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The Movie:

As cartoons go, "Batman Beyond" is simply the kind of cartoon they just don't make anymore. The series, which ran from 1999-2001, aired on Fox as a kids' show, but was decidedly darker and more clever than most of the usual afternoon fare. The series takes place years after the prior "Batman: Animated Series", which was also headed by by the same producers.

"Beyond" sees the legendary Bruce Wayne as an old man who's still tough, but incapable of fighting crime like he used to. In steps Terry McGinnis, a young man who has discovered Batman's true identity. Bruce watches over Terry has he takes on Batman's famed Batsuit and goes out into Gotham City to fight enemies like the Joker, Shriek and the Spellbinder.

It's easy to see why "Batman Beyond" caught on as well as it did when it hit the airwaves (and why it's become a cult hit since.) The show's animation, which has some anime influence, is gorgeously dark, stylish and moody. Additionally, the action sequences are beautifully staged and more cinematic than most live-action blockbusters. The show also remains superbly written (for an animated series like this), with intelligent stories and some powerful dramatic moments on occasion.

14. 2- 1 18 Sep 99 Splicers
15. 2- 2 25 Sep 99 Earth Mover
16. 2- 3 2 Oct 99 Joyride
17. 2- 4 9 Oct 99 Lost Soul
18. 2- 5 16 Oct 99 Hidden Agenda
19. 2- 6 23 Oct 99 Bloodsport
20. 2- 7 6 Nov 99 Once Burned
21. 2- 8 13 Nov 99 Hooked Up
22. 2- 9 20 Nov 99 Rats!
23. 2-10 4 Dec 99 Mind Games
24. 2-11 11 Dec 99 Revenant
25. 2-12 8 Jan 00 Babel
26. 2-13 15 Jan 00 Terry's Friend Dates a Robot
27. 2-14 22 Jan 00 Eyewitness
28. 2-15 5 Feb 00 Final Cut
29. 2-16 4 Mar 00 The Last Resort
30. 2-17 11 Mar 00 Armory
31. 2-18 25 Mar 00 Sneak Peek
32. 2-19 1 Apr 00 The Eggbaby
33. 2-20 8 Apr 00 Zeta
34. 2-21 15 Apr 00 Plague
35. 2-22 22 Apr 00 April Moon
36. 2-23 6 May 00 Sentries of the Last Cosmos
37. 2-24 13 May 00 Payback
38. 2-25 27 May 00 Where's Terry?
39. 2-26 19 Aug 00 Ace in the Hole



The DVD

VIDEO: "Batman Beyond" is presented full-frame and looks excellent, with great sharpness and detail to the animation. A few minor specks and marks were noticed on the print used, but only on rare occasions. Colors are especially vibrant and bold, looking beautiful throughout the movie. There's really not a great deal to mention with this presentation, which really looks excellent with no major complaints.

SOUND: The stereo soundtrack remains crisp and clear, with bold effects and clear dialogue.

EXTRAS: "Splicers" and "The Eggbaby" offer commentary from producers Glen Murakami and Bruce Timm, storyboard artist James Tucker, voice director Adrea Romano and actor Will Friedle.

Final Thoughts: It may not be for the youngest viewers, but "Batman Beyond" is a marvelous animated series, with engaging plots, great characters and swift, sleek action. Highly recommended.



DVD Information





Batman Beyond: Season 2
Warner Brothers Home Entertainment
1.33:1
Stereo
544 minutes
Subtitles: English
Rated NR
Dual Layer:Yes
Anamorphic:No
Region:1
Available At Amazon.com: Batman Beyond: Season 1 DVD,Batman Beyond: Season 2 DVD