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5.0 out of 5 stars DK Returns Full Feature & New 70 Miller Doc= No Double Dip!, 10 Oct 2013
This review is from: Dcu: Batman: Dark Knight Returns [Blu-ray] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
For fans thinking they are being 'double dipped' by this DC Universe Animated Original Movie 'Deluxe Edition' release of 'BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS,' think again. You only need look at what you are getting for your money to realize Warner Bros. animation is offering up a totally new 'viewing experience' for this groundbreaking animated achievement, along with phenomenal new extras well worth the investment. The full-length, uninterrupted version of the film clocks in at 2 hours and 29 minutes. This uninterrupted viewing experience of Director Jay Olivia and Writer Bob Goodman's brilliant, epic adaptation of Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" may be the closest fans will ever get again to an adult, serious and hard-core Christopher Nolan 'Batman' film.

The fact the film features a crew commentary track with Olivia, Goodman and Voice Director Andrea Romano - exclusive to this 'full-cut' - means that fans get a creative perspective on the film as a whole. Had commentary tracks been recorded and released on each of the separate 'Part 1' and 'Part 2' releases, the filmmakers would have been inhibited from discussing their overall approach to the writing, directing, scoring and overall work on the production as a 2 and 1/2 hour epic film, as each commentary would have focused exclusively on either 'Part 1' or 'Part 2.' In this full-length feature cut commentary track, fans hear what it was like to tackle a such a massive undertaking. The creative efforts that went into this project were phenomenal, expensive, and unprecedented for the DCUAOM team. This is a film that Warner Bros. Animation gave a high budget to and lost a significant amount of money on. The total gross for both 'Parts 1' and '2' was less than 5 million dollars, when packaging and advertising are factored in. DCUAOMs used to gross 5 million PER TITLE, minimum.

The inclusion of the new and impressive 70 minute Frank Miller documentary "Masterpiece: Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns,' focused on both Miller's rise in the comic book industry and the creation of the graphic novel itself, is the type of bonus material the DCUAOMs have virtually never included. Miller is notoriously 'tight-lipped' about his creations, and particularly, this historic graphic novel. The fact the documentary is comprised of extensive new interview footage with Miller himself makes it the definitive documentary of both Miller and 'The Dark Knight Returns' - one of the most important graphic novels ever written.

The carry-over of all bonus materials from the separately released 'Parts 1 & 2' is, of course, obligatory. Many fans, though, will enjoy the 4 exclusive collector cards included in the set which will feature never before seen artwork. Given the fact the graphic novel itself has seen various special anniversary, hard-cover and limited release editions, it seems perfect that the animated version is getting this treatment.

Kudos to Warner Bros. Home Video for taking a second chance on this title by giving it to fans in a format they really wanted it in, including a comprehensive NEW commentary track, and the 70 minute definitive documentary on Frank Miller and the Graphic Novel itself. Given the low sales of the original releases, this might turn out to be another 'break-even' release for the division. And, if that's the case, it's the fans who will end-up being the sole winners yet again.
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2013 01:05:36 BDT
Saadi says:
Brilliant review. Can you please advise me whether this Blu ray is Multi regional or not?
Many thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2013 12:50:34 BDT
It appears, per www.steelbookreview.com, that the Steelbook edition produced for the US chain store Target does contain a Region Free blu-ray of the film. Www.hdmoviesource.com and www.bluraysforeveryone.com also list the Steelbook edition of 'Batman: The Dark Knight Rises: Deluxe Edition' as 'Region Free.' Ebay UK Seller blu-ray-hdmoviesource is selling copies of the Steelbook edition, and states on his page they are 'Region Free.' Per www.steelbookreview.com, the Steelbook edition available through Amazon Canada (www.amazon.ca) is the Target edition and they have a link on their site that takes you to their page to order one. I would NOT buy a Steelbook edition from Amazon US, however. I'd only go with a seller that verifies its the Steelbook with the Region Free blu-ray. Good luck! :)
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