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Releases - DVD - Batman Beyond: The Movie


Release Information:
Studio: Warner Studios
Release Date: December 21, 1999 (delayed from May 18, 1999)
Run Time: 127 minutes
Production Company: Warner Home Video
Package Type: Snap Case
Contains: "Rebirth" Pt. 1; "Rebirth" Pt. 2; "The Winning Edge"; "Golem"; "Dead Man's Hand"; "Meltdown"
English, French

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Sound Quality:
English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)

Special Features
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
- Languages & Subtitles: English & Francais

Review by Zach Demeter
To cash in one the hot buzz around the then-new show, Warner Home Video quickly released the two part series opener for Batman Beyond, called "Rebirth" on to DVD and VHS, under the title Batman Beyond: The Movie. Released onto video on December 21st, 1999, less than a year after the show premiered, the DVD also includes four bonus episodes and a trailer to round out the package.

This DVD release collects six episodes from the first season - "Rebirth, Part 1," "Rebirth, Part 2," "The Winning Edge," "Golem," "Dead Man's Hand," and the amazing "Meltdown." While the main "movie" on the release is reason enough to buy this DVD, the extra episode "Meltdown" is the true highlight of the DVD. Revisiting Victor Freeze, we see his technology being applied to save a radioactive virus-soaked Derek Powers only to be tragically betrayed.

The main menu is pretty standard, with the end title credits theme playing in the background and the DVD cover art as the menu graphic. The transfers for these episodes are pretty standard, not amazing but not terrible. There is noticeable grain and dust but nothing too distracting and hardly noticeable.

The extras are above average for this release. The trailer is standard promotional fluff, but the four episodes make up for it. Oddly enough, these episodes aren't even listed as episodes, just jammed in the "episode selection" menu with the two-part series opener.

This DVD can usually be found for around $5 - 10 dollars, and is definitely worth picking up. The episodes are solid, and are something every Batman Beyond fan should enjoy. With the box sets for the series surely on the way in the near future, this cheap (price, not content) release should make the waiting more bearable.

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