Batman The Complete Television Series Heading to Blu-ray
Posted July 2, 2014 06:28 PM by Webmaster
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release on Blu-ray Batman: The Complete Television Series this November. Attached with this announcement is a brand new trailer which the studio has uploaded to promote the upcoming release.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will officially unveil the details of its highly-anticipated November 2014 release of "Batman: The Complete Television Series" at a Comic-Con International panel -- featuring special guests Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar -- on Thursday, July 24 from 6:00-7:00pm in Hall H.
The actors behind Batman, Robin and Catwoman will give fans their first inside sneak peak at the most anticipated home entertainment release in fanboy history. All the details will be revealed, including an initial look at exclusive content, limited edition packaging, and dazzling HD re-mastered footage from the landmark series.
I call for Batman: The Animated Series as well. While babysitting my niece recently, she picked that out of my collection to watch and I'd completely forgotten how rough those DVDs look. I'm sure certain things are native to the source, but the dirt and compression issues are pervasive and could be done away with. Special features on-par with the DC DTV films would be appreciated as well. They usually do a pretty good job with those. Spruce up Phantasm and Sub-Zero at the same time, add in the already released Batwoman movie and it'd be my favorite release ever.
If ever a TV Series were meant for a Blu-ray release this is it!
Fantastic COLOR COLOR & more COLOR!!!!
Waited so long for this that $$$$ ain't a factor
Gimme Gimme Gimme!!!
Day 1...... If not sooner!!!
About Time!!! I must say I always wanted to buy this series on DVD to show my sister's kids but it was never available.
Now they will get to see it in glorious HD; better than we did as kids on our miserable little TVS! What a hoot! Now for The Avengers TV series with Diana Rigg and Patrick Macnee!
DAY ONE. Haven't bought lot DVD/BR this year. But this holy BAT-BR will be ordered! I met Julie Newmar - and she was a charming Catlady ;-) - so can't wait now to see this entire show. Expensive or not - I'm not expecting to get 120 episodes for under $ 50.00
Holy HD, Batman. I was looking forward to getting this series on DVD, but now I'm going to attempt to get on Blu-Ray instead, was not expecting that. Now if only WB would release the complete Bruce Timm DCAU and Smallville.
Lots of discussion about Animated series vs. Adam West/Burt Ward . . . I think it all depends on what you grew up with and which series turned you into a nerd in the first place. That said, I'm an old guy and this is truly the holy grail of unreleased treasures. Up until now the only DVDs you could get were the bootlegs.
To Tom Servo and anyone else who thinks that this show was "unintentionally" funny, they should read up on the behind-the-scenes history of the series, read the interviews with Lorenzo Semple Jr. and the cast members and so on. There was NOTHING unintentional about it!
That was one of the things that made it so good: they insisted on doing it all with an absolute straight face. (This is where, for instance, the NAKED GUN movies started to go wrong. As soon as they started acknowledging moments of absurdity AS absurdity, for instance by having Leslie Nielsen do double-takes, it stopped being funny.)
My favorite moment (from the '66 movie, actually, not the series) was when Catwoman, disguised as a reporter, announces that she's from "The Moscow Bugle."
This is truly a bigger deal than the Animated Series because for the longest time no one thought this would ever be released due to rights issues. That it's been sorted out is kind of a miracle compared to the animated series where nothing is holding it back besides Warner Brothers.
I showed my 6 yr old the trailer, and was surpised he pointed out The Joker having a mustache right away. Probably I just didn't notice when I was 6 cause I was watching on a small black & white set in the early 70s, unless I was at a friend's house.
Man, I'm going to have to be careful not to go broke before November.
@ChadFL: then don't buy it when you don't like. Sure it looks like to be crampy today but its just a comic-book TV serie from 1966s. Today of course it would looks quiet different. But this show was popular. Even highrated actors loved it to appear in this show - and this make this show more interesting: Vincent Price. Eartha Kitt, Julie Newmar, and so many more and has wonderful lovely ideas/jokes/gags (props). Its a comic-strip. So lets have fun!!!
I have been waiting for this for so long. Along with The Wonder Years, which also finally comes out this fall (though on dvd only) these were on my most wanted list. I am surprised to see it hitting blu ray. I thought they would just throw together a dvd box and be done with it but nope. Now my main question...THE PRICE. How much will they want for this?
I bought this series off ebay. It has a wealth of never seen stuff, like screen tests, Batgirl test footage, orig. network opening logo, next episode teasers, and a lot more. I hope the studio does this release right and loads it with extras, that I was able to get from overseas. I was sad when my older vhs tape I got from a long gone scifi catalog co. had way more footage that the official dvd 2 set releases did.
A word of caution to those who are (or at least seem to be) obsessed with the animated series. The animation technique used at that time, in particular the first season, may not translate well to HD. Unlike live action film, which inherently has a lot of detail, animation, specially older TV animation, was designed to have just the necessary amount of detail for a standard definition TV, and that on 29 inch sets which were considered big screens back then. It's not like Disney animations which were produced for the silver screen. I sincerely hope I'm wrong, for I love that show. Although I love the 1966 show, the animated series was the quintessential Batman, and no other incarnation depicted the character so well, but I don't want to get my hopes too high. The 1966 show, however, was shot on film and the result of the restoration looked fantastic on a standard definition stream. I can only imagine the Blu-ray. I don't know about you guys, but when they announced this release I couldn't believe it. I really didn't expect this to come out anymore, so it was a HUGE surprise. I just hope they release two kinds of sets: A collector's edition full of goodies and a standard edition for those of us who can't afford the other one. Be safe, you all.
@mymythos I'm not sure if you were implying otherwise, but Batman: TAS should have been put on film before it went through a video telecine, at least in its first years, if not all of it. And, even if it was on 16mm film, it should look pretty well on high def.
Getting back to the Green Hornet, will this set contain all episodes in the crossover? I believe 1 or 2 episodes of the storyline were on Batman and the other episodes were on The Green Hornet. Hopefully, this set will contain the entire storyline.