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The Batman Vs. Dracula/Batman Superman Movie (Warner DVD Double Feature)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Main Programs: C+



To enhance the success of new animated series of DC Comics superhero characters, DC and Warner do semi-features to further push the characters.  This used to not work as well as it does now and two of the odder releases are now available as one DVD.  The Batman vs. Dracula (2005) is the longer of the two and is not very scary or convincing as the famed vampire (now in public domain) can infect the likes of The Joker, making it more science fiction than horror.  The Batman Superman Movie is not even an hour long, but features the later 1990s Batman with Superman of Superman – The Animated Series.


For your reference, here are links to the series these are derived from:


The Batman – The Complete Third Season



Batman – The Animated Series




The Batman Superman Movie just does what it can to bring The Joker and the Lexcorp Lex Luthor together, but also has the heroes meeting for the first time before becoming friends.  That does not always work either.  However, both are harmless if underwhelming fun for younger fans and we have seen worse.  At the same time, they can lack the charm of more intentionally child-friendly shows like Superfriends and the Filmation DC shows.



The 1.33 X 1 image and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound is just fine for what they are, barely having any Pro Logic type surrounds, but The Batman vs. Dracula offers a 5.1 mix that is only marginally better.  Well recorded, don’t expect great sonics.  It is not enough to give the sound a higher rating though.  Extras include trailers on both, while cast/crew text, Joker’s Challenge game and four mini clips are added to Superman, then three mini featurettes are added to Dracula.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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