Before Tim Burton's darker look at the Batman legend, and before Christopher Nolan's better version, there was a completely lighter, arguably wittier version which also became a great tv series. "BATMAN: THE MOVIE" available on blu-ray from FOX, reminds us how talented Lorenzo Semple Jr. was. His script for "BATMAN THE MOVIE" is absolutely (intentionally) hilarious! Adam West and Burt Ward deserve recognition for their comedic, well-timed delivery of great dialogue in this film, but the supporting cast, including Julie Newmar, Cesar Romero and the rest are terrific too! One of many great scenes has the caped crusader battling a shark that's grabbed his leg, and manages to save himself with Shark Repellant "Bat" spray. And, that's one of the less funnier scenes!
Although made in 1966, "BATMAN THE MOVIE" has lost none of its charm, and FOX has complimented the film and its fans with a great blu-ray presentation.
In spite of its age related grain, popping up from time to time, the image is fantastic, with vibrant colors and barely and moments wherein the image looks flat. The 1.85:1 aspect ratio is intact with this 1080p/AVC MPEG 4 blu-ray. The low-budget of the film, actually helps the look, due to over-the-top color schemes and costumes. Contrast is flawless as well. BRAVO!
FOX has provided their standard DTS-HD Master Audio Lossless 5.1 mix. While surrounds aren't that active, and most of the sound is directed to the center channel, there are sporadic front discrete effects and overall fidelity is fine. The fun score is well complimented through all speakers.
FOX has also included numerous extras, including two great commentary tracks, an isolated music track, featurettes, trailers and stills.