Batman: Under The Red Hood [Blu-ray]
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DCU Batman: Under The Red Hood (Blu-Ray)
The animated adventure Batman: Under the Red Hood pits the Dark Knight against a trio of his most fearsome enemies while attempting to uncover the true identity of the vigilante known as the Red Hood. Adapted by Judd Winick from his own comic book story arc, Under the Hood, as well as the late-'80s serial A Death in the Family, Under the Red Hood is a fairly dark affair, with considerable amounts of violence, not the least of which is the act that gets the story in motion--the murder of Jason Todd, better known as the second Robin, by the Joker (voiced by John DiMaggio). The death puts Batman (Bruce Greenwood) into a guilt-ridden tailspin, but there's little time for mourning, as the arrival of the Red Hood (Jensen Ackles of Supernatural) puts the Caped Crusader on the defensive. Together with original Robin Dick Grayson (Neil Patrick Harris), now operating as Nightwing, his search for the Red Hood brings him in contact with the Joker--who, as DC Comics fans remember, started his criminal career as the Red Hood and is portrayed here as a violent psychopath à la Frank Miller's depictions--as well as the immortal Ra's al Ghul (Jason Isaacs) and Gotham's leading underworld kingpin, the fearsome Black Mask (Wade Williams). The confrontations between Batman and his foes are explosive but never overpower the dramatic weight of the story, which hinges on themes of regret, revenge, and redemption. Artwork is streamlined and expressive, while the scripting by Winick distills the essence of the comics into an action-packed hour. Extras on the DVD presentation are limited to a 12-minute look at the upcoming Superman/Batman: Apocalypse movie; the Blu-ray offers more making-of featurettes. --Paul GaitaSee all Product Description
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The voice casting is excellent. Bruce Greenwood and Neil Patrick Harris are convincing in their roles as Batman and Dick Greyson respectively. John DiMaggio was a very pleasant surprise as the Joker. He is wickedly engaging. Even better was the casting of Jensen Ackles as the Red Hood. Known really only for his television work, he gave this antagonist a depth of emotion with just his voice that carries through the restrictions of this type of animation. This is a character that the audience needs to feel for and care about, and his acting made that possible. Without spoiling the plot, his character has legitimate reasons for both loving and hating Batman. He is a character who is morally grey in a DC comic world that is often too black and white.
We watched several of the DC dvds in a marathon, and this is the only one that I thought about after viewing and am likely to view again several times. It is well worth the discount price for the two disc set. The other disc is not really all that interesting with a few features on it that were not nearly as compelling as the main movie.
I am by far not a fan of reading materials or the cartoons itself so i was mostly 'uneducated' in the Batman storyline used here. Even then, the pace of the story was quick, I was never bored and I just couldn't get enough of it. There was some amazing pursuit scenes and the fact that it was a bit darker then your usual cartoons was a nice touch.
I was actually disappointed when it came to an end!!!
Fan or not, you will definately enjoy seeing this.
And that's where the movie tends to be a bit of a problem for me. As the first two-thirds of the movie is a non-stop action movie with a very strong ensemble cast which is then followed by the last twenty minutes being a more introspective storyline which boils down to only three individuals. Which I found after the frenetic pace through the rest of the movie; tends to be a little bit of a letdown. But otherwise; it's a pretty good action movie.
Done in a 1.85:1 widescreen format; the video is a true 1080P and the sound is superb. Especially on the English dub which is a full 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Trucks rumble, buildings crumble; it's a full theatrical sound range. The Dolby Digital 5.1 German, Spanish and Portuguese tracks aren't bad either though not up to the English DTS-HD. There is no French track. There's also included an authentication code for a downloadable digital copy, but since it's marked as expiring in 2011, well...... good luck with that!
Like all DC movies, there's also a slew of extra's. A 12 min. Jonah Hex animated short which was fun to watch but doesn't have much replay value. It's an English DD 5.1 only. Plus a 25 min. documentary on the original Dick Grayson Robin and another 20 min. documentary on the Jason Todd Robin and how his death came about. I found both of these quite interesting.
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There's blood and actual killing (which raises the stakes) and some cheesy but fun exagerated comic book action. Aside from some of Batmans long winded, repetetive, guilt ridden speeches that briefly took me out of the movie, this sucker had enough action, story and surprises to keep me quite happy and pleased with my purchase.
That said, I do agree with other reviewers who feel the 2nd disc wasn't necessary. The 2 episodes were interesting, but the small bit on the Dark Knight was terribly produced and seemed more like a vanity project designed to validate it's existence- even though it's nothing more than fluff.
Still, fantastic movie. Well worth the purchase in single disc form.
Most recent customer reviews
second best batman animated movie i've seen. the first being the dark knight returns part 1-2Published 11 days ago by VickyT
Jensen Ackles performance of the Red Hood is excellent in this film. The film does a very good job of displaying the weak points in Batman's no kill policy.Published 3 months ago by Andre
Best animated movie I've ever seen! Great story telling!Published 11 months ago by shesaidsqueezemylemon
I really like it. The only thing I'll critique is the fact that it rips off Batman Beyond, The Joker returns with the same premiss of the Joker torturing a lesser known Robin and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chris Andrew
This is a feature worth watching regardless if you know the original story from the comic books. There aren't many references to the Lazarus Pit on television or in the movies, so... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Demetrios Angelis