Thursday, March 22, 2007

Missing the Classics?

If you were a fan of the old Superman and Batman TV shows, you're in luck. Warner Home Video is realeasing two 2-disk collector sets, one for the 1966 animated show and one for the 1977 animated Batman series featuring the voices of Adam West and Burt Ward. They will be available on June 26, 2007 for $26.99 per set.

New Adventures of Superman details:

The 6-minute vignettes that comprise The New Adventures of Superman depict Superman and Lois Lane in animated form for the first time since they were immortalized in the iconic Superman live-action short films of the 1940s. The series also marked the animation debut of Jimmy Olsen and classic Superman villains like Lex Luthor and Brainiac. The 2-Disc Collector set features 36 action-packed episodes with the legendary super heroes and great bonus features.

The DVD extras include:

  • Superman in 66 - In 1966 the comics industry was booming. This was also a hallmark year for Superman and an amazing year for the country. It was also the year The New Adventures of Superman debuted on CBS. This piece will explore how the 60's era influenced the character of Superman and led to his Filmation debut on this groundbreaking show.
The New Adventures of Batman and Robin details:

The show featured the voices of Adam West and Burt Ward, who starred in the live-action show Batman. Voicing the animated versions of Batman and Robin was the first time the two had reprised their famous roles since the live-action show was cancelled in 1968. In The New Adventures of Batman, Batman, Robin and Batgirl battle various villains in Gotham City and gain fandom for their heroic actions. One fan of the Dynamic Duo is Batmite, a dimensional imp who insists on helping Batman & Robin, regardless of their wishes. The 2-Disc Collector set features 16 action-packed episodes with the dynamic-duo and great bonus features.

DVD extras include:

  • Dark Versus Light - Filmation and the Batman - 1977 marked Batman's return to television in Filmation's New Adventures of Batman. With interviews ranging from the President & Publisher of DC Comics to the President of Warner Bros. Animation, the legacy of Filmation, will be examined from animation style to how this core DC character was depicted in the series. Among the themes explored will be the unique split between the lighter, comedic version of Batman made popular by Filmation and the darker, brooding character seen in Detective Comics at the time.
  • Bat-Commentary - An audio commentary from Filmation historian Michael Swanigan and Filmation founder Lou Schiemer on two of the episodes from the series. The special feature will be denoted with a selectable button indicating the respective episode from which the commentary is derived.

Click here for the press release.

1 comment:

Timothy Carter said...

I cannot believe it. This is very exciting news! I watched the New Adventures of Batman when I was a kid, and I still remember the theme music and some of the episodes. I have to get this. Thank you so much, Lisa, for posting this news!