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Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition Coming to Blu-Ray

The Bat Signal has once again been activated, as Warner Bros. has announced the release of Batman: The Animated Series on Blu-Ray in a set they’re calling Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition! This box set of the landmark 90s cartoon – which arrives on October 16, 2018 – comes loaded with all 109 episodes of the show, as well as the feature-length films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero. Special features will include a documentary, plenty of featurettes, commentary on select episodes, and more. This is a limited edition, with only 30,000 sets produced, and has a suggested retail price of $112.99. Check out the details for the special features in Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition below:

“Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition” Enhanced Content:

“The Heart of Batman” (All-New Documentary) – A rare gathering of talent defined Batman for a generation. Twenty-five years later, “Batman: The Animated Series” continues to inspire fans and myth makers all over the world. This hour-long documentary takes an in-depth look at the renowned storytellers behind the landmark series.

“Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” (Feature-Length Film) – When the city’s most feared gangsters are systematically eliminated, the Caped Crusader is blamed. But prowling the Gotham night is a shadowy new villain, the Phantasm, a sinister figure with some link to Batman’s past. Can the Dark Knight elude the police, capture the Phantasm and clear his own name? Unmasking the Phantasm is just one of the twists in this dazzling animated feature. Discover revelations about Batman’s past, his archrival the Joker, and Batman’s most grueling battle ever — the choice between his love for a beautiful woman and his vow to be the defender of right. “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” is “a mystery that is genuinely absorbing, suspenseful and moving” (The Cincinnati Enquirer ).

“Batman and Mr. Freeze: SubZero” (Feature-Length Film) – Batman faces his coolest case ever when Mr. Freeze returns to Gotham City and kidnaps Batgirl. While unraveling the mystery of Batgirl’s disappearance, Batman and Robin discover that she is part of Mr. Freeze’s frigid plan to save his dying wife – no matter what the cost. With time running out, Batman and Robin must find Gotham’s most cold-blooded villain and prevent him from putting Batgirl “on ice” forever. “Batman and Mr. Freeze: SubZero” includes all of the special features included on the original release: All four episodes of the animated “Mr. Freeze Saga” – “Heart of Ice” (“Batman: The Animated Series”), “Deep Freeze” (“Batman: The Animated Series”), “Cold Comfort” (“The New Batman Adventures”) and “Meltdown” (“Batman Beyond”); “Art of Batman: Music Montage” (Featurette); “Get the Picture: How to Draw Batman” (Featurette); “Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes” (Featurette); and an Audio Commentary featuring Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Glen Murakami and James Tucker.

“The Dark Knight’s First Night Pilot Promo: Hosted by Bruce Timm” (Featurette) – Witness the 1991 Batman promo reel as producers Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski discuss the origins of “Batman: The Animated Series.”

“Batman: The Legacy Continues Retrospective” (Featurette) – DC luminaries join BTAS creators as they explore the combination of exquisite design and in-depth storytelling that helped create a once in a generation show.

“Robin Rising: How the Boy Wonder’s Character Evolved” (Featurette) – The evolution of Dick Grayson from young ward to crime fighter.

“Gotham’s Guardians: The Stalwart Supporting Characters” (Featurette) – Batman is not the only hero safeguarding Gotham City. This documentary focuses on the importance of the Dark Knight’s allies in the Batman mythology.

“Voices of the Knight” (Featurette) – Actors Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Adriene Barbeau, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., and Andrea Romano discuss the process of bringing their iconic characters to life.

“Gotham’s New Knight” (Featurette) – Barbara Gordon swings into focus in this exciting look at Batman’s trusted ally and equal, Batgirl.

Video Commentary: “House and Garden” – Watch along as Producer Bruce Timm, Director Boyd Kirkland and writer Paul Dini take viewers behind the scenes of an exciting episode of Batman: The Animated Series.

In-Movie Experience – Watch along as Producer Bruce Timm, Director Boyd Kirkland and writer Paul Dini take viewers behind the scenes of an exciting episode of “Batman: The Animated Series.”

“Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Introduction” (Featurette) – Bruce Timm, Dan Riba, James Tucker, Paul Dini, Alan Burnett and Andrea Romano discuss Gotham’s most popular rogues.

“Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Clayface” (Featurette) – Clayface personnel file revealed by Bruce Timm, Dan Riba and James Tucker.

“Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Harley Quinn” (Featurette) – Alan Burnett, Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski, Paul Dini and James Tucker discuss bringing Harley Quinn to life.

“Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: The Joker” (Featurette) – Alan Burnett, Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski, Paul Dini, Andrea Romano and Dan Riba discuss Mark Hamill’s inimitable Joker.

“Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Mr. Freeze” (Featurette) – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Andrea Romano and Dan Riba discuss MR. Freeze and the Heart and Ice Origin story.

“Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: The Penquin” (Featurette) – Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, Alan Burnett, James Tucker, Dan Riba and Eric Radomski discuss The Penguin.

“Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Poison Ivy” (Featurette) – Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, Alan Burnett, Dan Riba and Eric Radomski discuss designing Poison Ivy.

“Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Ra’s Al Ghul” (Featurette) – Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, and Dan Riba discuss why Ra’s Al Ghul is such an exciting villain.

“Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: The Riddler” (Featurette) – This file discusses The Riddler and how creators differentiated him from the Batman ‘66 Riddler with: Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Andrea Romano, Eric Radomski and Dan Riba.

“Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Scarecrow” (Featurette) – Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Andrea Romano and Dan Riba discuss the various iterations of the Scarecrow.

“Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Two Face” (Featurette) – Discussing Batman’s key nemesis are Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, James Tucker, and Dan Riba.

“Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Ventriloquist & Scarface” (Featurette) – Lively discussion about one of Batman’s most unique villains with creators Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Eric Radomski, Andrea Romano, and Dan Riba.

“Concepting Harley Quinn” (Featurette) – Producer Paul Dini discusses how Harley Quinn was incorporated into the series.

Tour of the Batcave (Featurettes):

  • Batman
  • Utility Belt
  • Bat-Vehicles
  • Alfred

Audio Commentaries:
“On Leather Wings” – Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski.|
“Heart of Ice” – Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, and Eric Radomski.|
“Robin’s Reckoning, Part One” – Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski
“Heart of Steel, Part Two” – Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski and Kevin Altieri
“Almost Got ‘Im” – Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski and Paul Dini
“Harley and Ivy” – Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski and Boyd Kirkland
“Read My Lips” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Michael Reaves, Boyd Kirkland and Shirley Walker.
“Harlequinade” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Shirley Walker and Eric Radomski
“Over The Edge” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Glen Murakami, and James Tucker.
“Critters” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Dan Riba, Glen Murakami, and James Tucker.“Legends of the Dark Knight” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Dan Riba, Glen Murakami, and James Tucker.

Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition, Batman, the Joker, Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill

This set looks incredible! If you grew up in the 90s, you’re all but guaranteed to have seen at least a few episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, so there’s a whole bunch of nostalgia buttons being pushed by Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition. Aside from being a wonderful show in and of itself, Batman: The Animated Series is perhaps the most important piece of the Batman mythos outside of the comic books. It introduced fans to Harley Quinn, who started off as little more than a Joker henchwoman and became one of the most popular characters in Batman’s world; it gave new depth to previously lower-tier villains, like Mr. Freeze (in the astounding “Heart of Ice;” this was the first episode I saw, and what a way to jump into the series!) and the Mad Hatter; and it originated what many consider to be the definitive performances (and certainly the definitive voices) of Batman and the Joker in Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, respectively. The inclusion of Mask of the Phantasm is a blessing as well; this movie details a chapter of Bruce Wayne’s life we’d never seen, the ghosts of which come back to haunt him as Batman. (It also has one of the Joker’s creepiest moments.) You’ll want to act fast if you’re interested, as Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition has already sold over 2000 copies in Amazon preorders, but with the October release date, it’s a safe bet some Bat-fans will be spending Christmas with the Joker this year.

Are you planning on ordering Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition? Were you lucky enough to see Batman: Mask of the Phantasm in theaters? What’s your favorite episode of Batman: The Animated Series? Let us know in the comments, and check out Geeks + Gamers for more great news, reviews and everything else geeky!

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