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Could Batman TAS Ever Be Released on Blu Ray?

Old 03-17-15, 08:23 PM
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And here I thought there was an actual update here. What time warp did you you just come out of?


Originally Posted by mrhan View Post
This thread along with "The Whole Bloody Affair" thread seems to always get resurrected and we all click on it thinking there's some update.
Sorry. It was late at night, Netflix said they were taking it down, and stupid decision-making was on full blast.

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Is it just me (or my hardware) or are the animated series DVDs terrible in terms of visual quality?
It was made that way. I actually try to watch the Amazon streams on my dad's smaller HDTV, it doesn't stick out as much. The TMS and Spectrum episodes really stick out, the animation quality takes a huge jump. But it was still fundamentally a show designed to run on Saturday morning, I'm amazed at the quality level, they must've worked their asses off to make it as good as they did when Fox Kids just saw it as a toy tie-in. Then they moved to the WB, which apparently had drunken censors, because the shit they got away with there continues to amaze me.

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Worst bump ever. Well, at least it wasn't after 14 years I suppose.
Has this forum even been around for 14 years?

Originally Posted by fitprod View Post
I wouldn't say that, considering all of the smaller WB animated shows that have been released through the archive program. They may just be waiting until next year to cross promote with Justice League: The Prequel... I'm sorry, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Hope springs eternal. I'd rather have them on actual pressed discs, but there obviously isn't any way in hell that's going to happen. I suppose I could get the HD versions from Vudu, but I'm so loathe to give Walmart money....

Originally Posted by Mike86 View Post
Unfortunately that's just the way the series is. It was pretty cheaply animated which Bruce Timm has even acknowledged. Like someone earlier in this thread mentioned too an HD release of the series may just expose more of its problems.
That's part of the reason that they revamped the animation for STAS going forward, to give them more control over it. Even then, it was probably finished on videotape in SD to air on Saturday morning. With all of its scenes of murder, torture, nuclear explosions, and blood.
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Re: Could Batman TAS Ever Be Released on Blu Ray?

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Has this forum even been around for 14 years?
DVD Talk as a whole has been around for 16 years, and HD Talk has been around since 2005, I think.
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Has this forum even been around for 14 years?
I was referencing some threads over in Feedback
Old 03-18-15, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by hanshotfirst1138 View Post
Ok, but this still doesn't explain who or what you were even responding to in your initial post. You're not hearing voices in your head, are you?

Hope springs eternal. I'd rather have them on actual pressed discs, but there obviously isn't any way in hell that's going to happen. I suppose I could get the HD versions from Vudu, but I'm so loathe to give Walmart money....
All Warner Archive BDs are pressed. The initial runs of a lot of the dvds are too for that matter.
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Originally Posted by Mike86 View Post
Unfortunately that's just the way the series is. It was pretty cheaply animated which Bruce Timm has even acknowledged. Like someone earlier in this thread mentioned too an HD release of the series may just expose more of its problems.
For BTAS, I've just come to embrace it. It sort of adds to the charm of the show for me.
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For BTAS, I've just come to embrace it. It sort of adds to the charm of the show for me.
I really like the animation style and it has a cool look to it overall. Just on a bigger HDTV its problems are more evident. It has that cool classically animated look to it though. I do think if the images were clean and crisp it would take away a bit from the overall atmosphere the series had. I think that's part of the reason The New Batman Adventures doesn't have quite the same charm to it despite being essentially a re-vamped version of Batman: The Animated Series.

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Timm has always said he was unhappy with the animation house for some of Batman TAS's run. People have to remember the gulf of difference between this show's level of writing and prior superhero cartoons, which had always used the cheapest Hanna Barbara-type animation possible. The home video market didn't really exist for daily cartoons back then and no one took them seriously.
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I actually started rewatching the series from the beginning last week and I don't find the quality to be so bad. The transfers are definitely dirty, but that's hardly surprising when dealing with cell animation. I also think the level of animation is generally quite high (at least given the era), although I may not have come across any of the episodes done by whatever studio it was that was doing bad work.
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I don't think the animation itself is bad and actually I think the style used for Batman: The Animated Series is really cool looking. It has a unique and almost timeless look to it if you ask me. Its mostly just some errors and the transfers definitely don't have a clean, polished look to them but are dirty and a lot of that comes across more when you watch the series on a larger tv.
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The animation designs are classic. The problems lie in the coloring errors and some very rough transitions. What Warner should do if they are serious is take the existing vocal tracks and fully animate the show again using the latest digital ink and paint animation. That would fully bring this show into the HD era. With the right budget it would look spectacular.
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Originally Posted by PhantomStranger View Post
The animation designs are classic. The problems lie in the coloring errors and some very rough transitions. What Warner should do if they are serious is take the existing vocal tracks and fully animate the show again using the latest digital ink and paint animation. That would fully bring this show into the HD era. With the right budget it would look spectacular.
Eh I don't know how I'd feel about that. It would be cool in some ways but I think doing something like that would take something away to be honest. Plus I have to imagine that would be very costly to re-animate the entire series and I doubt Warner would cough up the money for such a restoration job.
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Eh I don't know how I'd feel about that. It would be cool in some ways but I think doing something like that would take something away to be honest. Plus I have to imagine that would be very costly to re-animate the entire series and I doubt Warner would cough up the money for such a restoration job.
I could see it working if they got Timm back and possibly had him polish up the episodes to his liking. Warner has no interest in remastering the original video of the series. The home video market is in decline so everything now is about first-run airings and syndication.
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Has ANY show had animation completely redone like what you're suggestion? That seems completely nuts and obvious why Warner wouldn't do something like that.
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No animated shows that I'm aware of but the closest I can think of to something like PhantomStranger is proposing would be the re-done special effects on Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Still not quite the same thing though.
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I wouldn't say that, considering all of the smaller WB animated shows that have been released through the archive program. They may just be waiting until next year to cross promote with Justice League: The Prequel... I'm sorry, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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In a semi-related note, that can give us some hope... At WonderCon, the Warner Archive Panel will be previewing the Blu-ray release of Teen Titans Go!

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TTG is still on TV, isn't it? It's still pretty fresh in the mind. JLU, and sadly the DCAU, is long gone. It's basically a catalog title, and we all know what the market for those is like .
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In a semi-related note, that can give us some hope... At WonderCon, the Warner Archive Panel will be previewing the Blu-ray release of Teen Titans Go!

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What about a Blu release of the original Teen Titans series?

(I'll say this, when they cancelled YJ and kept Teen Titans Go on, I was a bit upset, but Go is a pretty great comedy series)
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(I'll say this, when they cancelled YJ and kept Teen Titans Go on, I was a bit upset, but Go is a pretty great comedy series)
The latest ep. with Kid Flash was really funny until the end. I can't believe the Tonya Harding move that Robin pulled. It just wasn't funny on any level.
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I'm not a fan of Teen Titans Go! personally. I wish that Cartoon Network would have kept Beware the Batman going personally as I feel it could have made a decent series if it would have been allowed to continue on. Young Justice was probably the best of the non-Timm DCAU shows if you ask me as it still felt fairly true in spirit to the DCAU. It'd be nice if we'd get some direct to DVD/Blu-ray films or something to follow up with it post cancellation.

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