WASHINGTON, July 26, 2014 – “Holy Blu-ray bonanza Batman!” Devoted fans of the Dynamic Duo are doing the Batusi after Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced the upcoming release of the entire Batman television series in the high definition format.
Coming November 11, Batman: The Complete Television Series will take viewers back to the days when the pop culture powerhouse of a TV show ran twice a week on the ABC Network. For three seasons, between the years 1966 and 1968, Adam West starred as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.
In their not too tight for the time body suits, Bats and the Boy Wonder did battle with such marvelous villains as Catwoman (played by Eartha Kit and the purr-licious Julie Newmar), the Riddler (Frank Gorshin whom Jim Carrey obviously channeled) the Joker (featuring a mustachioed Cesar Romero with thick white face paint covering his lip hair), the quacking, waddle perfect Penguin (Burgess Meredith), Louie the Lilac (Milton Berle), Egghead (creepily played by Vincent Price) and King Tut (Victor Buono).
As the series became a favorite of adults and children, the stars came out to play including Liberace as Chandell, Roddy McDowall as the Brookworm, Lee Meriweather as Lisa, as Academy Award winning actor Cliff Robertson took on the role of Shame with such legendary dialogue as:
“Batman: The Great Train Robbery (#3.22)” (1968)(courtesy IMDB.com)
Shame: Your mother wore Army shoes.
Batman: Yes, she did. As I recall, she found them quite comfortable.
A bit of trivia is that Cliff Robertson also played Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben in Sam Rami’s Spider-Man.
Then there was Otto Preminger, one of the top directors in the world, as Mr. Freeze (1966).
Even Ethel Merman, star of stage and film, got into the Bats act appearing as Lola Lasagne.
Enjoy this A-Z of Batman’s vile villians, including the zesty Zsa Zsa Gabor:
To the frivolous foils of our cartoonish characters was the beloved straight man Alfred (Alan Napier) and series narrator Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton) as well as the slightly befuddled and obtuse Aunt Harriet Cooper (Madge Blake).
A favorite running gag was the star “window cameos” – filled with corney dialogue and comedic banner that was written for the adults in the room. And you had to appreciate how hard it was climbing up that vertical surface – and makes sure you notice Batman’s cape.
Watch these, chuckle and don’t be dropping your dipthong!
And if you make it to the end, you will get a real treat, ‘you see.’
Just in time for holiday binge watching, Batman: The Complete Television Series, takes the over-50-set back in time and introducing younger viewers to masters of comedic timing and deadpan humor.
Those first time viewers will remember warmly the cliff hanger ending of the first show of the week, that brought them inside from the sand lot, baseball field or bike races to find out how the Caped Crusaders would get out of the mess the invariably got themselves into.
Whether it was being tied to an exploding device, hanging over a precipice, or in a room rapidly filling with death by drowning water.
Batman: The Complete Television Series Limited Edition will hit shelves on Blu-Ray™ ($269.97 SRP). Batman: The Complete Television Series DVD ($199.70 SRP) and Batman: The Complete First Season ($39.98 SRP) will also be available.
Additionally, The Complete Series will be released for purchase on Digital HD – letting you see just how silly Romero’s mustache, which he refused to shave, looked!
The series will feature all 120 original broadcast episodes – completely remastered – as well as more than three hours of never-before-seen enhanced content including interviews with both Adam West (as Batman) and Burt Ward (as Robin). I
Each set will be individually numbered, making it a true must-have for both fans and collectors alike. Collectors will clamor for the sought-after set premiums including:
• An exclusive Hot Wheels® Replica Batmobile
• Adam West Scrapbook – featuring never-before-seen photos from Adam’s own archives
• 44 Vintage Trading Cards
• Ultraviolet Digital Copy of all 120 episodes
• Episode guide – includes synopsis of all episodes, photos from the series and a personal letter from Adam West to the fans
Batman: The Complete Television Series also features more than three hours of all-new enhanced content:
Special Features include:
• Hanging with Batman – A true slice of life in the words of Adam West.
• Holy Memorabilia Batman! – A journey into the most sought-after collectibles through the eyes of three extraordinary collectors.
• Batmania Born! – Building the World of Batman – Explore the art and design behind the fiction.
• Bats of the Round Table – A candid conversation with Adam West and his celebrity friends, chatting all things Bat ’66.
• Inventing Batman in the words of Adam West (episode 1 &2) – A rare treat for the fans as Adam discusses his script notes on bringing Batman to life in the first and second episodes.
• Na Na Na Batman! — Hollywood favorite’s stars and producers recount their favorite Batman memories.
Set description provided by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as is deemed reliable. CDN is not responsible for any additions or exclusions in the set at the time of sale.