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Batman: Gotham Knight [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]

Shojiro Nishimi , Futoshi Higashide    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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Batman: Gotham Knight [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free] + Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free] + Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2 [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
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  • Directors: Shojiro Nishimi, Futoshi Higashide, Hiroshi Morioka, Yasuhiro Aoki, Toshiyuki Kubooka
  • Producers: Toshi Hiruma, Eiko Tanaka, Masao Muruyama, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 14 July 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019FLTIC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,060 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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From producers of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Batman - Gotham Knight is a groundbreaking interpretation of Batman's transition from beginner to Dark Knight. Six interlocking chapters weave together into a mesmerizing saga as he faces the fearsome Scarecrow, the freakish Killer Croc and the unerring marksman Deadshot. Sharp storytelling complimented by stylish art from some of the world’s most visionary animators masterfully depict blurred lines of Batman as man, myth and legend.

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Batman - Gotham Knight

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY, VERY good 29 July 2008
It is documented fact that the epitome of Batman animation, from an overall standpoint, is, was and forever will be Batman: The Animated Series. With such acclaimed writing, pioneering, great animation, quality music-score, unmatched voice work and overall cinematic presentation, it defined exactly what a superhero cartoon should be.

And then came various animated Batman films, The New Batman Adventures, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League and the godlike Justice League Unlimited, altogether making the Animated DC Universe, which is overall a thing of greatness. But like all greatness, it has to end sometime. So what do you do after that? Go into other areas.

And this, Batman: Gotham Knight, is one of them. Since Justice League Unlimited (and the whole Animated DC Universe) sadly came to its end back in 2006, Warner Bros. have done series like The Batman, films like Superman: Doomsday and various other direct-to-video releases with no continuity linking them together or anything else.

Gotham Knight is the latest original project from Warner Bros. and also does something a little bit different from before. Basically this is a collection of six short films, all produced by different, independent Japanese Manga studios. The premise of the films is that they take place in-between Batman Begins and its sequel The Dark Knight. While no major events happen, the stories are separate, very enjoyable one-offs with a continuity that nicely links them all together.

Right away, the whole thing screams `Animatrix', and like The Animatrix, it gets a lot of stuff right. First of all, is the fact that they've brought in Kevin Conroy to reprise his role as THE voice of Batman. And it's as though nothing's changed at all.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody fantastic! 29 Jun 2008
This was an absolutely brilliant experience. I'm not a big fan of japanese animation, but I must say, it was a good addition to setting the mood for the atmosphere set by the writers.

After some of the poor attempts such as "the batman" series, this DVD brought Batman animation back to high standards. I would rate this as being as good as the Batman TAS. Watching this made me proud of being a big fan of the dark knight and gives me hope that "The Dark Knight" movie will be nothing short of spectacular.

Keep up the good work DC, this is the way Batman is meant to be!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BTAS this is not, but worth a look 11 Mar 2009
OK, so having Kevin Conroy voice the bat was a much appreciated move. Quite simply the best voice artist Batman ever.
But BTAS this 'aint. Stylistically and quality wise the old Batman The Animated Series was streets ahead of this interesting, yet faintly disappointing tie in with The Dark Knight. Sort of an "Animatrix" deal, 6 linked but different stories. The animation was patchy in both style and quality and while there are some lovely touches here and there, it never drew me in like BTAS and it's later related shows. Even Batman Beyond was more interesting and consistent. And there's your problem. It's 6 snapshot views by different writers and directors, not all of whom were perhaps well versed in Batman lore, otherwise we'd not have seen a revamp of the hoary old "Batman as described half a dozen ways by a buncha kids" story. This was actually handled pretty well and the animation was amongst the best of this collection, but original...nah. (Or maybe it was a deliberate homage to those older comic stories that I've seen at least a couple of times over the years, who knows?) The previous animated version of this trope, in Batman Beyond I think, was again streets ahead of this and the inclusion there of stuff lifted directly from The Dark Knight Returns, tickled my fanboy heart in a way this modern version failed to largely.
That said, if you are into Batman, even if you are a die hard BTAS purist, you will find something of value here. It's not expensive and it's worth a look. Expanded, some of this has potential, but it's a one off as far as I know. With my expectations suitably lowered, I did enjoy watching this, if only for the distinct pleasure of listening to Kevin Conroy do his thing, but if you are expecting it to live up to BTAS, you'll end up distinctly "meh" :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the very dark knight 10 Jan 2009
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an animated batman movie. It runs for seventy three minutes, and features six story segments, each of which run about twelve minutes approx. this is supposedly set in between the movies batman begins and the dark knight, and purports to channel 'batman's journey to becoming the dark knight.' But whilst it does rather loosely fit into that continuity the look of the characters and the setting doesn't bear more than a superficial resemblance to the movies, and the original actors from it don't provide voices for it either, so the connection isn't a strong one. and you don't need to see either film to get into this. or vice versa.

this is an even darker and more grown up take on the character than the dark knight. hence the 15 certificate. so it's another batman movie that's not really for the kids.

and there's not much connection between the six segments either, aside from part five leading on from the end of part four.

the animation is highly stylised, and like nothing we're ever seen in a batman cartoon before. the style changes between each segment, which can lead to some jarring visual continuity at times, but that's a minor complaint. it looks vaguely like a japanese anime movie a lot of the time, but really it's not much like one and has a style all of it's own. at points there are some beautiful use of colours and style leading to some fantastic sequences. so if you're into animation there are moments here that will strongly appeal.

and one great thing about the voice cast: it sees the welcome return to the role of batman of kevin conroy, who voiced the character through several cartoon series in the past fifteen years, and who always nailed the character perfectly, with spot on tones for both bruce wayne and batman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by amos
4.0 out of 5 stars A different, fun film
For a popular, cheap film i didnt expect it be to be how it was at all. Its almost Manga, but that doesnt take away how good it is. Great film, great dialogue and a dark batman. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Danny
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by silas chauhan
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Angle On Batman
I do not like anime but this works really well.Six short stories that treat Batman more like an urban myth,especially in the first story "Have I Got A Story For You" where... Read more
Published 4 months ago by SCREEN77
5.0 out of 5 stars Low resolution!?
An excellent movie spoiled by a low resolution stream

But I highly recommend anyone into comics to watch this as it gives off a unique vibe to the genre
Published 4 months ago by Neostar
5.0 out of 5 stars BATMAN-ime!
If you are a fan of DC Comics or animation in general then this DVD is one you'll want in your collection!
Published 5 months ago by Jojo Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Anime for an Awesome Superhero!
4.5 out of 5
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Okay, now this is how you do something new with a character and do it right and totally change the formula. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A.P. Fuchs, author of The Axiom-man Saga
5.0 out of 5 stars love batmancito
This DVD has been compared to the Animatrix shorts that accompanied the Matrix trilogy in that it fits in between the Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and while I am not sure how... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pablo Laponniatoska
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn good animated film!
I think this batman film is awesome, the fact it shows batman from peoples different views, which looks pretty damn good and then going into the real film story, as a batman fan, i... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Inflam3
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but can could be upgraded.
Can also being afforded on blu-ray, but good if youre looking for a cheap dvd, with a little bit of entertaintment.
Published 14 months ago by MT
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