Batman : The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 2012

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It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired, and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now, when his city needs him most, he returns in a blaze of glory.

Starring:
Peter Weller, Michael Emerson
Runtime:
1 hour 16 minutes

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Batman : The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

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Product Details

Genres Animated, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Jay Oliva
Starring Peter Weller, Michael Emerson
Supporting actors Ariel Winter, David Selby, Michael Mckean, Wade Williams
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Feb 2014
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Dvd Info.
Running time 73 minutes approx, Region 2, Rated PG-13 US, UK 15.

Trivia.
1)Peter Weller voices Batman/Bruce Wayne but is best known for starring as Alex Murphy/Robocop in 1987's Robocop & 1990's sequel Robocop 2.
2)Michael Emerson who voices the Joker is better known as Benjamin Linus in Lost & also played Zep Hindle in horror classic Saw.
3)This review is from a two part animated adaption based upon Frank Miller's graphic novel.

Review.
Batman has not been seen in Gotham City for over 10 years but when a new vicious crimewave hits the street's of Gotham a 55 year old Bruce Wayne once again dons the cape & cowl becoming Batman the Dark Knight of Gotham City.

But does a older Batman still have what it takes to stop this new criminal crimewave that is terrorising Gotham City?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a fantastic animated adaption of Frank Miller's graphic novel with a great voicing performance of the Bruce Wayne/Batman character by Peter Weller & a superb vocal performance of the Joker by the brilliant Michael Emerson.

This is a gritty violent Batman adventure in tone with the Nolan Batman movie's & contains very dark themes & at times quite times graphic images as this was intended for more mature audience fan's of Batman & is not suitable for young children in my opinion.

My only criticism is that the movie is in two parts which is odd as surely both parts could've easily fitted on to the one disc but I'm assuming WB trying are trying to milk money out of the buyer by releasing the dvd/Blu ray in two parts which they have released as one whole movie in the US recently which I think is fleecing the fan's who will buy three editions a bit too much.

But for mature hardcore Batman fan's this is without doubt a must buy purchase as this first part of the animated movie does justice to it's source material.
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Format: Blu-ray
hurts.

This animated film is phenomenal, it is near enough page/caption perfect. The only parts that lets this film down is the lack of inner monologue and the pacing.

Without the inner monologue you don't get to understand what the Batman thinks like.

"It was tough work, carrying 220 pounds of sociopath to the top of Gotham Towers -- the highest spot in the city. The scream alone is worth it".

The director made a big mistake here in my opinion. This causes problems with the pacing, you now need to see everything the Batman does and have it explained to you in dialogue or visually.

As mentioned great film, but monologue lacking takes a star off for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Duducu on 8 Jan 2013
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Batman is now an old man, retired for 10 years, mourning the death of Robin. The plot is essentially a man cannot escape his destiny and a chance to conclude unfinished business. In the 1980's there are two towering graphic novels that rewrote the rules of comics in the West. One was Watchmen which a few years ago was turned into a very good (although not perfect) live action film. The Dark Knight Returns (DKR) is the other, in one epic graphic novel Batman was turned from camp, costumed, kid friendly hero into a bitter, noir, menace. Prior to DKR Adam West was the definitive onscreen Batman, after DKR we have had much more intimidating and serious versions of Batman peaking perhaps with the Dark Knight.

Therefore bringing such a key graphic novel to the small screen can lead to worry. There are two areas that bringing it down from 5 star to 4 for me. Firstly the animation while better than the average Saturday morning cartoon is still a little bland for such a distinctive looking graphic novel. Frank Miller's scratchy pen work gave the whole thing a feral look which is now gone . Secondly The inner monologue is also gone so some great lines are absent and there's more silence in this film than you'd expect. I appreciate the animation choice is probably for both technical and budgetary reasons. Similarly Seeing a moving image version means you see just how bleak and sinister some of the scenes are and if a growling voice over had been added it may well have made the whole thing feel positively nihilistic. It shouldn't have been all thrown out, but I can understand why it wasn't added.

So with those two exceptions you have a very loyal animated version of one of the greatest graphic novels ever made. This is thoughtful, classy, grown up stuff and thoroughly recommended to both batfans and lovers of a good noir story. I lent it to my brother-in-law who had never read DKR. He texted me a one word summary "impressive".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greywolf TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Oct 2013
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As other reviewers have said, this is an excellent adaptation of Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley's extraordinary 1986 comic book series, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, widely regarded as one of the finest works in the medium. The film-makers have taken the wise decision to stick very closely to the original story and the way it is told. Miller's tale redefined the Batman character in ways that continue to resonate to this day and was one of the stories that helped the superhero genre to grow up. The animators have also done a pretty good job of translating the stylish artwork of the comic onto the screen, so fans of the graphic novel shouldn't be disappointed. The voice acting is also good.
No spoilers plot-wise for anyone who hasn't read the story, in which an ageing Batman comes out of retirement when his beloved Gotham City comes under threat. It's a darkly satirical tale and, at times, genuinely moving.
A couple of questions though. First, why have DC/Warner decided to release this in two parts? On the Region 2 discs, each part runs for 73 minutes, giving a total running time of 146 minutes. A lot of movies on single dvds have longer running times than that, so there's no technical difficulty. The answer, therefore, must be that DC/Warner makes more money by making us shell out for two discs instead of one. The second question is why the running time for the Region 1 releases clocks in at 76 minutes each. Are we missing three minutes from each film or are the Region 2 versions running at a slightly increased speed? I've no idea and would quite like to know. It's these questions that lead me to give only 4 stars to what would otherwise be a clear 5-star winner.
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