'Batman and Harley Quinn' [4K Ultra HD]
(Kevin Conroy, Melissa Rauch, Paget Brewster, Loren Lester, Kevin Michael Richardson, et al / 4K Ultra HD+Blu-ray+Digital / PG-13 / 2017 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Batman and Nightwing are forced to team with the Joker's sometimes-girlfriend Harley Quinn to stop a global threat brought about by Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue, the Floronic Man.
Blu ray+DVD Verdict: Before we begin the review, let's start by acknowledging the INCREDIBLE, brighter, deeper, more lifelike color that these 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays bring forth, each and every time. For they are, well, INCREDIBLE and truly allow you to see things that the generic Blu-ray vision simply cannot. I mean, the color alone on this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc (1 BD-50, 1 BD-66) is just so crisp, so clear, so crystal.
For those that wish to be in the know, let's break down some of the geeky stats, shall we. This is a Codec: HEVC / H.265, with a Resolution: 4K (2160p), and an overall Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1. The Audio is English: Dolby Atmos + English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 + Spanish: Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 + French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1, and the Subtitles are: English SDH, French, and Spanish.
Finally, and leaving the best for last, this 4K Ultra HD movie experience means that we have a 4X sharper picture image than regular HD, HDR (High Dynamic Range) means we get brilliant brights and deepest darks within the film, and with Immersive Audio, we get that multi-dimensional sound experience throughout.
OK, on to the actual film review and, well, let's face it, who doesn't love this entire, wonderfully animated Batman series? Always coming up with brand new, inventive scripts that, perhaps, could only come alive within the confines of animation, we now have some big names attached to this latest in the production line.
Paget Brewster ('Criminal Minds') voices "Poison Ivy" / "Pamela Isley" and the lovely, perky voice of Melissa Rauch ('Big Bang Theory') voices the lead character herself, "Harley Quinn" / "Harleen Quinzel" (her real name I never actually knew until now!)
Ok, and with 'Batman and Harley Quinn' officially being the 29th installment of the DC Animated Universe, as a whole, the DC animated universe is full of great content. Chock full of many characters of DC's roster making appearances, Batman and Harley, sadly however does not continue the trend.
Firstly, the film's main character is not Batman, but rather Harley Quinn. The main problem with this is the voice performance. Melissa Rauch, as aforementioned, known most notably as Bernadette from the 'Big Bang Theory', doesn't emulate the character from its previous incarnations that are so beloved.
The second critique I have is the general tone of the film. I don't mind that the film has opted to go for more of a lighthearted approach, but mixing fart jokes with innuendos isn't the finest form of comedy.
The film does have it's upsides however. Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester give great performances as usual as Batman and Nightwing respectively. The aforementioned Paget Brewster and Michael Ray Richardson give solid performances as Poison Ivy and the Floronic Man also.
Also, I genuinely like that the film includes a a classic Batman villain with a more obscure member of the DC rogues gallery. Also the throwback to the Batman The Animated Series animation was a major highlight, but also probably was a factor of me disliking the film as it poorly compares the episodes that the show provided.
I would not re-watch the film and I would also recommend that Nightwing gets his own film as in the DCAU he is literally a punch bag, who always seems to lose fights despite his fighting prowess! Come on now, we followers all can agree to this fact as it happens nearly every time he comes along for the ride, so to speak. This a Widescreen Presentation (1:78.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Blu-ray Special Features of:
The Harley Effect
Loren Lester: In His Own Voice
A Sneak Peak at DC Universe's Next Animated Movie: Batman:Gotham by Gaslight
2 Bonus Cartons
'Batman and Harley Quinn' [4K Ultra HD] Purchase Link
'Batman & Harley Quinn' Exclusive Clip - "Let's Dance"
'Batman and Harley Quinn,' another installment in the popular, ongoing line of DC Universe Original Movies, arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Ultra HD Combo Pack (including 4K), Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on August 29th, 2017.
The film is also now available on Digital.