A few days ago we posted a report
that the '60s Batman
series, starring Adam West and Burt Ward, was getting a Blu-ray Disc release of sorts, but that it would be the theatrical film (already out on DVD since 2001, and on UMD for Sony's PSP systems since 2005), instead of episodes from the beloved television series...which is still in rights limbo, unfortunately.
This morning Fox Home Entertainment has delivered the official press release for the Blu-ray Disc of Batman: The Movie
. While cinema offerings (even those connected to TV shows) aren't what we usually cover here, we've decided to bend the rules a bit for this particular item. Hey, we've gotta cut all of you Adam West Batman
fans some slack, right?
The press release reveals a street date of July 1st
. There will be a regular Blu-ray Disc release packed with extras ($39.98 SRP), and also a Limited Edition package with the same Blu-ray WITH a Hot Wheels-produced 1/18th scale Batmobile! The latter ($59.98 SRP) is limited to just 5000 copies, so be sure to jump on that when you get the Bat-signal. Package art isn't available yet for either version, but here is the complete text of the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:HOLY HIGH DEFINITION, BATMAN!
BATMAN: THE MOVIE
SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY DISC
The 1966 Caped-Crusading Classic Starring Adam West Dashes Onto
Blu-Ray Disc July 1 From Fox Home Entertainment
Dynamic Disc Features New, Exclusive High Definition Extras, Plus A BD Industry First,
Nelson Riddle's Cool Jazz Score Presented As An Isolated Music Track In Lossless Audio
Also Available, A Limited, Special Edition Blu-ray Disc Packaged With A Scale Batmobile
CENTURY CITY, Calif. - Citizens of Gotham City shall fear not when the heroic Caped Crusader and his crime-fighting chum, Boy Wonder, stop dastardly villains from de-hydrating the planet in the original full-length bat-film, BATMAN: THE MOVIE SPECIAL EDITION
, arriving on high definition Blu-Ray Disc for the first time July 1st from Fox Home Entertainment. Starring Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin), this 1966 spin-off of the popular "Batman
" television series features all four of the hero's most diabolical and cunning adversaries: the clown prince of crime, The Joker (Cesar Romero); the count of criminal conundrums, The Riddler (Frank Gorshin); the pompous waddling master of fowl play, The Penguin (Burgess Meredith); and the fiendish feline, The Catwoman (Lee Meriwether). Directed by Leslie H. Martinson (PT 109, Rescue from Gilligan's Island
), who later won a Golden Gryphon for his efforts, the colorful and over-the-top film featured a groovy and swank score by Academy Award® winner Nelson Riddle (Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation for The Great Gatsby
Brimming with brand new and exclusive high definition bat-features, the Blu-ray Disc includes "Batman: A Dynamic Legacy," a tribute to the caped crusader and look at Gotham's evil villains in "Gotham City's Most Wanted"; a 360 degree navigational tour of the Batmobile; and an isolated score in 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless), an industry first for Blu-Ray Disc that allows viewers to listen to the score only. The Special Edition also includes interviews and commentary by actors West, Ward, and screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr., featurettes, trivia track, galleries and trailers.
The BATMAN: THE MOVIE SPECIAL EDITION
Blu-Ray Disc will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.98 U.S. / $49.98 Canada. Additionally, 5,000 lucky fans can take home a limited, special edition Blu-Ray packaged with a 1/18th scale Batmobile from Hot Wheels® for the suggested retail price of $59.98.
DVD Special Features:
The Batman: The Movie Special Edition
Blu-Ray Disc is presented in widescreen with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Audio, English and French Mono and includes English, French and Spanish subtitles. Bonus features include:
- Commentary by actors Adam West and Burt Ward
- Commentary by screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
- Isolated Score Track 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless)
- All-new high-definition featurettes:
- Batman: A Dynamic Legacy
- Caped Crusaders: A Heroes Tribute
- Gotham City's Most Wanted
- 2001 35th Anniversary Piece Featuring Interviews with Adam West and Burt Ward
- The Batmobile Revealed with George Barris
- The Batmobile Interactive Tour - A 360 Degree Navigational Tour
- BATMAN on Location: Mapping the Movie
- Holy Pop-Up Trivia Track, Batman!
- Original Teaser and Theatrical Trailers
- From the Vaults of Adam West
- Interactive Pressbook
- Production Stills
- Behind the Scenes
The four greatest super-criminals of The United Underworld - The Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler and The Penguin - combine forces to dispose of Batman and Robin as they launch their fantastic plot to control the entire world. Can the dynamic duo stop The United Underworld before it's too late?
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