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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)- coming from Warners

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by atfree, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. atfree

    atfree Producer

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    BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM(1993) (BD)
    NEW 2017 1080p HD REMASTER
    Presented in both the original theatrical 16x9 aspect ratio (1.78:1) AND open matte 4x3 (1.37:1) aspect ratio
    Run Time 76:00
    Subtitles English SDH
    DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 Stereo - English
    COLOR
    BD 50
    Theatrical Trailer (HD)

    When the city’s most feared gangsters are systematically eliminated, the Caped Crusader is blamed. But prowling the Gotham night is a shadowy new villain, the Phantasm, a sinister figure with some link to Batman’s past. Can the Dark Knight elude the police, capture the Phantasm and clear his own name?

    Unmasking the Phantasm is just one of the twists in this dazzling animated feature. Discover revelations about Batman’s past, his archrival the Joker and Batman’s most grueling battle ever — the choice between his love for a beautiful woman and his vow to be the defender of right. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is “a mystery that is genuinely absorbing, suspenseful and moving” (Cincinnati Enquirer).
     
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    Great news and long overdue! This is a great Batman movie from a great series.
     
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    one step closer, now if the could release SubZero, i could wait a little while longer for TAS fingers crossed to show up.

    [​IMG]

    since that pic wasn't showing up
     
  4. atfree

    atfree Producer

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    Thanks for the pic....I have a helluva time getting pic to HTF via my tablet....only way is to save to my media on HTF. Frustrating but I'm sure its something I'm doing wrong.
     
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    dana martin Producer

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    No Problem Alex, hey because of you i already knew they had the artwork up, god i original bought this back in the snapper days
     
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    This is *fantastic* news!!
    I love the movie, but the DVD was grainy and non-anamorphic. This is one of the best Batman movies in any medium and it was long overdue for a proper release.
     
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  7. Josh Steinberg

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    Day 1 purchase for me. I saw a midnight showing of a 35mm print maybe three years ago and it was as good as I remembered.
     
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    Stephen_J_H All Things Film Junkie

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    I'm so happy.
     
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    OMG!! Great news!!
    One of my most wanted animation films on Bluray off!
     
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    Hey, look at this! One more DVD I can retire!

    About dang time!
     
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    Funny thing. I just bought the DVD a few months ago. It has subzero as well.

    Crazy how that seems to go. I gave up on this one coming to blu ray.
    Adding it to my wish list!
     
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    put it in the player as soon as it arrived, and now i want SubZero even more, and of course TAS. Not to dissuade anyone from the DC animated Universe, but the current projects will (IMO) will never top the TAS
     
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    I'm watching season 1 with my boys and we all love it.
    Is there any word on the animated series on blu ray?

    I picked up the double feature DVD of subzero and mask a while back. We watched both this summer and we liked both as well.
     
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    I just got mine and haven't watched it yet - but to anyone receiving it, is it just me, or is the print quality of the outer sleeve a little more like amateur hour? Mine came from Amazon and appears legit but the print quality on the insert looks almost like a bootleg. The text on the back is slightly blurry, and the tech specs grid is so faint as to be nearly unreadable.

    I got some other Warner Archive discs today direct from WA and just noticed the printing quality on those seems under par as well.
     
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    It's just the way WA titles have looked.
     
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    Wasn't the animated series finished on videotape? Mask of the Phantasm was probably comparatively easy to port to Blu-Ray since they had to finish everything on film for it to hold up on the big screen.
     
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    I started watching the "theatrical version" tonight and it immediately reminded me how tight the framing was at that screening. I ended up switching to the 4x3 "television version" and found it much more pleasing overall. It works in either ratio but it seems really obvious that it was originally animated with a 4x3 television frame in mind.
     
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    It came up at SDCC, and the answer was the standard "There are no plans for that at this time."
     
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    I saw it reported elsewhere that the original negatives are in no condition for an HD master if true I don't think we will be seeing a Blu Ray as the cost to completely restore and remaster the whole series would be epic.
     
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    Exactly. Batman: The Animated Series is from the "finished on video" era, meaning the series would have to be rescanned from film elements and new credit blocks generated, as well as any other video effects native to the video masters. While not the herculean task that Star Trek: The Next Generation was on Blu-ray, it's still substantial, and since most of WB's TV output is now handled by Warner Archive, if the sales numbers do not justify it, they will not do it.
     
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