Batman: The Long Halloween Part One (Bilingual/Blu-ray/Digital)
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- Parcel Dimensions : 17.1 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm; 70 Grams
- Director : Chris Palmer
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : June 22 2021
- Actors : Jensen Ackles, Josh Duhamel, Troy Baker, Billy Burke, Frances Callier
- Studio : Warner Bros.
- Producers : Butch Lukic, Sam Register
- ASIN : B0925RM5MB
- Writers : Tim Sheridan
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It’s a dark time in Gotham City. Held hostage by the powerful Falcone crime family, the city is rife with crime and corruption. Adding to the chaos is the mysterious Holiday killer, who has been targeting the underworld and leaving the underworld and leaving a trail of terror...and body bags. Batman, Lieutenant Gordon and D.A. Harvey Dent race against the calendar as it advances toward the next ill-fated holiday. Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One begins a twisted chain of events that will forever change the Dark Knight.]]>
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The main villain could not have physically done what the movie claimed it did.
Is this a godfather remake, a two-face origins story or a family mystery drama, I have seen both parts and I still don't know?
3/5 definitely not Batman's best work.
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THIS is the best depiction of the Caped Crusader since…I don’t know; Under the Red Hood? Mask of the Phantasm? The late Darwyn Cooke’s (another R.I.P.) New Frontier comic/animated movie in which Batman scared the hell out of Martian Manhunter with his ominous voice and maybe a book of matches? My god, that was like 25 years ago. But I can’t say enough about how refreshing to see Batman in a simple bullet-vulnerable costume using his HEAD, not a plethora of gadgets to solve a series of murders. And this is Part 1, so, as you might imagine, he hasn’t figured it out yet. He is formidable, but he makes occasional mistakes.
And Gotham looks AMAZING. Even better than in TAS. I’m guessing that, after years of shrinking the budgets of these once-great DC animations, they put some cash into this one. The falling snow looks 3D (in the best possible way), backgrounds and people in a crowd are detailed. Bravo! I love me some Superman, but “Man of Tomorrow” was just plain dull. DC needs to re-establish the Big Three by turning back the clock to depict them in the fashion that made them so popular in the first place. This one was wonderful. I hope Supes gets a similar treatment soon.
No background score. Just a delicious pure noir feeling of dread and the writers (and Jeph Loeb) did a great job establishing suspects, making you think “Oh, HE’S the killer”, only to be proven wrong minutes later. Those of us who have read the masterpiece upon which this animated feature is based know who the killer is. No spoilers here. I can’t wait for Part 2.
I do resent DC’s double-dip. They pack the disc with a Losers short, which was nice, nothing great. Wow, ever since Morrison reached DEEP into the DC drawer, reviving forgotten characters from Anthro to Kamandi and everyone in between, DC is either reviving obscure and forgotten properties or following Marvel’s lead and replacing older characters with more diverse versions. I sort of like Mister Terrific, but I’m old enough to have read reprints of the original. They could have teched him up and given him the Swiss Army Knife flying marbles and the sort-of cool “T” mask. Morrison lost me when Bat-Mite and the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh showed up. Anyway, DC stuffed the disc with the same old episodes from the various Batman series, a couple of ads for old animated features and, I dont know, maybe some blather from whomever hasn’t been fired yet. Turn off the a/c on your way out, Dan. The story could have easily fit on a single disc if they had trimmed the fat. But I will pony up whatever the going rate for half a movie on standard BluRay happens to be for part two. But I will be angry as hell if they DO publish a 4K version later on to try for a disgusting attempt to entice fans to pay up THREE times. Still, I did really enjoy part one. A few days after I watched it, I saw the dishwater-dull “Soul of the Dragon” featuring Shiva, Richard Dragon (I admit it was fun to see him) and a couple of loose martial arts IPs DC wasn’t using in anything better. Soul DID get the 4K treatment. So I would much prefer to watch a very good adaptation of superb source material than score that black jewel case. I wonder what color they will use to sell 8K.
The story is set early in Bruce Wayne's career as The Batman before his Bruce Wayne Gotham's most eligible Playboy and crime fighting caped vigilante personas have fallen completely into place. He wears the mask but the separation hasn't completely been set in place yet which the director and actor chose to subtly hint at by having a slighter differentientation between Bruce's voice and his Batman voice than he will develop later in his career as the Caped Crusader. He still sometimes misjudges situations and people, but shows himself a quick learner.
The writer Tim Sheridan put together a great story that keeps the audience interested while still allowing for more personal character beats all moving the story forward. It keeps you guessing and waiting for what will happen next.
The voice cast is all around excellent. Jensen Ackles(The Boys, Supernatural) is superb and subtle as Bruce and Batman. He made an excellent Jason Todd 12 years ago in the classic Under The Red Hood and he's even better here. Let's hope we see more of him in this role in the future. Josh Duhamel is also excellent as Harvey Dent and the late Naya Rivera is a lively and lovely Selena/Catwoman. The whole cast as well as the director deserve kudos.
Don't forget to watch the after the credits scene.