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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best animated Batman film for a long time
Under the Red Hood is the latest animated feature-length Batman instalment based on the stories Under the Hood & Death in the Family. When a stranger sporting a costume reminiscent of the Joker's Red-Hood shows up in Gotham and starts picking off drug-lords, Batman is forced to reconcile a chapter from his past he thought was truly laid to rest. Not content with merely...
Published on 23 July 2010 by J. Morris

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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid addition to the Batman catalogue . . . .
Batman: Under The Red Hood should have been better than it is but all in all it is a good movie & definitely worth the watch.

With the involvement of so many characters - Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Black Mask, Joker, Red Hood et all the story has to jump around a lot to keep them all on screen. However if like me you didn't know much background story of these...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best animated Batman film for a long time, 23 July 2010
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Under the Red Hood is the latest animated feature-length Batman instalment based on the stories Under the Hood & Death in the Family. When a stranger sporting a costume reminiscent of the Joker's Red-Hood shows up in Gotham and starts picking off drug-lords, Batman is forced to reconcile a chapter from his past he thought was truly laid to rest. Not content with merely killing the bad-guys and stealing their business, this new Red-Hood has a plan that involves Batman & The Joker more than they both know...

Fantastically animated and brilliantly voiced this story really has a great plot, Red-Hood is a truly formidable opponent for the Detective with gadgets and skills to rival the man himself. A few classic characters rear their head for decent cameos (The Black Mask, Nightwing & The Riddler amongst others). Batman is well voice by Bruce Greenwood, steering well clear of the 'Bale gruffness' and Neil Patrick Harris plays a brilliant rendition of Nightwing.

John Dimaggio (Bender from Futurama) give an excellent performance as the Joker, but really can't hold a candle to Mark Hamil, that's not to say he isn't good, but in my opinion Mark Hamil's voice IS the Joker's voice. There is plenty of the usual Batman antics here, grapple-gun swinging and batarang throwing and the fight-scenes are slick & well choreographed, fans will not be disappointed.

Whilst this version of Red-Hood is extremely proficient with all sorts of weaponry and fighting-styles, he is a little too similar to Deadpool from the Marvel universe. More than a couple of times I found myself thinking that it was a straight rip-off with basically no differences from the Marvel character aside from the back-story.

Despite this, this really is a great addition to the DC universe. The animation is fantastic and the resolution even holds up on Blu-Ray (animation can look a little grainy sometimes, but not here) Warner Animation have done a sterling job. Additionally the Blu-Ray even features an animated short of the antihero Jonah Hex which is a welcome bonus.

Recommended for Batman fans and comic fans alike!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately one to watch., 28 July 2010
Saw this last night and I have to be honest when I say that I was slightly worried that they'd mess this up... How wrong was I!

This movie rocked and it's in the same tone as all other good Batman material - dark, brooding and at the centre is a solid story. I'm a big fan of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, but the folks in the movie nailed the voices which in my opinion is a big thing.

Make no mistake, this is not one for the kids, but as a grown man (yes I'll unashamedly admit to it!) this is definately intended for the older teens/adult audience.

Good script, excellent action, no soppy love interests storylines and good characters - overall, an excellent movie that should be added to any true batfan dvd collection. My only gripe is that I wish it was a bit longer... maybe this is something DC/Warner should consider for future projects.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, 26 July 2010
DC is at it again. this time with the batman who is on the quest to search and take down the obnoxious figure known as the red hood who has become somewhat of a pain to the gotham drug lords.
Great animation with a brilliant and dark storyline to keep you glued. as usual with other DC animations, there are no single boring moments.However, the only problem i had with this wonderful masterpiece is the absence of mark hamil as the joker.(trust me you will miss him!)
Oh! and parents who want to buy this for their kids should be warned.for the fact that this is a super hero animation,there are some extremely brutal scenes.

Add this to your DC collection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good..what if a superhero turned supervillain???, 13 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: Batman: Under The Red Hood [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
An excellent adaptation of a very average Batman comic book - probably the moving pictures rate it above its print cousin but it's not really for kids unless you watch it with your own children and talk them through it beforehand. For adults, it's all good; no sugar coated violence, etc,.

I would have given this five stars except for the voice acting, which isn't as good as previous efforts (Bender from Futurama does the voice of the Joker here and it's just not quite....right. Close but not perfect - he's no Mark Hamill).

Go for it. And get Green Lantern: First Flight on DVD while you're at it, too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bat-tastic!, 24 April 2012
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This review is from: Batman: Under The Red Hood [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
I bought this for my son as a Christmas stocking filler.

He loved it. . .so did I! Absolutely brilliant story, great animation and edge of your seat action, chases and fight scenes. There's a dark aspect to this movie too which makes it more watchable than many other super hero animations. I'll definitely be getting more like this one. Great stuff and highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Animated movie ever!!!!! Hell one of the best movies ever!!!, 15 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Batman: Under The Red Hood [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
This was one of the best recent Batman stories converted into an animated movie. This is the way you make a comic into an animated movie. Staying true to the source material making slight tweaks for the audience to enjoy in this format. the animation is excellent. The characters are great. This film is as close to perfect as it could be.

The story someone has taken up the Red Hood identity, (the original Red Hood was the Joker before he fell into the acid), and it taking war to crime Punisher style. The part that has Batman most worried if that fact the person seem to have intimate knowledge of the Bat-family,their tactics and even Bruce/Batman's greatest failure. In the comics the person was bought back from Superboy prime destroying dimensional barriers in Infinity crisis. In this it is more to do with Ra's al ghul. You are also introduced to the evil comic book Joker not the one watered down for the younger audience. He is physically tougher and deadlier, and a real twisted Psycho.

The actions scenes are excellent, the emotions between the characters is great. I honestly could not think of a single thing I would change in this film. I think the biggest endorsement is my wife who is not a "cartoon" movie or Batman fan loved it and though it was excellent.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Don't you just LOVE a happy ending?! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!", 13 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: Batman: Under The Red Hood (DVD)
The death of Jason Todd, the second teenager to go by the superhero alias of Robin the Boy Wonder.

Where do I even START?

The infamous and unforgettable saga `A Death in the Family' still stands as one of the most controversial, iconic, and downright classic events, not just in Batman, but the whole of comics history. It was where the Joker had finally won, beating Robin almost to death and then blowing up what was left in a warehouse explosion, with the Caped Crusader failing to save him in time. And it was all voted for by the fans!

Then several years later...writer Judd Winick did something just as controversial, iconic and downright classic. He did the unthinkable, and resurrected Jason Todd as the notorious Red Hood, a Batman who KILLS. "Under the Hood' was a saga that proved to be just as popular, bestselling and divisive as its predecessor. Another milestone in the colourful tapestry of Batman's career.

Surely the notion of translating something of that magnitude into a feature-length animation would be a very difficult feat, yet Warner Bros. Animation have done just that with their latest direct-to-video OAV. Batman: Under the Red Hood adapts the whole dark, violent Jason Todd story into seventy-two minutes of blistering excitement and suspense that no Batman fan can afford to miss.

The plot is almost identical to the comics, with the film starting with Robin being tortured by the Joker and Batman ultimately failing to save him. Five years later, the enigmatic Red Hood arrives in Gotham City to wage his war on Black Mask, the crime lord who now has Gotham completely under his control. As Batman struggles to deal with the new menace and unearth the truth behind his identity, ghosts will return to torment the Dark Knight more than ever. And disturbing revelations regarding the Joker and Ra's Al Ghul will forever turn Batman's world upside down.

The whole controversial Jason Todd saga (both "A Death in the Family" and "Under the Hood") is something I truly consider classic. It added so many more tremendous layers to the Batman character and his universe, creating endless ramifications that have fuelled the success of both the comics and other adaptations. For all those fans who couldn't stand the Jason Todd character, the notion of killing Robin in the first place, or forever tarnishing the impact of Batman's greatest defeat...this movie is something I would heartily recommend to them as well.

Judd Winick was the ideal man to bring in for this, given his love for "A Death in the Family" and his sterling work on Jason Todd's revival. And he writes an absolutely excellent screenplay for this animation. He adapts the whole comic saga beautifully, choosing the best story elements and subtly reworking them for on-screen. I'd go so far as to say Winick actually improves upon the original comics, by retconning certain parts that I admit were too tongue-in-cheek and treading thin ice (i.e. touching upon the real-life US conflict with Iran, Joker becoming their ambassador etc).

One of the most ill-received things about Jason Todd's revival was the manner in which he came back, so that it tied in with the DC's Infinite Crisis crossover. Here, Winick rectifies that bloated, convoluted hash-job by making the explanation for Jason's return into a much more plausible and conceivable revelation. Plus, it also has far greater impact for Batman, which is what was sorely lacking in the original story.

Because the film doesn't have any connections to the comics continuity or even the original Animated Series, Under the Red Hood provides fans with an opportunity to enjoy the movie on its own merits, without having to compare it to anything else. It also allows the likes of Ra's Al Ghul, Commissioner Gordon and Nightwing to play much more of a significant role in the events then they did in the comics.

The feature itself...is another true gem from Warner Bros., everything from animation, to the music score, to the voice acting. With such high production values, Under the Red Hood is easily worthy of being in the same league as classics like Mask of the Phantasm and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. It's certainly the most violent animated Batman film, even more so than the Uncut Version of Return of the Joker, so parents be warned. It's REALLY not suitable for little kids.

The action sequences are gorgeous to look at, as are the conversational and confrontational moments. Christopher Drake's music adds such a delicious haunting mood to the proceedings and the cast is truly superb.

Neil Patrick Harris (Nightwing), Jason Isaacs (Ra's Al Ghul) and Wade Williams (Black Mask) are completely suitable for their roles, and make you wish they had more screen time. Alas, THE voices of Batman and the Joker - Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill - aren't present for this, which is a shame, as they TRULY are Batman and the Joker. But Bruce Greenwood is a worthy fill-in for the Dark Knight, getting the dark, brooding voice just right. John DiMaggio is downright creepy and sinister as the Joker, and although he doesn't quite capture the character's full essence, it soon grew on me.

It's Jensen Ackles, though, who outshines everyone else as the Red Hood/Jason Todd, breathing a murderous, sinister, mocking tone, laced with dry wit and the damaged heart of a human being. Everything that the Jason Todd character has become, which is so faithful and accurate.

There's some good extras, here, such as looks at other DC Animated films and a preview at Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. There's no alternate commentary, which is disappointing. Or any trailers or documentaries to do with the film itself, which I feel the DVD could've done with to complete the package. But in any event, Batman: Under the Red Hood is a terrific piece that not only adapts, but IMPROVES on the original comic. Even if you hated it, I would insist checking this film out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Red Hood V Black Mask, 14 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Batman: Under The Red Hood [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
Another animated movie from DC comics animation that turns a storyline from one of their comics into a film.

In this case Batman: Under the Hood which saw Batman facing an old adversary. With someone new under their mask.

The film runs for seventy two minutes.

And although it's a Batman cartoon it's a twelve certificate dvd, because it is rather dark and violent at points. So it's really not suitable for the very young.

[The only ones likely to read this are those who already know the story. But just in case....]

It starts with a pre credit sequence showing Robin [the second Robin, Jason Todd, who took on the role when Dick Grayson grew up and became the superhero Nightwing] at the mercy of the Joker. Batman's desperate efforts to reach him in time are too late. His sidekick dies. There's backstory to this scene that is filled in later in the movie, so those who don't know the comic shouldn't feel too confused.

Five years later: There's a new player in Gotham. Sadistic gang boss Black Mask is now running the underworld. But he faces compettion from the Red Hood. A man in a mask. Ruthless and very good at fighting. Naturally he crosses swords with the Batman. Who finds him strangely familiar. Red Hood is taking the war to crime. Going to the places where Batman won't and using the methods he won't. But might his approach be better?

And what might happen should the Joker get involved?

This does a very good job of slimming the story down into a feature length movie version - it does successfully rewrite one element to remove a tie in to a multi comic story - and whilst the animation style is a bit different to those seen before from dc you do get used to it and it suits the needs of the story well.

Something else you have to get used to is that none of the voice cast are the regulars from dc animation, but there are some big names here and they're all very good.

Offering some good action scenes, some nice character moments, some stylish flashbacks, and a good bit of moral food for thought, this is a pacy and exciting and memorable piece of work, and a fine adaption of the source material.

The dvd has the following language and subtitles options:

Languages; English, Castilian Spanish, French, German.

Subtitles: English, Castilian Spanish, French, German.

The only extras are four previews of other projects from dc animation. These tend to be more promotional and interview work from those involved rather than show much of the animation. And some have appeared on other dc animated dvds so they may be familiar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So close to being a perfect batman film, 10 July 2011
This review is from: Batman: Under The Red Hood [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
As a (fairly) direct adaptation of a comic story Batman Under the Red Hood is very good, streamlining several months worth of comics into a seventy minute feature although (slight spoiler) the reason for Jason Todd being killed by the Joker is completely different to in the comics where he ran away to find his birth mother which does lessen the impact of his death a little. And only a little as the whole film sees Batman dealing with his guilt, loss and regret at Jasons murder.
Five years later and the Red Hood instigates a gang war against the Black Mask with his ultimate aim to provoke Black Mask into getting the Joker out of Arkham. Of course Batman is out to bring them both down as events escalate towards a pretty grim outcome in keeping with the overall tone of loss and guilt.
This is a well animated film with the action and there is a lot of at times very violent action because as well as wanting Joker Red Hood is also cleaning up Gotham his own way basically by crossing the line Batman never would, which makes this much more than a slugfest with delusions of depth.
Voice wise Bruce Greenwood excells as Batman while John Dimaggio is a twisted sociapathic clown as the Joker and Jensen Eclles is a perfect Red Hood but therein lies the biggest problem here. Anyone like me who grew up with Batman the animated series would love to have that cast tackle this meaty fare which can detract from the film. For every one else not so influenced add another star as this is as good a film of any kind you'll see in a long time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!, 13 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Batman: Under The Red Hood [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
This is one of the best animated movies EVER! The animation is fantastic and the story superb! For anyone who has read the amazing 'A Death in the Family' graphic novel - this movie basically draws on events from this bestseller (one of the best graphic novels f all time - along with 'Knightfall')

This movie has it all - a great story, superb action scenes, great sound effects, Joker at his crazed best - as he should be...even an appearance from Nightwing.

BUY IT! A must for any BATMAN fan.
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