'Batman - The Complete Third Season'
(Adam West, Burt Ward, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Swing into Batman's third and final season where the Dynamic Duo has become a newly formed Terrific Trio. Turning chaos into calm, Batman, Robin and Batgirl (Yvonne Craig) try to keep Gotham safe by stopping the city's foulest and most felonious!
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, which 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.
And so here, in this final season on TV of the caped crusaders, and with rogue wrongdoers like the sly Siren (Joan Collins), lethal Louie The Lilac (Milton Berle) and unethical Egghead (Vincent Price) running rampant, Batman, Batgirl and the Boy Wonder have their superhero hands full; that's for darn sure!
Special guest villains like Berle, Collins and Eartha Kitt, (as Catwoman) light up the screen in pristine splendor like never before in the final season of this television classic! Indeed, my favorite moments are such things as when Egghead (Vincent Price) comes back to Gotham City with his newly found love interest Olga along with her Cossacks kidnap Commissioner Gordon then escape only to come back and try and hatch a dinosaur only to hatch the egg! Then when the dinosaur comes out Egghead, Olga and the Cossacks strike up a chorus of the Animals' "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" and run straight into the awaiting paddy wagon with Chief O'Hara and his brave officers of the Gotham City Police!
You just can't make this stuff up - oh, wait a minute, you actually can, sorry! Anyway, emerging out of the shadows in electric 60's Technicolor like never before, get ready for a "Kapow!" unlike any other here on the third, and final season of 'Batman'! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Own it on DVD November 3rd, 2015!