|Guides - Releases - DVD - Volume 1
Announce Date: 05/08/09
Street Date: 08/25/09
Closed Captioning: Yes
Packaging Type: Eco Amaray Case
Subformat: Single Disc
Media Quantity: 1
Disc Configuration: 1) 9-Dual Layer
Sound Track Language: English
Run Time: 110
|Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
English, Spanish, Portuguese (Dolby Stereo 2.0)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese
Rise of the Blue Beetle!
Terror on Dinosaur Island!
Evil Under the Sea!
Invasion of the Secret Santas!
Synopsis: Batman isn't going at it alone this time! From Warner
Bros. Animation comes the latest interpretation of the classic
Batman franchise. Our caped crusader is teamed up with heroes
from across the DC Universe, delivering nonstop action and
adventure with a touch of comic relief. Blue Beetle, Green
Arrow, Aquaman and countless others will get a chance to uphold
justice alongside Batman. Though still based in Gotham, Batman
will frequently find himself outside city limits, facing
situations that are both unfamiliar and exhilarating. With
formidable foes around every corner, Batman will still rely on
his stealth, resourcefulness and limitless supply of cool
gadgets to bring justice home.
The first DVD release for “Batman: Brave and the Bold,”
these first four episodes will take you to a plethora of
different places ranging from space to islands, to under the
waves, to the ancient city of Atlantis. This is not only an
appropriate release in the sense that the episodes are in the
order in which they aired, but also this serves as a perfect
sampling for the format of the show. They’re not the best
episodes, of course, but if you can enjoy these then you will
absolutely enjoy the rest of the series.
series having prominent roots in a Golden and Silver Age set up,
“Rise of the Blue Beetle” starts off with the modern holder of
the Blue Beetle mantle; Jaime Reyes. A young hero eager to show
he’s ready for anything, Jaime is teamed up with Batman to take
down the interstellar villain Kanjar Ro. Overall, it’s a very
simple episode, but I’m glad they went with this one as the
first episode. The young hero aspect is most likely immediately
appealing to the younger views of the show, although it is a
shame that out of 26 episodes for the season, Jaime has only
shown up in a few of them.
Bringing focus back to Earthly
realms, “Terror on Dinosaur Island” faces off Batman with
Gorilla Grodd - one of the few villains to have the perfect
combination of brains and brawn. Batman’s not alone in this feat
as Plastic-Man is along for the ride, but Plastic-Man’s
continued temptations to resort to his past, the life of a
thief, adds another obstacle to overcome for this clashing duo.
Out of the season, it’s one of the weaker episodes, but the
comedy with Plastic-Man tends to be worth the watch.
Diving further with the Earth-based encounters, Batman joins
Aquaman in Atlantis to battle the sea dwelling villain Black
Manta in “Evil Under the Sea.” This version of Aquaman was one
of the best surprises of the series, as he stays far away from
any campy impression you may have of the sea-dwelling hero.
Surprisingly, it’s more focused on Aquaman than it is Batman,
and for that it greatly depicts the range that this series is
attempting to accomplish.
No Batman adventure is complete
without a stop in the common world, and this DVD doesn’t forget
that. Last but not least, “Invasion of the Secret Santas” takes
us to a common suburbia with the heart-warming search for
Christmas spirit with Red Tornado, and the heart-wrenching past
of the Dark Knight himself. In their own ways they regain their
Christmas spirit as they face off against the master of corrupt
toys, the fiendish Fun Haus. This can be easily said to be the
best episode of the DVD, and it was in fact the episode that got
me hooked on the series. It manages to introduce Red Tornado in
a proper way, while still allowing a shocking amount of room to
show Batman’s tortured origins, and neither story downplay the
A surprisingly sparse release, Batman: The
Brave and The Bold - Volume One arrives in a standard
single-disc Eco Amaray case. A promotional insert is included,
boasting Warner Home Video's Blu-ray releases, but that's it.
Disc art is pretty basic (and pictured above) and menus are
simple and easy to navigate. Outside of trailers, there are zero
extras on this set. I imagine any extras are being saved for the
inevitable first season collection. While the disc may lack
bonus features, but the A/V quality here is pretty solid. Audio
is a standard English Stereo mix and the video presentation is
an anamorphic widescreen encode, resulting in a surprisingly
stunning image. If you've been watching this on Teletoon or
Cartoon Network, you should notice an immediate step up in the
Overall, it's a sparse release but one
worth at least a rental. Collectors will definitely want to add
this to their collections, as well as fans of the show, but the
limited selection of episodes does hamper this release. Still,
if you're a fan of the series and want some Batman: The Brave
and The Bold on DVD now, then this is a Recommended
release. However, if you're hoping for more in the future then I
would maybe hold out for a season set release. This show really
deserves a more in-depth and expansive release, and I'm Warner
Home Video will provide just that soon enough, but until then,
I'd suggest picking up Batman: The Brave and The Bold -
Volume One to support the show and get a chance to enjoy
four great episodes in solid DVD quality.
Main review by Andrew; DVD Review by
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