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Avatar: The Last Airbender to be collected in 15th Anniversary Steelbook Edition in Feb.

Avatar: The Last Airbender to be collected in 15th Anniversary Steelbook Edition in Feb.

NEW YORK – November 20, 2019 – Nickelodeon’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy® award-winning series receives the SteelBook® treatment as Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Complete Series Blu-ray 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook Collection arrives on February 18, 2020. The 3-book collection features stunning new artwork by artist Caleb Thomas, with each book featuring a different element (Water, Earth, and Fire) and the covers combining to form a beautiful triptych. Thomas was handpicked to design the collection’s covers after series co-creator Bryan Konietzko became a fan of Thomas’ art style on social media. The collection’s production run will be limited to 20,000 units.
 
Created by Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, Avatar: The Last Airbender aired on Nickelodeon from February 2005 through July 2008, garnering both critical and audience acclaim while also winning Annie®, Genesis®, Primetime Emmy®, and Peabody® awards. The series features an iconic blend of anime and traditional animation, alongside a talented voice cast including Zach Tyler Eisen (The Ant Bully, Little Bill), Mae Whitman (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Parenthood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Family Guy), Jack  DeSena (All That, Grounded for Life), Dante Basco (Hook, The Legend of Korra), Dee Bradley Baker (SpongeBob SquarePants, Gravity Falls, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and Mark Hamill (Star Wars franchise, Batman: The Animated Series). The fan-favorite series has spawned a beloved animated sequel series, The Legend of Korra, as well as an upcoming live-action remake (with its original creators) to be produced for Nickelodeon and Netflix. Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Complete Series 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook Collection will be available on February 18, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for $97.99.
 
Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Complete Series 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook Collection Details:
 
Synopsis:
Water, Earth, Fire, Air. Four nations. One war-torn world. Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the epic saga, Avatar: The Last Airbender, with this 3 SteelBook® collection, featuring all-new art for each book! Go back to the beginning to experience the animated series that quickly became a phenomenon with a huge fan base that spans the globe! This complete collector’s edition includes all three powerful books: Water, Earth, and Fire.
 
Seasons:

  • Book One: Water
    • Season 1 – 20 episodes – Aired 2/21/05 – 12/2/05
  • Book Two: Earth
    • Season 2 – 18 episodes – Aired 3/17/06 – 12/1/06                      
  • Book Three: Fire
    • Season 3 – 16 episodes – Aired 9/21/07 – 7/19/08

Bonus Content:

  • Book One: Water
    • Behind the Scenes Kung Fu Featurette
    • The Making of Avatar – From Real Life to Animation
    • Behind the Scenes: The Voices of Avatar
    • Ask the Creators Featurette
    • Original Uncut Animatic – Episode # 15: Bato of the Water Tribe
    • 4 Audio Commentaries with Creator, Cast & Crew
      • Features Dee Bradley Baker (voices of Momo and Appa), Ben Wynn (sound effects), Aaron Ehasz (Head Writer) and Co-Creators: Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino
    • Behind the Scenes with the Avatar Cast & Crew
    • Avatar Pilot Episode with Audio Commentary
    • The Making of Avatar – Inside the Sound Studios
    • The Making of Avatar – Inside the Korean Animation Studios
  • Book Two: Earth
    • Original Uncut Animatic – Episode # 21: The Avatar State
    • 7 Audio Commentaries by Creators, Cast & Crew
    • Interview with Creators and M. Night Shyamalan
    • The Essence of Bending with Bryan Konietzko and Sifu Kisu
    • Avatar Super Deformed Shorts
      • Bending Battle
      • Swamp Skiin’ Throwdown
      • School Time Shipping
    • Escape From the Spirit World: Animated Graphic Novel                           
  • Book Three: Fire
    • 11 Audio Commentaries by Creators, Cast & Crew
    • The Women of Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • Book 3 Finale Pencil Test Animation
    • Into the Fire Nation at San Diego Comic-Con

Avatar: The Last Airbender – 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook Collection Fast Facts:
Street Date: February 18, 2020
Running Time: 24 hrs 22 min
Audio: Books 1-3: English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
            VAM: English 2.0 Dolby Digital
US Rating: Not Rated
CN Rating: Book 1: V1 & V5: G and V2 – V4: PG
                  Books 2-3:  V1 – V4: PG – Frightening Scenes
US S.R.P.: $97.99
CN S.R.P.:  $107.99

Titans Season 2 Hits Disc in March

Titans Season 2 Hits Disc in March

BURBANK, CA (November 20, 2019) – Following the breakout success of its debut season on DC Universe, Titans continues to captivate audiences with its fresh take and cinematic storytelling of the classic Teen Titans franchise. Titans: The Complete Second Season packages together all 13 one-hour episodes plus an exciting special feature from the live-action drama series and will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital March 3, 2020 for $29.98 / $24.98 SRP.

From executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Akiva Goldsman (Constantine, Fringe, Star Trek: Discovery), Geoff Johns (Wonder Woman, Aquaman), Greg Walker (Extant) and Sarah Schechter (Supergirl, Blindspot, Riverdale), Titans: The Complete Second Season continues the story of these DC Super Heroes as they face their greatest challenge yet.  In season two, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick Grayson reforms the Titans.  Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel aka Raven, Gar aka Beast Boy and Jason Todd aka Robin train together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl.  Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business.  And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke, brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more. 

“We received a remarkable response to the reimagined cinematic approach that Titans offers,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “Titans: The Complete Second Season continues to deliver as fans explore the riveting character development and darker plot lines of familiar DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains including Robin, Raven and many more fan favorites.”

Based on the characters from DC, the series, from Berlanti Productions and Weed Road Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Television, stars Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop (Bosch, 24: Legacy) as Kory Anders/Starfire, Teagan Croft (Home and Away) as Rachel Roth/Raven, Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6, Supah Ninjas) as Gar Logan/Beast Boy, Minka Kelly (Almost Human, Friday Night Lights) as Dawn Granger/Dove, Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Smallville) as Hank Hall/Hawk, and new series regulars Curran Walters (Too Close to Home) as Jason Todd/Robin, Conor Leslie (The Man in the High Castle) as Donna Troy/Wondergirl, Joshua Orpin as Conner Kent, Chelsea Zhang (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Rose Wilson/Ravager and Esai Morales (Ozark, NYPD Blue) as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Jason Todd: Fate by the Fans (new featurette)

13 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

  1. Trigon
  2. Rose
  3. Ghosts
  4. Aqualad
  5. Deathstroke
  6. Conner
  7. Bruce Wayne
  8. Jericho
  9. Atonement
  10. Fallen
  11. E.L._.O.
  12. Episode 212
  13. Episode 213

DIGITAL

The second season of Titans will be available to own on Digital March 3, 2020. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various retailers including Amazon Video, Apple TV App, Google Play, Vudu and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.

BASICS

Street Date: March 3, 2020

BD and DVD Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Run Time:  Feature: Approx.780 minutes

Enhanced Content: Approx. 7 min

DVD

Price: $24.98 SRP

3 DVD-9s

Audio: English (5.1)

Subtitles: English

BLU-RAY

Price: $29.98 SRP

2 BD-50s

Audio: English (5.1)

Subtitles: English

Tom Lyle: 1953-2019

Tom Lyle: 1953-2019

Tom Lyle in Angoulême, 2012. Photo by Fabrice Sapolsky.

Tom Lyle, co-creator of Stephanie Brown a.k.a. Spoiler and the costume designer for the Scarlet Spider and professor and Internship Coordinator at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) has died at the age of 66 from complications of a stroke, as confirmed by SCAD.

After getting his start in comics drawing Airboy and Strike! for Eclipse Comics, Tom was poached by ComicMix contributor Robert Greenberger to become the penciler on DC Comics’ Starman with writer Roger Stern. Lyle then worked on the first Robin limited series with writer Chuck Dixon. The series had many reprintings of the first few issues as well as two sequel miniseries – Robin II: Joker’s Wild and Robin III: Cry of the Huntress.

Lyle’s next project was The Comet for DC Comics’ Impact Comics imprint, which he pencilled and plotted with writer Mark Waid.

I last saw Tom at New York Comic-Con last year, and got a chance to catch up with him at the SCAD Meet & Greet, where I marveled at the students and their portfolios.

He’ll be sorely missed by the industry and all his students. Our condolences to his wife Sue and his family and friends.

REVIEW: Teen Titans: The Complete Series

REVIEW: Teen Titans: The Complete Series

The Teen Titans have proven remarkably flexible since their mid-1960s debut as a collection of sidekicks. They appealed to the young readers with Bob Haney’s laughable “hip” language and as the readership grew up, so too did the members of the team, addressing adult issues with changing times and tastes.

They were propelled from mid-list to top-seller status by the Marv Wolfman and George Pérez run starting in summer 1980. These were teens on the verge of adulthood and had problems and issues that the college-age readership were drawn to. The blend of supernatural, science fiction, and super-heroics meant the stories could, and did, go anywhere.

In 2003, things went full-circle as the more mature incarnation was youthified for younger viewers as the Teen Titans hit the Cartoon Network in a five-season run. This success led to the even younger Teen Titans Go! so all the characters and their conflicts were scaled back to digestible amounts. Both series have their fans although I am not the target audience and therefore not among their number.

That said, I find Teen Titans: The Complete Series, out now from Warner Archive, entertaining. The six-disc set includes all 65 episodes and a nice assortment of special features.

The roster was pretty much locked to being limited to Robin (Scott Menville); Starfire (Hynden Walch); Cyborg (Khary Payton); Raven (Tara Strong), and Beast Boy (Greg Cipes). All play their archetypal roles with little variation nor do their civilian alter egos ever factor into the stories. They are perpetually allies and friends, never unmasking or interacting with their mentors. Instead, they swell in Titans Tower, located on the west coast in Jump City.

Their main antagonist is Deathstroke (Ron Perlman) and once he’s established, the second season loosely adapts “The Judas Contract” with the infiltration of Terra (Ashley Johnson) into their ranks, minus the icky sexual exploitation aspect.

For variety, season three brings in Brother Blood (John DiMaggio) and H.I.V.E. although neither resemble their comic book counterparts. We do, though, get a Titans East team featuring Aqualad (Wil Wheaton), Speedy (Mike Erwin), Bumblebee (T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh), and the newly created Más y Menos (Freddy Rodriguez).

Season four shifted the focus to Raven as the threat of daddy dearest, Trigon (Kevin Michael Richardson), arrives to enslave the world. Once he’s defeated, the final season brings in the Brotherhood of Evil. Here, we meet Beast Boy’s Doom Patrol teammates including Mento (Xander Berkeley), Robotman (Peter Onorati), Elasti-Girl (Strong), and Negative Man (Judge Reinhold) as they take on the threat from The Brain (Glenn Shadix), Madame Rouge (Walch), Monsieur Mallah (Shadix), Jinx (Lauren Tom), and others. This season brings in Red Star (Jason Marsden) and Kid Flash (Michael Rosenbaum) plus Kole (Strong), a character creating just to be killed during comics’ Crisis on Infinite Earths.

In some ways, the fifth season is the strongest and most fun even if they squander the good mood with a nonsensical final episode. But how could you not love a season chock full of fabulous heroes and villains including Ding Dong Daddy, voiced by the great David Johannsson?

The Blu-ray transfer is quite fine with strong visuals and audio, as one expects from Warner Archive. The discs come with several special features repurposed from previous single season releases including: “Finding Their Voices: The Secret Information Behind the Making of Teen Titans ” (7:52); “Comic Creations: From Comic Book to Cartoon” (21:55), Puffy AmiYumi, the Japanese pop group that provided the theme song (13:15); “Catching Up With … Teen Titans” (4:58);  “Teen Titans: Know Your Foes”, shorts on the villains from seasons three and four; and, “Teen Titans: Friends and Foes” (25:12) from season five.

The 75-minute director to video Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo is included and caps this incarnation’s video run. It’s noisy.

A real treat is “The Lost Episode”, a 12-minute short featuring the team against new villain Punk Rocket (Greg Ellis). It was available only through a promotion from Post Cereals involving a token code to log into their website to watch. In addition to the team, there are appearances by many other characters throughout the series.

Tom Spurgeon: 1969-2019

Tom Spurgeon: 1969-2019

Tom Spurgeon, the longtime comics industry journalist, historian, editor and author passed away at the age of 50 today, according to a Facebook post by his brother Whit Spurgeon.

Tom was best known for his comics industry news website The Comics Reporter since 2004, and for his five-year stint as Managing Editor and then Executive Editor of The Comics Journal from 1994 to 1999.  The Comics Reporter won the Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism in 2010, 2012, and 2013.

The last time most of us saw Tom was at Baltimore Comic Con just a month ago. We always thought there would be more time to talk shop, discuss web site migration plans, and to gush about the medium we loved. And now there isn’t.

Karen Green has announced that the Global Webcomics Web Archive members have agreed that, despite it not strictly meeting their criteria, and barring any objections from stakeholders, The Comics Reporter will be archived. She says it’s “Way too important a site to risk losing!” and we agree wholeheartedly.

We’ll all miss you, Tom.

 

Ad Astra Crashes onto Disc in Dec.

Ad Astra Crashes onto Disc in Dec.

AD ASTRA
Brad Pitt gives a powerful performance in this “absolutely enthralling” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), sci-fi thriller set in space. When a mysterious life-threatening event strikes Earth, astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) goes on a dangerous mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones) and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes™, critics have hailed AD ASTRA as “a thrilling interstellar epic” (Rodrigo Perez, Playlist). Add AD ASTRA to your digital collection on Movies Anywhere December 3 and buy it on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD December 17.
 
AD ASTRA Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by James Gray
    • “The Void”
    • “Epilogue”
  • To the Stars
  • A Man Named Roy
  • The Crew of the Cepheus
  • The Art of Ad Astra
  • Reach for the Stars
  • Audio Commentary by Director James Gray*
  • Space Age: The VFX**

*Available on both the Blu-ray™ and 4K Ultra HD™
**Available on Digital only

AD ASTRA 4K Ultra HD™ Specifications
Street Date:              December 17, 2019
Screen Format:        Widescreen 2.39:1
Audio:                       English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby
                                 Digital 5.1, and French DTS 5.1
Subtitles:                  English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish, and French
Movie Run Time:      Approximately 123 Minutes
Rating:                     PG-13 for some violence and bloody images, and for brief strong language
 
AD ASTRA Blu-ray™ Specifications
Street Date:              December 17, 2019
Screen Format:        Widescreen 2.39:1
Audio:                       English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, English Descriptive Audio 5.1,
                                 Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:                  English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish, French
Movie Run Time:      Approximately 123 Minutes
Rating:                      PG-13 for some violence and bloody images, and for brief strong language

AD ASTRA DVD Specifications
Street Date:              December 17, 2019
Screen Format:        Widescreen 2.39:1
Audio:                       English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Descriptive Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby
                                 Digital 2.0, French Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:                  English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish, French
Movie Run Time:      Approximately 123 Minutes
Rating:                     PG-13 for some violence and bloody images, and for brief strong language

REVIEW: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

REVIEW: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

I have never seen a film in the Fast & Furious franchise so approached the latest release, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, with fresh eyes. I’ve certainly managed to absorb via pop culture osmosis the gist of the series’ evolution and the saturated play of the trailer all spring, certainly got me curious. So, kudos to the trailer’s editor.

While the premise behind the series does little for me, I enjoy a good buddy film and my understanding is that stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Stratham had such different approaches to acting that I was curious to see how well they played together.

This is what we used to call a popcorn film: just enough plot to tie the action sequences together, appealing cast, and lots of things going boom. On those terms, the film works wonderfully and it is rather entertaining.

Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby) is an MI6 agent now carrying the deadly CT17 “Snowflake” virus in her bloodstream and becomes the target of the cybernetically enhanced self-proclaimed “Black Superman” Brixton Lore (Idris Elba). When she’s framed for crimes, rivals DSS Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), whose sister is in trouble, are tasked with recovering the woman. As one expects from the franchise and Johnson, there are heavy doses of humor leavening the by the numbers plot, making this a cut above the usual.

Whilke the action set pieces beggar the imagination, the fun shifts gears into fresher territory when Hobbs brings the fight home. We shift the action to Samoa where we see him reconnect with his brother Jonah (Cliff Curtis), paralleling Shaw’s own sibling issues. And if you have the Shaw siblings, you can bet their mother, Magdalene (Hellen Mirren), won’t be far behind. So right there, Elba and Mirren have me hooked.

There are enough connections to the previous films and threads for the next one, already in production, to satisfy the series’ legion of fans. Me, I can take it or leave it; it all comes down to how compelling the next trailer is.

The film, out now from Universal Home Entertainment, is available in the usual assortment of formats including the tried and true Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD combo pack. The 1080p high definition transfer is excellent so you won’t miss a single flame or grain of sand. You may marvel at the Rock’s pecs or Elba’s high-tech gear thanks to the crisp visuals. The Atmos soundtrack does a fine job making things pop.

The Blu-ray comes packed with above average Special Features for the diehard fan. We start with an Alternate Opening (10:14); Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes (34:29), only some of which is missed from the feature; Johnson & Statham: Hobbs & Shaw (3:38); Progress of a Fight Scene with Director David Leitch (4:57); Practical Action (3:43), all about the fighting choreography; The Bad Guy (2:00); The Sister (3:58); Hobbs’ Family Tree (3:20); The Matriarch (1:35); New Friends (2:01), Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Hart cameo; Elevator Action (1:59); Stunt Show and Tell (3:41); Keeping it in the Family: A Conversation with Roman and Dwayne (5:02); Blind Fury (1:50) ; Dwayne and Hobbs: Love at First Bite (1:36); and finally, Audio Commentary from director David Leitch.

REVIEW: Batman Beyond: The Complete Series

REVIEW: Batman Beyond: The Complete Series

The team at Warner Animation were enjoying unrivaled success with their 1990s offerings from Animaniacs to Batman: The Animated Series. As a result, as they retired BATS after 65 award-winning episodes, they decided to roll the dice on something bolder. For a change, they were looking to the future and not the comics for inspiration. What if, they wondered, Bruce Wayne aged out of being Batman but the need for the Caped Crusader remained? Who would inherit the mantle of the bat?

As it turns out, they settled on a teen, Terry McGinnis (Will Friedle), to cross paths with Wayne (Kevin Conroy). Where once he relied on Alfred or Oracle for guidance, now he would direct the actions of his unlikely successor in the series Batman Beyond.

Given the futuristic designs and strong storytelling, the audiences proved loyal to the new franchise and the show lasted 52 episodes, spawning fresh merchandising opportunities along with a new character to bring to the DC Universe, where Terry remains active today.

In celebration of this success, Batman Beyond: The Complete Series is now out in an attractive box set, complete with Funko Batman Beyond figure. So, is this worth paying for considering the series was previously collected in 2010? The previous set, which I recommended back then, is now on Blu-ray so the high definition transfer is a consideration. The colors and details are, of course, sharper. Then there are the new Special Features and the addition of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker – The Movie – The Director’s Cut and the figure. I’d say yes for fans of the creators or character.

What’s fun is to be reminded that, like Blade Runner, the future depicted is 2019, which does not resemble our world at all. Bruce Wayne stopped being Batman and Jim Gordon finally retired, with his daughter Barbara (Angie Harmon) as his successor. The influence of the Bat and his villains can be found in the society from gangs known as Jokerz to the fear of the bat symbol.

From a design standpoint, this series is a step forward, away from BATS’ inspiration from the Fleisher Superman cartoons. The extrapolation of a high tech yet still dark Gotham feels right as does the need for a new breed of hero. The dynamic between Bruce and Terry makes for great fun throughout while Terry’s teen and family issues clearly odd a debt to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s early Spider-Man stories.

The show was successful enough to offer up Batman Beyond: The Return of Joker, its only feature-length entry which had to tone down its violence for theatrical release, but all that is back in the director’s cut, making this worth a new look.

Interestingly, just 41 episodes were remastered in high def as technical issues seemed to prevent the remainder from being upgraded. The 1080p episodes look great while the rest look good. The feature is also nice in its 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Accompanying the upgrades is a fine 2.0 Dolby Digital soundtrack so the music and special effects are crystal.

The six discs sprinkle the special features, much as the 2010 release so they remain in standard definition while the new pieces are in HD. For the record, here’s the breakdown:

Disc One

Audio Commentary: “Rebirth Part 1”, Producers Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Glen Murakami, and Director Curt Geda; “Shriek”, Timm, Burnett, Dini, Murakami, Geda and writer Stan Berkowitz.

“Music of the Knight (15:00): Timm talks of the score’s importance; “inside Batman Beyond – Meet Series Creators (9:42) – Timm, Murakami, Burnett, and Dini.

Disc Two

Audio Commentary: “Splicers:, with Timm, Murakami, storyboard artist James Tucker, voice director Andrea Romano and Will Friedle.

Disc Three

Audio Commentary: “The Eggbaby”, Timm, Tucker, Murakami, Romano, and Friedle.

Inside Batman Beyond: The Panel (11:51) – Timm, Burnett, Murakami, and Dini at SDCC.

Disc Four

Inside Batman Beyond Season 3: Panel (9:36) – Timm, Burnett, Murakami, and Dini at SDCC.

Inside Batman Beyond Season 3: Close-Up On… Timm, Dini, Friedle, and more: Out of the Past (4:32); The Call (6:19); The Call Part II (4:12); and Curse of the Kobra Part 1 (4:48)

Disc Five

Nostalgic Tomorrow – A Batman Gathering (HD, 53:19) – with Timm, Conroy, Friedle, Tucker, Murakami, Romano, Berkowitz, and Bob Goodman. Reminiscing and reflection.

Knight Immortal (HD, 34:50) – Celebrating Batman’s 80 years with plenty of familiar art, clips, and talking heads.

Tomorrow Knight: Batman Reborn (10:30) –Bruce Wayne and Terry McGinnis explored; Gotham: City of the Future (5:34); The High-Tech Hero (SD, 5:44); Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (HD, 1:30:26) – a high def version of the 2010 documentary, skipping New 52 and Rebirth.

Disc Six

Audio Commentary for Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, featuring Timm, Dini, Murakami, and Geda.

Beyond Batman Beyond (12:00), EPK for the film; Video Character Bios (HD, 5:00); Confidential Batman Footage – For Your Eyes Only (5:00), a deleted scene; “Crash” music video (4:00) – A flashback to the days of Static-X; and Animatics (3:00).

Conservatives Outraged Over Dem Dressing Up As ‘Batman’ On Halloween

Conservatives Outraged Over Democrat Rep. Dressing Up As ‘Batman’ On Halloween

Conservatives simply cannot believe Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) dared to wear a costume on Halloween

“As House Democrats prepare to officially blow up their Majority with impeachment, @RepKatiePorter is prancing around dressed as Batman,” the National Republican Congressional Committee tweeted on Wednesday. “This is how seriously these clowns are taking impeachment. #CA45”

Originally at talkingpointsmemo.com

The only person in Congress who should be angry with this is Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for not thinking of it first.

Porter had her own response:

“Batgirl,” she told Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis. “It’s not Batman. It’s Batgirl.”

Watch Will Friedle Open Batman Beyond Limited Edition

Watch Will Friedle Open Batman Beyond Limited Edition

Batman Beyond, the landmark animated television series that illuminated the imagination of a new generation of Batman fans with its creation of an altogether new hero, is celebrating its 20th anniversary – and fans get the gift! 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has remastered the heralded series for its first-ever presentation on Blu-ray™ in the all-encompassing Batman Beyond: The Complete Series Limited Edition – which is now available on Digital, and arrives today in a stunning box set.

Here’s a video of Will Friedle, star of Batman Beyond as the voice of Terry McGinnis, unboxing his personal copy of the blu-ray box set:

We, too, received our set and will be reviewing it in the coming days.

The extraordinary Batman Beyond: The Complete Animated Series Limited Edition package features approximately 1,500 minutes of entertainment spread over four Blu-ray™ discs, plus the two bonus discs of enhanced content. In addition to a newly-remastered Blu-ray presentation of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, there are 15 featurettes on the bonus discs, highlighted by two new inside looks at the beloved television series, led by Nostalgic Tomorrow, a gathering of Batman Beyond production talent and cast led by executive producer Bruce Timm and actors Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle, the voices of Batman and Terry McGinnis, respectively. The bonus discs also spotlight four episodes with audio commentary from Timm and select members of the production team.
 
Collectibles within the stunning packaging include an exclusive chrome Batman Beyond Funko POP, and four beautifully-designed lenticular art cards produced especially for Batman Beyond: The Complete Animated Series Limited Edition. This ultimate collectors Blu-ray box set will be individually numbered for a Limited Edition release of 50,000.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Batman Beyond premiered on January 10, 1999 to instant ratings and critical success. The series would run for three seasons, covering 52 total episodes and a full-length animated film, Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker. Nominated for nine Emmy Awards, Batman Beyond would ultimately take home two Emmys – including Outstanding Special Class Animated Program in 2001 – as well as three Annie Awards.