Releases - DVD - Batman Beyond: The Movie
Studio: Warner Studios
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"
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1
English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
• Interactive Menus
• Scene Access
• Languages & Subtitles: English & Francais
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
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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