Home Entertainment Review: Batman Year One: Commemorative Edition (Warner Bros)

To celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary, Warner Bros Home Entertainment has released a newly remastered Commemorative Edition of Batman: Year One. The film is exactly like you would remember it, […]

To celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary, Warner Bros Home Entertainment has released a newly remastered Commemorative Edition of Batman: Year One.

The film is exactly like you would remember it, however, the new edition features a 4K ultra-HD remaster of the 2011 film, along with a brand-new feature called Reinventing Gordon.

Originally released on Blu-ray and DVD in 2011, Batman: Year One is based on the landmark 1987 DC titles from 12-time Eisner Award winner and Eisner Award Hall of Fame member Frank Miller and illustrator David Mazzucchelli. The film depicts young Bruce Wayne’s (voiced by Ben McKenzie who played Gordon in the show Gotham) return to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed Super Hero. The playboy billionaire chooses the guise of a giant bat to combat crime, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon (voiced by Bryan Cranston), who is already battling corruption from inside the police department, inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman (voiced by Eliza Dushku), and helps to bring down a crooked political system that infests Gotham City. The voice cast is stellar and if this is your first time seeing this movie then you will be impressed!!

Some of the special features in this commemorative edition include.

 – Reinventing Gordon (New) – An examination of the history of James Gordon through comics, animation, and feature films. This was teased at DC Fandome Event. This was a very informative special that goes into all the ways Gordon has been used in Batman’s universe!

– Featurette – Conversations with DC Comics – The Batman creative team at DC discusses the personal influence of Batman: Year One on their careers. Batman producer Michael Uslan leads the chat amongst well-known writers, editors, and artists of Batman lore, focusing on the darker, realistic interpretation of Batman’s origins by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli.

– Audio Commentary – Featuring co-producer Alan Burnett, co-director Sam Liu, DC creative director Mike Carlin and casting/dialogue director the ever-amazing Andrea Romano.

– Featurette – Heart of Vengeance: Returning Batman to His Roots – “The Dark Knight Returns” provided an important part of Batman’s life. Frank Miller’s next seminal work would provide his near-mythic origin in “Batman: Year One.” This documentary spotlights the contemporary genius of Miller and the audience that was poised to appreciate the depths of his work.

-DC ShowcaseCatwoman (2011 Animated Short) –  Eliza Dushku reprises her Batman: Year One role as the voice of Catwoman. The short is directed by Lauren Montgomery from a script by Paul Dini .

– DC Universe Movie Flashback-  Which takes a look at Batman: Soul of the Dragon, Batman: The Long Halloween Part One, and Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two.

The movie looks amazing in 4K with clear animation and super crisp sound. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie.

 

About Jason Quaregna

Jason Quaregna (or JQ to the online world) is making his return to the Fanboy Factor after a brief hiatus. JQ is a single father of 2 beautiful girls, a computer teacher by day, and comic book store clerk by night. He is a HUGE Batman fan but does enjoy reading the other members of the Bat-family, X-Men, Spider-Man, Boom Studio's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and many many others. He is also a big toy collector with Japanese imports being his personal favorite. His personal favorite import line is the S.H. Figuarts Super Sayan (Power Rangers), Star Wars, and MCU collections. JQ is also a Batman Black and White Series statue collector.