'Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem' (Blu-ray + DVD)
(Roger Craig Smith, Will Friedle, Troy Baker, Kari Wuhrer, Noel Fisher, et al / Blu ray+DVD / NR / 2015 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: The Joker is aided in his Halloween quest to render modern technology useless and take over Gotham City by Solomon Grundy, Silver Banshee, Clayface and Scarecrow!
Blu ray Verdict: Yes, it's Halloween in Gotham. To celebrate, the city's spookiest villains (Scarecrow, Clayface, Solomon Grundy and Silver Banshee) have all joined forces and gone on a crime spree. Batman swings into action to stop them, joined by Green Arrow, Cyborg, Nightwing and Red Robin.
But it seems that the fiends are working for the clown prince of crime himself: The Joker, who has a surprise of his own - A computer virus that makes all technology laugh and obey his every command!
That all said, the BIG thing here is that lovers of the Batman Unlimited animated series may be please by the voicing of the character, but then might go on to express some disappointment after learning that the voices of The Batman, The Joker, et al, are not being supplied by fan-faves Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, etc., but are rather other voice actors doing their "imitations" of the beloved voice actors!
Yes, you can tell after a few minutes, but the action - luckily - supersedes the need to pin your ears constantly back to hear the new voices, as 'Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem' is actually VERY tasty! Each of the superheroes, and also villains, is presented with their typical gimmicks, it's a nice showing for the troupe but it doesn't develop their characters much.
In closing, overall the animation is rather good, but it doesn't have the pace or well-choreographed fighting like Assault on Arkham. It does get the job done and some of the more futuristic details are appreciated. The action scenes consist of mostly one on one fight between the opposing forces, it's done pretty well albeit might be repetitive later on. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Gotham Of Tomorrow: Designing a Future World Featurette
A Collection of 10 DC Nation Shorts
Bonus Cartoon from the DC Comics Vault