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RELEASES - THE BATMAN: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BAT


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Announce Date: 6/22/05
Street Date: 9/20/05
Closed Captioning: Yes
MSRP: $14.97
MAP: $9.95
Packaging Type: Standard (Amaray)
Media Quantity: 1
Run Time: 63
Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol
Aspect Ratio: Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33, Standard [4:3 Transfer]
Sound Quality:
Espanol: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0
English: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0
Francais: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0
Contains the episodes:  "The Man Who Would Be Bat", "The Big Chill", "The Bat and the Cat"
DVD Features: The Batman Big Chill Challenge; Gotham City PD Case Files; The Batman - Junior Detective Exam - Level 2


Review by Zach Demeter: The second volume of The Batman has arrived on DVD with three more episodes from the hit series. All three episodes are from the lackluster first season of the show, but the DVD at least contains two of the better ones ("The Man Who Would Be Bat", "The Bat and the Cat") and perhaps the worst ("The Big Chill").

Starting off we'll talk about the video and audio transfers. As I've said in previous reviews, cartoons are notorious for what video-philes call "interlacing." It's not noticeable on standard TV sets but on PC monitors and high-definition sets, you'll start to see it. It happens when an object moves and you get these black / white lines that kind of go along with the animation.

Thankfully, the instances of this on this release are very minor. Like the last release, the only real major DVD factor to worry about is the compression; it does crop up a lot around the edges, but aside from that it's a crisp transfer. "The Cat and the Bat" seemed to have the most interlacing, particularly around the mouth movements; nothing horrible and nothing that will bother you even if you do watch it on a high-definition set.

Audio is stereo but still sounds great. It's strong and clear, so no worries about ear strain.

Special features…well…let's just say this is a "DC Comics Kids Collection" release personified. The "Gotham City PD Case Files" has The Batman watching the case files in the bat-cave as Detective Yin narrates. Nothing you won't get from watching the episodes themselves, but its fun for the young ones to watch.

We also get a second "Junior Detective Exam," this time narrated by The Batman. If you complete this one, you get a badge to print out via your PC (obviously you have to watch it while at the PC in order to do that). Again, it's something for the kids.

Throw in a "The Batman Big Chill Challenge" game and some trailers and that's the entire DVD.

There really isn't much to this DVD. This is a DVD for kids, but I still wish they could have thrown more than three episodes on the release; I guess it's good to at least have them in production order.

If you're a fan of the show, pick up the release. It's not much, but for around ten dollars, it's really not that bad.

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