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Old 07-26-05, 12:59 PM
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1943 BATMAN serial 10.18.05

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DVD Drive-In is reporting that the first 1943 BATMAN serial hits DVD on Oct 18th.

Good news, but is there any chance it will be the original, unaltered version? I kind of doubt it; this will most likely be the same version (altered) released by Goodtimes in 1989.

I've got a copy of the original version, and most of what was changed was the narration at the beginning and end of the chapters, which would be considered racist today. The Goodtimes version has rewritten and revoiced narration by Gary Owens from "Laugh-In"!

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Old 07-26-05, 01:23 PM
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I was wondering if we would ever see any other Batman serials released on DVD given all the comments on the racism they contain. It'll be interesting to see if it's the unedited originals or not.

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I thought the 1949 Serial was pretty good, so I will probably give this one a chance too.
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Great news... I thought the other serial was pretty fun. Haven't even seen this one, but I'll be giving it a blind buy.
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I was hoping this would be released sometime.

The only way I see getting the original is if it's released by some small company who figures not enough people will even know it's released to care about any backlash. The people that would care are too busy attacking popular video games to go after something like this.
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Old 07-26-05, 08:39 PM
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So by the end of the October, we'll have the 1943 and 1949 serials, the Adam West movie, the two Michael Keaton movies, the Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale movies, not to mention a handful of animated interpretations... so why can't they figure out how to release the damn 1966 TV show already?!?
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Old 07-26-05, 09:59 PM
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October 18, 2005 = Batman's National Day
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How did they alter the DVDs? Shorter?
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Old 07-27-05, 12:56 AM
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Hopefully one or both of the Superman serials will come out with the Superman movie next year.
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Old 07-27-05, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by catracho
October 18, 2005 = Batman's National Day
To be released on October 18, 2005:

1943 Batman Serial
Batman - Two-Disc Special Edition
Batman Returns - Two-Disc Special Edition
Batman Forever - Two-Disc Special Edition
Batman & Robin - Two-Disc Special Edition
Batman Anthology Set
Batman Begins
The Batman vs Dracula

Plus The Batman - Season 1, Vol. 2 comes out on 9/20 and all of the animated movies are being released in keepcases in Oct. Now, if only the studios would come to their senses and release the 1960's TV show.

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Old 07-27-05, 08:54 AM
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On the 2-disc set of Scooby Doo Movies, did they release the 2 episodes guest starring Batman & Robin?
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Old 07-27-05, 11:26 AM
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As stated above, the opening and closing narration was redone to remove slurs against Japanese, and I think a bit of similar dialog was redubbed to do the same.
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Old 07-27-05, 11:36 AM
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Awesome news -- looking forward to this!
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Old 07-27-05, 02:09 PM
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bah! More censorship!

By the way Batman vs Predator is pretty awesome despite being only 8 minutes.
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Originally Posted by Class316
bah! More censorship!

By the way Batman vs Predator is pretty awesome despite being only 8 minutes.
that is titled Batman Dead End.

and still no word on if this will be censored or not
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Old 07-27-05, 07:38 PM
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Right, Batman Dead End. My bad.

I once saw the DVD being sold for $15 at a comic book convention. heh.
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Man, that's a lotta Batman in October. Never seen the 1943 serial, but it sounds interesting.
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Old 08-08-05, 11:55 AM
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from dvd answers

Title: Batman
Starring: Lewis Wilson
Released: 18th October 2005
SRP: $29.95

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Columbia Tristar has revealed the street date for the new Batman: The 1943 Serial Collection which stars Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft, J. Carrol Naish and Shirley Patterson. In his first screen appearance, the Caped Crusader battles Dr. Daka, Japanese mastermind of a wartime espionage-sabotage group. Daka has a radium-powered death ray that pulverizes walls, a classic alligator pit to dispose of enemies, and can turn men into electronic zombies who do his bidding. You'll be able to own this one from the 18th October this year, with the set priced at around $29.95. We'll bring you further details very shortly.
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Hasn't this already been released before? I found a boxset of old 40's seriels with a diff package a month ago n a store. It was like $40 or so.
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Old 08-11-05, 03:45 AM
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nope...only the 1949 serial was released earlier this year
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Old 08-11-05, 09:55 AM
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That cover looks cool and all... but I can't help but feel there are going to be tons of disappointed blind-buys. Imagine picking up that cover, taking it home to watch for the first time, and being faced with this:

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Originally Posted by bboisvert
That cover looks cool and all... but I can't help but feel there are going to be tons of disappointed blind-buys. Imagine picking up that cover, taking it home to watch for the first time, and being faced with this:

Aw, c'mon, you're not gonna tell me that's worse than Bats wearing a RUBBER costume!
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Old 08-11-05, 07:23 PM
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I thought it was neat when it used to run on A&E...but that was when I was about 12...I might pick it up after a price drop.
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Old 08-12-05, 01:13 PM
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Any word yet on whether this will be the unedited version or the censored version? None of the press releases seem to address this issue.
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