Batman, Mask of the Phantasm, Blu-Ray

(Courtesy of Warner Archive)

The Warner Archive Collection brings audiences the must-have definitive Blu-Ray remaster of the critically acclaimed Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Based on Batman: The Animated Series, relive the phenomenal voice acting of Mark Hamill as the Joker and Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne.

Mask of the Phantasm follows the Dark Knight discovering Gotham city’s most feared gangsters are systematically eliminated. All evidence points to the Caped Crusader being responsible. After Batman being blamed, shadowy new villain arises. The Phantasm, a sinister figure, appears to have some link to Batman’s past. Can the Dark Knight elude the police, capture the Phantasm, and clear his own name?

Here are 5 reasons why you should get Batman: Mask of the Phantasm on Blu-Ray:

5) A New Take On The Batman Origin

Fans remember the significant moments in DC comics, such as Bruce Wayne discovering the Bat-cave and promising justice to the tombstone of his parents. It’s those in-between moments that Mask of the Phantasm focuses on, which brings along something fresh and new. The animated film focuses on Alfred Pennyworth’s contribution to those early days and Bruce’s love life with Andrea Beaumont (Dana Delany).

4) The Opening!

After the Warner Bros logo, the opening sequence is a 3D camera tracking shot flying over the high towers of Gotham. I love the choir singing the the theme music Danny Elfman composed for the animated series. As the credits roll, let your ears bask in the beautiful music by Shirley Walker.

3) The Animation Style!

If you loved the Tim Burton/Batman movies, the cult hit captures the atmospheric noir style with its dark and elegant shadows. The animation captures a riveting action sequence between Joker and Batman as they tear through an abandoned model city. If you grew up watching the cartoon series, Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy are such an unforgettable dream team.

2) An Appreciated Cult Hit!

Due to the brash decision to release the animated feature in theaters on short notice and its the unsuccessful marketing campaign, Mask of the Phantasm was never a box-office hit. Much like The Thing, The years have been kind to the Batman flick and has garnered a cult following. This is truly one of the best Batman films ever made.

1) The Special Features

The Blu-ray release of the film will be remastered in 1080p high-definition, which also includes both the original, theatrical 16:9 ratio as well as 4:3. There is also the theatrical trailer in HD.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm arrives in stores July 25, 2017.

– By Jorge Solis

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