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Best animated Batman film for a long time,
This review is from: Batman: Under the Red Hood [Blu-ray] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
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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Initial post: 1 Aug 2010 13:38:17 BDT
W. Ryan says:
So was that the Blu Ray version you are reviewing yes? What were you watching it on, a blu ray player or a PS3? And would it would work on my PS3 as I too live in the UK and can't seem to find a UK version on blu ray anywhere.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2010 08:07:23 BDT
J. Morris says:
I have a chipped Blu-Ray player (multi-region/region free - whatever you'll call it) and was watching the American Blu-Ray release. I don't think that this will work with your PS3 as they are usually region encoded for games and media but don't quote me on that, I could easily be wrong as I don't own a PS3! I would wait for the UK release to be sure as it shouldn't be too long now!!
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2010 04:18:54 BDT
Mr. B. Calverley says:
I have the US Blu Ray and it works fine on my PS3 blu rays tend not to be region coded
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2011 22:47:02 GMT
The disc is region free got this and Batman/Supes last week and they both work fine in uk.
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