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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark & Gritty Animated Movie Spin Off
Batman: Assault On Arkham (DVD).
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Dutch, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Chinese, Castilian
Dubbed: French, German, Latin Spanish, Polish
Region 2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Running time 75 minutes approx

Cast.
Kevin Conroy - Batman / Bruce Wayne
Neal...
Published 7 months ago by Timelord-007

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark & Gritty Animated Movie Spin Off, 11 Aug. 2014
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Batman: Assault On Arkham [DVD] (DVD)
Batman: Assault On Arkham (DVD).
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Dutch, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Chinese, Castilian
Dubbed: French, German, Latin Spanish, Polish
Region 2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Running time 75 minutes approx

Cast.
Kevin Conroy - Batman / Bruce Wayne
Neal McDonough - Deadshot / Floyd Lawton
Hynden Walch - Harley Quinn / Dr. Harleen Quinzel
Matthew Gray Gubler - Riddler / Edward Nygma
Troy Baker - Joker
C.C.H. Pounder - Amanda Waller
Greg Ellis - Captain Boomerang / George Harkness
Giancarlo Esposito - Black Spider / Eric Needham
John DiMaggio - King Shark
Jennifer Hale - Killer Frost / Louise Lincoln
Nolan North - KGBeast / Anatoly Knyazev, Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin
Eric Bauza - Security Guy
Chris Cox - Commissioner James Gordon
Martin Jarvis - Alfred Pennyworth
Peter Jessop - Watch Commander
Christian Lanz - Scarecrow / Jonathan Crane
Andrea Romano - Woman
Travis Willingham - Morgue Guy
Mick Wingert - Joker Security Guy

Trivia.
1)When Harley goes through items in the Joker crate at Arkham among the items she removes is the mask that the Joker wore in opening scene of The Dark Knight.
2)There are some references to Batman Returns (1992), the appearance of the Penguin is almost a facsimile to Danny DeVito's appearance in the 1992 movie; when Harley Quinn is about to rob a toy store she puts her head against the glass very much in the same fashion as Catwoman did in the aforementioned movie & Batman takes down a petty criminal in a similar way as in the 90s movie, by firing his grappling hook at a piece of the wall behind the criminal.

Whats The Story.
When Amanda Waller & Harley Quinn get together to form the Suicide Squad, whose number one ambition is to break in to the Arkham Asylum to retrieve information from the Riddler, the accidental freeing of the Joker results in Batman being alerted to their premeditated crime.

Batman must find a bomb planted by the Joker & battle against the vicious The Suicide Squad.

Timelord Thoughts.
Batman: Assault on Arkham is directed by Jay Oliva & Ethan Spaulding, portrays criminals with a vicious & sexy attitude which is certainly not a movie for younger children.

With the majority of voice actors reprising there roles from the Batman Arkham video game series including the excellent Kevin Conroy as Batman, this animated movie delves deep into Arkham Asylum & builds up the story well adding a great sense of atmosphere while the movie captures the essence of the Arkham series games superbly.

This movie focuses more on a criminal special task force created by Amanda Waller, who are to become the Suicide Squad, rather than Batman; however, there is still enough of Batman in this movie to satisfy our Dark Knight fix & the scenes that Batman appears in do not disappoint & with Kevin Conroy back voicing the character Batman is in very safe hands.

Troy Baker has voiced the Joker before, but is so close to Mark Hamills interpretation I actually thought it was Hamill voicing him until I looked up the cast, Troy Baker's voice acting is chillingly good full of rage & insanity pulling off a brilliant rendition of the clown prince of crime.

The violence is quite graphic, the dialogue is coarse at times & the movie displays several scenes of sexual innuendo that pushes the boundaries & makes this movie better suited to a more mature audience than young kiddies.

The animation is excellent very fluid & smooth while the direction focuses on the principal characters revealing a little more about there backgrounds during the movie.

Overall, Batman: Assault On Arkham is a thoroughly entertaining action packed animated movie featuring well written characters that is jam packed with attitude & kick ass harder edged action, yes I'd have liked Batman to have featured a little more in the movie but his supporting role didn't effect my enjoyment of this movie as this latest animated movie very much pleased this reviewer who is a massive Batman fan.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Into the Asylum, 25 Mar. 2015
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Batman: Assault On Arkham [DVD] (DVD)
A new animated movie based on characters from DC comics titles.

Set in Gotham City, the Riddler has just been taken down by the Batman once again, and sent to Arkham Asylum. But there's something in the Asylum which belongs to him, that Government spymaster Amanda Waller wants. So she sends in the Suicide Squad. A team of supervillains forced into working for her. They get time off their sentences if they succeed. And they have no choice in joining the Squad, otherwise the bomb implanted in their neck will be set off.

Led by master Assassin Deadshot, and including Joker's on again on off again girlfriend Harley Quinn, the team infiltrate the Asylum. Expecting to find the Bat distracted as he tries to foil the Joker's latest scheme. But since many people involved with the assault have secrets and hidden agendas, things won't go the way anyone expects...

Although this is marketed as a Batman film, he's really just a supporting character in it, since this is far more of a Suicide Squad story. Thus there are long stretches when you don't see him. It's also not a cartoon for kids. Being a fifteen certificate because it features violence, a couple of bits of strong language, and one adult moment.

It's strength is in that it sets out to be a caper movie - right from the montage of the team being put together, which is done in the usual caper movie style for that kind of scene - and as such it really succeeds. Since it's very cleverly plotted. With twists and turns and surprises and double crosses galore coming thick and fast as things develop.

The animation has a good style, and you quickly get used to it. Although it can be rather dark at some points and a little tricky to see as a result. The colouring is stylish, although [despite being a different skin colour] Deadshot and team member Black Spider have similar facial hair styles, so it takes a little while to get used to them and remember which is which.

Loud and fast music just adds to the atmosphere.

The action scenes are great, although a couple are slightly misjudged since collateral damage ensues, so that does stick in the mind for a little while.

Most of the voice cast aren't household names. Although it does have Kevin Conroy as Batman and CCH Pounder as Waller. Two actors who suit their roles so well that it's always a pleasure to hear them. And Martin Jarvis's Alfred is underused. Which is a shame because his voice really suits the character.

Also, it does make the six members of the squad very three dimensional and well rounded characters, so they all do have a certain appeal.

Not a comic book movie for everyone, thanks to the certificate, but all in all a very entertaining watch. The Squad have appeared in a fair few comics down the years, which are worth a look. And will shortly be the subject of a live action film as well. Which hopefully will be as good as this.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English, French, German, Polish, Castilian Spanish.

Subtitles: English, Castilian Spanish, Dutch, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Chinese.

It has one single extra. An eight minute long preview for the forthcoming DC comics animated film Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. This is a good watch as it contains a little more of the finished animation than these usually do. Some will though wish to be aware that it does contain one bit of flashing imagery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arkham: Cheer for the bad guys!, 30 Dec. 2014
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The world of Arkham has become a video game phenomenon and now this movie could be the first in a series of animations that could take the DVD world by storm! With excellent voice talent, great animation and fantastic characters this movie had me gripped from the very beginning. Easily The Joker, Harley Quinn and Deadshot steal the show throughout, but surprisingly you find yourself very drawn towards the characters of Killer Frost, King Shark and Black Spider. Unless your a hardcore DC fan you may be discovering some of these minor villains for the first time but I found it an excellent way to be introduced to them, especially the flirtatious relationship between Killer Frost and King Shark.
If you loved the video games and just love Batman in general then you will highly enjoy this product.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DC pushes the envelope, 13 Aug. 2014
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I really enjoyed this movie, the animation it great, perfectly in keeping with Batman and Gothem. DC really pushed the envelope to taking it to a more anime style and attitude. The fights are brutal, with heavy influences of MMA, but these guys are not looking for a tap out this is chokes to death, necks broken or sliced, limbs wrenched out of sockets and that's not including the gun shot kills. I am wondering if there are any villains or cops left alive in Gothem. You never left with any doubt that these guys are the bad guys.

The Suicide Squad has been around in the DC comics universe for quite a while, however I think they have been given a much bigger fan base thanks to the Arrow series. I think Batman is portrayed almost perfectly. Also he is only in a quarter of the movie. The SS take centre stage, the movie writers had no problem killing off characters to make the point that nobody is safe. I agree with the higher age rating because of the brutality, but the innuendo in the movie as well. Seriously if this was a live action movie and the camera moved down a couple of centimetres this would have been an 18 for sure.

Batman's rogue gallery are also shown in a darker than usual light. Even characters not known for their fighting prowess like the Riddler are shown they will do what they need to survive. Can you make an Arkham movie without the Joker? The version of the clown prince of crime is more in keeping with the Dark Knight Returns, he does not have the bulk as in Under the Red Hood, but he shows what a twisted, merciless, unforgivable, stab happy psycho he is.

A really good movie I would have given it 4.5 stars simple for some mistakes but I described it deserved to be rounded up instead of down. One mistake is Amanda seem to take the need to know a little too far and seemed to just be going out of her way to make life more difficult for the SS, or just plain mess with them to show she could. Also Batman would he really be willing to sacrifice that many people to maintain his cover? If you like anime, action movies, Arrow, or Cyber City you will love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well I'm glad that I did, 23 Mar. 2015
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I was not expecting to be particularly impressed with film in light of recent DC Animated films. And wavered many times before finally giving in and purchasing it. Well I'm glad that I did. From start to finish its an excellent Batman adventure. Even though the Dark Knight only plays a peripheral part in it. The various members of the Suicide Squad are perfectly realized. Worth the money, and stands up well to repeat viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As a massive Batman fan I love the DC animated movies this did not disappoint I ..., 1 Dec. 2014
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As a massive Batman fan I love the DC animated movies this did not disappoint I love Harley Quinn and she is great in this if you love the bad guys as much as the good your gonna love this GET IT NOW for your collection and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived quickly and was awesome to watch, 23 Nov. 2014
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Arrived quickly and was awesome to watch. This is focused on the Suicide Squad rather than Batman but it had great action and lots of humorous moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... cartoons - and Captain Boomerang is one of my favourite villains (the flash's rogues being the others), 25 Nov. 2014
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I'm enjoying the dc modern cartoons - and Captain Boomerang is one of my favourite villains (the flash's rogues being the others)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Batman animated movie, 21 Aug. 2014
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Great animated title! Being a big fan of Batman and the Arkham games, I really enjoyed this movie. The action is great and the humour works really well. The design of Arkham asylum has been modelled on the game, which I really enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd, well filmed and scripted and with a ..., 12 Nov. 2014
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Great dvd, well filmed and scripted and with a great DC cast list.If your a fan of the Bat,this is definitely worth buying.
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