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Batman: Animated Series 4 [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Synopsis: In the hit show that continues the Batman storyline from the EmmyO-winning Batman: The Animated Series, two years have passed and Batman still protects the streets of Gotham City from the demented criminals that inhabit its dark alleys. But irreconcilable differences with Dick Grayson lead to the collapse of the Batman/Robin crimefighting duo and to the birth of Gotham's
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This DVD box set has all the episodes from 'The New Batman Adventures' (1997-99).
The episodes in this 4th volume are more children friendly when compared to the last 3 volumes.
If you need to you can make most DVD players region free by:
1) press eject & leave tray open.
2) press 98790.
3) a message will appear saying region is now 0.
The episodes are ordered by the date they were made (1997-99) which is different to their first UK air dates, below is the order in which they appear on these DVDs (villains in brackets).
Holiday Knights (The Joker, Harley Quinn, Clayface and Poison Ivy)
Sins of the Father (Two-Face)
Cold Comfort (Mr. Freeze)
Double Talk (The Ventriloquist)
You Scratch My Back (Catwoman)
Never Fear (The Scarecrow)
Joker's Millions (The Joker, Harley Quinn, the Penguin & Poison Ivy)
Growing Pains (Clayface)
Love is a Croc (Baby-Doll & Killer Croc)
Torch Song (Firefly)
The Ultimate Thrill (The Penguin & Roxy Rocket)
Over the Edge (The Scarecrow & Bane)
Mean Seasons (Calendar Girl)
Critters (Farmer Brown)
Cult of the Cat (Thomas Blake )
Animal Act (The Mad Hatter)
Old Wounds (The Joker)
The Demon Within (Klarion the Witch Boy)
Legends of the Dark Knight (The Joker, the Mutants & Firefly)
Girls' Night Out (Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Livewire & the Penguin)
Mad Love (The Joker & Harley Quinn)
Chemistry (Poison Ivy)
Beware the Creeper (The Joker & Harley Quinn)
Judgment Day (Two-Face, The Judge, Killer Croc, The Riddler, & the Penguin)
This DVD set is region 2, and - unfortunately - costs nearly £40 (at the time of writing). Why, I don't know. Seasons 1 and 2 are well under £10, so something is amiss. Perhaps it's best waiting until the price reduces before purchasing this.
Here you'll find all 24 episodes of the final season of the show. While this is a continuation of the earlier seasons of B:TAS, it is nonetheless rather distinct. While so much remains the same (e.g. the musical score, the voice acting, the writers), the style of the animation is quite different. Every character - and much about the world - has been redesigned. Why this happened, I don't know.
Fortunately, this alteration does not detract from the overall quality of the season. It's great. It was aired alongside 'Superman: The Animated Series' - and there are several cross-over episodes. By this point, then, the wider DC animated universe was under construction ... Following on from B:TAS was 'Batman Beyond' (a direct continuation, set decades later). And, of course, there's the 'Justice League'. All are excellent.
I have - elsewhere - provided reviews on the other seasons of B:TAS. Here I'll simply say that this is a fantastic incarnation of the character - arguably the best ever. The show is suitable for adults and kids alike. Fully recommended.
And if you find yourself enjoying this series, remember to check out the related animated films: 'Batman: Mask of the Phantasm', 'Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero', and 'Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman'.
There are points of contention- I can't abide the replacement of that gorgeous Batmobile from the early 90s and the episodes 'Critters' and 'Love is a Croc' are abysmal- but all in, the series keeps much of what made the early seasons so successful: the trademark 'dark deco', sharp scripts, solid storylines second-to-none acting. What it adds is a fresh animation style that's so much more fluid that the older shows, which sees an extraordinary increase in the kind of cartoon violence that really makes you flinch. Everything else you loved about the old shows is still there- the red skies, the classy orchestral scores and a fair few Paul Dini classics. Despite the addition of Tim Drake's Robin and Batgirl to the regular lineup, The New Batman Adventures present a paradoxically more isolated version of the world's greatest detective, bolstered by the rift between he and erstwhile Robin, Nightwing.
Standout episodes include most obviously 'Mad Love', the long-overdue Harley Quinn origin story, 'Holiday Knights', an amusing festive anthology and 'Joker's Millions', naturally. Most entertaining is 'Legends Of The Dark Knight', another three-segment episode which presents animated versions of the 50s style Batman comics, and a segment from The Dark Knight Returns that's just begging for the full-length treatment.
The set is packaged in accordance with the other Region 1 sets but clashes with the Region 2 versions. Extras include a few commentaries and a disposable feature aimed at kids.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More colourful and child friendly than Series 1, 2, & 3 (technically this is a different TV series set after the Original Animated Series) but still heaps of fun and a damn... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Peter
This goes back to the heart of Batman as a comic book hero, the whole series takes me back to being a child again the magic of story telling.Published 11 months ago by Michael
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This DVD box set is not as good as BATS series 1, 2 and 3 but still a few likeable episodes. Read more