The epic comic story created by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale is adapted faithfully to film animation with both parts combined for the first time on 4K UHD and Blu-ray.
The Production: 4/5
Crime boss Carmine Falcone(Titus Welliver) is also involved as a member of his family is also murdered by “Holiday”. The Calendar Man(David Dastmalchian) continues to tease the identity of the “Holiday” killer to Batman from his confines in Arkham Asylum, as kind of a super-powered Hannibal Lecter. Other members of Batman’s rogues gallery also figure in the proceedings, including the Joker(Troy Baker), Mad Hatter(John DiMaggio), Scarecrow(Robin Atkin Downes) and Solomon Grundy(Fred Tatasciore).
Batman: The Long Halloween tells the origin stories of Two-Face and Catwoman in a little different manner than some other stories in the Batman mythos. This film may be a little intense for younger viewers, hence the R rating, but the 4 episodes included as special features on the Blu-ray disc from Batman: The Animated Series will appeal to a broader audience.
3D Rating: NA
Batman: The Long Halloween appears on 4K UHD disc in a 1:78.1 screen aspect ratio. The 2160p transfer has vibrant colors and high fidelity to the fine linework of the animation. The range of colors on the backgrounds is especially notable, even on the Blu-ray disc and moreso in 4K, but this never distracts from the muted hues of the moving figures in the foreground.
Batman: The Long Halloween plays by default in English audio in DTS-HD MA 5.1. The sound stage is used well with some occasional directional audio to make things more immersive. Directional audio is used minimally but effectively. Dialogue is typically audible at a minimal volume in a nice blend with sound effects and music score. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 are also available on the disc.
Special Features: 3/5
Batman: The Long Halloween, combining Parts 1 and 2 on the same disc for the first time, is an excellent animated Batman film covering the early part of Bruce Wayne’s career before he fully developed his skills as the Dark Knight Detective. The video and audio presentation on 4K disc are fine, and there are some nice special features on the Blu-ray disc with the inclusion of 4 classic episodes from Batman: The Animated Series. The R-rated feature may be limited mostly to the adults, but the 4 episodes included from Batman: The Animated Series will probably appeal to broader audiences without sacrificing any depth or entertainment value.
Special features not ported over from the 2021 releases in 2 parts are the excellent Blue Beetle and The Losers shorts, the latter based on the comic series featured in Our Fighting Forces magazine. These entertaining original features are also included on Blu-ray on the DC Showcase Animated Shorts disc headlined as Constantine: The House of Mystery. Any purchasers of this Deluxe Edition of Batman: The Long Halloween who do not already own the original release in 2 parts are recommended to check out Constantine: The House of Mystery for the terrific animated shorts collected on that disc.
Batman: The Long Halloween is a fine adaptation of its graphic novel source material and a stylized reimagining of the origin stories of Two-Face and Catwoman.
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