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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (Widescreen/Full Screen)

Kevin Conroy , Dana Delany , Boyd Kirkland , Bruce W. Timm    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Although the live-action Batman franchise faltered artistically after Tim Burton gave up control, the slack was taken up by the Saturday morning cartoon show, whose creators are responsible for this feature film. Though a cartoon, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is less cartoonish than the popular '60s TV show (which spawned its own movie, Batman: The Movie). Mask of the Phantasm combines the noir of the original comic book, the violence and dark humor of the Dark Knight comic book revision, and Burton's two movies.

In Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, everyone's favorite schizophrenic billionaire crime fighter is investigating the murders of several prominent gangsters. Meanwhile, his ex-fiancée and her father are back in town. Through flashbacks, these two death-obsessed kids are shown falling in love (she lost her mother; he lost both parents--of course, they meet in a graveyard), until she leaves quickly and mysteriously. Along the way, there's a short course in the origins of the Batman costume and the origins of the Joker (voice of Star Wars' Mark Hamill!), a big fight with the smoke-enshrouded Phantasm character, who is suspected of killing the gangsters, and an even bigger fight with the Joker at the abandoned Gotham World's Fair grounds. Altogether, a good ride. --Andy Spletzer

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Unmasking the Phantasm is just one of the twists in Batman: Mask of Phantasm, "one of the most imaginative films of the past year" (Chuck Rich, Westwood One). Only here will you discover all-new revelations about Batman's past, his archrival the Joker and the most grueling battle of Batman's life - the choice between his love of a beautiful woman and his vow to be the defender of right. Batman: Mask of Phantasm is a "mystery that is genuinely absorbing, suspenseful and moving" (Cincinnati Enquirer) and a film no fan should be without! Can the Dark Knight elude the police, capture the Phantasm and clear his name? Year: 1993 Director: Eric Radomski Starring: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Hart Bochner, Abe Vigoda

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Format:DVD
The animated Batman series of the '90s was an excellent series, and this movie makes for a great companion piece. Judging by the format of this movie, it wouldn't have been possible for the animated series to tell this story for two reasons. First, the violence in this story was too extreme for the TV show - Batman bleeds fairly often, and people are actually MURDERED. I was a HUGE fan of the show when I was a kid, and I loved this movie, but back then I was really surprised by the degree of violence in it. I had expected it to be as tame as the TV show. Regardless, the violence in this movie isn't anything that kids aren't exposed to on a daily basis. But it is rated PG for a reason, and 'parental guidance' means that parents should watch this movie with their younger children the first time they see it - just in case the parent needs to explain and/or clarify some of the events in this film to their kids. Second, even if the violence was toned down, this storyline couldn't properly be told if it was simply divided into three episodes for the TV series. The typical episode of the TV series wouldn't be able to handle all the flashback sequences - the TV series was more interested in fast-paced storylines. And the flashback sequences REALLY slow down the pace of this movie. But am I complaining? Of course not. The quality of this movie would suffer greatly without all those slow-paced flashback sequences. So it was necessary that an animated movie tell this story.
Shirley Walker's brooding background music is perfect for this movie - she outclasses every other composer who ever worked on a Batman film. During the opening credits, Walker's title theme is powerful as we see a red sky over a darkened Gotham City, and pass by the towering and foreboding skyscrapers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Animation and Storytelling Dec 5 2003
Format:DVD
This is probably the greatest recreation of the Batman characters ever, Tim Burton's spectacular flick included. Gotham's simplistic but dark, tall, and gothic (pun VERY MUCH intended) style, the way that most of the scenes in "the present" were never during the day, the ingenious use of flashbacks, all came together to make a visually stunning movie. And this was a cartoon that didn't pull its punches. It was one of the only "kid-oriented" animated films to recieve a PG rating back in the 90's.
The voice cast was spectacular. The characters of Comissioner Gordan, Detective Bullock, Alfred; all are wonderfully cast (I would argue that this movie has the best Alfred of any Batman film EVER). And of course, the casting of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill (Batman and The Joker respectively) in a reprise of their roles on the show couldn't have happened any other way, simply because they embody these characters so well, and put far more heart into their performances than you get from many live-action parts (read: the last two live-action Batmans).
The story is both simple and complicated at the same time. Sure, some kids won't get all of it, but the thing is rated PG for a reason. A killer has shown up in Gotham, a murderer who is offing mob bosses with brutal efficiancy. The D.A. blames Batman, and starts a city-wide manhunt. On the Bruce Wayne side of things, an old flame has returned to Gotham (voiced by Dana Delany, the same dame who did Lois Lane in the Superman animated series; funny ol' world, in' it?), who is, in a roundabout way, the reason Batman was able to exist. Bruce is torn between his love, and the responsibilities of, and new dangers to, his secret identity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great film Nov. 10 2003
Format:DVD
I'm 19 years old and at the time this movie was I was nine. Of course I loved it because it was my favorite tv show next to power rangers. My love for the film has not changed in the last 10 years.
Batman:Mask of the Phantasm goes into detail about a specific time of Batman's life. It tells his origin. It shows us a love that he had. A woman that he loved. A woman he wanted to marry. It shows the origin of the Joker. Batmans most evil nemisis and what he did before the chemical bath. It shows all those origins and brings them up to date in the cape crusaders life. Can him and Andrea love again? Can he stop the Joker? All those questions are more are answered in Batman:Mask of the Phantasm.
It's a great film and it's really great in the fact that it's an animated film. This was such a good tv show and they didn't disappoint with the movie. This is the original animated Batman from the early 90's. It's the best animated Batman ever done.
This movie has a great score and great action. It's fun to see how people started especially comic book heros and villians. This one is a must for all Batman fans and I think it's something the whole family can enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best superhero movie ever Aug. 17 2003
Format:VHS Tape
To me Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm is one of the best, if not THE best superhero adaptation ever. It has some unique qualities among, I think, ALL superhero onscreen adaptations:
- Animation is more friendly to comics than film - I'm getting more and more to this conclusion. With animation, there's no fuss about costumes or CGI or make-up. It allows the movement and sound and some of the 3-D effect you can't get from a comic book without things looking too campy or silly.
- Extreme faithfulness to comics - This feature is a smart and tight combination of the Year One and Year Two storylines. There's nothing here to piss-off fanboys: no stiff rubber suit, no leather jackets, no skinny guy as the hero, no caricatural or Power-Rangish villain - the Joker is actually quite creepy - no turn-back-in-time ending.
- Spot-on characterization - Like a lot of two-hour movies don't get to, this hour-and-a-half piece gets to cover in a fitting way all the basic issues of the character: why he can't get over the death of his parents and try for a happier existence, why he uses a dark symbol to fight crime, why he works outside the law, why he isn't a murderer, whether he's as crazy as his enemies or not. His skills are all featured as well: the womanizing playboy facade, the detective, the scientist, the martial artist, the acrobat, the badass. It finds na ideal way to tell his story, connecting past and present. You get to see a lot of Bats at the prime as you also get to follow his first steps.
- Great romance story - I never thought a romance story with Bats would work - at least if it didn't involve Catwoman. But this one is incredibly fitting with Bruce's character arc. Andrea, at first, seems to represent the lighter side of what he could have had - a happier, more normal life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Major Triumph in Batman Cinema!
A mysterious costumed phantasm haunts Gotham City, knocking off mob bosses thus drawing the Batman out from the shadows to stop him. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A.P. Fuchs, author of The Axiom-man Saga
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman mask of the phantasm best movie of batsy !
We don't have the movie in region 2 except in UK. The DVD is wonderful.Very good picture and colors. But the wrong thing about it : there's no bonus features except the trailer. Read more
Published 21 months ago by KOMIKMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Mask of the Phantasm
After not seeing this film since its début in the early 90's, it was with great anticipation I put the disk into my PS3. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2011 by Scroozle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cartoon film that rivals the live action films....
Many people have seen Batman: the animated series. Well, this movie lives up to that shows potential! Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by Jet Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Batman Feature
This is one of the best Batman animated features I have ever seen.The writing was good and Mark Hamill doing the voice of the Joker?G-O-O-D. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Willie Montgomery
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Disappointment
Although the animation and voice talent was tremendous (even had Abe Vigoda - love that gravelly voice) the story line was so weak and the resolution was not thought through. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by L. Mintah
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Batman film!!!!!
This is a terrific movie that is so much better than any of the live action movies! It has a brillant plot,terrific voice overs(especially Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne and... Read more
Published on March 21 2004 by Shane
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the movie, but...
I really hope WB goes back and makes a 'special edition' of this movie someday. The movie is great, but the picture quality on the DVD leaves something to be desired, as does the... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PERFECT BATMAN MOVIE
Mask of the Phantasm is the best of the Batman movies period. The story is just like one out of the comics. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Batman story ever!
Not absolute perfection. It has some very interesting plot holes. I won't spoil it, but there are a couple of threads never picked up which aren't damaging to the story itself,... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by LaughingVulcan
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