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1966 Batman DVD Coming! See Post 649
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Posted January 16 2011 - 06:21 AM
Another one of those great hypothetical imaginary questions I love posting. If you were in charge of picking the DVD "extras on the Adam West Batman DVD tv series, which ones would you include, here are some of the ones I'd like to include: 1) The Batgirl Equal Pay Commercial that was done in 1970-71 that have Yvonne Craig and Burt Ward, but someone else was doing Batman 2) the 1966 ABC Fall Preview that had Adam West and Burt Ward host the special as the Caped Crusaders 3) the Batgirl test reel introduced Yvonne Craig as the character, fighting Ambush Bug 4) the late seventies ABC 25th Anniversary Special which had a Batman Tribute --it's on youtube, and its a hoot. Talking about cheesy dance tributes. 5) the Legend of the SuperHeroes specials that are now on the WB Archives program. 6) the late eighties Fox Reunion Special that the network put on in a reproduction of the Bat-Cave, and had the last appearance of Alan Napier (Alfred) 7) The Bat bumpers and promos starring Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Yvonne Craig that were included in a Bat-Marathon that also was shown in the late 80's 8) The Bat-Reunion that was on Vicki (Vicki Lawrence's talk show), they had dress-alikes on the program who fit in the Batman, Robin, Catwoman outfits, that the original stars couldn't fit into anymore Sincerely, James
Posted January 16 2011 - 08:15 AM
you make some great suggestions. However, it is highly unlikely the 1966 Batman show will ever be released.
Posted January 16 2011 - 09:53 AM
Thus the hypothetical comment. Something on the convoluted copyright stuff that shows go through would be interesting too.
Posted January 16 2011 - 11:41 AM
The original Batman movie, restored in original aspect ratio.
Posted January 16 2011 - 01:59 PM
I am not so pessimistic on this being released. Where there is a will, there is a way, even if lawyers have to be involved. Dave Lambert has done a great write-up on the hold up. Yes, there are a lot of issues, but certainly not insurmountable. For all we know some of these may have already been resolved and are just waiting for for the others to be cleared. What is unfortunate is that it has taken so long. Adam West is in remarkably good health, but the fact remains he's 82 or so. Let's hope a release (preferably accompanied by a BD version) comes while he is still able to meaningfully contribute.
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Posted January 16 2011 - 06:46 PM
Does anyone else know of any such "extras" that could stand including in our imaginary set? Still open to suggestions James
Posted January 16 2011 - 07:20 PM
There are various screen tests on You Tube - a comprehensive collection would be nice a featurette on the house that doubled as "Stately Wayne Manor" as well as any behind the scenes footage of the sets and how they worked (a view from the batpoles looking down for example) the original previews of "next week's villain" plus the original "In Color" bumpers a featurette on how the Batmobile was created interview with writer Lorenzo Semple Jr (still alive); can't say the same for producer Bill Self, he passed away within the last couple of months featurette on Batman merchandising tied to the series, including records there are videos floating around of West doing kiddie show appearances in the 70s in various states of sobriety; I doubt he'd allow these, but who knows Time Life - are you listening?
Please help UCLA restore the Laurel & Hardy films: https://www.cinema.u...aurel-and-hardy
Posted January 16 2011 - 08:56 PM
A featurette on the Neal Hefti theme song or one that discusses the musical men behind Batman (Hefti, Billy May, Nelson Riddle, Lionel Newman), and a featurette interview with Richard Kuhn, who designed the main title intro. A documentary on Batman, comic book character to B serial star to TV show...
Posted January 17 2011 - 01:47 AM
Also think there was a Family Feud episode with the Batman stars against . . . Was it Lost in Space? James
Posted January 17 2011 - 08:56 AM
The Batgirl Equal Pay commercial is a good one! I'd completely forgotten about that.
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Posted January 17 2011 - 09:19 AM
Quote:I was always under the impression that the original aspect ratio of the 1966 film was 1.85:1 (as presented on the BD). Is this not correct?
Originally Posted by ChrisALM /forum/thread/307937/picking-1966-batman-dvd-extras#post_3771812 The original Batman movie, restored in original aspect ratio.
Posted January 17 2011 - 12:43 PM
Originally Posted by JamesSmith /forum/thread/307937/picking-1966-batman-dvd-extras#post_3771703 1) The Batgirl Equal Pay Commercial that was done in 1970-71 that have Yvonne Craig and Burt Ward, but someone else was doing Batman
Posted January 18 2011 - 05:27 AM
I was always under the impression that the original aspect ratio of the 1966 film was 1.85:1 (as presented on the BD). Is this not correct?That is correct, AFAIK.
Posted January 25 2011 - 03:06 PM
Any other comments? How about a featurettte on the other Bat-writers? How about Stanley Ralph Ross? He wrote most of the Catwoman episodes, and showed up as Bullpoint Baxter in one episode, I also think he did a voice as one of the villains in the Superfriends cartoons. James
Posted January 31 2011 - 06:10 PM
I wonder how many people knew that Batman and Robin had doubles standing in for them during all those fight scenes for the whole series. I found this out when the series aired in Chicago with very good prints. The close ups were used of the actors and then back to the fighting. I was shocked because I had not seen series for years and it had been restored for the Chicago airing. The Mr Freeze second episode in Season 2 has the doubles speaking in the pond scene!!! They are in every episode why not use them as part of the story. The Hub prints are bad compared to the HD station that aired them in Chicago. The show is off in Chicago but will be back I am sure.
Posted February 03 2011 - 05:15 AM
Quote:Would like to see a feature on Nelson Riddle, as his music contributed a lot to the feel of the series. I recently saw the first episode(s) of The Man From UNCLE that he scored (The Concrete Overcoat Affair, Parts 1 and 2) and his music is so immediately identifiable to anyone who watched Batman that it took a minute to recognize that I was seeing a different show. Every kid who ever took the show seriously probably did so because the music was so convincing.
Originally Posted by shoeshineboy /forum/thread/307937/picking-1966-batman-dvd-extras#post_3771935 A featurette on the Neal Hefti theme song or one that discusses the musical men behind Batman (Hefti, Billy May, Nelson Riddle, Lionel Newman), and a featurette interview with Richard Kuhn, who designed the main title intro.
Posted February 21 2012 - 09:36 AM
New ideas for extras could include a heroes featurette with Aunt Harriet and Batgirl included. Aswell as a villains featurette this time focusing on all the special guest villains from the series. And last but not least audio commentary from Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, and Yvonne Craig, on their favorite episodes would be nice. With that said here's a list of what's already out on DVD, VHS, and Blu-Ray.
Holy Batmania! (DVD) Batman Holy Batmania! Adam West: Behind The Cowl Cesar Romero: In A Class By Himself Julie Newmar: The Cat's Meow Extras: Batman Screen Tests, The 1966 Network Presentation, Network Promos for Season 1 1966, Season 2 1966-67, Season 3 1967-68, Syndication Promos from 1983 and1989, Batman: The Movie Theatrical Teasers and Trailers, 1989 TV Spots, Batmania Wrap Arounds, and Bat-Trivia
Holy Batmania 2 (VHS) The unaired Bat-Girl Promo, staring Yvonne Craig, Adam West, and Burt Ward Footage of Bob Kane discussing Batman's history at a convention Discussion about the then upcoming Batman movie Batman Returns ABC 7 Nights To Remember Promo with Adam West, Burt Ward, and Milton Berle Interviews with some of the villains and crew members
Catwoman (DVD) The Many Faces of Catwoman (Which includes a section on the Catwoman portrayals of Julie Newmar, Lee Meriweather, and Eartha Kitt)
Bat-Clips (DVD) The unaired Bat-Girl Promo, staring Yvonne Craig, Adam West, and Burt Ward The Equal Workers Rights Commercial staring Yvonne Craig and Burt Ward Every Single Trailer from 1966 Batman Movie that was ever created by Fox Studios Adam West appearance in costume at the Car Show. Footage from after The Late Show Appearance. Basically after the show ended, the cameras kept rolling. There isn't much, just Adam and Burt posing with the Batmobile, and the rest of the cast leaving the sound stage.
Batman: The Movie Special Edition (DVD) A Commentary Track by Adam West and Burt Ward The Batmobile Revealed with George Barris Batman 2001 Featurette From the vaults of Adam West (still gallery) Behind the scenes (still gallery) Theatrical Trailer and Teaser Trailer Animated Menus
Batman: The Movie Special Edition (Blu-Ray) Commentary Track by Adam West and Burt Ward Commentary Track by screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jnr. Isolated Score Track in DTS-HD MA (Lossless) Batman: A Dynamic Legacy Featurette Caped Crusaders: A Heroes Tribute Featurette Galleries (From the vaults of Adam West, Interactive Pressbook, Posters, Production Stills, Behind the Scenes, Premiere,) Gotham City's Most Wanted Featurette Batman 2001 Featurette The Batmobile Revealed with George Barris The Batmobile Interactive Tour Batman on Location: Mapping The Movie Holy Trivia Track, Batman! Theatrical Trailer, Teaser Trailer, and The Spanish Trailer
Posted February 21 2012 - 01:42 PM
Adam West has voiced various characters on a number of Batman animated series. While some are available on those series sets it would be nice if they could be part of this set is it ever happens. He actually voiced Batman in the last two seasons of Superfriends. No need to include all, they have their own sets, one in particular would be great feature though. An episode called The Fear was created as a Pilot for an intended spin-off that never happened. Its very significant because its the first time Batman's origin was ever told outside of the comics. Of course the 60s series never showed though it was mentioned briefly in the first episode. Adam West gives a great performance.
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