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Batman: Under The Red Hood [DVD] [2010]
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on 26 October 2017
A bit meh
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on 18 November 2017
Good
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on 1 August 2017
This film is a must see for anyone looking to start watching animated superheroes movie
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 August 2016
This is a great - and very dark - animated Batman film, released as part of the ongoing DC animated original movies collection. This film draws on the comic book series, in particular two main storylines: 1988's "Batman: A Death in the Family" and 2005's "Under the Hood".

This is the tale of Batman's partner, Jason Todd, who - as the heroic second Robin - is killed by the Joker and, subsequently, resurrected by Ra's al Ghul ... becoming the villainous Red Hood.

Gotham City is plunged into a reign of terror, with a new criminal gangster taking over - this new mysterious Red Hood. So Batman, aided by the first Robin (Dick Grayson), who's now grown up and operating as Nightwing, seeks to capture this menacing figure. But Red Hood knows all of Batman's tactics, and is capable of fighting back. In the midst of the ensuing chaos, Joker escapes Arkham Asylum and gets involved ... The Red Hood wants revenge, on both Joker (for killing him) and Batman (for letting the Joker live). So a final showdown takes place.

This film captures the tragedy and heartache experienced by Batman, as originally depicted in the comic book series. This is a macabre and gritty tale, with violence shown throughout. It is, perhaps, the second most disturbing and poignant moment in Batman's life (after the murder of his parents). And this movie portrays the story brilliantly.

There's plenty of action and thrills, and overall it's a highly fascinating adventure. Note, this is not a film for children - it's violent and intended for adult fans.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 21 April 2016
This is a great - and very dark - animated Batman film, released as part of the ongoing DC animated original movies collection. This film draws on the comic book series, in particular two main storylines: 1988's "Batman: A Death in the Family" and 2005's "Under the Hood".

This is the tale of Batman's partner, Jason Todd, who - as the heroic second Robin - is killed by the Joker and, subsequently, resurrected by Ra's al Ghul ... becoming the villainous Red Hood.

Gotham City is plunged into a reign of terror, with a new criminal gangster taking over - this new mysterious Red Hood. So Batman, aided by the first Robin (Dick Grayson), who's now grown up and operating as Nightwing, seeks to capture this menacing figure. But Red Hood knows all of Batman's tactics, and is capable of fighting back. In the midst of the ensuing chaos, Joker escapes Arkham Asylum and gets involved ... The Red Hood wants revenge, on both Joker (for killing him) and Batman (for letting the Joker live). So a final showdown takes place.

This film captures the tragedy and heartache experienced by Batman, as originally depicted in the comic book series. This is a macabre and gritty tale, with violence shown throughout. It is, perhaps, the second most disturbing and poignant moment in Batman's life (after the murder of his parents). And this movie portrays the story brilliantly.

There's plenty of action and thrills, and overall it's a highly fascinating adventure. The quality of the Blu-ray is superb. There are several bonus features, including an animated short film about Jonah Hex.

This is not a film for children. It's a movie for adult fans.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 14 December 2011
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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on 20 June 2012
The quality of Chris Nolan's `Batman' films could have you believing that there is no point delving the depths of the character as you have already seen the best. Fans of Frank Miller already know this is nonsense, but would even they bother with a direct to DVD feature length cartoon? Surely it would be more like Batman Babies than the hard hitting hero we know and love? `Batman: Under the Red Hood' dispels this myth; it is a cartoon that is almost as adult as the films and manages to explore the character in a different way.

In the world of `Red Hood', Batman is struggling to get to grips with the out of control crime in Gotham City. Haunted by the death of one of his earlier Robin assistants he is still unable to kill his enemies, therefore making himself fallible. Enter an antihero called the Red Hood. Here is someone who does not mind killing and if executing a few hundred criminals is what is needed to clean up the city, so be it. Will Batman be able to talk Red Hood to the light side, or is he just another psychopath that needs putting down?

Exploring some pretty mature themes, the cartoon is still suitable for younger audiences as it is also full of action (but not the very young). Joker is present and is as disturbed as Heath Ledger's take on the super villain. Like with many direct to DVD cartoons the animation cannot quite live up to the ambition of the writers. The quality is slightly higher than the Saturday morning cartoon of Batman, but not what you would get from a cinema based film. With the animation being slightly flawed the film does lose a little of its shine. However, this is still one of the better cartoon animations of recent years.
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#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERon 24 April 2012
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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VINE VOICEon 23 July 2010
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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on 6 August 2017
pretty much as expected. no complaints
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