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Batman: The Animated Series - The Legend Begins [DVD]

  • SKU: 18661387
  • Release Date: 07/27/2010
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    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (228 out of 233)

    Cast & Crew


    • Kevin Conroy - Bruce Wayne/Batman
    • Loren Lester - Richard `Dick' Grayson/Robin
    • Efrem Zimbalist Jr. - Alfred Pennyworth
    • Bob Hastings - Commissioner Gordon
    • Melissa Gilbert - Barbara Gordon/Batgirl




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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 233 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A great Batman film

      Posted
      BasilioBoy777
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      I just took a look at the 2010 DC animated film, Batman: Under the Red Hood, to see if it still held water after a few years, and stands with the rest of the DC animated film line. I must say, I think it still holds up pretty good. Most of why this film works is because of the creative team. It was directed by Brandon Vietti, who has done a lot of previous Batman work. Moreover, the screenplay was written by Judd Winick, who also wrote the comic book storyline that this film is itbased on, called Batman: Under the Hood, which ran in the Batman series back in 2005. Years after the death of his sidekick, Jason Todd a.k.a. Robin, Batman is still battling underworld crime in Gotham City, which is run by the mob boss Black Mask. However, things get shaken up when a new upstart who has taken the mantle of the Red Hood starts taking territory and influence away from Black mask. Things get personal for Batman, when it appears that the Red Hood may in fact be Jason Todd, back from the dead. To make matters worse, Black Mask hires the Joker to help them take care of both the Dark Knight and the Red Hood. And it all comes down to a fateful showdown between the bat, the clown, and the boy. The animation and art direction for this film is again, pretty good. Like most of these DC animated films, the art style is pretty similar to what we are ready got in the DCAU, but just different enough to tell that this isn’t the same universe and were getting a different story. The action throughout this film is very good. I can tell what’s going on and who’s fighting who. In particular, I was very impressed with some of the acrobatic animation that went along with the Nightwing and Jason Todd characters. The original animated series could never get away with animation that was that crisp and that fluid, but they pull it off in this film very well. There are some very good shots of Gotham city in this film, and I get a much better sense of how large and bustling this city is. The characters and their voice actors are very well done in this film, for the most part. This film sets a pretty good tone right off the bat, with a pretty intense and gruesome opening scene of the Joker beating the second Robin, Jason Todd, with a crowbar. Right away, this film establishes that it is dark and gritty, even more so than the animated series (which, in case you didn’t know, this film is not in continuity with). However, Jason is portrayed here in a way that shows that he is not helpless or without dignity. Later, there is a very good introduction for his new persona, the newest Red Hood, which immediately establishes that he is skilled, and a threat to both the criminals in Gotham City and a physical match for Batman. A lot of what makes Jason Todd so good comes from his voice actor, Jensen Ackles, who does fantastic. He perfectly delivers the seriousness of what’s happened to the character, as well as his cockiness and sense of humor. Also, in the flashbacks were he’s a teenager, Vincent Martella performs decently as the angsty teen Robin. However, was far more impressed by the performance of his younger brother, Alexander, as the very young Jason Todd, who was able to get across the characters joy and excitement about his new life as a superhero sidekick. One of the best performances in this film is from the legend-(wait for it)-dary Neil Patrick Harris, who takes over the role of Dick Grayson/Nightwing, who was also the first Robin. I get a real sense of Dick’s lighthearted attitude, which contrasts well with Batman’s more sullen disposition. I’d say this was a case of perfect casting. Also appearing as a side character in this film is one of Batman’s greatest enemies, Ra's al Ghul, voiced here by the great Jason Isaacs, who does phenomenally well. Isaacs displays all of the qualities that I’ve come to expect from the Demon’s Head; he is cool, calm, elegant, not without honor, and believably remorseful in this story. Isaacs’ British accent is back in full force here and it works well with Ra's al Ghul, conveying his class and aristocratic demeanor. However, not every performance was a home run, in my opinion. Wade Williams did fairly well as Black Mask in trying to convey what they wanted the character to be like in this film. However, I think the problem is their approach, not particularly Williams’ performance. He comes across as a petulant child, in my opinion. However I did very much like his assistant, Ms. Li, voiced by Kelly Hu, as a levelheaded aide who doesn’t bat an eye at her boss’s tantrum-like behavior. In the end though, what the acting comes down to are the performances of main hero, Batman, and the main villain, the Joker. And here, both do . . . okay, but not great. I’m probably being too critical here, because in my mind, both actors are matched up to previous performances that are near impossible to top. So, you could say that it’s unfair to judge them as bad, only because they’re up against an insurmountable wall. Bruce Greenwood does objectively pretty good as Batman. But like I just said, he’s not as perfect as Kevin Conroy was, but he is good at his own right. Greenwood can convey the repressed emotion of Batman, but not the same of authority and power that Conroy could pull off, both as Bruce Wayne and as the Dark Knight. Overall, Greenwood did well enough for this film, and he would later go on to reprise his role as Batman in the Young Justice series. My critique of the Joker’s performance is pretty much the same. Here, the Clown Prince of Crime is voiced by none other than John DiMaggio, a veteran voice actor. Here, he does pretty good as the Joker, but again, doesn’t give us the same perfection that Mark Hamill could do. However, he still does objectively very well. We get all of the good characteristics of the Joker that we’ve seen before; DiMaggio delivers very well the character’s dark humor, irreverence, sadism, and madness, far better than some other recent voices for the Joker that I’ve heard. I’d say that as the voice of the Joker, John DiMaggio places as a solid second-best. Again, my opinion of these two performances is marred by the fact that I grew up with the original animated series, which remains in my mind as one of the best interpretations of these characters ever done, which is a hard standard to live up to. The climax for this film is very well done. It is intense, suspenseful, has great action, and very good use of the characters’ gadgets. It comes down to Jason, the Joker, and Batman in an interesting variant of a Mexican standoff. What makes this climax so good is that it contains a great discussion of the ethics and reasoning of Batman. You really get a feel of how Batman thinks and how that plays into his actions and how he deals with his enemies. Overall, this was a very good film. It had a compact story that was complex but not too difficult to follow. We got great performances from most of the actors, and there was a great ethical discussion at the end. This is a very good entry in not just animated Batman films, but Batman films in general. The DVD extras here are pretty good. There the standard sneak peeks and trailers, and so forth. There are two pretty good documentaries about each of the robins featured in this film: Dick Grayson and Jason Todd. These documentaries highlight the histories of each character, and gives good insight on their similarities and differences and what made each character good in his own right. Also included standard with these DC animated films are a few episodes of the original Batman: The Animated Series, which on this disc are some of the best episodes from the entire series run, including Robin’s Reckoning, the fantastic Mad Love, and the interesting The Laughing Fish. As per some of the recent entries in the DC animated films line, this one also includes as a bonus feature a short film, Jonah Hex. Don’t worry; it has nothing to do with the live-action Josh Brolin film and this one is actually pretty good. It was directed by Joaquim Dos Santos and music by The Track Team, some of the guys behind the Avatar animated series and some episodes of Justice League Unlimited. There’s good art design here, even better than the DCAU’s version of the character, as well as good voicing by Thomas Jane as Jonah and character portrayal. What I’ve noticed with this and the other DC animated short films is that there less like adventures or battles, and more like “A Day in the Life of”-type stories, which fits perfectly with the nature of the short films, and gets across what's good about the characters without overstaying their welcome. The short film is pretty good, in and of itself, but I’d do think that it’s got kind of a cruel and dark ending, but then again I suppose it fits the character.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Episodes six through nine of Batman

      Posted
      Giraffe

      These are some of the early adventures of Batman. In episode six: The Under Dwellers, there is a crazy man who calls himself the Sewer King and he has a bunch of kids stealing stuff for people on the streets for him. He is very mean to the kids and when he's mad at one of them, then he'll lock them in a room where it's very bright and they don't like the light. So it's up to Batman to save them. In episode seven: P.O.V., there are these three Gotham police officers that are being interrogated. Two of them have the same story and the other has a different story, they are being interrogated about what happened at the warehouse, where there was a robbery and Batman was there. In episode eight: The Forgotten, Bruce Wayne hears that there have been some homeless people that live in Gotham, that have lately been disappearing, so he dies his hair white and pretends to a be homeless man. Then when the guys come to abduct him, one of them catches him by surprises and hits him in the back of the head, thus knocking him out and when he wakes up he has lost his memory. In episode nine: Be a Clown, The Joker shows up at the Mayor's son's birthday party, dressed up as a clown with a big red nose, orange hair on the sides of his head and no hair on top, and a funny looking outfit, so that nobody would recognize him as the Joker, he even makes a different voice. He ends up kidnapping the Mayor's son, so it's up to Batman to save him. I really liked these episodes and I strongly recommend this product.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A good staple for Batgirls in training

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      Hellica
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      Ok, so I luuuuuuuv Batman and this review will therefore be heavily biased. This cartoon (an many from my childhood) were a cut above most the crud they pump out these days. It's classic Bats, doing what he does best, being charmingly broodingly heroic. The plus to the animated series is that the animators have done a better job of having a good portrayal of both the Bats/Bruce interchanging masks. Live action has yet to truly hit epic Bat gold (although Bale was pretty awesome as Wayne, his Bats needed some more broody oomph.) and with the upcoming of Baffleck, I hold little hope of them ever finding a RL actor that can don the cape as well as RDJ is able to don the Iron suit. But I digress, it's classic Bats, classic theme music and a necessary staple in the old Batcave for anyone who claims to strike fear in the hearts of those who haunt the night.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      As good as the Batman the Animated Series

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      MIKEoftheDEAD24
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      I have to say that I love Batman. He is the best hero out there. This movie is great. I would say that I have watched it like 10 times since I got it. I do not read the comics so I did not know about the Red Hood character. I know of the Joker being one years ago but not this new Red Hood. I dont want to spoil who it is if you have not seen it so I say check it out. I like these movies because they are usually a little more adult orianted with people dying and more mature themes. The extra on this DVD are great. I enjoy the ones that tell you the history of the characters. Would love to see one done about the Death of Batman (Bruce Wayne not really dead but in a different universe) and the rise of Dick Grayson as Batman.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

      Posted
      agentrock
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      All of the animated Batman movies are quite good and this one is no exception. There are some differences between the movie and the comics it is based off of, but it really didn't bother me so much. Jason Todd is one of my favorite characters and this is one of my most favorite storylines from the Batman franchise. The art is, of course, excellent. The story, as I've already mentioned, as well. It was nice to see Nightwing in the beginning too. While I am a fan of Jensen Ackles as an actor, I was a little leery of him doing the voice of Jason Todd simply because I did not feel his voice fit the character, but it actually turned out okay. This movie is a MUST for any Batman fan.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not as good as the original. But worth the watch.

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      Jesse
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      Batman returns, but this time with a more streamlined look and more surface level adventures. It's not as good as its predecessor, but there remains enough magic from the originals to keep it alive for this final season. The animation is very lacking in most respects. The the one bright spot, however, is the new design for the Scarecrow character. As a whole the season get a passing grade, however I would have liked to see a bit more of the gutsy realism the original serease was known for.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great animated show

      Posted
      CamTheMan

      My advice to any fan of Batman would be to buy up this series while it is still on sale because of "The Dark Knight" release in theatres. I was hesitant to purchase this first volume of this tv show that I used to watch, primarily because I was only 5-6 years old when I thought it was an awesome show. However, I think I have an even greater appreciation for the show now than I did when I was a kid. They just don't make shows like this anymore, and it's easy to see how this series could win Emmys.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      For my brother.

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      GiaInBestBuyLand
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      I actually bought this movie for my brother because he had been trying like crazy to find it! He had been telling me for a while how much he wanted it because it is a really good movie and he recommended for my family and I to watch it a few years ago ( we are Batman fans) but unfortunately I didn't get to watch it at the time but my husband did and he agreed that it is good! I need to ask my brother to let me borrow it LOL! For my brother to like it that much ( he doesn't usually like many movies) I have to say that I recommend it to anyone that is a Batman fan.

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