Incredible series - another disappointing DVD
Zack Davisson | Seattle, WA, USA | 03/15/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
""Batman:The Animated Series" is literally everything I could want from a comic book adaptation. In fact, I would say it remains the best comic book inspired TV series or movie ever made. It stays true to the characters, tells interesting stories and has some of the finest animation around. A truly groundbreaking, amazing series.Which is why it is all the more disappointing to see "Batman:TAS" get such a lackluster DVD release. Like all TV shows, it should have been released in Season Box Sets rather than in this manner. Even as it is, the extras are slim to none, and there is nothing to really recommend this DVD. I hope Warner Bros will correct this error, and give us some Season Box Sets. Until then, I will decline."
WB screws us over yet again...
Simon | Brampton, ON | 03/25/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"For those who willingly bought the first BTAS disc in hopes that WB would release more, and with better extras, be prepared for a big disappointment. First of all, it's been a year, and this is only the 2nd disc we've gotten. Another disc should arrive in the fall, but at this rate, we'll have to let our sons and daughters finish the collection for us. 2nd, this disc only has four episodes, not even the five that the first disc gave us, and not six, which is what a DVD disc is capable of holding (see WB's Batman Beyond DVD). 3rd...the episodes are only so-so. Only one major villain is featured, the Joker, but it's nowhere near his best outing. Another episode features the one-shot villain The Sewer King, who uses children to commit his crimes. Despite an interesting premise, it's easily at the bottom of the barrel compared to other episodes. The last two, POV and The Forgotten, are above-average and give us a nice look at Bruce Wayne and the Gotham Police force. However, overall, these episodes just weren't worth the year-long wait. And extras? Forget about any good extras. Anything remotely interesting, such as Bruce Timm's intros, will be butchered into little segments that feel more promotional than informative. If you're a die-hard BTAS fan, you might as well grab this disc, since some BTAS is better than none, but just remember that it's a no-win situation: Good sales will only encourage WB to keep churning out poor DVDs like this, and bad sales will just cause them to stop production altogether. If it helps, consider buying this disc as an appetizer for when the new DTV Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman will be released this fall."
Great Cartoons, Lousy Treatment
Matthew A. Thompson | Satellite Beach, FL | 04/22/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Why does Warner Brothers love to give Batman the shaft on DVD.
First they simply stuck the movie franchise films on dvd with out any extras with the exception of cast information. Now Warner Brothers fails to deliver a collector's edition dvd for its critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series. I don't mind the episodes they put onto the disc...what I do mind are the episodes not on the disc. The Two-Face episodes about his origin are not on the disc contrary to the advertisements and Amazon's editorial description.Its time for Warner Brothers to wise up and realize that Batman is not for the three to six years old. They killed the Batman Franchise by sugar coating it to death with such lolly-pop releases as Batman and Robin and the newer WB Batman and Batman Beyond animated episodes. Its time to salvage what is left of the franchice and start by giving the fans a DVD collection that is both weighty with content and episodes that is placed in a neatly designed box set. Kids are not going to buy cartoons that are over 10 years old. Batman is old school. Market the Pokemon videos to the infants but let Batman have a better fate."
Another Stellar Disappointment
Mark Androvich | California | 04/26/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"These reviews are starting to sound like a broken record, but perhaps if enough people read them and stay away from these DVD releases, Warner Bros. will figure out that they can make more money by making the fans happy.Fox can put entire Simpsons, Futurama, and The Family Guy seasons on DVD. Paramount has no problem producing and selling Star Trek: Next Gen and DS9 season sets that retail for $100. So what is up with Warner Bros. and one of their hottest properties? THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT RELEASING THE ANIMATED BATMAN SERIES IN VOLUMES OF THEIR RESPECTIVE SEASONS!!!I might have overlooked this decision if Warner released a "Best of" DVD or DVD's devoted to single characters (all the Joker episodes, all the Two-Face episodes, etc.). But instead, we get disks like this one--containing a mere 4 episodes (none of them particularly good) and limited special features. As a fan of the series, I KNOW that there are a lot of reference materials available--just look at the excellent Batman Animated book! This disk has a brief featurette on the voice acting that contains comments from only a single actor(Kevin Conroy).To top it all off, the disk comes in the paper DVD case that I despise (even AOL sometimes sends out free disks in plastic DVD cases!) with cover artwork that pales in comparison to the actual animation. Bruce Timm, where are you?Please save your money by not buying this disk! Maybe Warner Bros. can forget these last two disks ever happened and start over from scratch before it's too late..."