The Complete Television Series
(1966 - 1968/DC Comics/Fox/Warner Blu-ray Set) + Season
Two, Part One (1966/DVD
B/C+ Sound: C Extras: B/C- Episodes: B/C+
Discs from the Limited & Regular Complete
sets have been recalled due to missing footage on Blu-ray (DVDs may
have the same issues), so we have the disc replacement program
announcement for you to know about and you can find out more via the
release text as follows...
to less than five minutes of footage within the 50-plus hours of
entertainment, the issues encompass one 60-second dropped scene in
the episode entitled "Marsha's
Scheme of Diamonds";
a brief piece of rarely-heard William Dozier narration that
originally opened the pilot episode, "Hi
and an assembly of villain tags from the end of assorted
The restoration process of this footage - spanning
48 years and two major studios - has been a super heroic task, and we
deeply regret even the smallest of glitches occurring in that
process," said Rosemary Markson, Senior Vice President, TV Brand
Management & Retail Marketing, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
"We recognize our obligation to the fans of this landmark
series, and we have worked diligently to identify all issues and
provide resolutions as quickly as possible.
To resolve these
issues for consumers purchasing Batman:
The Complete Television Series,
WBHE will make available complete replacement discs for the discs
that originally included the episodes "Marsha's
Scheme of Diamonds"
The villain tags will be re-issued as an assembled string on one of
the aforementioned discs and, as an added bonus, WBHE has acquired
rights and legal clearances to both a Bat-vehicle teaser that
originally aired as part of the second season-opening "Shoot
A Crooked Arrow"
episode, and one of the original promotional tags that aired on the
original showing of the "The
episode. Additionally, all fixes will be made to all Digital HD
versions of Batman:
The Complete Television Series.
obtain the replacement discs, consumers who have purchased Batman:
The Complete Television Series
are directed to www.warnerbros.com/help/customer-service."
bits may be missing from the episodes too, showing more expert
consultation was needed before this set was issued, thus the limited
availability to the press of the Complete
box set. We now look at it belatedly with one of the half-season DVD
did not always have it easy on film, big screen or small.
Forerunners notwithstanding, the genre began on film in sound era
Saturday Morning chapter play serials (Timely/Marvel and Fawcett
Comics at Republic Pictures, DC Comics at Columbia) bringing to life
the likes of Captain America, Captain Marvel/Shazam!, Superman,
Batman and Robin. The Dynamic Duo (like Superman) had two serials
and their chapters were becoming a cult item as the hit TV series The
Adventures Of Superman
with George Reeves was doing well in syndication, one of the first
color TV shows (in later seasons) getting a second wind as color was
slowly arriving in U.S. homes.
bad spin-off pilots thankfully went unsold, yet there was definitely
a market for superheroes and full color TV programming, even though
color TV started out as expensive, the industry knew its popularity
and arrival were inevitable. Superman
episodes were being cut into feature films and actually making money,
along with some serials severely cut down into single films to
squeeze a few more bucks out of them, but others were watching any
(and if lucky, all) full chapters of these serials they could get
their hands on, even with some of them turning up on TV and in the
case of mega-movie fan Hugh Hefner, was screening the entire sets of
both Columbia Pictures' Batman
serials. So began the latent love for the character that led to the
movement that, along with the rise of pop art, led to what became the
hit TV series.
was not certain it would be a hit, but the talented Lorenzo Semple,
Jr. was there to change the humor from the Bob Kane/Bill Finger
approach the comics had since the late 1930s when Batman arrived
(think the days of Popeye and Our Gang/The Little Rascals) to a
campier, hipper, somewhat ironic humor aimed beyond a child audience
and the result was a Batmania that would seal the character and their
world as an American institution.
the episodes are as follows, with #s37 through 64 on the DVD set,
including the great stars and classic characters they played on each
1 & 2 Hi
In The Middle:
The debut two-parter introduced Frank Gorshin as The Riddler and Jill
St. John as his sexy assistant Molly, who would inspire a key turn in
later Batman history. Gorshin is excellent, later requesting an
alternative to the famous question mark body suit that became a
permanent Riddler outfit (the suit with the hat) and this was darker
visually and thematically than later episodes would be. Game show
host Jack Barry also shows up as an announcer.
& 4 Fine
Penguin's A Jinx:
Instantly becoming the favorite villain of the series, Burgess
Meredith quacked his way into Bat-history as the greedy, scheming
Penguin and Bat-Mania arrived instantly.
& 6 The
Joker Is Wild/Batman
Now the most popular of all Batman villains, The Joker was still very
popular when the great Cesar Romero brought him to life with massive
jovial energy and the trilogy of Batman's greatest villains had
arrived. Nancy Kovack also stars.
& 8 Instant
Max Hodge had created this character (originally named Mr. Zero)
before he was made silly in that more recent film. Mr. Freeze was
creatively handled here (no back-from-the-dead backstory at this
time) and by securing no less than George Sanders to play him and the
show's sudden success, every star in Hollywood tried to be on the
show, further cementing its classic status. Sanders is great here
and the series was on a creative roll.
& 10 Zelda
Death Worse Than Fate:
Before Catwoman was established, Anne Baxter turned up as the evil
Zelda The Great, a highly liberated villainess who was more than a
match for the Dynamic Duo. By adding villains not in the comic
books, the series showed early on that they would get as wild as they
wanted to. Victor French shows up as a hoodlum.
& 12 A
Riddle A Day Keeps The Riddler Away/When
The Rat's Away, The Mice Will Play:
Gorshin was back as The Riddler, showing how persistent Batman's
Rogue's Gallery would be on the show. Voiceover legend Marvin Miller
plays a newscaster.
& 14 The
David Wayne is classic here as The Mad Hatter, whose trick hats can
be deadly, out to collect the hats of all the men who put him in
prison as revenge. The includes Batman, but he'll settle for a
cowl... Diane McBain also stars.
& 16 The
Joker Goes To School/He
Meets His Match, The Grisly Ghoul:
Romero continued his hilarious run as The Joker by absurdly going
back to school to corrupt vending machines with excess cash returns
to make the moral students greedy, but he unknowingly picks Dick
Grayson's high school! Linda Harrison plays a cheerleader...
& 18 True
Showing standards and practices would not hold them back, the print
villain Two-Face was considered too graphic to have on TV, so they
invented the eerier-than-you-might-think False Face and got the great
Malachi Throne to play him. It worked and another classic villain
was born. Gary Owens takes a turn as an announcer on the TV.
& 20 The
Luck Next Time:
The other great Batman villain who sometimes was not a villain was
going to show up eventually, but Julie Newmar's Catwoman was a
shocking, sexy revelation in her body suit and every performance of
the character since has been compared to hers. The style of the show
had really come together at this point as and this is the show used
for the 3D View-Master toy. Jock Mahoney is a henchman and it is a
classic set of shows.
& 22 The
Penguin Goes Straight/Not
Yet, He Ain't:
The foul bird not only starts acting like a model citizen, but sets
up an agency to fight crime, but Batman & company know its just
part of another elaborate fraud, but what is he up to this time...?
Harvey Lembeck, Kathleen Crowley and Al Cheeco also star.
& 24 The
Ring Of Wax/Give
'Em The Axe:
The Riddler starts stealing wax figures when he discovers he can melt
them down into explosives so he can cause more havoc for Gotham City.
Joe E. Tata also stars.
& 26 The
Joker Trumps An Ace/Batman
Sets The Pace:
Why is The Joker going after a visiting Middle Eastern figure? This
one's gotten a little twisted with age. Norman Alden, later the
electronics expert on the Batman-inspired
plays a henchman here.
& 28 The
Curse Of Tut/The
Pharaoh's In A Rut:
Victor Buono debuted as one of the show's greatest new villains, King
Tut, who only shows up when he, as an innocent professor of
archeology (et al), is hit in the head and becomes the delusional
power-mad character. Don 'Red' Barry also stars and Olan Soule, who
would voice Batman on Superfriends!,
et al, for Hanna Barbera in a very long stretch of that hit animated
show, shows up as a newscaster.
& 30 The
Gotham City Burns:
Roddy McDowall makes an equally unforgettable debut as the ingenious
Bookworm, a speed-reading villain who is more than anxious to take
on Batman, who he sees as one of his only opponents in the world.
Francine York and John Crawford also star.
& 32 Death
In Slow Motion/The
Riddler's False Notion:
Disguised as legendary silent film comedy icons (including Charles
Chaplin), The Riddler & Co. raid a newly opened movie theater and
other key locales in Gotham City, followed by a mad filmmaker.
Sherry Jackson and Francis X. Bushman also star.
& 34 Fine
Makes The Scenes:
The Penguin kidnaps and brainwashes Alfred the Butler in his latest
wealth-stealing plan, not knowing Alfred's Bat-connection. This well
done end of season two-parter also stars Julie Gregg.
the break between seasons, a feature film was issued in movie
theaters, which you can read more about in our Blu-ray coverage at
this link and DOES NOT appear ANY of these sets:
& 36 Shoot
A Crooked Arrow/Walk
The Straight & Narrow:
The Second Season was launched with the legendary Art Carney playing
a villain called The Archer and though Carney could do no wrong, this
set of shows did not work and Carney and the character never
returned. An interesting failure, you have to see it to believe it.
Robert Cornthwaite, Doodles Weaver, Barbara Nichols and Archie Moore
& 38 Hot
Off The Griddle/The
Cat & The Fiddle:
Catwoman has robbery, murder and more on her mind when her new crime
spree is meant to get Batman's attention as part of a wacky new web
of catplay she has in mind. Look for James Brolin as a driver in
another solid two-parter.
& 40 The
Van Johnson showed up here as the villainous Minstrel; a rather
politically incorrect set of shows to begin with, this is another new
opponent for the Dynamic Duo that did not work and never returned,
but is one of the odder episode sets just the same. Legendary
Hollywood columnist Army Archerd gets an acting turn here.
& 42 The
Spell Of Tut/Tut's
Case Is Shut:
King Tut is back, stealing rare, ancient jewelry, but is really up to
making a mind control potion! Sid Haig and Michael Pataki also star.
& 44 The
Greatest Mother Of Them All/Ma
Shelley Winters is an absolute scene-chewing riot as the lady
gangster family matriarch who will stop at nothing to get what she
wants in what is sadly her only appearance ever on the show. Easily
one of the best of this season and the series, it is a classic of the
show, Winters would play the real life Ma Barker on a somewhat sleazy
film for Roger Corman a few years later (including a then-unknown
Robert DeNiro). Tisha Sterling also stars.
& 46 The
Clock King's Crazy Crimes/The
Clock King Gets Crowned:
Though an actual villain of Green Arrow (who never shows up on this
show), Walter Slezak is pretty good as the Clock King, out to get
Batman and Robin at all costs and poses as a Pop Art expert! A
character from another DC Comics hero who never showed up again, this
is an interesting anomaly for the show.
& 48 An
Egg Grows In Gotham/The
Yegg Foes In Gotham:
Another grand triumph for the show was taking a character from the
comics and remaking him as Egghead, but the casting of the great
Vincent Price was brilliant as he hammed it to the hilt as the uppity
opponent out to stop the Dynamic Duo from ruining his grand dreams.
George Fenneman of You
Bet Your Life
shows up as a newscaster and the great Edward Everett Horton shows up
as the very politically incorrect Chief Screaming Chicken!
& 50 The
In one of the boldest and moist subversive episodes in the history of
the series (and 1960s TV for that matter), Liberace played the
pleasant Chandell and the evil tough-guy twin Harry, the latter of
whom wants to kill Batman & Robin once and for all. Liberace was
not openly gay, but here he is playing with masculine personas
throughout and the actual writing is really good. Edy Williams also
& 52 Hizzonner
The feather fiend aspires for respectability again by running for
Mayor of Gotham, but he is still up to no good in this partial
political spoof. Woodrow Parfrey also stars along with the Pop/Rock
band Paul Revere & The Raiders as themselves! Guess they got
tricked in supporting Penguin, but they sing none of their hits
& 54 Green
Mr Freeze was back, but this time, film director and sometime actor
Otto Preminger (clearly having fun) took on the role and gave it his
own sense of chilliness that worked very well here. Marie Windsor
also stars in this fun recasting of the great villain.
& 56 The
The Clown Prince of Crime uses various keys for his latest con job
and one control a box that can make time go forward, in reverse and
at several speeds. Interesting show holds up well.
& 58 Marsha,
Queen of Diamonds/Marsha's
Scheme of Diamonds:
Though not the best villain, one of the most glamorous and well acted
is the unforgettable Carolyn Jones as the greedy Marsha, obsessed
beyond belief with the highly desired rocks and hypnotizing any man
in her way to fall in love with her... even Batman! Now she wants
the diamond that powers the Batcomputer! Woody Strode and Estelle
Winwood also star.
& 60 Come
How You Play The Game:
Cliff Robertson is a great actor, but the cowboy villain Shame (a
play on the Western classic Shane)
never worked for me in the first of two appearances in the series
that never added up.
& 62 The
Bird's Last Jest:
The Penguin opens up a restaurant where he plans to rip off customers
to get sent back to prison, where he'll break out again with Chief
O'Hara as a hostage! Vito Scotti also stars.
& 64 The
Bat's Kow Tow:
Catwoman pretends to be reformed, but is stealing people's voices,
then using clues to blame other Batman villains! Future DynaGirl
Judy Strangis shows up, but singing duo Chad & Jeremy's
appearance leads to a real howler.
& 66 The
Puzzles Are Coming/The
Duo Is Slumming:
The great Maurice Evans played The Puzzler, a more intellectual
variant of The Riddler (Frank Gorshin was having contract issues with
the producers) in this one-shot set of episodes that are not bad.
& 68 The
This Catwoman caper has a nice twist of a new villain teaming up with
her as the always terrific Michael Rennie playing The Sandman and the
cold chemistry works. A maze and rich woman named J. Pauline
Spaghetti are part of the latest plot. C. Lindsay Workman and James
Brolin (in a role with a name) also stars.
& 70 The
Mad Hatter Runs Afoul:
The Mad Hatter tries to get Batman's cowl again, but lands up making
it radioactive and turning it pink! A very interesting two-parter.
72 & 73 The
Joker's Hard Times/The
In their first team up since the feature film, The Joker (Cesar
Romero) and The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) team up to get rid of The
Dynamic Duo permanently in the pairing that works even better here.
Terry Moore also stars.
& 75 That
This hilarious set of shows has Catwoman and her assistant Pussycat,
played by no less than mega pop singing star Leslie Gore, kidnapping
and zombifying Robin for a plot to get Batman and more. J. Pat
O'Malley also stars.
77 & 78 Penguin
Is A Girl's Best Friend/Penguin
Sets A Trend/Penguin's
The Penguin (Meredith) teams up with Marsha (Carolyn Jones) in a
pairing that works even better than Marsha solo as the two pro actors
play off of each other extremely well as they try to put The Dynamic
Duo in their own wacky movie production.
& 80 Batman's
John Astin does a surprisingly well and somewhat darker job of
playing The Riddler (Gorshin would not return yet) in this nice
two-parter that remains the darkest Riddler tale to date and as of
this review posting staring with an odd use of a Golden Calf.
& 82 The
Joker's Last Laugh/The
The Joker is using counterfeit money to ruin people's lives and
disorient Gotham City so he can steal the real thing, including plans
to take over a bank. Oscar Begeri, Jr, also stars.
& 84 Catwoman
Goes To College/Batman
Displays His Knowledge:
The feline felon plays possum again saying she wants a legit future,
only to be up to getting rid of the Dynamic Duo for good. Paul
Mantee and Stanley Adams show up in what turned out to sadly be Julie
Newmar's final Catwoman appearance in the series.
& 86 A
Piece Of The Action/Batman's
The show had been relying on their better-known villains for the last
few sets of episodes, but this is actually more famous for being the
crossover episodes where Batman & Robin meet The Green Hornet
(Van Williams) and Kato (a then-unknown Bruce Lee) taking on the
underrated Roger C. Carmel as Colonel Gumm. Some moments are real
howlers, but it failed to help the new Green
series be the hit all had hoped for. Diane McBain, Alex Rocco and
Seymour Cassell also star.
& 88 King
Lee Meriwether shows up as a friend of Bruce Wayne's who is mistaken
by Tut for no less than Cleopatra and intends to kidnap her in
another fun two-parter that also manages to have original Star
co-star Grace Lee Whitney.
& 90 Black
Widow Strikes Again/Caught
In The Spider's Den:
Big screen legend Talullah Bankhead is the evil Black Widow, her only
appearance in a decent two-parter where the actress gets to show off
to nice effect. Don 'Red' Barry also stars.
& 92 Pop
Goes The Joker/Flop
Goes The Joker:
In a two-parter that influenced the 1989 Batman feature film, The
Joker becomes a painter; not as dark, but wackier than you might
think. Fritz Feld also stars.
& 94 Ice
Mr. Freeze makes the last of his three regular appearances on the
show, but again, we have a new actor playing him. This time, it is
the late, great Eli Wallach also delivering a great performance in
the role and setting a record in the series for most actors to play a
villain. (Lee Meriwether never played Catwoman on the series, just
the theatrical feature film). Elisha Cook, Jr. and Leslie Parrish
Batgirl, Exit Penguin:
Yvonne Craig makes her unforgettable debut as the new Silver Age
Batgirl in this wacky season opener where The Penguin (Burgess
Meredith) kidnaps Barbara Gordon (librarian and Police Commissioner
Gordon's daughter) to legitimize himself by forcing her to marry him,
but no one knows she is about unleash her plans to become Batgirl.
The writers started doing single-episode scripts.
Around The Riddler:
Gorshin returns as The Riddler with a secret weapon in a new
villianess, The Siren, played by Joan Collins in great form. She
sings notes that paralyze people. James Brolin shows up as yet a
different character too.
Wail Of The Siren:
The Siren is now on her own with plans to destroy the new Dynamic
Trio once and for all. Mike Mazurki and Cliff Osmond also star.
& 99 The
Sport Of Penguins/A
Horse Of Another Color:
This two-parter offers The Penguin with another new villainous, Ethel
Merman killing it as Lola Lasagne in one of the best villain pairings
in the series. Meredith and Merman are hysterical together and it is
another classic from this season.
Unkindest Tut Of All:
King Tut returns and finds a new annoyance in Batgirl, then add
Barbara Gordon's library science degree and you get another riot of
Milton Berle is perfect as the conman villain in another classic of
the series, showing a little of his darker side, while also show his
& 103 The
Ogg and I/How
To Hatch A Dinosaur:
Vincent Price really gets slap-happy as Egghead with Anne Baxter as
an eviler Olga, Queen Of The Cossacks featuring a wacky (even for the
show) plot to unhatch a human-sized dinosaur to destroy Batman.
Up! Joker's Under!:
The show completes its journey from straight-laced comedy to dealing
with counterculture pop trends as Romero's Joker goes surfing,
corrupts teens, gets hip and even forces Commissioner Gordon and
Chief O'Hara to dress as surf dudes! Riot! Skip Ward also stars.
- 107 The
The nadir of the series and a three-parter so weird, even Kevin Smith
addressed it, Alfred, O'Hara. Gordon and the Dynamic Trio got to a
strange clone of London to battle Lord Marmaduke Ffogg (Rudy Vallee)
and Lady Penelope Peasoup (Glynis Johns) on a story we will not even
attempt to begin to try to explain. Now you can see for yourself,
but know you have been warned.
Dressed To Kill:
The show was back to form in this classic that gives us the great
Eartha Kitt taking over the Catwoman role with ease. She's
impressive and the show is good as Catwoman crashes the female
fashion scene in Gotham and nothing is off the rack, though that's
where she'd like to stick The Dynamic Trio!
We get one more pairing (so soon) of Egghead and Olga that is not
bad, but not great either, though Price could do no wrong.
& 111 The
Funny Feline Felonies/The
Joke's On Catwoman:
This classic pairing of Kitt's Catwoman and Romero's Joker is
hilarious, has chemistry to spare, but what puts it over the top os
Catwoman's Kitty Car! Ha!!!
Lethal Lilac Time:
This second round with Berle's arch villain is as good as the first,
trying to corner the perfume market.
Clavicle & The Ladies' Crime Club:
Barbara Rush is the title villainess in this solid one-off show that
is not bad and strange.
Meredith shows once again why he was the most popular villain in the
series with this late entry.
& 116 The
Great Train Robbery:
This late, weak two-parter brings back Cliff Robertson's Shane, adds
Dina Merrill as Calamity Jan and a dumb fear gas plot that was bad
then and has aged more than most shows in the series. Not even
Hermione Baddeley can save this one!
Be A Mummy's Uncle:
The last Buono/Tut entry has more overlap than it should, but it is
watchable as Tut looks for a rare, undiscovered metal and might find
the Batcave by accident!
Joker's Flying Saucer:
Romero's Joker dealing with a possible alien invasion is too silly
for its own good; watchable at best. Ellen Corby and Fritz Feld also
Entrancing Dr. Cassandra:
Ida Lupino is great as the title villainess and her real life
husband Howard Duff is her assistant as a charming-but-deadly duo
plotting against Gotham City with the powers of invisibility, a gun
that turns people into flat cardboard and a plan to unleash every
Bat-villain known from Arkham Asylum!
Mayhem and Millionaires:
The show ends with a bang as Zsa Zsa Gabor rounds out the series as
the also-charming Minerva running a deadly beauty salon with a way to
steal secrets from its important clients. Gabor pulls it off and a
legendary hit TV show comes to an end.
Craig was originally cast as Batgirl for her own potential show, but
this series needed a boost, Hornet
was not a hit, Craig was perfect for the role and so, she debuted
here instead. However, ratings were still in decline despite some of
the show's best work ever, yet there was interest in continuing the
show. ABC and Fox wanted changes for a possible fourth season
including a few cast members to be dropped, but West said no, more
money for budgets were not in the cards despite remarkable work by
Craig, Kitt, Berle, Merman, Lupino, Duff, Gabor and others. The
energy, heart and soul was still there too, but the show was
cancelled. NBC waited a few days too many to ask about picking the
show up as the sets had been torn down and it was too pricey to
rebuild them, so that was that. However, merchandise remained
popular and soon, the show would go into syndication and become a
major money-machine for Fox and DC Comics as it remained the
inspiration for many animated series (including the 1966 Filmation
and others), outright love-action imitators (ElectroWoman
the 1970s TV version of Monster
and became one of the all-time U.S. pop culture classics.
shows like ElectroWoman
and the syndication of this show in the 1970s continued the Batmania
for a new generation discovering a low-rated rating failure called
and Filmation even made a New
Adventures Of Batman
(1977, reviewed elsewhere on this site) reuniting West and Ward as
voice actors for the new animated series while Superfriends!
was still on in new episodes and was also a hit. With the 1978
movie a huge hit, seemed like the fun would never end, but DC comics
started hitting rough patches in the 1980s, the Superman
series was mishandled and Batman
eventually fell out of syndication and legalities too long to go into
here stopped its home video release until decades later, late in
4-film Tim Burton and 3-film Christopher Nolan Batman
films, plus Batman:
The Animated Series
and many newer animated outings for the Caped Crusader (often without
Robin) took its space, yet its fans remained loyal and even diehard
about the show and how fun it was. At its best, it still is and more
of it has held up than you might think, thanks to the talent involved
that would be unthinkable for just about any TV series today.
Finally out in official, restored versions, you can judge for
yourself, but it is worth your time, especially if you have not seen
the show before or ever.
1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on the Blu-rays
and 1.33 X 1 standard edition image on the DVDs are from, by
necessity and fortune, some of the most colorful 35mm film prints
produced in the history of the DeLuxe labs. Being that the oldest
negatives were 50 years old and the condition of the materials were
in various states of fading and disrepair at their worst, which you
can see in some shots where definition (not counting obvious stock
footage that still has been fixed for these releases) drops and is
second-generation, so if you look, you can still see the age of the
materials used at times. However, at its best, the show looks
incredibly good, though too many episodes have been included per
Blu-ray and no matter what the case is on the DVDs, the format cannot
handle the definition at its best. Fortunately, that is often.
can see how colorful and wide-ranging that fidelity is throughout the
shots in each show, the amazing effort on the part of costumers and
production designers to make this look like a comic book come to life
and it shows how professional and serious the makers were in creating
a high quality show, much as they would with The
Sometimes, some shots also look a tad darker than they should, but
unless you've seen episodes on 35mm or 16mm film prints, this is the
best the show has ever looked; especially on Blu-ray.
have been treated to impressive, lossless PCM, DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) and Dolby True HD lossless sound mixes on past classic TV
series and TV movies on Blu-ray, but Warner, DC & Fox have chosen
to offer the restored original monophonic sound in lossy Dolby
Digital 1.0 Mono sound and in several languages in both
No matter what anyone says or how one spins it, this is a compromise
and each episode offers more sonics than these mixes can offer, but
for what we get, it is passable at best. Unfortunately, I can also
hear a little background hiss (purists will prefer this to
compression), but these episodes can sound much better and too often
sound is a little tiny and limited. The 1966 feature film Blu-ray
was also a monophonic production and it is much more like these
episodes should sound in warmth, detail and depth for their age.
Maybe we were not going to get 5.1 upgrades, but fuller monophonic
presentations, especially on the Blu-rays, should have been included.
am among many who are disappointed that Yvonne Craig was not asked to
participate in any of the new extras, a major mistake where fans are
concerned and one that diehard fans and Batgirl fans in particular
will not forget. With that said, extras on the Limited
include Digital HD UltraViolet Copy for PC, PC portable and iTunes
capable devices, a Hot Wheels (and NOT a Corgi Jr.) Replica
and 44 vintage trading cards, while the Blu-rays add the featurettes
featuring Adam West, Holy
looking at the collection of three Mega BatFans, Batmania
with the art behind the show, Bats
Of The Round Table
has West and friends discussing the show, Na
Na Na Batman!
with producers & stars talking about the landmark series Bat
Rarities From The Vault
(West & Ward screen tests, screen tests for Lyle Waggoner and
Peter Deyell for Batman, brief tribute to the show by its editor
James Blakely and a nearly 8-minutes-long Batgirl
pilot demo film with Craig in an earlier version of her costume and
BatBike that you can still see in all her Season
episodes as it is the one used in the in the slightly altered opening
credits and was not changed; may have been meant to sell a totally
new series originally) and
commentary on the first two episodes by West. The regular Complete
Blu-ray set does not come with the superior art box, cards or car,
while the only extra in the DVD half-season covered here is a paper
pullout inside the DVD case with an episode guide and some
despite my issues with the sound, the
Blu-ray set is the one to get while supplies last, though it was not
the instant sellout many expected despite demand for the show and
some god promotion, but the lack of fuller promotion along with
disappointed Batgirl fans obviously hindered that. Now, you can
choose the set that suits you best.
a bonus, I would like to add a list of extras some people have hoped
we might see a Complete
set, but ought to turn up at some future date somewhere, including
in Color opening bumper on early film prints, the original ABC
bumpers & next week's episode teasers are present, footage for
unknown male child actor's screen tests for Robin, West's Nestle's
Quick TV commercial (long before it was renamed Nesquik) which lead
to him being cast as Batman, all Mego Toy ads related to the TV show
by the time it was in syndication (many, big sellers worth serious
money in mint condition today), preview of ABC's new Fall TV shows
special w/Batman & Robin hosting!, Adam West & Batmobile on
Wil Shriner show, samples (preferably in high definition) of the two
shows, the Equal Pay PSA promo with Ward, Craig & Lyle Waggoner
as Batman (who was the actor who lost the role to West in the final
choice, but later was Steve Trevor on the hit 1970s Linda Carter
series) and The
reunion show!) w/Adam West, Batmobile, Allan Napier, Yvonne Craig,
Burt Ward, Frank Gorshin, Cesar Romero, Julie Newmar and Eartha
Kitt!!! We'll see...