Batman: The Long Halloween – Deluxe Edition2022
Directed by Chris Palmer.
Featuring voice actors Jensen Ackles, Naya Rivera, Josh Duhamel, Billy Burke, Titus Welliver, Julie Nathanson, Troy Baker, Jack Quaid, David Dastmalchian, Fred Tatasciore, Alastair Duncan, Katee Sackhoff, Robin Atkin Downes, John DiMaggio, Laila Berzins, Jim Pirri and Amy Landecker.
Inspired by the iconic mid-1990s DC story of Jeph Loeb and the late Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween – Deluxe Edition begins when gruesome holiday serial killings in Gotham City have brought the world’s greatest detective into action – confronting both organized crime and a united front of classic DC Super Villains – as he tries to stop the mysterious killer.
Last year, DC and Warner Bros. Animation adapted Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s groundbreaking film Batman: The Long Halloween into two animated feature films. Now fans can see both in one movie and combine the epic and ambitious story into one of the best Batman Stories brought to the screen.
Fairly soon after Batman begins his war on crime, specifically targeting Gotham City’s notorious mafia Don Carmine “The Roman” Falcone, a serial killer has emerged, but instead of killing innocent citizens, they instead murder members of the Falcone crime family and their associates on a holiday every month. When Batman joins forces with Captain Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent to take down Falcone and stop the Holiday Killer, the rise of Gotham’s overpowering “freaks” threatens to tip the scales even further against Batman.
As you can see from my full reviews of each part The Long Halloween Here and Here is one of DC’s best animated features, faithfully tackling the classic story of Loeb and Sale while screenwriter Tim Sheridan finds room to make changes or explore new areas and character relationships. supernaturalJensen Ackles leads a great cast and his portrayal of Batman and Bruce Wayne is one of the film’s best qualities as he makes Batman intelligent, menacing and vulnerable and makes an excellent distinction between Batman, Bruce and Bruce’s playboy persona.
Other notable cast members include the late Naya Rivera, who gives a playful and emotional performance as Catwoman, Titus Welliver, who turns Falcone into even more of an evil ball of slime, and Josh Duhamel, who gives a great portrayal of Harvey Dent’s tragic decline into a villain .
As for that deluxe edition The combined running time of over 2 1/2 hours itself flows fairly smoothly with plenty of action scenes interspersed between moments of character building and engaging mystery to keep things moving. The transition from part One to Second part is also nearly seamless and is actually better than some of DC’s other combo two-piece suits The dark knight returns.
The 4K and Blu-ray presentation is crisp and the images jump off the screen. The film noir influence really shows the details of the characters and the atmosphere of Gotham City and sets it apart visually Superman: The man of tomorrow and Justice Society: World War II even with the same style as DC’s new animated continuity. The action is smooth with great and energetic choreography between Batman and his villains, whether it’s the overpowered villains or a group of highly skilled mob assassins. That deluxe edition really shows the care and attention to detail Sheridan, producers Butch Lukic and Jim Krieg, director Chris Palmer and their entire team put into adapting one of the best graphic novels to hit shelves.
The only included bonus feature is the brand new 25 minute documentary development of evil Loeb, Lukic, Sheridan and clinical psychologist Drea Letamendi, Ph.D. Discussing the themes of the book and why it is so groundbreaking. Much time is spent exploring the story’s secondary conflict as Gotham slowly transitions from mob control to rogue gallery control, with Loeb describing Holiday as a “marriage” between the gangs and freaks.
Letamendi also discusses the psychology behind Batman’s mindset in Long Halloween, as a person who has had a lifetime of trust issues after the death of their parents, decides to trust Gordon and Dent, only to be disappointed in one of the worst ways after Dent’s transformation into Two-Face, the motivation behind Holiday’s killing spree. It’s a very interesting and profound documentary and it’s great to hear so much about the thought process behind his story directly from Loeb. Time is also devoted to examining and praising the magnificent artwork of the late Tim Sale following his recent untimely death.
Too bad there isn’t a comment from Palmer, Lukic, Krieg and Sheridan to really celebrate this deluxe edition and go into more detail about their adaptation, but development of evil strikes a good compromise and they discuss a wide range of topics related to the book and film. Also included are four episodes from Batman: The Animated Series These are the two-part originals “Two-Face”, “Christmas with the Joker” and “It’s Never Too Late”.
Batman: The Long Halloween – Deluxe Edition is a fantastic combination of the two-part film into one. It really emphasizes how hard both parts work and puts it on par with some of the best Batman and DC movies, including live-action, with the strength of the story, characters, writing, and animation. Even if you already own the items that deluxe edition is more than worth the double dive The Long Halloween like the masterpiece it is.
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