'Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders' [Blu-ray]
(Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Thomas Lennon, et al / Blu ray + DVD + Digital HD / NR / 2016 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Batman and Robin, the boy wonder,swing into action when the earth is threatened by Gotham City's most malevolent master-criminals, Joker, Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman! The Dynamic Duo try to save the day when Batman is turned from good to bad. Now Catwoman and Robin must team up to stop him from taking over Gotham City and ultimately, the world.
Blu ray Verdict: Once again, DC/Warner Bros. has outdone itself with a quality product and yet another installment in the Batman legend. What a dose of Nostalgia. I heard that the opening credits incorporated many classic comic book covers with some fantastic animation, so I took a look this morning before heading to more important tasks -- but I could not stop watching! Fascinating, funny, festive, friendly, and very alliterative, the actors, writers, and animators knocked this out of the park.
I think I spotted at least 50 sly references, and I'm sure I missed many others. Labels, labels, labels galore. I was thoroughly amused throughout. One thing I noticed watching the movie is the amount of in-jokes, both subtle and outlandish! The twists are like punchlines to good jokes too! None of the dozens of punchlines are particularly surprising, but they are all fun, and many of them require the set-up, animation, and acting to be meaningful. For example -- "Begora" is one of these punchlines. Explaining why it's funny wouldn't be funny, so why ruin the joke?!
The movie does get a bit dark. In one particular scene, Robin is horrified by a punch that doesn't follow Marquess of Queensberry rules. Robin's reaction to that punch and subsequent actions keep the movie grounded and friendly. I have to give special acclaim for Burt Ward, here -- his exuberance and delivery hasn't changed an iota.
'Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders' also has Easter eggs and other nods to various Batman incarnations to be on the watch for, so be VERY alert, my friends! It is smartly written and a real treat. I cannot praise this enough. Oh, and the sequel has already been announced, with William Shatner as Two- Face!! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Those Dastardly Desperados Featurette
A Classic Cadre of Voices Featurette
Clip from 'Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders'