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Review: Batman: Brave & The Bold, Season One Volume One DVD
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
Now you can watch the first half of season one if you haven't already watched the episodes (for whatever crazy reason).
The show clearly has a Silver Age feel to it with subtle modern elements. There is no doubt in my mind that Diedrich Bader will always be one of the top Batman performers in my book. The show may appear to be geared towards a younger crowd but don't let the animation style or bright colors fool you. There are clearly bits to the show that aren't quite fit for the younger viewers.
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Besides the clever homage style to the show, you have to acknowledge the bold move the show's producers take with each episode. There have been so many characters in this show that you wouldn't expect to see like Gentleman Ghost, B'wana Beast, Etrigan, Ocean Master, Kanjar Ro and so many others. Of course the brilliance of reoccurring appearances by John DiMaggio as Aquaman and James Arnold Taylor as Green Arrow have to be acknowledged as well.
While this release only contains the first 13 episodes, the smaller price might make it more accessible versus the price of a complete season. The DVD does retail for $19.98, you can buy it at places like Amazon for under $16.
I also have to mention the fact that there aren't any special features included here. Then again, what special features would there be? For me, I'm mainly interested in the episodes.
Without a doubt, I give the series a 5 out of 5. It's a different look at Batman in animated form. People always compare this series to Batman: The Animated Series. That was a great show but we can't just have the same thing over and over again. This series has been a refreshing change. Unfortunately this release doesn't score as high. The quality of the episodes and the numerous guest appearances do make it a worthy addition to your collection. I'm sure we can assume that someday a complete collection will be available. It's simply a matter of do you or can you wait that long. If you have fifteen bucks to spare, why not spend it on close to five hours of quality entertainment?