Saturday, 15 November 2014

Na na na na na Batman!

Holy Home Video Release!

Yes, the Caped Crusader is back!  Released on DVD and Blu-ray this week, everyone is going Bat-crazy again.

While I'm not a true Batman fan, (I did enjoy Batman Returns) it's not really my thing.  I remember the same thing back in the early 70's.  My favourite after school cartoon ended to be replaced by Batman.  I was bummed.  For some reason I gave Batman a chance and ended up loving it.  These two images have stuck with me.

The Penguins gigantic umbrella that stopped traffic and the Jokers giant spring that saw him, catapult over the prison walls.  Fantastic stuff!  I guess I just love over sized props.  Batman had the best villians.  Egghead and King Tut remain absolute favorites.

Most of Batman (ok, nearly all of it) was shot on three different backlots in Hollywood.  Gotham City looked fake and almost deserted most of the time, except for the occasionally passer by walking in the distance.  Batman filmed at 40 Acres the old Desilu Studios, Warner's backlot and 20th Century Fox.  It's fun today spotting the various locations.

I'm glad we got the HD transfer and I'm glad Fox and Warner could finally come to an agreement and release this fantastic television series.

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