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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

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Product details

  • Producers: Christopher Drake, Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Alan Burnett
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French, German
  • Dubbed: French, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009T5MKM8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,349 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Another night falls over Gotham City and with the darkness out crawls the crime and villainy from the shadows. The days of The Batman and other noble super heroes are but faded memories; violence and despair are now the harbingers of our time. But one event will set a change into motion: when Harvey "Two Face" Dent shuns a former rehabilitated life for a descent into corruption, an aged and weathered Bruce Wayne dons the mask and cape once more. With a stellar voice cast headed by Peter Weller, Ariel Winter and David Selby, this gritty DC Comics legend comes to life with unforgettable battles, thrilling chases and the promise of a better tomorrow for humanity, because there is nowhere for criminals to hide when The Dark Knight Returns.

Extra Content

• More from DC Comics: DC Brand Trailer "Imagination of DC"
Thundercats Trailer
• A Sneak Peek at Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
• Her Name is Carrie . . . Her Role is Robin
• "Two-Face Part One" from Batman The Animated Series
• "Two-Face Part Two" from Batman The Animated Series
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Digital Comic)
The Dark Knight Rises Trailer
Before Watchmen Trailer
• Batman and Me: The Bob Kane Story



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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 8 Jan 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adaptation ... but why in two parts? 22 Oct 2013
By Greywolf TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Dark Knight
This is a great story very dark and gritty and it's good to see what old bats does when he is bought back.
Published 13 days ago by Mr. craiders
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this. Get both parts. Any batman fan must see.
Published 24 days ago by Samuel Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Live action filmakers please watch!
Ignore the diabolically bad cover art, that does the contents of this DVD a great disfavour, push on and insert disc into player. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Ivan Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent product, did not take long to arrive. Gave to my brother as a gift, all we have to do is watch it now! Thankyou
Published 3 months ago by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Simply the best animated Batman I have ever watched (and I saw plenty). Great adaptation of comic book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the 'real' films!
This is the best Batman film yet. Unencumbered by budget and A-List actors, this is a fairly faithful adaptation of the graphic novel. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anon E Mouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I liked the way the writer put this together, I'm tired of reboots where they go back to the beginning like the spiderman movies.
Published 4 months ago by Oneteechi
5.0 out of 5 stars Back where it belongs.
The truth is that all comics should stay in comic book form or in this animated format. The problem with live action versions is the real world. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr M J Harrow
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching...
I really enjoyed this... it's dark, brooding and in keeping with the latest Dark Knight films with Christian Bale etc.
Published 5 months ago by G.Calverley
4.0 out of 5 stars Violent not suitable for under 8's
Good story. Like Peter Weller's voice but can't compare to Kevin Conroy who remains the definitive batman. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lonestarr131204
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