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  • Producers: Linda Steiner, James Tucker, Sam Register
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Aug. 17 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003M8NGLC
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Batman Brave and the Bold Season 1 Part 1

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Batman the Brave and the Bold is a newer animated series that is designed primarily to appeal to the preteen crowd. The storylines are more simple and the animation a little more cartoony than you will find in an average DC or Marvel animated series. It's not that adults can't watch it, just that you won't find the more adult themes mirrored here. It's designed to go up against other preteen series like The Secret Saturdays or Generator Rex. And against those it holds up quite well.

Every episode basically starts the same way. Batman and some other Superhero du jour beat up some villain and then spend most of the next 22 minutes in lots of action. It reminds me of virtually every american cartoon series of the 80's or early 90's. Okay, but nothing special. If you're expecting a modern style Avatar or Justice League or The Avengers, then you're not going to find it here. This is more of a Superfriends than a Superman series, more an Adam West than a Dark Knight Rising! Overall, this is a much simpler series designed for the younger crowd.

For the preteens, I'd rate this at four stars. It holds up quite well against it's contemporaries. For adults, I'd rate this at two stars. Frankly I'd rather watch an older episode of Batman or Superman than this. So I'll mix the two and call it a three. Your rating may vary.

Recommended for 12 and younger. Or for adults who are very nostalgic for the good ol' days.

J. A.
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Les histoires sont décousues et peu intéressantes. Le seul bon côté, c'est que ce n'est pas violent, mais ça n'en vaut pas la peine pour autant.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1432f4) out of 5 stars Bad release, great show! June 21 2010
By Jason M. Schlierman - Published on
My review will cover two parts. First let's talk about the show. When I first heard about it, I had my doubts. I grew up on the great "Batman: The Animated Series" and loved "The Batman," especially at the end. But when this came out I first thought they had ran out of ideas for Batman. I was wrong, it mixes action like from the last two shows and adds in humor in such a perfect amount for Batman that it comes off as enjoyable instead of cheesy.

Now as for the release. I agree with everyone else here, this should be the FULL season one. I hate when the studio release half a season of a show. Disney did it with "Gargoyles: Season Two," and Warner has done it with "The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest: Season One, both of which may never see the rest of their season on DVD. Warner has also done it with other shows like "Tiny Toons"and "Smurfs." Is it a cheep underhand move to try and force the consumer to fork over more money then they would for releasing these seasons whole? Sure is. Is it right? Nope, in fact it turns consumers off. But that fact is the way these studios think, if this set does not sell, good luck seeing much more of this show on DVD, even if it is Batman. "Gargoyles" and "Real Adventures of Johnny Quest" have shown that already.

Bottom line, despite how wrong it may be, if you love this show and want to see more of it on DVD, buy this release.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1c4f84) out of 5 stars He's not my Batman, but that's OK Oct. 17 2010
By MikeL - Published on
When I first heard of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, I was excited. Then I saw some pictures and got worried. Then I saw a video clip. My fears were confirmed. This wasn't my Batman.

So I never watched it. I did hear good things about it though, and considering my favorite C-list DC comic characters appear in it, when the opportunity came up for me to review Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Season One , Part One , I decided to give it a chance. And now I regret not watching this show earlier. It's fantastically entertaining.

More than that, it's fun. Batman: The Brave and the Bold exists in the present the way 80's action cartoons exist in the memory. That is: You remember them being good, but they don't hold up when you actually watch them. But Batman: The Brave and the Bold does hold up, right now and today, and it feels just like you remember the 80's action cartoons feeling like.

I was worried a light-hearted take on Batman would make him into a joke like Adam West did and I'm sure I wasn't the only one. Thankfully, Batman is played straight and given only a dry sense of humor, pretty much the way the modern fans remember him. He just throws around a few on-liners, and that is all. Even if that turns you off, this show gets so much right. Aquaman is played for laughs here, just like he always should be, and it also introduces tons of awesome C-list characters like Blue Beetle, Deadman, Red Tornado, Wildcat and many others to a public who probably never heard of them. In fact, if you're a DC comic fan, one of the best part of this show will be the insane number of obscure characters from the comics that show up, which will be sure to make any geek happy.

Puncheminnaface!The show deals with some pretty serious subject matter as well, such as death. Examples include the episode "Invasion of the Secret Santas!", which shows the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne, and my personal favorite episode of the collection, "Fall of the Blue Beetle!", where it's shown that not every hero always makes it, and sometimes one has to die. Pretty heavy stuff for a supposedly light, colorful looking kids show.

The finale uses Owlman as the main villain. I don't know if Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths came out before this episode or not, but thankfully even though both utilize the same villain and both involve multiple earths, both feel like separate stories. Owlman's plot in Batman: The Brave and the Bold does feel oddly similar to the plan of the Justice Lords in the Justice League episode "A Better World". Still, it does make for an entertaining episode and a satisfying finale.

The voice work is fantastic, and while nobody will beat Kevin Conroy, Diedrich Bader does a brilliant job as Batman. John William DiMaggio plays a hilarious Aquaman and Batman Beyond's Will Friedle plays Blue Beetle III wonderfully. In fact, all of the voices seem spot on. It would seem Andrea Romano did a fantastic job, as always.

Someday, my son, this will all be yours!The designs are well animated and the style seems to fit the mood of the show. Not to mention it looks absolutely stunning in widescreen. The discs have English and French subtitles, but unfortunately this set has no special features aside from a LEGO Harry Potter trailer (on the main menu for some reason), which is a real bummer. It really could've used a commentary or two, or perhaps a featurette on the wide array of heroes who guest starred in the episode included here. At least we got a stunning transfer.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold isn't my Batman, but that doesn't mean I can't watch it and enjoy it for what it is. It's like the Adam West version of Batman. That's my dad's Batman, and even though I don't consider it mine, that doesn't mean I don't watch it and enjoy the heck out of it. Give Batman: The Brave and the Bold a chance. It may not be your Batman, but it will be someone's. See if you can enjoy it for what it is.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1ca75c) out of 5 stars Split Seasons Does Not Matter This Time Aug. 15 2010
By Exchronos - Published on
The five stars is for the show. If you're a comic geek, you'll actually love this show because it grows on you.

Here's why the split seasons thing is NOT a big deal. You are getting 13 episodes. Yes, Season 1 was 26 episodes. The thing is, that is DOUBLE the normal amount of episodes newer cartoons have been coming out as, and quite frankly if you look at DVDs of other new Warner Bros cartoons like "What's New Scooby-Doo" and "The Batman" each season is approximately only 13 episodes. So you are getting your money's worth. They most likely will not release a full 26 episode season set, and if they do it'd cost like $40 like the old Batman The Animated Series boxsets used to.

The pattern is, they release 13 episode seasons or collections. They start off costing about $15. Eventually they go down to $9 to $10 (seasons of both "What's New Scooby-Doo" and "The Batman" have hit those marks both online and in stores).

Sure, it's not the complete season. Yet the complete season is really like two seasons already. I'd rather buy 13 episodes than buy those discs with only 4 episodes each on them.

The reason Season 2 of Gargoyles didn't get a Volume 2 release? Too many customers like me realized we paid $20 for Season 1 and then half of Season 2 was over $30. I won't pay over $30 for only half a season, and it took way too long to come down in price.

This half season set is still a good deal when you realize you're getting the same number of episodes that are full seasons of "The Batman". 13 episodes isn't too shabby. If you don't buy this set though, who knows if they'll release Vol. 2 with the other 13 episodes, and then the first 13 episodes of Season 2? If the third season is only going to be 13 episodes as reported, then Season 3 would be a full season set, whereas it'll be two-parters for the first two seasons...equaling five sets of 13 episodes just like "The Batman".
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e14333c) out of 5 stars How to Judge a DVD release Aug. 30 2010
By DC_Fan_52 - Published on
Nothing irritates me more than ignorant fanboys ruining the reputation of an excellent program because they can't comprehend how prices work. All they see is "Season 1, Part 1" and they foam at the mouth and begin to rant about "greedy corporations" trying to steal their money.

Let me break it down for you. Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 1, Part 1 is 13 episodes, on 2 DVDs, and is currently prices at $15.49. Keep in mind that the Amazon price fluctuates, I've seen it as cheap as $14.99.

Now comprate that to Justice League Unlimited - Season Two (DC Comics Classic Collection). Justice League Unlimited Season 2 is 13 episodes, on 2 DVDs, for 14.99.

- 13 episodes of BBatB are worth 15.49
- 13 episodes of JLU are worth 14.99

They're just complaining because one is a complete season, and the other is a half season. But, they're BOTH 13 EPISODES!!!

By now, you should know what Batman: The Brave and the Bold is like. It's a lighter take on the caped crusader. If you're the type of fan that loved Nolan's The Dark Knight, or grew up watching Batman the Animated Series, and you like a serious Batman, then you'll want to skip this series and buy Batman: Under the Red Hood (Two-Disc Special Edition).

The rest of us, we love us some campy, almost-Adam-West-like, adventures with the Dark Knight. I never would have imagined Diedrich Bader as Batman. He's no Kevin Conroy, but Bader's voice fits the show's premise. What really makes BBatB stand out is the creator's devotion to feature superheroes and villains that have had very little appearances outside of the comics: Calender Man, Kite Man, the Top, Plastic Man, the Blue Beetle, Kamandi, and Bronze Tiger.

Further, let me answer some questions you might be asking:

1. No, Kevin Conroy is not Batman in this.

2. No, this does not contain the "Bat-Mite Episode" AKA "Legends of the Dark-Mite." That won't be until Part 2.

3. No, this does not contain the musical episode with Neil Patrick Harris. That's in Part 2, "Mayhem of the Music Meister"

4. No, this doesn't have "the one with Kevin Conroy in it." That's episode 37, "Chill of the Night." It also has Adam West, Mark Hamill and Julie Newmar. That's part of Season 2.

That's a lot of 'No's. But it's still worth $15 if you can pick it up at a local retailer. My favorite episodes are "Evil Under the Sea," "Fall of the Blue Beetle" "Deep Cover for Batman" and "Game Over for Owlman." So pick it up if you like superhero action, and I hope I've helped you make an informed decision.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e143024) out of 5 stars 3 Cheers for James Tucker Nov. 6 2010
By Sandy R. Jimenez - Published on
I finally decided to buy this DVD,foregoing the various "volumes" offered before. I won't go into DC's crappy practice of breaking these DVDs up to squeeze more money out of kids... Plenty of other reviews have covered that already, hopefully they'll get the message. This DVD set was "complete enough" for my to just deal with it and buy it already: Moving on...
James Tucker is one of the many genius animators and designers behind Bruce Timm's groundbreaking Batman The Animated Series of the 1990s. Tucker's style and posture towards the DC Universe can be plainly seen in episodes like the "Legends of the Dark Knight" story in which the producers referenced different incarnations of Batman, notably: the Filmation studios' series; Dick Sprang's canonical take on the character; (and an homage to Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns.)
Tucker clearly has had an affinity and reverence for the 60s live action TV series for a long time and used it to build the style, tone and parameters of this latest Batman cosmology.
First, it should be noted that this is a kid friendly series (as opposed to Tucker's contributions to the other Bruce Timm series which only got darker and more "adult" in tone,) which is not to say this series is just for children, it's definitely not. While lighthearted in theme and tone and devoid of cruelty and gratuitous violence, it is still replete with well directed action and features wonderful, if sometimes two dimensional character based stories.
What this series has unlike any other before it (including Tucker's contributions to "Justice League" and "Justice League Unlimited") is the most outsized celebration of the DC Comic book universe's vast cosmology, while giving even the obscurest and silliest of villains and heroes their moment in the spotlight. This is a series that breezily moves from Golden Age, to Silver Age to Bronze Age, to whatever age we are in now through the prism of a classic early sixties iteration of the caped crusader's world. It presents an engaging continuity for life long adult fans with encyclopedic knowledge of the comics, while also serving a wonderful gateway to young children who may be discovering all of this for the first time.
The design sense of the show owes much to the 1960s William Dozier/Lorenzo Semple Batman live action series, (everything's got red highlights from the bat mobile to the bat copter) and the drawing of Dick Sprang and Alex Toth.
Named after the DC Comic book showcase "Brave and the Bold" in which Batman was teamed up with various heroes, this new TV show takes Batman light years from Gotham's streets, literally.
Diedrich Bader headlines as Batman, and Will Friedle, Cory Burton and many other actors familiar to TV animation fans and movie goers do great work on the show. Batman never appears as Bruce Wayne, except oddly, in his own recollections or memories, and even then, the adult Bruce Wayne's face is always obscured in shadow; -a nice nod to the darker psychology of this mythology, namely that Batman believes there is no Bruce Wayne...
Bottom line: It's a great stylish show for the kids just discovering Batman for the first time, or adults who know, or will fondly remember the nuanced details and strange plots from the various comics, movies or TV shows they've seen across their lives.
This show will thrill the uninitiated, and also reward the dedicated fan, and ultimately surprise everyone.