Nov 01, 2016 04:22 PM EST

Return To Campy, Happy-go-lucky Batman With Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

Return To Campy, Happy-go-lucky Batman With Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
 is an animated feature film directed by Rick Morales which stars the voices of Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar as the iconic and timeless characters we all know and love. It's a treat to hear the voices of these actors and brings back a nostalgia we didn't even realize we missed.  Adding to that enjoyment, this movie definitely stands out from the other three Batman releases this year, because, for one, it's actually good.

In this film, we find Batman and Robin once again at odds with the Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman as  they all team up to threaten Gotham City. Once again the dynamic duo must save the day against these horrible villains we all know and hate.
 
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is certainly a celebration of the harmless, child friendly, Happy-go-lucky Batman that we knew and loved from back in the day. There's an abundance of qualities within the film that made the series, itself, timeless, such as the voices. To hear Adam West and Burt Ward was amazing, while the "KAPOW!", "BOOM!", "SPLAT!" and the music made me feel that I was transported to my childhood, watching reruns of Batman.
 
This version of Batman, however, is very outdated; it's awkward - even cringe-worthy at times but is the fun Batman that we've been deprived from for quite some time. In an age when superheroes need to be dark, gritty and have all the fun sucked out of them, to have a little burst of color, hope and excitement was very refreshing. I enjoyed having some laughs and having a really good time watching a Batman movie that once again made me feel like a little kid.
 
While it is a feature length movie the film does have a somewhat episodic structure. It's separated into three parts that form this one story.  Unfortunately, I felt that there were times around the hour mark where it was a great place to end the story, but it continued and felt like three episodes spliced together, similar to the feel of a made for television movie. Luckily, that would be only one of a few complaints about this movie. It was certainly an interesting experience to venture back to the Batman of my childhood, but to also be presented with an amazing story with these timeless characters.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders comes as a single disc on Blu-ray. It offers 1080p High Definition 16×9video with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The sound quality is 5.1 Dolby Digital which allows you to fully enjoy the voice work and effects. Subtitles are available in English, French, and Spanish. The colors are quite crisp and vibrant on the Blu-ray version and the audio is sharp and clear.

You also get two special features on the disc.  The Those Dastardly Desperados featurette explores how Joker, Catwoman, Penguin and Riddler became icons. The A Classic Cadre of Voices featurette goes behind the scenes and shows the voice cast in action. It is very entertaining to see some of the original cast talk about the characters they had played years ago and reprising their roles for this project.

If you are an old school batman fan looking for a bit of nostalgia, definitely get this Blu-ray.  You won't be disappointed.

Grade: C+

-- Joaquin Negron

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