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Announce Date: 7/22/09
Street Date: 11/10/09
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MSRP: $14.98
Packaging Type: Eco Amaray Case
Subformat: Single Disc
Media Quantity: 1
Disc Configuration: DVD 5
Sound Track Language: English
Run Time: 88
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (16x9)
Sound Quality: English, Spanish, Portuguese (Dolby Stereo 2.0)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese
Episodes:
Day of the Dark Knight!
Enter the Outsiders!
Dawn of the Dead Man!
Fall of the Blue Beetle!

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.

Review
The second DVD release for Batman: The Brave and the Bold features some of the best episodes to grace Season 1. This quadruple grouping of episodes expands the range of the show even further and introduces a slew of new heroes and villains that you may have never heard of, but existed long before you were even born. If you liked the previous DVD release, I can’t see you not liking this release even moreso. The only con seems to be the volume release instead of simply tossing out a season set, but I can see how this is beneficial to give people inexpensive taste-tests to this great show.

Beginning with the time-traveling tale of “Day of the Dark Knight,” Batman gets teamed up in a full-fledged story with Green Arrow rather than a mere teaser as featured on the first release. Together they are taken back in time to team up with the Demon Etrigan to battle the evil Sorceress Morgaine Le Fay. Although the episode raises some quirky questions, overall it is a highly enjoyable and surprising adventure with a twist that I didn’t expect - but welcomed.

Instead of a single hero’s introduction, “Enter the Outsiders” brings three pint-sized soon-to-be heroes to the audience’s awareness. Black Lightning, Katana, Metamorpho are introduced as juvenile delinquents under the command of a sewer-dwelling crime boss named “Slug.” Batman teams up with the elderly hero Wildcat to bring this trio to a disciplined usefulness. Although the premise was interesting, the episode is definitely the weakest of the four on this DVD. It’s not horrible, but it’s not-not horrible either.

Going back to the quality set by “Day of the Dark Knight,” the next episode raises the bar on what to expect from the show. Introducing one of the most unique heroes, “Dawn of the Deadman” features, well, Deadman. Deadman helps Batman through a near-death adventure crafted by the fiendish poltergeist Gentleman Ghost as he attempts to unleash an army of undead within the crypts of London. This significantly shows that not only is this show not afraid of the dark, it also has writers talented enough to write for both a child audience and an adult audience. This story manages to pull off a dark, yet fun adventure for both audiences without pandering to one, or complicating the enjoyment for the other.

Just as the first DVD release managed to conveniently, or too conveniently, have an episode that greatly ended the disc’s content, this release does as well. “Fall of the Blue Beetle” may sound dire, but it makes a landmark attempt to not only fulfill dreams of the major comic fans, and also introduce a new legacy to an unsuspecting audience. Delving deeper into the Blue Beetle legacy, the episode features both the new Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) and the long-loved Blue Beetle II; Ted Kord (voiced by Wil Wheaton). The episode is cleverly covers two eras - one for each Beetle - along with keeping a compelling story, and is easily one of the top best of the entire first season.

The DVD
Like the previous volume this set arrives in a standard single disc Eco Amaray case. A singular insert is included which advertises the soundtracks for the Brave and the Bold episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister" on one side and "Green Lantern" and "Superman/Batman - Public Enemies" on the other. Disc art is pretty basic (and pictured above) and menus are simple and easy to navigate. There are zero extras on this set so that is an immediate bummer, but the A/V quality here is pretty solid. Audio is a standard English Stereo mix, but the video presentation is an anamorphic widescreen encode, which means that this show looks pretty darn good, especially if you've been stuck watching it in the standard definition broadcast.

And...that's all to this release, really. There's some trailers for other shows and the like but overall it's a pretty limited release. If you're a fan of the series then it's Recommended, but if you're hoping for more in the future then I would maybe hold out for a season set release. It's bound to happen eventually. Or at least I really hope it does.

Main review by Andrew; DVD Review by Zach Demeter.

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