The groundbreaking early nineties action-adventures series Batman: The Animated Series is receiving the deluxe treatment on Blu-ray.
The big news is that Warner Bros. has remastered all the episodes of this graphically innovative show for the first time since the 1990’s. Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition, currently available for pre-order, will be available in a 12-disc boxset on October 16, 2018.
Included on the set: all 85 episodes of the original series, which aired between 1992 and 1995, as well as the 24 episodes of the continuation series The New Batman Adventures (1997-1999), and the features Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) and Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998).
Bonus features include:
- The Heart of Batman (new one-hour documentary) – A rare gathering of talent defined Batman for a generation. This hour-long documentary takes an in-depth look at the renowned storytellers behind the landmark series.
- The Dark Knight’s First Night Pilot Promo: Hosted by Bruce Timm (featurette) – Witness the 1991 Batman promo reel as producers Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski discuss the origins of Batman: The Animated Series.
- Batman: The Legacy Continues Retrospective (featurette) – DC luminaries join BTAS creators as they explore the combination of exquisite design and in-depth storytelling that helped create a once in a generation show.
- Robin Rising: How the Boy Wonder’s Character Evolved (featurette) – The evolution of Dick Grayson from young ward to crime fighter.
- Gotham’s Guardians: The Stalwart Supporting Characters (featurette) – Batman is not the only hero safeguarding Gotham City. This documentary focuses on the importance of the Dark Knight’s allies in the Batman mythology.
- Voices of the Knight (featurette) – Actors Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Adriene Barbeau, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., and Andrea Romano discuss the process of bringing their iconic characters to life.
- Gotham’s New Knight (featurette) – Barbara Gordon swings into focus in this exciting look at Batman’s trusted ally and equal, Batgirl.
- Video Commentary: “House and Garden” – Watch along as producer Bruce Timm, director Boyd Kirkland, and writer Paul Dini take viewers behind the scenes of an exciting episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
- In-Movie Experience – Watch along as producer Bruce Timm, director Boyd Kirkland, and writer Paul Dini take viewers behind the scenes of an exciting episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
- Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: 11 featurettes on the show’s villains, with commentary by the makers of the show
- Concepting Harley Quinn (featurette) – Producer Paul Dini discusses how Harley Quinn was incorporated into the series
- Audio commentaries on 12 episodes from various crewmembers
The deluxe boxset is limited to 30,000 copies and includes other items like lenticular art cards, Funko mini-figures, and an art booklet. The real prize though is getting to see all the episodes in a pristine presentation. You can pre-order on Amazon for $101.61.