Boyd Kirkland Talks 'Batman: Sub-Zero' DVD
by Jim Harvey
May 9th, 2002
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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.
"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,