Batman: The Dark Knight Returns [Deluxe Edition] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD]

  • SKU: 1725175
  • Release Date: 10/08/2013
This release combines the previous separately released two parts of the animated adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns, and includes a documentary that focuses on Frank Miller's work creating the original influential graphic novel.
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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (282 out of 290)

Special Features


  • Masterpiece: Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, new documentary
  • Her Name Is Carrie...Her Role is Robin documentary
  • Batman and Me: The Bob Kane Story
  • Superman Vs. Batman: When Heroes Collide
  • The Joker: Laughing In The Face Of Death
  • From sketch to screen: exploring the adaptation process with Jay Oliva
  • Commentary with Bob Goodman & Jay Oliva
  • From the DC Comics vault: 5 bonus cartoons
  • Digital comic excerpts from the graphic novels Batman: The Dark Knight Falls and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller


Customer rating

4.7
98%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Faithful Adaption Is Must Own For Die-Hard Batfans

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    SeePastTheScreen
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    My love of the DC animated universe is firmly rooted in Batman: The Animated Series (the iconic groundbreaking series that shaped many viewers' love of Gotham and its one-of-a-kind characters). I have since developed a critical eye for animated stories that capture that same level of quality and imagination that the caped crusader's world can offer. With The Dark Knight Returns, I am happy to say that I have found both a worthy successor to the series and a fantastic adaptation of Frank Miller's classic graphic novel and a very well crafted film that combines deft animation with clever writing and, above all, a reverence to the dark, weighty, and downright adult source material (while managing not to alienate younger viewers) that resonates from the first image that appears on screen. This blu-ray iincludes both excellent parts fused into one seamless cut that provides viewers with a kinetic thrill ride of an experience that's well worth their time. The Blu Ray itself features very strong technical merits in the form of excellent sound and picture quality (I recommend surround sound as it makes the story pop and envelop you thoroughly). Special features are dazzling as the package includes a feature-length Frank Miller documentary and a new commentary in addition to several other worthy featurettes.-this is the set to own, hands-down. Simply put, for either the casual fan or the die-hard aficionado, this complete cut features an unforgettable story that is worth revisiting time and time again. I highly recommend it!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fundamentally flawed but entertaining

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    GDRV
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    The Dark Knight Returns the most influential Batman story ever written, the Frank Miller master stroke is one of my favorite bits of storytelling ever, character development at its finest. This adaptation tries it's best to stay faithful the the source material while keeping a PG-13 rating and that was a mistake an adaptation demands a commitment to the material. Small changes shift the meaning and power of scenes completely, the knife wielding thugs Bruce Wayne encounters in crime alley for instance, in the book they back off and lose interest when they realize he's going to defend himself, he's not a victim and therefore it would be boring killing him so they head to the arcade instead, in the movie there just scared of him they lose the implication of just how bad these kids are. The worst offenses are the cheap attempt to add more action to the story by making the fight with Superman an actual fight, it wasn't in the book it couldn't be and not using narration losing the best parts of the book honestly. But harping on the fact that it doesn't live up and in some places doesn't respect the material doesn't change the fact that it is entertaining, has a great 80s synth soundtrack, it bring's the amazing visuals to life, and has mostly solid performances (I'm not sold on the Joker) while I can recommend it honestly if you've never read the book pick up the trade on amazon or at your local book store for the same price.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No Regret BestBuy Purchase for $9.99!!!

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    ROcto
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    DCU: Batman - The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition Blu-ray puts onto the screen Frank Miller's iconic graphic novel, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. The 2.5 hour movie presentation (the Deluxe Edition seamlessly includes part 1 and part 2 which are available separately on discs) takes us into a violent, lawless Gotham City 10 years after an aged Bruce Wayne/Batman had retired. With the city under siege by a mutant gang, Batman returns to crime fighting more vengeful and violent as ever, attracting the attention of government and politicians. Batman's actions will eventually lead him into a 'super' confrontation with a friend and former ally. This movie adaptation is true to the graphic novel source material. A classic. It is violent; not for young children.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Batman Movie

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    ITJim
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    The world is changing, super heros are banned for some reason, and the world of Gotham is falling apart without the Batman to keep things in check. The only problem is Bruce Wayne is an old guy. But Bruce Wayne isn't like other grumpy men. He doesn't show stupid kids off his lawn with his grandpa wrinkled upturned fist. He kicks the kids butts. Things just get better from there. The pacing is quite good for the entire feature. The only thing I didn't like so much was the portrayal of Superman and President Reagan. It is disturbing to see the relationship these two form however I feel that there is a back story missing here that just isn't quite realized in the movie. Otherwise I did enjoy this movie and I'm sure that you will to.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    DC does justice to The Dark Knight Returns

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    Clobbersaurus
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    If you're not familiar with the story, this is Batman in the future. He's old & retired. But a gang of mutants threatens Gotham City, and the city once again needs its hero. So Bruce Wayne puts on the cape and cowl again to save Gotham. Little does he know an old foe from the past wants to come back out and have fun with his nemesis. Everything about this movie is done really well and respectful to Frank Miller's original mini-series. Peter Weller as Batman is great. The only thing really bad is Michael Emerson as The Joker. Just terrible casting. He puts no life into it. The video and audio are great. Decent special features. This deserves a spot on your DC shelf.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply Superb

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    TechKnowPhile
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    If you're a fan of the Dark Knight comic, then this is the essential, must-own Blu-ray. The cinematic presentation is verbatim from the comic. With slight motion added, it is both true to the comic while at the same time taking full advantage of the big screen. The voices are well-cast and the coloring, image transfer and audio effects are well-worthy of owning this and making it a must-have part of your collection. To emphasize, even though this is done in comic style, it is not for younger kids. There are some very scary and intense scenes and themes. PG-13 is well in effect here. This isn't a comic or cartoon for youngsters.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    DC does the original graphic novel justice.

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    munedaddy
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    This Animated movie shows Batman's later years in depth. The voice acting is excellent especially Peter Weller (Yes, Robocop is Batman) and Keith Michael Emerson as an older and more careless Joker. Two Face's part of the story is a bit rushed as is superman's segment. The Joker and mutant's sections are very well paced though. It would be nice though if DC would make at least one of these animated Batman films less gloomy and dark. Batman is a very versatile character and it would be nice to see some of the silver age comics adapted. Still, for what it is this is a very great movie that is faithful to the graphic novel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Batman with a Vengeance

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    ndortiz
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    The Dark Knight Returns is one of the greatest, uf not the greatest, Batman story ever told, and this animated movie brings the graphic novel to life from the style, look, feel and portrayal of every character. Aside from some very minor changes this is one of the better Batman movies, I would 100% recommend it to a long time fan or a new comer. The one thing that did bug me was the similar look between the BluRay/DVD combo pack and the 2 disc BluRay, other than that it was a great movie.

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