Evil Day at the tail end of part 1.
The New Adventures of Batman DVD is an excellent DVD set and a great show for your kids, especially the young ones.