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The Batman: The Complete Series (2004 - 2008/Animated*)/Robocop 4K (1987/MVD/MGM/Orion/Steelbook Arrow Blu-ray Set)/Supergirl: The Complete Sixth & Final Season (2021/*both DC Comics/Warner Blu-ray Sets)

Picture: B/B+/B+ Sound: B/B/B+ Extras: B-/B+/C+ Main Programs: B-/B+/B

Now for a new group of superhero releases, including a remarkable upgrade to a genre classic that is as relevant as ever...

We start with the somewhat child-friendly The Batman: The Complete Series (2004 - 2008) which is nowhere nearly as dark as the Matt Reeves The Batman and not intended to be. With tie-ins at the time that included an equally safe comic book printed the old-fashioned four-color, regular paper way, it is somewhat of a throwback to the 1960s Adam West (who voices a mayor for the show) series, plus both Filmation Batman series and Hanna-Barbera's SuperFriends! retaining some comedy that feature films have passed on at this point, knowing West and company pushed that as far as anyone ever could.

Made up of 65 half-hours altogether, new variations of Batman's rogue's gallery (Joker, Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman (voiced by Gina Gershon,) Clayface, Riddler, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Solomon Grundy, etc.) show up in versions that work, if not necessarily the darkest, most violent or most deadly ever. The advantage of this is it gets back to storytelling that made these characters popular to begin with. Unfortunately, many of the jokes meant for the younger audience fall flat, ring untrue and almost always hurt the flow of the narrative. Otherwise, there is much money and hard work on the screen that holds up and the series' high definition Blu-ray arrival is better late than never, but pretty solid all around otherwise.

Extras include Digital Code and a paper-pullout with the titles and extras on each disc, while the discs add (per the press release) The Dark Dynasty Continues (New Featurette): Explore the relationship between The Batman and his allies as he evolves from mysterious vigilante to the World's Greatest Detective.

  • Joining Forces: The Batman's Legendary Team-Ups (Featurette): How the series' producers adapted the DC 'Team-Up-Tales' approach from the comic books to the screen.

  • The Batman Junior Detective Challenge (Quiz): Alfred tests your detective skills with The Batman: The Complete Series challenge.

  • The Batman Junior Detective Exam: Level 2 (Quiz): Pass The Batman test of knowledge with the level 2 exam.

  • Building Batman (Featurette): Detective Ellen Yin investigates The Batman's true identity.

  • Gotham PD Case Files (Featurette): Highly confidential profiles of The Batman's most dastardly foes.

  • New Look, New Direction, New Knight (Featurette): Go behind the scenes to explore the development of The Batman television series.

  • The Batman: Season 3 Unmasked (Featurette): Supervising Producer Duane Capizzi talks about the animated series.

  • and The Batman: Season 4 Unmasked (Featurette): A behind the scenes look into the making of Season 4.

Paul Verhoeven's Robocop 4K (1987) has arrived in the ultra high-definition format even sooner than many fans in and out of the industry expected and the classic gem out of MGM's Orion Pictures films continues to influence all kinds of films, including the new Matt Reeves' The Batman (2022) film. We reviewed Arrow's all-out special edition of Robocop in its regular Blu-ray edition at this link:


That connects to all the other, many versions of the film we have reviewed over the years. A 4K version of that all-out edition is coming out in the U.K., but not yet in the U.S., so this Steelbook edition is the best version you can get, containing all the disc extras from that Limited Edition set, booklet and low-def, edited TV cut of the film. The film deserves all these extras, hopefully on route to being recognized as the genre classic it is, a film Ken Russell considered the best Science Fiction film since Lang's Metropolis (1926) despite so many greats in between.

After a weak, unnecessary remake, MGM plans to do a sequel that picks up after this film (and maybe Robocop 2, but NOT 3) so we'll see if it works enough like the recent Jamie Lee Curtis Halloween revival, but if it does not have the brutal honesty of the first two original films, I won't hold my breath.

DC Comics' Supergirl reaches it's ending in The Complete Sixth & Final Season (2021,) which is now available on Blu-ray disc courtesy of Warner Bros. The series is getting a send off likely because there are plans to introduce a new big screen Supergirl in 2023's upcoming Flash movie. The series goes out on a high note and continues its trend of fun television superhero popcorn munching fun with a little splash of social satire as well. In this final season, she fights Lex and Nyxly in a battle to the death along with other super friends that aide her.

Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist (Glee, Whiplash), Chyler Leigh (Grey's Anatomy), Katie McGrath (Jurassic World, Merlin), Jesse Rath (Defiance, No Tomorrow), Nicole Maines (Royal Pains), Azie Tesfai (Jane the Virgin), Julie Gonzalo (Dallas, Veronica Mars), Staz Nair (Game of Thrones) and David Harewood (Homeland).

The last twenty episodes include Rebirth, A Few Good Women, Phantom Menaces, Lost Souls, Prom Night, Prom Again!, Fear Knot, Welcome Back, Kara!, Dream Weaver, Still I Rise, Mxy in the Middle, Blindspots, The Gauntlet, Magical Thinking, Hope for Tomorrow, A Nightmare in National City, Believe in a Thing Called Love, Truth or Consequences, The Last Gauntlet, and Kara.

Special Features: Deleted Scenes and A Farewell Tribute to Supergirl.

Now for playback performance. The 2160p HECV/H.265, 1.85 X 1, Dolby Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on both major cuts of Robocop 4K are stunning at their best, when the film is not dealing with old, low-definition analog video (the various TV screens showing demented news broadcasts and demented advertising, video playback from Robocop and Robocop's RoboVision) as lensed by Director of Photography Joss Vacano. Like American Werewolf In London 4K, we knew the upgrade from Arrow's regular Blu-ray to 4K would be better, but this exceeds expectations in the best scenes that include demo moments that rate above my overall rating above, as shot on 35mm film with ever-remarkable stop-motion model work in VistaVision by Phil Tippett, the film not looking this good since 70mm blow-up prints and higher quality 35mm prints were issued in 1987. Problems with some recent Blu-ray copies are far more obvious now, while the quality here proves how amazing some of the camerawork has always been and that the film never got the credit for it because it is a genre film, even one with much to say.

The sound also gets an upgrade since Arrow's Blu-ray edition with a new lossless, Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown for older systems) mixes in both major cuts that open up the sound, added to the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1, 4.0 and 2.0 Stereo lossless mixes already available on the older Arrow Blu-rays. However, like The Beatles' Let It Be, the Atmos opens up the sound more, but it looses some of the impact best heard in the DTS 5.1 mix, which I still prefer overall. This was the first-ever Dolby SR (Spectral Recording) analog noise reduction film (their most advanced analog system ever) and the 70mm versions were only 4.1 sound mixes. Now you can choose for yourself, but it will never sound or look better than it does here.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on Batman seem to be from slightly older HD masters and has a few minor flaws throughout the various episodes and seasons, but color is pretty consistent and since it has a somewhat flat look, not as problematic. I would have had to give ti a lower overall picture grade, however, if it were any worse. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless mixes on all episodes sounds good for its age and has Pro Logic-like surrounds, but there are times some will wish some of this were in 5.1. Otherwise, it is well recorded, engineered and mixed.

Supergirl is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and lossless English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) soundtracks that round out a nice HD transfer that's up to standards. It beats the original network broadcast and is commercial and watermark free which adds for a better viewing experience.

- Nicholas Sheffo and James Lockhart (Supergirl)



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