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Batman Year One [Blu-ray] [US Import]

Bryan Cranston , Ben McKenzie , Lauren Montgomery , Sam Liu    Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Jon Polito, Alex Rocco
  • Directors: Lauren Montgomery, Sam Liu
  • Writers: Barbara Randall Kesel, Bill Finger, Bob Kane, David Mazzucchelli, Frank Miller
  • Format: Animated, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058YPN4G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,159 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...Something about a giant bat?!!" 30 Dec 2011
Frank Miller's original book is probably the best starting point for someone wanting to get into the Batman comics, I personally prefer it over his Dark Knight Returns, but that's whole other review. This film is incredibly faithful to the book and looks to be a panel by panel recreation. That's no bad thing, the book flows well and almost plays like a film in your head as you read it, the artwork is different but still in keeping with the graphic novel. Movement is very naturalistic and human looking, I was afraid that some movement might look a little jerky but it there's no lazy animation here.

This isn't an all-out action story where we see Bruce Wayne kicking-ass as Batman for the first time, instead we get the story of Jim Gordon who reluctantly arrives in Gotham City to start is new job. It's a city he'd rather not be in, it doesn't seem like the sort of place to raise a baby and his wife Barbara is expecting. As with the book, we hear the inner monologue of both Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne, their thought narrative provides us with insights into their state of mind and their views which otherwise go unexpressed. You immediately feel for Gordon, he is a good man trapped in a corrupt system and receiving thinly veiled threats from his colleagues who "have their own way of doing things in Gotham". Jim is suspicious of the Batman ...but also pleased to see that someone is tackling the injustices on the street. It's interesting to see the start of Bruce Wayne's crime fighting activities, we see him training and making his first clumsy attempts to police streets alone. We understand his motives and his frame of mind as he struggles with the demons of witnessing the death of his parents as a boy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is just one in a series of animated adaptations of famous comic books. Whilst I loved what Nolan did with his movies (the first two anyway), nothing captures the true spirit of Batman like these animations from Warner Animations.

This film is based on Frank Miller's Batman: Year One (which as you may be able to tell was also a heavy source of inspiration for Batman Begins). It manages to stay true to the comic book and also be entertaining as a movie and whilst this is not my personal favourite of these animated movies out at the moment, it is certainly deserving of five stars.

For anyone who is willing to look pas the fact that this is animated and get into the spirit of a good story well told then this is really a great film to watch. For Batman fans this is a must and for those who have already seen this and are wondering what to watch next I would recommend Batman Under the Red Hood.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Batman begins 11 May 2012
Back in the 1980's, around the time when comics started to get 'cool', and the characters started to get grim and gritty, writer/artist Frank Miller produced the graphic novel Batman: the Dark Knight returns. A classic story of Batman dealing with the world as we know it.

He then produced Batman: Year one, which retold the story of Batman's origin, bringing it somewhat up to date. As Bruce Wayne returns from the globe trotting odyssey where he learns all the skills his crusade requires, he comes back to a run down Gotham city where some areas are far more run down than others. Where the police can be just as corrupt as the criminals.

And where Police Lieutenant Jim Gordon, who has left Chicago under a cloud for doing the right thing, comes to the Gotham City Police Department. A good cop in a city where they're in short supply.

As Bruce Wayne struggles to begin his war on crime, and Jim Gordon struggles to fight a utterly corrupt city, both men might just be about to find the ally they so desperately need...

After Batman and Robin killed off the Batman movie franchise that had started with the 1989 movie, Warners looked for a way to restart it. And for a long time, Darren Aronofsky was due to do that by directing a movie version of Batman Year one. That fell through. They went with Christopher Nolan and Batman begins instead.

But now, thanks to Dc comics animation, Batman year one gets to be a movie at last. Animated rather than in live action as was the plan.

This dvd is a region two edition of the original american region one release.

The movie runs for sixty five minutes, and is a very faithful adaptation, by and large.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Year One faithfully retold 13 July 2014
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A faithful telling of Frank Millers Batman Year One and is a bit slow getting started but once it got going the story moves at a pace showing batmans early crime fighting and development into the Dark Knight causing fear where he treads, but the best story is of Jim Gordan and his story is just as compelling as Bruce Wayne , really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it for fans of the comic book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Batman Year One 18 April 2014
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Great interpretation of the Frank Miller story - artwork and script straight out of the graphic novel - thoroughly recomended
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5.0 out of 5 stars YEAR OF THE BAT! 10 April 2014
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Great DC animation!
Good storyline and voiceover work.
If you are a DC Comics fan then this is for you!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
if you like the comic youll love this
Published 4 days ago by Sam o hare
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely animation
Very Nice, my son picked this but must say I really enjoyed it and we are now watching our way through the 90's animated Batmans thanks to watching this. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Zep_Fan_81
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good watch
Published 19 days ago by MA
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Only a short film really but the voice acting is top notch.
Published 1 month ago by LeighP
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman cartoon's are always awesome
A lot more Gordon that Batman, but tells a good start to what Gotham was like. Not sure about the Catwoman segway but I enjoyed it.
Published 5 months ago by Richard J Heron
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film, definitely worth watching.
Unfortunately there was a problem with the second disc, it wouldn't play on my Blu ray player. Luckily the main disc with the movie and bonus short feature played fine. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ad76
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Origin for the Batman!
4.5 out of 5

After spending many years abroad, Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City to fulfill the vow to rid it of crime that he made to his deceased parents when he was... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A.P. Fuchs, author of The Axiom-man Saga
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
The product arrived on time and work perfectly i defiantly recommend this dvd if you like batman the film is about batman's first year as the dark knight
Published 10 months ago by Batman
4.0 out of 5 stars The Begining?
I like this version of Batman and the kind of back drop to Commisioner Gordons storyline. The animation was good and well worth it, would recomend it.
Published 11 months ago by Craig McConnell
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