Batman: Year One [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2011]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (198 out of 200)

Special Features


  • Conversations with DC Comics: Featuring the 2011 Batman creative team
  • Chapter one of Batman Year One - digital comic
  • Creative team commentary
  • Heart of Vengeance: Returning Batman to his roots
  • Justice League: Doom - preview DC Universe's next animated original movie
  • Preview the recent DC Universe animated original movies All-Star Supermand and Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
  • Bruce Timm presents 2 bonus cartoons
  • DC Showcase presents: Catwoman

Synopsis


Batman: Year One
Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's seminal comic book series, Batman: Year One, makes its way to the animated small screen with this Warner Premiere production. The story follows James Gordon (voiced by Bryan Cranston) during his early years on the force just as the vigilante Batman (Ben McKenzie) targets both the corrupt police officials and the crime-ridden streets for a clean-up. Eliza Dushku and Katee Sackhoff lead the supporting voice cast. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Bryan Cranston
    Bryan Cranston - James Gordon
  • Eliza Dushku
    Eliza Dushku - Catwoman
  • Katee Sackhoff
    Katee Sackhoff - Detective Sarah Essen
  • Alex Rocco
    Alex Rocco - Carmine Falcone
  • Jon Polito
    Jon Polito - Commissioner Loeb



Overall customer rating

4.7
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Competent, but dull

    Posted
    BasilioBoy777
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    I decided to take another look at Batman: Year One with a more objective eye to see how it holds up against other Batman works, including the other animated DC features. Sadly, it does not hold up as well as I would like it to. In fact, compared to a lot of other stories that feature Batman, this one is surprisingly dull. Batman: Year One is the adaptation of the comic story of the same name, written by Frank Miller back in 1987. Yeah, THAT Frank Miller. This is one of is earlier Batman stories, and since he considers everything Batman he’s ever written to be in the same continuity, this is the first entry in the “Dark Knight” universe, and the only story in that continuity to remain canonical to the greater mainstream DC Universe. Don’t worry too much though; this was back when his Batman work was fairly good more often than it was bad. However, even his good Batman work has what I consider to be narrative problems. This story, as you could guess from the title, tells of Bruce Wayne’s first year after returning from his worldwide training quest to become Gotham’s greatest crimefighter, and when he soon adopts the mantle of the Batman. Along with Bruce, we see Jim Gordon, the future Commissioner of Gotham City PD, in his first year on the force. This film does a good job of showing how bad the crime, and even worse, the corruption of Gotham City really is. We see the kind of filth that would create Batman, before Batman himself lent to the creation of supervillains. If anything, this is much more like what the TV show Gotham should be. It does tell its story rather competently. The problem is that the story itself is rather dull. Without the villains for Batman to fight, he’s just stuck with thugs and corrupt cops, which he handles easily. There isn’t even much resolution; it just sort of stops. The criminals are barely dealt with, showing the weakness of the system, and there really isn’t even much of a climax. Also, there are some narrative choices that I don’t think mesh with the characters as we will come to know them later. Gordon cheats on his pregnant wife with someone who is fully aware of the situation. Gordon would not be that callous, or do something that despicable. He’s supposed to be the one good man on the force, who cleans up the GCPD and inspires the other cops to be better and more upstanding people. A person who makes that kind of deliberate and terrible mistake can’t be on the moral high ground like that. And Selina Kyle, Catwoman, starts in a less-than-legal-or-respectable profession in Gotham's red light district. Ignoring how Miller usually writes women as "women of the night", this sullies her later relationships and reluctant moral center. Yes, these plot points are taken from the comic, but that does not automatically make them good. Also, the noir-style inner monologuing does get grating after a little while. Adding to the dullness of the film is the voice acting. Bryan Cranston does okay as Jim Gordon. He would do just as well in live action. Shame he probably won’t get the opportunity. Ben McKenzie, on the other hand, does a very disinterested and unemotional Bruce Wayne/Batman. I guess he does a better Jim Gordon, but not by much. Eliza Dushku does a similarly boring Selina Kyle/Catwoman. The problem is that nobody is really given any kind of emotional range, except maybe when Selina gets a little whiney about not getting credit as Catwoman. Other than that, neither Batman nor anybody for that matter can get animated enough to put real effort into their voice roles. Overall, I would say that this Batman story does competently, but does not excite by any means. I am more excited to see how Batman evolves rather than how he came to be.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Movie is great, but the graphic novel is best

    Posted
    sookyjumps
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    After spending many years abroad, Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City to fulfill the vow to rid it of crime that he made to his deceased parents when he was a boy. At the same time, Chicago cop James Gordon moves to Gotham to start with the GCPD. Soon, Bruce adopts the identity of the Batman and makes war on Gotham’s crime families, with James Gordon hot on his tail as the cop tries to take down the vigilante crime fighter. I love origin stories. The mythology of characters, their history, their motivations, the events leading up to the creation of a super identity—all of it’s gold in my book. Batman: Year One is such a story, giving you not only Batman’s origin, but the chance to walk a mile in his shoes during his first year as a crime fighter. You get to see him test the waters, make mistakes, have some wins and losses, and watch as he earns the trust of Gotham’s finest. This movie is a down-to-earth story about Batman and James Gordon, very much a crime story versus a superhero-vs-supervillain tale. Batman deals with real world criminals in real world ways. You also get a glimpse into the hard life he leads, what he gives up to be Batman, and how he balances life as a fool in the public eye so he could be a fear to the criminal underworld at night. You also get to see a different side of James Gordon, the marriage trouble, his humanity, and the plight of being a good cop in a bad town. His portrayal makes him every bit a hero as Batman in this story. This flick is based on the one-shot comic book by comics superstar Frank Millar and matches the book’s style for the most part, really bringing it to life. This is a story of beginnings so the pacing is different than what most people are used to, and instead of having a beginning, middle, big lead up to a climax then end, it has—to me, anyway—more of a beginning, middle and then part of an end because it’s really a prequel to all the other Batman stories that come after it. Which is fine. It works, but I remember going, “Is that it?” when it ended after I first watched it. I’m glad that Batman’s first year was brought to the small screen and I hope more first year stories are made for other heroes. Superman next would be great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic deal no matter the price

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    G04tamer
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    As someone who owns earlier releases of both the Batman Year One comic and animated movie, let me say that this is a great repackaging. Honestly, this is great approach for DC to take. The hardcover comic is printed on slightly higher quality paper than the paperback version without the movie. Also, the discs in this set are identical to the previous release. That means the solid commentary track, the great Catwoman short, and all the other bonus features are present on the disc. The movie itself is a solid adaptation. There are few differences here and there, but that's how an adaptation works. Frankly, the changes are nice and aren't even big changes. They work to help the pacing of the movie. As great as the comic is, some of it wouldn't translate to page as well. The cast is solid. Bryan Cranston is fantastic a Jim Gordon. Eliza Dushku is solid a Selina Kyle. The weakest link is probably Ben McKenzie's Bruce/Batman. He's not bad, but he doesn't shine the way the rest of the cast does. Overall, if you want to see the movie and read the comic, this is the set for you!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Graphic Novel Blu Ray, and DVD Perfect Combo

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    Unitedcoldsteel
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    How can anyone give this a bad review? First you get one of the greatest graphic novel of all time by the great Frank Miller (I said one of the greatest so please don't get too upset with me.) Secondly you get the blu ray, DVD, and for the people who care (I am not one of them) the digital download. Batman Year one is a great story but it focuses more on LT. Gordon and not Batman himself it looks like the creator of the hit series Gotham might have been inspired by this novel as well. It is a great Pick up, and by the way it also gets points for being in a Hardcover book and not a soft cover book. So Six stars out of 5. Wait I can't do that oh well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Batman: Year One Blu-ray Review

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    Enigma1969
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    Frank Miller's famed dark comics story is finally brought to life in this DC Universe's Animated film. Even though this epic tale is condensed to a mere 64 minutes run time, the film does justice to the story and keeps you interested in more as this story will unfold (we hope) in future animated features. Anyone who knows this story of Year One there is no other information that can sell the good job Warner Premiere did with this disc. PQ is on par for this type of animation with solid colors and good uses of black. AQ is quite good and features a strong 5.1 active track. A nice slew of extra's rounds out this must own disc for Batman fans and animated fans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good Jim Gordon/Batman story

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    Countprice
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    Although I have never read the graphic novel, I enjoyed Batman: Year One, short run time and all. An up and coming Jim Gordon takes top billing in this origin story and is fantastically voiced by Bryan Cranston. It was nice to see a young Batman appear vulnerable, but the voice actor choice seemed a bit off. Short by even DCU animated standard, the runtime is around a mere hour. An extra 10 or so minutes could have made this story truly great. Video quality was also just standard for an earlier DCU movie. Minus a couple complaints, I would still recommend this film to a Batman fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great dc batman movie

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    1Chuckyand2Tiffany
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    A great movie. I only wish the catwoman animated short was a longer movie. Otherwise everything was good exspecialy the animation for this movie. Truly incredible to me. The voice cast is great as well. I'm glad I own batman yearone animated blu-ray movie. I give it 5 stars truly for sure. Breathe batman movie truly for sure. I'm very happy to own batman yearone movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Can't go wrong with early Miller and blu-ray

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    BoomBoomChicago
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    Okay, it's not as quintessential as DK, but this is a solid story that lays the foundation of the Batman and his early beginnings. This was one of the first "reboots" I remember buying as a kid, and I think it still holds up great. Say what you want about Miller in his later years, but this is some of his best. The translation to video is pretty good. Quality is great, I mean, but I have a few nits with the actual translation from the book to the small screen. All in all though? Worth your money.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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