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Batman: Assault on Arkham [Blu-ray] [2014]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (988 out of 1013)

    Special Features


    • Exclusively on Blu-ray
    • Arkham analyzed: The secrets behind the asylum featurette
    • Batman: Assault on arkham commentary
    • Plus: a sneak peek at DC Universe's next animated movie: Justice league: Throne of atlantis
    • The joker's queen - Harley quinn featurette
    • From the DC comics vault - 4 bonus cartoons

    Synopsis


    Batman: Assault on Arkham
    Batman (voice of Kevin Conroy) does battle with a rogue's gallery of his most formidable enemies in this DC Comics adventure set in the Arkham universe. Batman has defeated The Riddler (voice of Kevin Conroy) yet again, but when a vital piece of evidence is discovered to be hidden in Arkham Asylum, the Suicide Squad descends upon the notorious sanitarium. Now, with Deadshot (voice of Neil McDonough), Harley Quinn (voice of Hynden Walch), Killer Frost (voice of Jennifer Hale), Captain Boomerang (voice of Greg Ellis), King Shark (voice of John DiMaggio), and Black Spider (voice of Giancarlo Esposito) all teaming up against him, Batman prepares for the fight of his life. Later, when The Joker (voice of Troy Baker) shows up, all hell threatens to break loose. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Kevin Conroy
      Kevin Conroy - Batman
    • Neal McDonough
      Neal McDonough - Deadshot
    • Hynden Walch
      Hynden Walch - Harley Quinn
    • Matthew Gray Gubler
      Matthew Gray Gubler - Riddler



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1013 reviews

    98%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Most adult DCU movie, but very well done.

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      aszsith
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      Batman Assault on Arkham isn't really a Batman story. Batman plays a supporting role behind other Bat-verse characters in this film set in the Arkham universe. While loosely based on the games, the plot has little to do with the direct inspiration. The Suicide Squad is tasked with breaking into Arkham to obtain an item for Amanda Waller. Batman enters the mix as well in an cross over plot involving Riddler, The Joker, and a bomb. The voice cast for the most part is familiar territory for anyone versed in the DCU animated films or the Arkham games. Conroy once again plays The Dark Knight, Troy Baker does his Mark Hamill impression as The Joker, and CCH Pounder reprises her role as the imposing Amanda Waller. Harley is fantastic, and while not played by series regular Arlene Sorkin, I honestly didn't even notice unit the final credits. One thing to mention here is this film continues the recent trend of DCU animated films being more adult in content. JL: Flashpoint was violent, JL: War involved adult themes and innuendo, and Son of Batman featured blood and killing. Batman Assault on Arkham includes all of those things as well as partial nudity, a love scene, bad language, murder, and blood. It is actually quite violent. It's nothing more than you would see on extended cable, but definitely not for small children. Visually, the film is firing on all cylinders. The animation is smooth and the action sequences are well framed. The choice of the art team to include specific locations from the game series as well as some little easter eggs just add further fun to the film for fans of the series. Batman Assault on Arkham is the best DCU animated film in a while. That being said, this one is not for smaller children despite featuring a beloved character. The content is simply just a little too adult for anyone younger than a teenager.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie!! Could've been rated NC-17

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      DemonGodKing
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      In my opinion, Assault on Arkham is the best Batman animated movie released. This movie had almost everything that any true Batman fan would want to see in any Batman movie, real and/or animated. There was lots of action, graphic violence, humor/comedy, very partial nudity, great story, and a lot of villains. Speaking of villians, there were a few nice cameos of Batman's more well-known villians, but the movie was more about the lesser-known DCU villians. Assault on Arkham would probably not have been as good of a feature film if it were not for the villians. I believe this movie could have been a stand alone DCU animated movie. This movie really didn't need to be apart of the plethora of Batman animated movies. I understand that attaching Batman's name to this movie will entice the casual Batman fan and parents of children, who's children love Batman, to buy this movie. I get it, great marketing strategy. I personally believe DC should take a chance at making a few Suicide Squad/Task Force X feature length animated movies. There are alot of unknown DCU villians, with very interesting personalities, that can be used in these movies. After all, they are expendable, according to Amanda Waller. Anyway, I'm going to have to wrap this up, I didn't want my first review, ever, to be an essay. My apologies to all who have read thus far. Btw, the only problem that I had with the movie was the "timing" of Harley Quinn's jokes/punch lines. A lot of her comedic moments lost humor because the delivery of her lines were a second or two...off. It's like, if she would have said "that" quicker, it would have been funnier. I know, I know...I'm nit-picking. I hope my review was informative for all.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A wild suicide squad adventure

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      First of all, this is a Suicide Squad movie more so than just a Batman film. Don't expect a ton of Batman or Bruce Wayne with his dark brooding and internal monologues. So know that going into it. With that said, the Suicide Squad is hot right now thanks to their blockbuster film and I feel this animated flick does them justice. In fact, I really enjoyed this movie. It encapsulates a single adventure where the gang is rounded up by Amanda Waller and sent to infiltrate Arkham Asylum with the Riddler being the ultimate mark. Twists and turns abound and there's a ton of suspense around just about every corner. Harley Quinn and Deadshot are heavily featured, so if you're a fan of them, you'll certainly be pleased. There's a simultaneous story taking place between Batman and the Joker which plays a big role in the eventuality of the film. The parts are well acted and the animation is really good too. I purchased this and the Killing Joke animated film at the same time and I have to say I really enjoyed Assault on Arkham the most out of the two. Probably because this film presented a brand new story and I enjoy the kinds of movies like this one that chronicle a one day adventure. Suicide Squad, Harley, Deadshot, Joker, Batman, or even a Killer Frost fan? You'll love this film. KGBeast fan? Well, maybe not. But get it anyway and have an hour-and-a-half of Suicide Squad style fun.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Time to root for the bad guys.

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      David2
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      Although this direct-to-video movie was designed to take place in the "Batman: Arkham" game franchise, the story can also double as a standalone video for those not familiar with the game. The twist on this video is that Batman is not the central character here... the villains are. The bad guys, an eclectic collection of supervillains, are recruited by the notorious government mastermind Amanda Waller as part of a super-secret "Suicide Squad" for a special mission... to break into the infamous Arkham Asylum and retrieve an item Waller deemed important. But as with all government "black ops" missions, there are always plans within plans. And what happens when "you know who" finds out what's going on? And I don't mean Batman! The story is good and the animation quality is equally good. The only problem I had was with the music volume. In some instances, the music volume was so loud that it overwhelmed the dialogue. At times I wanted to turn on the closed captioning just so I could see what was being said over the techno beat. If you're a Batman fanatic, you're going to get disappointed by this video because your number one hero is not the center of this story. Also, some of the content is clearly designed more for the adult fan than for the kids, so parents should be cautious about getting this. Still, this is certainly a video I'd recommend to people who like good DC animation movies.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Another Great Baragin Buy

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      DDunnDatBoi
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      DC animated movies almost never fail to please me and Batman: Assault on Arkham, directed by Jay Oliva and Ethan Spaulding, portrays criminals with a vicious and sexy attitude. With almost all the same voice actors from the Batman Arkham series including Kevin Conroy, Oliva and Spaulding take the Batman animated movies into Arkham Asylum just as portrayed in the Arkham video games series. In my opinion, it's about time Warner Brothers created a Batman animated movie based on the atmosphere of the Arkham games as it is so popular with the fans. Interestingly enough, this movie focuses more on a criminal special task force created by Amanda Waller, who also created the Suicide Squad, rather than Batman; however, there was still enough of Batman to satisfy our Dark Knight needs especially when the voice is Kevin Conroy. What surprised me the most was Troy Baker as the voice of the Joker. Though he has been the voice of Joker before, I almost thought it was Mark Hamill until I looked up the cast. With that in mind, Baker's acting inspires me with high hopes for the Jokers future. Overall, this Batman animated movie had a sexy, trilling, attitude which was packed full of lethal action that would please any Batman fan. A perfect 10!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Pretty Good Suicide Squad Movie, not for kids.

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      jediprince
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      This is a Suicide Squad animated movie. This movie is based on the Batman: Arkham video game series. In this particular packaging I only received the Bluray, NO dvd or UV Digital Copy, but I did get $8 towards B vs S movie. This Movie is PG-13 for a good reason some cursing, violence, and adult content...really not for kids at all. Batman is in the movie and shows up a little bit to move the story along but he's not the main focus in the film. Kevin Conroy voices Batman, his character action sequences are real good. Amanda Waller recruits villains for a Task Force X/Suicide Squad mission into Arkham. It's definitely worth checking out it's done well. The pacing of the story is good and doesn't drag at all. The original squad consists of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, King Shark, Killer Frost, Black Spider, & Captain Boomerang. There are 4 episodes from the DC Vault on this Bluray: Justice League: Task Force X, Young Justice: Infiltrator, Batman The Brave and The Bold: Emperor Joker, The Batman: Two of a Kind. All very good episodes, entertaining and enjoyable.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Another entertaining DC animated movie.

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      Rain
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      This movie follows the Suicide Squad. A group of criminals forced to do impossible missions for a secret goverment group. Their mission is to infiltrate Arkham Asylum. The characters are a lot of fun to watch, the jokes were funny, the animation is top notch, and the plot doesn't waste any time in getting started. However this movie isn't perfect. Batman really shouldn't have been in this movie. His presence causes the plot to become unfocused to the point that the Suicide Squad's mission kinda fizzles out with no real payoff. Also Batman does a couple of anti-batman things in the movie. There is also a small twist in the story that will do nothing but insult your intelligence. I know by the sounds of this you might think this review should be 2 or 3 stars, but I was genuinely entertained by this movie with its strong first and second act, it's the third act that really held this movie from greatness. One last thing, this movie is not at all for kids. The content of this movie is of R rating, but with deliberate camera angles that conveniently keeps you from seeing the blood and nudity they skated by with a pg-13.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very entertaining, original Batman movie

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      GChang
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      This movie is terrific! In this animated work, the villains are the focus even more so than the Dark Knight. Nevertheless, I highly recommend it for people who are fans of the highly rated Batman: Arkham video game series and those who are Batman fans in general. Loyal fans will surely recognize certain characters, themes, and other plot elements featured in various DC projects. The voice actors performed their parts well, especially Kevin Conroy and Troy Baker. In short, this movie delivers intense action and an original plot. Unfortunately, the movie is not perfect. First, Batman could have used more screen time. On another point, the movie pushes its limits to where it almost warrants an R-rating. The violence was rather gruesome at times, the nudity was borderline graphic, and inappropriate language permeated several scenes. Although the movie has its weak points, it still testifies to the creativity of DC animation writers and to the precious time and effort they put in to making this project.

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