Reviews - DVD - Mask of the Phantasm (Mini-DVD)

Release Information:
Announce Date: 3/21/05
Street Date: 4/26/05
MSRP: $14.96
Packaging Type: Thin Case
Media Quantity: 1
Sound Track Language: English
Run Time: 76
Aspect Ratio(s):
Original Aspect Ratio - 2.66, Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33

English: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0
Francais: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0

Edition Details:
• Encoding: Region 1
• Animated, Color

Official Synopsis: Unmasking the Phantasm is just one of the twists in Batman: Mask of Phantasm, "one of the most imaginative films of the past year" (Chuck Rich, Westwood One). Only here will you discover all-new revelations about Batman's past, his archrival the Joker and the most grueling battle of Batman's life - the choice between his love of a beautiful woman and his vow to be the defender of right. Batman: Mask of Phantasm is a "mystery that is genuinely absorbing, suspenseful and moving" (Cincinnati Enquirer) and a film no fan should be without! Can the Dark Knight elude the police, capture the Phantasm and clear his name? Year: 1993 Director: Eric Radomski Starring: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Hart Bochner, Abe Vigoda

Review (James Harvey): Remember the Mini-DVD format? Well, there’s a reason you don’t. Introduced and then discontinued in the blink of an eye, the Mini-DVD format was meant to be a cheap movie-only alternative for those who had no interest in the bonus features on their DVDs, The Mini-DVDs, which worked in both a Mini-DVD player and a full-size DVD player, featured just the movie and nothing else. No extras, no menus, no nothing. Once the disc was inserted into the player, the movie would boot up and that would be it. As you can expect, these didn’t take off, even with their $5.99 bargain price tag.

As per the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Mini-DVD, since there are no extras and we’ve already reviewed the main feature elsewhere in the site, we’ll take a quick look at the audio/video quality of the Mini-DVD. The video is standard, looking exactly the same as the DVD release (which is no real surprise given the small amount of space the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm takes up on its’ DVD release). The video is full-screen and looks as good as it can on Mini-DVD. Not great, but not horrible, just like the original DVD release to Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Is this worth picking up? Well, since the Mini-DVD format is discontinued and this originally-priced $5.99 disc will now cost you upwards of $30, I’d say “no” and just pick up the regular DVD release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.

It’s amazing that, as of December 2008, there has been no “Special Edition” release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, but we’ve had the film re-issued as a Mini-Disc, part of a “Two-Movies-For-One” flipper disc release, reissued in new Amaray packaging, and released in a 3-Disc box set. I understand that just reissuing the film is likely cheaper than making a whole new edition, but if any of these multiple releases are any indication, it’s obvious that the demand is there for a new Batman: Mask of the Phantasm DVD release. Maybe Warner Home Entertainment will see fit to release a new edition someday, but, for now, skip this Mini-DVD and seek out one of the low-priced alternatives available,
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