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Batman: Gotham Knight [DVD] [2008]

Shojiro Nishimi , Futoshi Higashide    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Directors: Shojiro Nishimi, Futoshi Higashide, Hiroshi Morioka, Yasuhiro Aoki, Toshiyuki Kubooka
  • Producers: Toshi Hiruma, Eiko Tanaka, Masao Muruyama, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD 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 (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019T7PD6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,114 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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.

Synopsis

From producers of Batman Begins and the upcoming Dark Knight theatrical release comes the groundbreaking interpretation of the Batman's transition from beginner to Dark Knight. Six interlocking stories reveal Bruce Wayne's earliest adventures as Batman and the steps he took to become the grim avenger of Gotham City. These globe-spanning adventures pit Batman against the fearsome Scarecrow and two villains he's never faced before: the freakish Killer Croc and the unerring marksman known as Deadshot. Some of the world's most revered animation visionaries bring to life the one and only Dark Knight: Batman!


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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY, VERY good 29 July 2008
By R. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sensually sumptuous but zero depth 31 Oct 2011
By Theo TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Frankly, I found this one a disappointment.

But first, the good news: The visuals are genuinely amazing. As you're probably already aware, Gotham Knight consists of a series of loosely connected "minisodes" in the life of the Bat. In each one a different visual style is explored. A strong anime influence is apparent in most. The city-scapes throughout are a delight to look upon, and those in the first story in particular possess a level of sheer draftsmanship that I can only compare to the original Ghost in the Shell movie.

The incidental music is also excellent.

Unfortunately, that's where the good news ends.

To call the characters in these stories two dimensional would be to give them one dimension more than they deserve. In fact, I was originally going to title this review "Amazing visuals but zero _emotional_ depth". But that's when it hit me: there's really no depth of any kind. What we've got here are the kind of stories that you'd expect from the superhero genre if you hadn't picked up a comic book since the 1950's. The blood and violence may have been upgraded to adult levels. But everything else is reduced to empty banality.

Long time Bat-fans may be pleased to see that Kevin Conroy reprises his role as both Batman and Bruce Wayne. But really, given the material he has to work with, his talents are entirely wasted. In addition, in the story with the most classically manga-influenced art, Batman is drawn as a character who doesn't really appear to be fully out of his teens. In this context Conroy's otherwise outstanding dark and gravelly Batman-voice simply sounds ridiculous.
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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
Format:DVD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars mmmmmm nice
Very good animation. Best watched dressed as your favourite super hero in a dark room. Thats what I did
Published 1 day ago by G-MAN
3.0 out of 5 stars it's okay
it was okay, not the most gripping and some I kept get lost along the way????
Published 10 days ago by ShonteMC
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
excellent,well worth watching,no need to comment further.
Published 26 days ago by jj
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Merci
Published 1 month 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 1 month ago by Danny
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok
Published 3 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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago by Jojo Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Anime for an Awesome Superhero!
4.5 out of 5
Review by A.P. Fuchs

Okay, now this is how you do something new with a character and do it right and totally change the formula. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A.P. Fuchs, author of The Axiom-man Saga
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