Batman: The Killing Joke [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray/DVD] [Eng/Fre/Spa] [2016]

  • SKU: 5259600
  • Release Date: 08/02/2016
  • Rating: R
  • 4.2 (885)
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The most overhyped DC animated film Posted by: from: on The Killing Joke is based on one of the most iconic Batman comics ever. So when it was announced that they were making this comic a film, people were excited. Unfortunately, this movie is just okay. The beginning is an original by Bruce Timm and follows batgirl as she tries to capture a sociopathic criminal. The prologue tries too much to make as much an impact as the Killing Joke. And there are so many creative decisions that just don't work. Such as Batgirls obsession with Batman (which is creepier in the film). However when the film finally gets to the comic that inspired it, it gets good. The prologue tried to get you to care about Batgirl a moment later can shock you even more. However it takes away from The Joker himself who is supposed to be the main focus of it. The cast is all fine here, however it's hamill that steals the show. If you're interested in purchasing it or even just watching it, just skip maybe 30 minutes or so to actually get to the killing joke. It is much much better.

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The Joker's day in the sun falls flat. Posted by: from: on The Killing Joke is often considered to be one of the best Batman stories of all time, and THE best Joker story of all time. Naturally this animated adaptation was highly anticipated by fans of the graphic novel. Unfortunately, the actual film is a disappointment. The animation feels like stiff and unfinished flash animation, and the film adds a 40 minute prologue to the story that feels like an episode of Desperate Housewives with Batgirl. The intro is boring, tedious, butchers the character of Batgiirl and features a shockingly unnecessary and completely uncomfortable love making scene between Batman and Batgirl that feels like something out of a parody on Robot Chicken. Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy do give it their absolute all as Joker and Batman, but you can just look up those iconic scenes from the book on the Internet. It's not awful, but it feels like little effort was put in, and all the best parts are lifted straight from the Comic. You'd be better off reading that instead.

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Good and Bad Posted by: from: on Batman: The Killing Joke is one of the great Batman graphic novels of all time. The animated adaptation of this seminal story is... both good and bad. The bad is pretty bad but the good is pretty darn good. The bad comes from the prologue -- to pad this 48-page story out into a full-length animated movie, a new prologue was written to flesh out Barbara Gordon/Batgirl's character. A nice idea in theory, but here's the problem... this isn't a Batgirl story. This is a Batman story; this is about Batman and his relationship with the Joker. Adding on extra with Batgirl seems out of place. Yes, the theme of being too wrapped up with ones adversaries certainly echoes into the main tale, but ultimately it feels tacked on, as does the brief epilogue. However, the main story is a faithful adaptation of the graphic novel, and it is incredibly gripping and entertaining. The animation is good, but not great. Though extra care is taken with the Joker to make him look more like Dave Gibbon's pencils. For Batman fans, it's definitely worth watching, though understand you will have to take the good with the bad.

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Not your usual Batman movie! Posted by: from: Boston, MA on Let me start by saying that I have seen every Batman movie on Blu Ray available. This one left me a little bit disappointed. The first half was okay but the the second half was better. I have been waiting for this movie to come out for a very long time, after reading the book, which I highly recommend. The graphics were great and the character voices were great, especially Mark Hamill as joker. It was rated R for a good reason; swearing, violence, and certain situations. Definitely not a movie for kids. it was great to finally see Batman laugh. If you really, really like Batman and the DC world then you should buy this film, especially if you collect them. If you just like the Batman motion pictures, then maybe this is not the best movie for you to buy. The special features were good. I repeat, this is not a movie you want to show your younger kids, it is rated R for a good reason.

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The movie was ok Posted by: from: on The movie was ok, but I didn't like four things in it. I'm not much of a singing-in-the-movie type, so I could've done without that one song. Then, there's the messed up scene on the roof with Batgirl that's truly confusing, and then there's the puzzling ending of the movie. That ending was like, someone letting you watch a movie, but stopping it like 20mins before the end. What happened next?? ...And at what point is it ok for 'BATMAN' to laugh?? I mean, didn't his close friend just get kidnapped & striped nude, and was shown nude pictures of his daughter?? Did he forget what happened to Batgirl?? But yet when Joker told Batman a joke, he laughed so good that he had to put his hand on Jokers shoulder. Maybe its just me, but if you're dressed as a character who you want villians to fear, seems like the worst thing you could do is to humanize that character by laughing. And yeah, I know its just an animated movie, but DC is known for how good all their animated movies are. To me, they are held at a high standard when it comes to those types of movies, because DC has Marvel beat when it comes to that.

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Great entertainment! Posted by: from: on Really enjoyed the return of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their roles as Batman and the Joker! Classic Batman tale done well and has been long overdue in the animated style!

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Joker's origin story Posted by: from: phoenix on This movie brings the classic graphic novel to your screen. One of the best Joker stories ever created. Joker is voiced by the one and only Mark Hamil and Batman by Kevin Conroy just like they were in the 90's animated Batman series! The producers added a little extra to this story by throwing in a sort of prologue short that features Barbara Gordon/Batgirl. I didn't find it necessary but I guess it may have been added to fill in a bit of a back story for one particular but very intense event that happens in the story later. Great movie but parents should keep in mind that it is rated R so be sure to view it first and decide for yourself if the kids should watch it.

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Batgirl: S** and the City Posted by: from: on As the Summary says, the first half is basically a Batgirl film. It has nothing to do with the title of he movie. The first 40 minutes it's all about Batgirl, and her relationship with Bats. Basically to get you more emotionally into the story and what you think Batman does at the end. Which is up to interpretation. The timeline is set in 2016 which makes Jokers origin more confusing because they kept it in the late 30s, early 40s? Which would make him and Batman really old in 2016. They should of just stuck with the timeline 100% from the comic. The first half is completely different than the second, making you feel like you're watching two different short movies

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A Story Better Appreciated On The Page Posted by: from: queens, ny on The (mostly) beloved Batman story by Alan Moore seemed to lose some of it's luster in animated film form. The lure of seeing a classic tale from the Dark Knight's grim n' gritty era brought to 'life' with the definitive voice actors for the animated Batman (Kevin Conroy), and the Joker (Mark Hamil)- done with an 'R' rating no less- seemed irressistable. But the finished product somehow seemed unfinished, and in spite of some additional (and controversial) additional subplot/subtext, paled in comparison to the standalone graphic novel original. Good for Bat-fan completists, and maybe people who had never read the original.

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Almost Perfect Posted by: from: Greenville, TX on The comic book source material for this story is one of the greatest ever printed. This animated adaptation is also excellent but not perfect. The extended Batgirl storyline is appropriate, but one particular decision between her and Batman is jarring and negatively impacts the overall story. I also feel like the missing arrival of the cops and how the comic portrays what it appears Batman is about to do at the end of the comic story changes things... read the comic and see the film to decide. It's still awesome and definitely worthy of anyone's time who wants to see a definitive look at the Joker character.

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