Birds Of Prey/Superheros

Garrett

Moderator
There is a new series of super hero women consisting of The Huntress, Black Canary and SPOILER







(a crippeled Batgirl) called Oracle.
For some details go here http://us.imdb.com/Title?0312098
 

buns

Banned
Looks interesting.......the cast i mean! one of the leads is to die for! ;)

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Steve T

Active Member
I've read a couple of reviews of the pilot (Dark Horizons) and it's shaping up well.

I think they're toning the superhero thing down in terms of costumes etc but are not going as far as Smallville.
 

Garrett

Moderator
I think all of the heroes are not rely super powered, (one incarnation in the comics The Black Canary had a sonic scream), more on the style of Batman, The Huntress may use a mini crossbow.
 

Matinee

Standard Member
Originally posted by Garrett
I think all of the heroes are not rely super powered
Yup, none of them are super powered. The original Black Canary was, but given that her main features was that a) she was a brunette that wore a blond wig as a disguise b) fishnet stockings c) sonic scream, could it be any more sexist?

Given the above, the latest Black Canary has to be an improvement.

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raigraphixs

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Goooner

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I saw it. Can't really remember too much about it now, but I think I quite enjoyed it. Not sure if I made it through to the end of the 13 eps or if I just gave up on it once I knew it had been axed.
 

Starburst

Novice Member
raigraphixs said:
So did anyone actually see it back in 2002/03 ?.

Only 13 episodes were made before it was canned. Looks like a b-movie. Anyone know if its ever coming out on dvd?. If Bats and Catwomen have a daughter i wanna see her.




Crikey, was it that long ago!
One of my early full season (well as many as they made) downloads complete with printed inlays and covers:)
It was a lot of fun, pretty much what you would expect from a TV super hero series and thankfully they knew well in advance they were going to be cancelled so wrapped up the story arc in the final episode with an uber fight scene done to that Tatu song.
 
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definetly nothing special. the 1st ep was bad but it got better. iirc the final few eps were quite good.

I wouldn't re evaluating this again if it came on TV but wouldn't pay good money for it.
 

Garrett

Moderator
Although nothing great I though the series better than Mutant X which the first season was really dire, yet Birds of Prey was not given time to spred its wings and for some reason must have been canceled really early hence the tying up of the story lines by episode 13.
 
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Garrett said:
Although nothing great I though the series better than Mutant X which the first season was really dire, yet Birds of Prey was not given time to spred its wings and for some reason must have been canceled really early hence the tying up of the story lines by episode 13.

Mutant X what :censored: that was. Yes it does baffle me how such cr*p as that (Andromeda, Enterprise, Voyager etc etc) goes on & on yet quality get's cancelled:rolleyes:

I'm not saying this deserved to go on but worse has gone on.
 

raigraphixs

Distinguished Member
Birds of Prey: The Complete Series will be on DVD for the first time on July 29.

13 episodes from the series plus all-new bonus features in a 4-disc collection. And never-before-seen special features such as: Gotham Girls S1-3 - An animated series of shorts starring the Birds of Prey characters.



From the creators of the CW hit Smallville, Birds of Prey was produced in 2002 for the WB and is loosely based on the DC Comics series with the same name. The hit show brought in 7.6 million viewers each week and was the largest audience in the 18-34 demographic for the network at that time.
 

brian s

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I'm interested in this one. I heard the pilot was very good but the series not so much.

All the best
Bri
 

Mark_a

Well-known Member
I seem to remember liking quite a lot, but then being an ardent Xena fan I've always been a sucker for shows where women kick ass.

Regards

Mark
 

brian s

Distinguished Member
I seem to remember liking quite a lot, but then being an ardent Xena fan I've always been a sucker for shows where women kick ass.

Regards

Mark

Has it been shown in the UK or did you see it by some other means?

Cheers
Bri
 

Mark_a

Well-known Member
Has it been shown in the UK or did you see it by some other means?
No, it was broadcast in the UK on one of the lesser channels CNX (who later became Toonami, and then later still CN Too).

Might well buy me that DVD set in July.

Regards

Mark
 

krish

Distinguished Member
Birds of Prey: The Complete Series will be on DVD for the first time on July 29.

13 episodes from the series plus all-new bonus features in a 4-disc collection. And never-before-seen special features such as: Gotham Girls S1-3 - An animated series of shorts starring the Birds of Prey characters.
Unfortunately it will be pan & scan 4:3 and not the widescreen OAR as aired according to Wiki ...
Birds of Prey will be released on Region 1 DVD on July 15, 2008, Possibly as a tie-in to The Dark Knight. The four-disc collection will include all 13 episodes as well as the entire Flash-animated series Gotham Girls. Fans, however are criticizing Warner Bros for releasing it in 4:3, mostly due to the fact the show aired in a letterbox format.

Screen Aspect: Standard [4:3 Transfer] Sound Quality: Mono - English Media Quantity: 4 Media Sub Format: Multi Disc Packaging Type: Super Slim Case
As its a Warner Bros 'R1' TV series DVD, it will most certainly be multi-region coded so playable on R2 players.

Further info from www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Birds-Prey-The-Complete-Series/9320:
Birds of Prey - Studio Sends Over Package Art, Closer Release Date for The Complete Series DVDs! ***Updated***
Get this 4-disc set a few days before The Dark Knight hits theaters
Posted by David Lambert
4/03/2008


After waiting all this time, fans have been thrilled about yesterday's studio press release from Warner about the July 29th release of Birds of Prey - The Complete Series. But what if you could get it two weeks sooner?

A short time ago the studio sent out an "e-announcement" to retailers and press, showing off the first look at the package art for this release. The text that grabbed our attention was the part that said "streets 3 days before The Dark Knight hits theaters!" (seen below). Glancing down a bit, the announcement shows a July 15th release date for this set, a date confirmed by a separate listing at Warner's password-protected press site. We just called Warner, and they confirmed that the real release date IS July 15th for this title. AND we also got a high-resolution look at the package, too! See it below the e-announce clip.

So enjoy this release 2 weeks earlier, and enjoy your first look at the box. Oh, and ignore the "order due date" part; that's for retailers (to know when they have to get orders in with the studio, if they want those copies on shelves in time for street date). Nothing for consumers to worry about!

Update: Two things about the release that won't please fans; the unaired pilot won't be part of the set, and Warner's press site currently lists this as Full Screen (1.33:1). We have an email in to the studio to confirm the aspect ratio since the show was shot in widescreen, and aired overseas that way. It could be an error with the listing since they also list the audio as being mono, and that's clearly a mistake (likely Dolby Surround). We'll post a separate news item if the the aspect ratio changes.

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krish

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www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Birds-Prey-Update/9454:
Birds of Prey - Studio Updates Us About the DVD Set's Aspect Ratio & Unaired Pilot
In store - at long last! - on July 15th
Posted by David Lambert
4/23/2008


In our most recent report about Warner's July 15th DVD release of Birds of Prey - The Complete Series, we added an update that said "the unaired pilot won't be part of the set, and Warner's press site currently lists this as Full Screen (1.33:1)". We said at the time we had an inquiry into the studio about these matters, and they have responded.

First, the great news: a Warner spokeperson informs us that "the unaired pilot will in fact be on the Birds of Prey DVD"! That's terrific news. For those of you not in-the-know about it, the unaired pilot was an alternate version that had Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) in the role of "Dr. Harleen Quinzel" (a.k.a. "Harley Quinn"). Fenn's scenes were later reshot with Mia Sara (Ferris Bueller's Day Off). There were alternate scenes with Barbara Gordon (Dina Meyer, Starship Troopers) ending a relationship, rather than starting it, an opening sequence which was completely reworked for the aired version, and other changes to scenes, score and sound effects. So now everyone will have a chance to sample that version, which is great!

Now for the update about the video format, which may or may not be considered "good news" (depending, ironically, on your personal point of view). The aspect ratio was initially reported as being "Full Screen" (1.33:1) in the studio's original announcement. We've learned that this is both right, and wrong, in a fashion. The studio has informed us that these episodes will be in a matted widescreen video format...essentially 1.33:1, but with black bars on top and bottom to simulate a widescreen broadcast appearance.

For those of you in-the-know about these technical terms, this is the so-called "letterbox widescreen" format, rather than the superious "anamorphic widescreen" (which provides better resolution). For more info about the differences, you can see examples here.
 

raigraphixs

Distinguished Member
Birds Of Prey - Batman's Little Girl Is All Grown Up


I got my boxset the other day containing 13 episodes on 4 dvds in a Amaray case with inserts and a cardboard slipcase, the Amaray case modified to fit four discs.


Why Warner Bros. did not give the release a solid video and audio transfer? not released it in its original widescreen format as mentioned in above posts. The picture is ok, nothing special. No 5.1 sound on offer here, only stereo.


Only seen 2 episodes, the unaired pilot and 'Slick'. Again i can see why the series maybe cancelled, its unispiring at this early stage, but surprisingly watchable for one Ashley Scott (Jericho, Into the Blue). Ashley's performance is pretty good and natural.

Who will stand up to villains now that a heartbroken Dark Knight has mysteriously vanished? Never fear, a trio of champions is ready to fight justice in New Gotham.

Ashley Scott, playing Huntress off-spring of Batman and Catwoman, with black hair and not her usual blonde look. I never guessed that was her on the front cover!! even while contributing to this thread early on..., he cuts a fine figure wearing tight fitting outfits, she rights the wrongs of New Gotham with her mentor Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) played by Dina Meyer. The 3rd will join later in the storyline..


With a very similar premise to Smallville which started a year earlier, BOP shares some of the same producers as Smallville as well.

This is not high art by any stretch more nod to the Batman's legacy, its not for true batman fans who expect greatness, instead its quirky fun, more off a guilty retro pleasure. From what i read its a wasted idea something that could be been something much more. Im still going in with an open mind and heart and try to enjoy the show.

By way off extras we have 'Gotham Girls' online cartoon series, all 30.


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CrazyHorse

Well-known Member
Just to clarify things re the aspect ratio of this set...the 13 episodes are letterboxed at roughly 1.77:1, so they are in widescreen...just non-anamorphic widescreen.

Bizarrely, and somewhat annoyingly, the unaired pilot is in 16.9 anamorphic!? :confused: Why this is anamorphic and the series proper is just letterboxed is a little frustrating, but I'm sure Warner had their reasons. I imagine they couldn't justify the budget for making new, anamorphic versions of each episode for what they consider a minor cult show. A shame I suppose.

Pic & sound quality is fine if unexceptional - it won't win any awards - but I can't see this being reissued any time soon (if ever!) so I'd recommend picking it up while you can.

The show isn't great but it is a real curiosity.
 

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