Batman vs. Two-Face Blu-ray Review
The Last Camp
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The Caped Crusaders return in the late Adam West's last outing, teaming up with William Shatner for more camp crime-fighting in Batman vs. Two-Face.Last year's Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders allowed fans to welcome back the camp classic TV show replete with its main stars in vocal form - Adam West and Burt Ward - some colourful guest stars, an animation and action style in-line with the series (BAM! POW!) and a more knowing twist on the colourful campness of the original show. It was not only successful, but celebrated by fans, now much older, and happy to go along for the self-aware ride with these old characters, complete with their idiosyncrasies dialed up to 11.Before he tragically passed, star Adam West recorded his dialogue for this sequel, which follows suit from the original, pitting the dynamic duo against William Shatner's Two-Face, whilst series star Julie Newmar reprises her role of Catwoman as she did in The Return of the Caped Crusaders. Shatner's an odd choice - suitably camp, and distinctively voiced, but perhaps distractingly so, at least in his Dent persona, but the madcap action, outlandish traps, and hilariously over-the-top dialogue keep this a fun little throwback outing.
Picture QualityBatman vs. Two-Face hits UK Region Free Blu-ray with a strong 1080p/AVC-encoded High Definition video presentation framed in the features original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 widescreen. Although the animation, in terms of style, colours and detail, appears in-line with the format for the majority of the animated Batman titles, its distinguished by a particular attention to detail when it comes to making the characters resemble their TV series counterparts, and afforded the very same garish colour and style of the show.
The film sits well alongside its preceding chapter in terms of both style and presentation
Line detail is strong, and black levels are rich and deep, allowing for impressive shadow detail. The colour scheme is broad and unabashedly revels in the same vibrant tones which populated said TV show, but finer touches bring the matte cloth look of Batman's outfit to life alongside a suitably shiny skintight outfit for Catwoman. Two-Face's Hulk-like half-face also pops with vibrancy and the films sits well alongside its preceding chapter in terms of both style and presentation.
Sound QualityA fun, funky audio offering
The accompanying DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track makes for some great audio, painting broad strokes of camp fun with its engaging presentation of the show's classic score and running signature themes, whilst delivering suitably BAM! POW!-esque violence for the action. Dialogue is afforded plenty of room for clear and coherent representation across the frontal array, although both West and Ward sound - expectedly - rather old and crackly in their renditions, with even Shatner seemingly a little tired of keeping up his age-old Shatnerisms when delivering dialogue. Nevertheless its a fun, funky offering that both maintains the style of the original TV series and also updates it for modern sensibilities.
ExtrasThe extra features include plenty of reflections on the late Adam West, including a look at the Adam West Tribute Panel at Comic-Con International 2017. There's also a Featurette on Burt Wart's extra-Robin activities, and both Ward and Newmar get some Interview time to talk about their work and their lives. Perhaps most sadly there's a brief little teaser for what clearly could have been the third instalment in this fan-favourite series, a 30 second animated escape for The Joker courtesy of Harley Quinn (the romance for which was teased in Batman vs. Two-Face when the two first meet). It's a shame that, with all the technology we have to replicate / de-age actors visually, there's likely little chance the same would be applied to bringing back a West-likeness for another chapter, but perhaps that's for the best anyway.
Blu-ray VerdictFans of The Return of the Caped Crusaders should definitely pick this up
Following the success of Batman: The Return of the Caped Crusaders, the classic 60s TV show actors Burt Ward and the late Adam West, return for this animated sequel which again brings Julie Newmar's Catwoman into the fold, along with William Shatner as Two-Face. It's a fun offering which matches up to its predecessor, not just in style but also in presentation on this decent Blu-ray release. Fans of Return of the Caped Crusaders should definitely pick it up.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £12.99
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