Boyd Kirkland Talks 'Batman: Sub-Zero' DVD
by Jim Harvey
May 9th, 2002
Toon Zone was able to catch up to Boyd Kirkland and get his response
about the recent release of Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero on DVD from
Warner Home Video. Boyd Kirkland was part of the creative team that
brought much acclaimed story to life.
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"Of course, I'm thrilled that SubZero is finally on DVD." said Boyd
Kirkland. "As soon as I brought home a copy, my 17 year old son wanted
to watch it again! Of course, he's already seen it many times! I think
it still holds up very well. I really appreciated the opportunity Warner
Animation gave me to make it."
While Kirkland was excited to see the movie released on the digital
format, he was a bit dissapointed in the presentation.
"Warner Home Video could have done a little better job with the DVD,
though," said Kirkland. "For example, the original sound mix was done in
Dolby 5.1 surround, and the DVD only has Dolby Pro-Logic. I also did a
wide-screen letterbox master, which was used on the laser disc, but the
DVD only has full-screen. Their market-research indicates that kids
don't like letterbox, but for those of us with wide-screen home theater
systems, letterbox is a must!"
The DVD also presented very minimal extras, mostly geared towards
children. One extra, a music video, only provided quick flashes of
behind the scenes production.
"Also, no one at Warners made any attempt to contact me to see if I
would be interested in doing any commentary, introduction, provide
artwork or info on behind-the-scenes making of, etc., which I would have
been happy to do," said Kirkland. "Oh, well - at least it's out there,