March 27, 2008


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 theheroic Caped Crusader and his crime-fighting chum, Boy Wonder, stopdastardly villains from de-hydrating the planet in the originalfull-length bat-film, BATMAN: THE MOVIESPECIAL EDITION, arriving on high definition Blu-Ray Disc for the firsttime 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 andcunning adversaries: the clown prince of crime, The Joker (CesarRomero); the count of criminal conundrums, The Riddler (Frank Gorshin);the pompous waddling master of fowl play, The Penguin (BurgessMeredith); and the fiendish feline, The Catwoman (Lee Meriwether).Directed by Leslie H. Martinson (PT 109, Rescue from Gilligan’sIsland), who later won a Golden Gryphon for his efforts, the colorfuland over-the-top film featured a groovy and swank score by AcademyAward® winner* Nelson Riddle.

Brimming with brand new and exclusive high definition bat-features, theBlu-ray Disc includes “Batman: A Dynamic Legacy,” a tribute to thecaped crusader and look at Gotham’s evil villains in “Gotham City’sMost Wanted”; a 360 degree navigational tour of the Batmobile; and anisolated score in 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (Lossless), an industry firstfor Blu-Ray Disc that allows viewers to listen to the score only. TheSpecial 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 availablefor the suggested retail price of $39.98 U.S. / $49.98 Canada. Prebookis June 4th. Additionally, 5,000 lucky fans can take home a limited,special edition Blu-Ray packaged with a 1/18th scale Batmobile from HotWheels® for the suggested retail price of $59.98 U.S.

DVD Special Features:
The Batman: The Movie Special Edition Blu-Ray Disc is presented inwidescreen with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Audio, English and FrenchMono and includes English, French and Spanish subtitles. Bonus featuresinclude:

· 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:
o Batman: A Dynamic Legacy
o Caped Crusaders: A Heroes Tribute
o 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
· Galleries:
o From the Vaults of Adam West
o Interactive Pressbook
o Posters
o Production Stills
o Behind the Scenes
o Premiere

The four greatest super-criminals of The United Underworld – TheCatwoman, The Joker, The Riddler and The Penguin – combine forces todispose of Batman and Robin as they launch their fantastic plot tocontrol the entire world. Can the dynamic duo stop The UnitedUnderworld before it’s too late?

Street Date: July 1, 2008
Pre-book Date: June 4, 2008
DVD Price: $39.98 U.S. / $49.98 Canada
Limited Edition
Batmobile: $59.98 U.S.
Catalog #: 2252370
Total Running Time: 105 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Closed Captioned: Yes

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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1 Comment

  • Please Obey says:

    Rejoice: Greatest Movie Ever Gets, uh, Greater

    Batman: the Movie is coming to Blu-Ray. There will be a special edition with a scaled batmobile included. I like that they have to mention it is scaled, though I supposed I would save up to by an edition that came with a real Batmobile were it availabl…