Apathy, Greed, Corruption, Power... Hope. This complete series collection contains all the episodes from Batman Beyond, the 1999/2000 series that focused on a new Batman and his mentor an aging Bruce Wayne 50 years after the setting of the very popular and emmy award winning Batman: The Animated Series. This 9-disc set contains all three seasons of the series which are comprised of the following 52 episodes:
Rebirth (with optional commentary)
Shriek (with optional commentary)
Dead Man's Hand
The Winning Edge
A Touch of Curare
Splicers (with optional commentary)
Terry's Friend Dates a Robot
The Last Resort
The Eggbaby (with optional commentary)
Sentries of the Last Cosmos
Ace in the Hole
Out of the Past
Speak No Evil
The Call (1)
The Call (2)
Curse of Kobra (1)
Curse of Kobra (2)
Packaging: The series is nicely, and appropriately packaged, to be a match set with the Batman: The Animated Series complete series set. The only difference is that this packaging art has also appropriately been updated to match the more futuristic tone of the Batman Beyond Series. Similar to the previous set this one is comprised of one large DVD snapcase that holds the discs of the series, that snapcase fits into a binded case that's front lifts up. That case slides into a nice clear plastic casing (that is open on both ends) to add a nice level of dimension to the artwork on the cover of the box. Also inside the set is a nice and fairly well sized booklet featuring series artwork from the DC Archives.
*The nice thing about these complete series sets is that unlike certain others they do keep your discs well protected from scratches.
Special Features: All the previous special features will be included in this nicely packaged set, along with them will be a new ninth disc with new featurette's exclusive to this set.
Season 1 Special Features
Inside Batman Beyond: meet series creators - a sit down with Bruce Timm and other creative minds behind the show as they discuss the creation of the series.
Music of the Knight: score-only versions of key scenes
"Rebirth" Part 1 Commentary by Bruce Timm (Producer), Alan Burnett (Producer), Paul Dini (Producer), Glenn Murakami (Producer), and Curt Geda (Director)
"Shriek" Commentary by Bruce Timm (Producer), Alan Burnett (Producer), Glenn Murakami (Producer), Curt Geda (Director), and Stan Berkowitz (Writer)
Season 2 Special Features
Inside Batman Beyond: The Panel - discussion with Producer Bruce Timm, Producer Alan Burnett, Producer Glen Murakami, Producer Paul Dini and Moderator Jason Hillhouse
"Splicers" Commentary by Bruce Timm (Producer), James Tucker (commentator replacement for director Curt Geda), Glen Murakami (Producer), Andrea Romano (Voice Director) and Will Friedle ("Terry McGinnis/Batman" Voice)
"The Eggbaby" Commentary by Bruce Timm (Producer), James Tucker (Director), Glen Maurakami (Producer), Andrea Romano (Voice Director) and Will Friedle ("Terry McGinnis/Batman" Voice)
Season 3 Special Features
Inside Batman Beyond: Season 3 - the producers of Batman Beyond (Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini & Glen Murakami) join moderator Jason Hillhouse for the last installment of their in-depth panel discussion
Close-Up On...: Sit down with the creative minds behind Batman Beyond as they discuss their favorite moments from key episodes of the series' final season: "Out of the Past"; "The Call, Part 1"; "The Call, Part 2"; "The Curse of Kobra, Part 1." This feature was included with the final season rather than individual commentaries.
Special Features Exclusive to this set
Secret Origin: A Documentary on the Story of DC Comics
3 All New Featurette's regarding the Batman Beyond series
One downside to this set, which was also a downside to the previous BTAS set, is that the feature length Batman Beyond movie isn't included in this set. It's not something that one would usually expect a series set to do, including the movies that is, but the feature film ties so nicely into the series and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is usually regarded as a Batman Beyond series finale of sorts since the show was prematurely cancelled. In that same regard it would also be nice to find the episode of Justice League Unlimited, Epilogue, on this set. It actually did serve as a direct series finale not only to Batman Beyond but to the entire Batman Animated Series universe, but it likely won't be included on this set either.
Despite that small quarrel this complete series collection is great for fans who may not already own the series but also for some fans who don't mind double dipping for such a well done set. I already own the series on DVD but plan to still buy this set just as I did with Batman: The Animated Series, these complete series sets are just packaged so nicely and you're getting a fair bit of exclusive content including the artwork booklet and the new ninth disc. This set, like the previous one, will likely only be available for a limited time so act fast if you're interested. Thanks for your time.
*This is a great set. I'm happy I bought it, it looks great on the shelf with the BTAS set and I enjoyed getting the extra featurettes and the DC Secret Origins Documentary. Some DC fans and those who don't own the series will be happy with this purchase.