'Batman: The Second Season, Part Two'
(Adam West, Burt Ward, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: These final 30 Bat-errific episodes of Batman's second sensational season will take you on more rollicking rides and mysterious mayhem designed to confound our Caped Crusaders!
DVD Verdict: Rarely has a TV show so gripped the world as Batman did way back in 1966. People still remember this incredibly campy show and watch it. The show was based on a twenty-year-old comic strip names Batman. In fact the show was credited for saving the dying Bat comic strip from extinction. However the campy tone makes many of the Bat fans angry that this show supposedly set a too campy tone for comic book today.
I think the show did have some bad points especially in this second season but this was still a great show. Adam West was a near perfect Batman, Burt Ward was hilarious as Robin. Neil Hamilton was an excellent Commissioner Gordon and Stafford Repp was excellent as Chief O'Hara. Also Alfred the Butler was played excellently by Alan Napier. Together they would fight the forces of evil in Gotham City with a series of excellent cops, honesty, a man in a six foot bat suit and a series of sound effects that would attack villains toward the end of a thirty minute cycle.
The show was campy but all comic books before Batman were. The show had some distinctly satirical overtones and why shouldn't it. A millionaire dresses up as a bat to fight crime? These days the millionaire is more likely to be committing the crime. The episodes at the beginning of the shows short run and the episodes at the end of the shows run were indeed the best and a few of them were some of the noted best episodes any any television show period.
These second thirty (30) episodes of the Second Season (Part Two here, with the season split onto two different DVD box-set releases) will take you on more perilous plots with fiendish foes trying to undo our undaunted heroes! Against such feckless foes such as the venomous Black Widow (Tallulah Bankhead), chilling Mr. Freeze (Otto Preminger) and cagey Penguin, Batman and Robin must match wits with the wiliest. Also, here in Part Two of the Second Season, we find the Joker and the Penguin teaming up to baffle our heroes with a real big crime wave - that begins in Commissioner Gordon's office! As our Heroes' two chief allies Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara look over a rare art map that gets stolen from right under their noses, it seems it must have been the Joker up to his old tricks!
The climax of the three part episodes was in the episode the Penguin Declines where both the Joker and the Penguin along with the Joker's gang invade the Bat Cave with the greatest Bat Fight of them all in the Bat Cave itself. So sit back and tune in to the double crosses and crime-fighting conundrums that confound our calm, cool and be-cowled crime-fighters. With special guest arch-villains like Victor Buono, and Eli Wallach, emerging out of the shadows in electric 60's Technicolor like never before, get ready for a "Kapow!" unlike any other! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Own it on DVD July 14th!