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The Batman: The First Season (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2006]

Seung Eun-Kim , Sam Liu    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Seung Eun-Kim, Sam Liu
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 17 July 2006
  • Run Time: 339 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FBH3S6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,830 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The complete first season of the award-winning animated series. Hidden in the shadows, The Batman (voiced by Reni Romano) casts a protective eye while tracking the thugs, thieves and criminal masterminds that claim Gotham City's dark alleys each night. In one magnificent swoop, he descends upon opponents and battles with a fierceness that seems almost inhuman. This is the young Bruce Wayne who assumes the role of Gotham's greatest defender in a fresh retelling of the Dark Knight's beginnings. Episodes comprise: 'The Bat in the Belfry', 'Call of the Cobblepot', 'Traction', 'The Cat and the Bat', 'The Man Who Would Be Bat', 'The Big Chill', 'The Big Heat', 'Q & A', 'The Big Dummy', 'Topsy Turvy', 'Bird of Prey', 'The Rubberface of Comedy' and 'Clayface of Tragedy'.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Batman 15 Oct 2006
This new animated series has been criticised, mainly in the States, for not being as deep as the older 1990's animated series. Though it probably won't be as remembered with quite as much affection as the older series, it is different enough and good enough to enjoyable in its own right.

The focus of the show is different, with the stories having a more superhero feel than the 50's crime show of the 90's show or the Blade Runner feel of Batman Beyond. They've made The Batman character a young man, three years into his career. All the characteristics that make Batman great are here but shown in a more obvious way. You'll see his determination in Traction, his angst and guilt in the Big Chill.

In this show Batman uses more technology and hardware to catch his prey. Is this a cynical ploy by the producers to make kids buy toys or a sound creative decision, showing how the Batman can defeat his redesigned and more powerful rogue's gallery of foes? I think it's the latter. Bane on venom now grows to ten times his original size, whereas Mr. Freeze is a genetic mutation needing only a wave of his hand to cause a storm of ice. With Mr. Freeze they have also reverted back to his 1960's TV origin story of a man who was frozen by Batman and wants revenge. (Mr. Freeze is voiced by Clancy Brown the first animated series' Two-Face and you'll also hear 60's Batman Adam West in the cast.)

The last two episodes are a great finale even to the point of borrowing ideas from Alan Moore's The Killing Joke. The Batman is something new, fresh, zestful, colourful and enjoyable. And while I enjoyed some episodes more than others I'd still recommend its purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A gutsy, if patchy, effort. 27 Oct 2007
By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE
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Batman: The Animated Series is widely regarded as one of the greatest animated shows ever, if not shows full stop, and is generally perceived as the pinnacle of animated superhero shows. As such, when Justice League Unlimited was winding to a close, and The Batman was starting, you can't help but wonder what their mentality was. How could they possibly follow more than a decade of the most high-quality, intelligent, adult-oriented (but with minimal adult content) animation?

The Batman is mostly a work of guts, and for that it is admirable. It took guts to even conceive this show, it took guts to have different voices (for this season at least), it took guts to start from scratch. And most of all, it took guts to do such an extensive redesign of mostly everything that Batman - either in comics or on the screen - is about.

This show takes a lot of chances. Characters are totally redesigned. Sometimes it's brilliant - Bane's size and skin colour changes when he hits his venom, Cluemaster as a bloated lunatic stuck in the past, Scarface's giant puppet - and some of them are truly radical; the two-part Clayface story that ends this season is the first pinnacle of the show, and shows the maturity it displays over ensuing seasons.

Some of these redesigns are less successful - the new Joker is, unfortunately, pretty bad. His ape-like mannerisms are weak, and the guy voicing him - a respected voice actor in his own right - unfortunately sounds like he's doing a bad impression of Mark Hamill.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Batmanga 7 Aug 2010
Batman is a very versatile character and like all great characters can be reinterpreted from time to time.

There have been a few Batman TV shows down the years, live action and animated. And here's the first season of a mid decade take on the character in cartoon form. Fans of Batman regarded the 1990's cartoon as utterly definitive and perfect and thus this show had a tough act to follow.

In doing a new take on things it adopted a style that looks like something out of a manga comic. This and the red skies over Gotham is something you get used to quicker than you might expect. The Batman here takes full advantage of more recent developments in technology utilising devices that animated predecessors never had before, and Bruce Wayne is very much a moden playboy, wearing shirts without a tie.

The thirteen episodes of the season are presented here spread over two discs. Each runs roughly eighteen to twenty two minutes long. Supposedly set in the third year since Batman first appeared in the city he has no allies on the police at this point in time and is a wanted vigilante. There's no sign of Commissioner Gordon just a rather inefficient police chief. Feisty female detective Ellen Yin wants to catch him and her partner Ethan Bennett is an old friend of Bruce's who has no idea of his double life.

Most episodes serve to introduce the villains, all having fresh takes on them different to the 1990's version. The production team do well by coming up with a whole new take on Mr Freeze, given how much great work was done with the character in the previous version. But there's something about their version of the Joker that doesn't quite work. Catwoman is voiced by Gina Gershon, which is perfect casting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Youthful and exciting
I went into this series sceotically as a huge fan of the 90's animated series, however i am happy to say that this is a very good new take on the charactor. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Why neglect the UK
Love it. Great take on the batman myth. Remember watching it when it first came out BUT why for the love of God can I not get seasons 2 - 5 on region 2. Unbelievable! Read more
Published 7 days ago by Alec William Hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant entertainment
Got into this series after watching The Batman verses Dracula. Although different in look to other Batman cartoon series, I find this take to be refreshing and entertaining. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. M. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars great
It was better than I expected it to be.i would like to see the full service at the same amount
Published 4 months ago by bekki
4.0 out of 5 stars The Batman : The first Season (2 Disc) (DVD)
Very good Batman animation with all the best
villains and super action. 13 episodes on two
discs is great value for money. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Patrick G
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Just what I wanted. What more could I say. It is fine. Thank you very much indeed peace all you.
Published 13 months ago by Eye2
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked it the 1st time.
I have been a fan of batman for some time. This interpretation is an interesting take on Bob Kane's version. Read more
Published 15 months ago by mark wesley coombs
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
Very nostalgic of my older childhood years. Good series and quite accurately represents The BATMAN!!!!! and his relationship with Alfred.
Published 16 months ago by Leo Gallagher-Green
3.0 out of 5 stars style over substance
Frist of all i will say that "The Batman" is over all a good series, but series 1 is rather weak to start off a show, it is aimed at kids but so was bat man the animated series and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by G.J.S
4.0 out of 5 stars The final few seasons are better
This Batman has beed criticised for having no heart and being too unrealistic with its show.
In real tearms the producers have modernised him more upping the technology he... Read more
Published 23 months ago by appleman
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