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Rise Of The Black Bat (2012/MVD Visual DVD)

Picture: C- Sound: C- Extras: D Film: D

Justice is Blind.. No More.

Scott Patrick's Rise of the Black Bat (2012) is a shameful production that should be reserved torture only suitable for your worst enemy. This mockbuster (a film purposely made to follow the same theme or contain the same subject matter as a popular theatrical movie, usually released direct to video just before, to cash in on the coattails of the bigger release) has no redeeming heart or qualities other than it aims to appease fans of the superhero genre that don't mind being served up every cliché in the book and then some.

Obviously ripping off Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, Daredevil, and the CW Network's Arrow, this schlock centers around a District Attorney named Tony Quinn who was blinded by acid and is now a crime fighting vigilante who drives a normal looking car and appears magically every time someone is in danger. How he drives a car blind still remains to be seen but what I can tell you is that he uses a gun (which is something Batman strongly goes against) and his mask doesn't have ears.. so it's not the same thing.. right?

The production value on this thing is so low, you must wonder if a high school or first year film student made it or if someone legitimately thought that they had something when they invested money into making this exist. I've even seen Batman fan films that blow this out of the water, also produced on minimal budgets. Stay away.

The sound and picture on this disc are not impressive in the least. The image is in standard definition but you can tell the colorist didn't know what they were doing here.. mainly scenes are full of grain while others not (they probably mixed formats when shooting) and the lossy Dolby 2.0 sound mix suffers from a poorly mixed voice over track that is nearly impossible to hear under the overpowering score track, making it barely stereo if that.

Only extra is a trailer.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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