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Release Information:
Street Date: 4/23/02
Closed Captioning: Yes
MSRP: $14.96
Packaging Type: DVD tray (FLP snapper)
Media Quantity: 1
Sound Track Language: English

Note: Packaging scans and menu shots provided by Bleu Unicorn.
Aspect Ratio(s):
Standard [4:3 Transfer]

Discographic Information:
Dolby Surround 5.1 - English

Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol

Edition Details:
Encoding: Region 1
Animated, Color


Special Features
Challenges: THE JOKER'S Challenge game
Filmographies: Cast and crew information
Interviews: Conversation with Producer Bruce Timm
Other: Get the Picture: How To Draw BATMAN; Get the Picture: How To Draw SUPERMAN; music montage
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Theatrical Trailer

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Official Synopsis: When the Joker elicits the help of Lex Luthor in a new fiendish scheme, only the combined superpowers of Batman and Superman can save Metropolis. Will the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader be able to foil the plot of this diabolical duo? Not if the superheroes' alter egos clash as they vie for the attention of the self-reliant Lois. Watch the action explode as Batman and Superman clash with each other and their notorious archenemies.

Review: An excellent team-up adventure, Warner Home Video has released The Batman/Superman Movie onto DVD. A movie comprised of three episodes of Superman: The Animated Series edited together, strong characterization and a solid plot keep this movie going strong for the entire 61 minute length.

Originally aired as The Batman/Superman Movie: World's Finest, and then subsequently aired in their intended Superman: The Animated Series single episode format, this story shows us how team-ups should be done. Rather than focusing on the super heroics, Paul Dini and his scriptwriting team play off the character-driven moments in between the action. Don't get me wrong, there is ALOT of action - and a shocking, murderous Joker rampage in the third act - but how these characters all interact is what drives this feature.

It's smart and enjoyable, easily on par with the best that the animated DC Universe has to offer. There may be a few slow moments and a couple moments that may cause fans to gripe, such as how Superman discovers Batman's identity, but it's a wild ride. The pairing of Batman and Superman, Joker and Lex Luthor, and Harley Quinn and Mercy Graves, always provides some spark to the screen, as well as some unpredictability and humorous moments.

The audio is standard, but the video is a bit lacking. Dust and scratches plague the disc, noticeably popping up in the third act. It's not overbearing, but it is quite noticeable.

So, a mature animated cartoon based on two comic book characters? Surely Warner Home Video has provided extras that embrace the long history of these characters? Well....not so. As usual, Warner Brothers treats this DVD release in such a casual manner, under the assumption that only kids might be interested, forgetting the large legion of fans these two heroes contain.

The highlight of the extras is easily the five minute discussion with Bruce Timm, producer of animated adventure. The interview focuses on his goal with bringing the two characters together, and the character interactions. This brief featurette is a must-see for fans.

The other extras? Nothing special. The music video provides quick production art shots mixed with video clips set to terrible music. The remaining extras - a pointless game and sketches of the title characters - aren't really worth the time to view. Disappointing.

The main feature on the DVD is solid, and worth the purchase alone. Regardless, it would have been nice of Warner Home Video to include some worthwhile extras? Why not some more team-up episodes from Superman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Animated Series? Why not a longer featurette? Better care needs to be provided for these releases, but don't let that stop you from picking up this great adventure.

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