Ian Levine’s Doctor Who

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In the 1980′s resources were slim for the rich history of Doctor Who. Much of what was known was culled from scripts, off air reel-to-reel recordings and telesnaps. Thanks to his amazing knowledge of the cult program, Ian Levine was brought on as a consultant during John Nathan-Turner’s time as producer on Doctor Who.

A sometime record producer, Levine became a staple of the program and assisted with many key scenes that hearkened back to the Doctor Who’s past in stories such as Earthshock, Mawdryn Undead and Resurrection of the Daleks.

When it almost went off the air he even arranged for ‘Doctor in Distress’ to be recorded as a benefit to drum up support for the TV icon.

Before you pick up any stones to throw, he is also responsible for the rescue of several classic Doctor Who episodes including the seminal Daleks adventure by intervening before the tins were burnt.

In recent years, Levine has continued his involvement with Doctor Who… albeit in a private manner. Using personal resources, he has created the most enviable collection of Doctor Who rarities which he cannot distribute for legal reasons.

Levine’s privately funded projects includes an animated version of the missing Daleks’ Master Plan, Evil of the Daleks, Shada and the lost 23rd season that would have featured the Sixth Doctor against Ice Warriors, the Master and a climactic adventure on Gallifrey. While this may have fans frustrated that they will never have the opportunity to view these projects, Levine has created a trailer… and it’s a mixture of amazing (the stunning Mission to the Unknown) and perplexing moments (just what is going on with the animations of Colin Baker’s Doctor?).

Most impressive of all is the sequel to Web of Fear starring Sylvester McCoy encountering the Great Intelligence in a final encounter filmed in 2011 as extra material for the astounding fan film Downtime.

Who’s your Batman?

It may seem absurd today, but back in the day it was something of a shock that when a Batman feature film was planned for a summer 1989 release, actor Adam West got passed over. He was hardly happy about the situation. He wasn’t even asked to make a cameo!

Today there are many iterations of the caped crusader with more on the way. Everyone has their favorite (or favorites) and their most hated actor to don the cowl.

So who is yours?

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Adam West in Batman the TV series

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Michael Keaton in Batman

Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman in numerous cartoons and videogames

Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman in numerous cartoons and videogames

Val Kilmer in Batman Forever

Val Kilmer in Batman Forever

George Clooney in Batman and Robin

George Clooney in Batman and Robin

Christian Bale in Batman Begins

Christian Bale in Batman Begins

Radio Free Albemuth

RFA_OpenSky_8.75x11.25_Postcard_Back_PERTH@300CMYK_wBleed_V2.pdfSince I saw Blade Runner back as a wee lad, I have been intrigued by Philip K Dick’s writing. While the film bore little semblance to the source material, ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,’ the film opened the door for me to the possibilities of psychological science fiction.

After investigating the novels of Philip K. Dick. I became engrossed in his distinctive world. The new film Radio Free Albemuth is based on the novel published after his death. The novel explores the experiences that PKS had with an otherworldly intelligence called VALIS which guided him from afar. The movie depicts the life of the frustrated owner of an ailing record shop who begins to have visions that bring him to a successful life in the recording industry. The visions also strip away the facade of the President Fremont’s fascist government. His good friend Phil, a pulp science fiction author, is along for the ride and the journey leads into an ugly unveiling of the world they live in.

As I watched Radio Free Albemuth, I was reminded by the influence that PKD’s writing had on Grant Morrison’s writing, specifically the Invisibles and the Doom Patrol. The notion that there are multiple realities and the one we are living in is a dark violent one resonated for me as kid and as an adult the fantasy that a higher alien intelligence is watching from afar is appealing. The final line of Morrison’s Animal Man run comes to mind ‘there is another world. A better one… there has to be, right?’ (I’m paraphrasing)

The film is relatively low-fi and had a limited direct digital distribution. It’s currently on Netflix and well worth a look.

Say Goodbye to Bizarro Justice League!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

ENTER A WACKY REALM AS WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND THE LEGO GROUP RELEASE LEGO® DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: JUSTICE LEAGUE vs BIZARRO LEAGUE ON BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK, DVD and DIGITAL HD, ON FEBRUARY 24, 2015

All-New Original LEGO® DC Comics Movie Featuring Exclusive Batzarro LEGO Minifigure

Burbank, CA (November 13, 2014) – In the follow-up to LEGO® Batman, The Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite, the Justice League is newly solidified yet faces a peculiar set of villains when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group release LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on February 24, 2015. The Blu-rayTM and DVD releases will include an exclusive Batzarro LEGO Minifigure on-pack, while supplies last.

LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be available on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP.  The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League in Digital HD on February 24 via purchase from digital retailers.

Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

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“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is thrilled to release LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League on Blu-rayTM and DVD,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing and Partner Brands. “Fans of the LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes movie franchise can experience the Justice League battling all-new foes in this action-packed and hilarious film.”

LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League Special Features include:

  • LEGO® DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: BATMAN: BE-LEAGUERED TV SPECIAL – Approximately 22 minutes
  • BIZARRO! – FEATURETTE – One part oddity, one part comedic curiosity, Bizarro is a favorite among the characters within Superman’s universe. Take a look at the Man of Steel’s potent, backwards nemesis.
  • BE-LEAGUERED BLOOPERS

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR RETAILERS

LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be available on DVD and Blu-rayTM from WBHE on February 24, 2015 for $19.98 / $24.98 SRP. Order due date is January 20, 2015. The release will be supported by a national TV and online media campaign, radio promotions in top markets, as well as promotional support through LEGO channels.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be available for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on their favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Target Ticket, Vudu, Xbox and others. Starting February 24, LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will also be available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

ABOUT DIGITAL HD WITH ULTRAVIOLET

*Digital HD with UltraViolet allows fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital HD with UltraViolet is included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. Digital HD with UltraViolet allows consumers to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through UltraViolet retail services like CinemaNow, Flixster, Target Ticket, VUDU and more. For more information on compatible devices, go to wb.com/ultravioletdevices. Consult an UltraViolet Retailer for details and requirements and for a list of HD-compatible devices.

About The LEGO Group

The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials for children. The LEGO Group is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities. LEGO products can be purchased in more than 130 countries.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the brick & knob configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks and/or copyrights of the LEGO Group.  © 2014 The LEGO Group.  All Rights Reserved.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com

About Warner Bros. Animation

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing both CG and traditionally animated projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. For TV, WBA produces series such as Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show and the upcoming Be Cool Scooby-Doo! and Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network; original animated DC Nation shorts for Cartoon Network; and the forthcoming Mike Tyson Mysteries series for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies — for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games.  Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

Fox missed a trick with the Wolverine

I am a huge fan of the X-Men. One of the first comic books I recall reading is The Days of Future Past saga from Uncanny X-Men 141-142. Even as my habit grew and I collected other titles, I retained my love for the (not so) merry mutants. The appeal for me was that they were always on the run, always living life on the edge. Spider-Man may have rent and ailing family members to worry about but the X-Men were attacked by foes from the future, threatened by alternate realities, hunted by the government and at war with extremists.

Byrne-X-men-Montage-SmallThe 20th Century Fox X-Men film series modernized the mythology of the comic book, often taking liberties with the source material but keeping the soul of the Marvel Comicverse while adding new elements that appealed to those unfamiliar with comics in general. It was a bold move but X-Men is the longest continuing line of movies based on comic book characters to date chronicling seven theatrical outings (if you count X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

The imaginative designs of the superheroes seen in print was stripped down to leather gear that bore only a hint at an X-design. In the year 2000, it was understandable as viewers were unlikely to accept colorful costumes.

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However, with the success of several Marvel Studios films, the superhero costumes are now much more easily palatable to the average viewer. Clearly Fox was considering embracing the ‘yellow spandex’ that was once scoffed at as seen in an alternate ending to the 2013 Wolverine film in which he received a special package containing an outfit not dissimilar to the classic design.

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A version of the yellow and blue outfit was seen in X-Men: First Class as well, but the series was still very self conscious of looking silly. Unfortunately, the Wolverine scene was cut which I think is a missed opportunity.

With the revision of the timeline in Days of Future Past erasing X-Men: Last Stand, the sky is the limit for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Perhaps we will finally see a blend of the colorful and practical designs, embracing the comic book origins of the X-Men.

Until then… print cut and wear this mask.
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THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 11/12/14

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the images below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

PUBLISHER
TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS (“AR” means “ask your retailer for the price”)

CHRONICLE BOOKS
Art Of Big Hero 6 HC, $40.00

DARK HORSE COMICS
Grendel Vs The Shadow #3 (Of 3)(Matt Wagner Regular Cover), $5.99

DC COMICS
Batman #36 (Greg Capullo Regular Cover), $3.99
Batman Eternal #32, $2.99
New 52 Futures End #28, $2.99
Robin Rises Omega #1 (One Shot)(Andy Kubert 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Django Zorro #1 (Of 6)(Cover B Francesco Francavilla), $3.99

HUMANOIDS PUBLISHING
Final Incal Deluxe Coffee Table Edition HC, $189.00
Shadows Of Salamanca HC, $29.95

IDW PUBLISHING
Popeye Classics #28 (Cover A Bud Sagendorf), $3.99
Star Trek Harlan Ellison’s The City On The Edge Of Forever The Original Teleplay #5 (Of 5)(Cover A Juan Ortiz), $3.99

KNOPF PUBLISHING
Secret History Of Wonder Woman HC, $29.95

MARVEL COMICS
All-New Captain America #1 (Stuart Immonen Regular Cover), $3.99
Avengers And X-Men Axis #5 (Of 9)(Jim Cheung Regular Cover), $3.99
Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier #2 (Marco Rudy Regular Cover), $3.99
Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #1 (Luke Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
Nightcrawler #8, $3.99
Savage Hulk #6, $3.99
She-Hulk #10, $2.99
Silver Surfer #7, $3.99
Superior Iron Man #1 (Mike Choi Regular Cover), $3.99
Thor #1 (Russell Dauterman 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Thor #2 (Russell Dauterman Regular Cover), $3.99

MOVIELAND CLASSICS
Famous Monsters Of Filmland #268 (Addams Family Cover), $9.99

TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING
Alter Ego #129 (not verified by Diamond), $8.95
Back Issue #77, $8.95
Draw #29, $8.95

UNIVERSITY PRESS OF MISSISSIPPI
Howard Chaykin Conversations SC, $30.00

Videos
Batman The Complete Television Series BD (Blu-Ray And Book Set), AR

Merchandise

1966 Batman Model Kit, $34.99
All-New Captain America #1 Poster By Alex Ross (Marvel Comics), $8.99
Fallout Vault Boy 12-Inch Plush, $24.99
Famous Monsters Cthulhu Womens Hoodie LG, $39.99
Famous Monsters King Kong T-Shirt LG, $23.99
Iron Man 2 Vintage Stark Expo Poster Set, AR
Iron Man 75th Anniversary Poster By Alex Ross (Marvel Comics), $8.99
Jawas T-shirt LG, $21.99
Only Lovers Left Alive Original Soundtrack LP, AR
Peanuts Traditions Lucy And Charlie Brown Football Figure, $45.00
Star Trek Retro Tech Backpack, $89.99
Star Trek The Original Series Art Prints Set 20, $34.95
Star Wars Darth Vader Rep Ur Team Knit Hat, $22.99
Star Wars Storm Trooper Rep Ur Team Knit Hat, $22.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtle Blimp Vehicle, AR
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 40th Anniversary 8-Inch Retro Action Figure, $32.99
Thor Molded Head Mug, $14.99
Wonder Woman The Art Of War Statue By Yanick Paquette (DC Direct), $79.95

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 11/5/14

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the images below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

PUBLISHER
TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS (“AR” means “ask your retailer for the price”)

BIG FINISH
Doctor Who Revenge Of The Swarm Audio CD, $24.99
Doctor Who The Fifth Doctor Boxed Set Audio CD, $49.99
Doctor Who Zygon Hunt Audio CD, $18.99

BOOM! STUDIOS
Regular Show Skips TP, $19.99

COSMIC TIMES
Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew #2 (Of 3), $2.99

DARK HORSE COMICS
Bob Powell’s Compete Cave Girl HC, $49.99
Grandville Noel HC, $19.99
Mass Effect Foundation Volume 3 TP, $16.99
Skyman (One Shot), $2.99
Star Wars Dark Times Gallery Edition HC, $99.99

DC COMICS
Action Comics #36 (Aaron Kuder Regular Cover), $3.99
Animal Man Volume 5 Evolve Or Die TP , $14.99
Aquaman And The Others #7, $2.99
Batman Arkham Asylum 25th Anniversary Deluxe Editon TP (New Edition), $19.99
Batman Beyond 2.0 Rewired TP , $16.99
Batman Essentials Batman Year One Special Edition #1, $1.00
Batman Eternal #31, $2.99
Detective Comics #36 (John Paul Leon Regular Cover), $3.99
Earth 2 #28, $2.99
Earth 2 World’s End #5, $2.99
New 52 Futures End #27, $2.99
Swamp Thing #36, $2.99

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS
DC Superhero Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #68 (Black Adam Black Pawn), $16.00
DC Superhero Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #69 (Superwoman Black Queen), $16.00
DC Superhero Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #70 (Constantine White Pawn), $16.00
Marvel Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #18 (Taskmaster Black Pawn), $16.00
Marvel Chess Figurine Collection Magazine #19 (Hawkeye White Pawn), $16.00
Star Trek Starships Figurine Collection Magazine #28 (Maquis Raider), $20.00
Star Trek Starships Figurine Collection Magazine #29 (Jem Hadar Bug), $20.00

HERMES PRESS,
Walt Kelly’s Pogo The Complete Dell Comics Volume 2 HC, $60.00

IDW PUBLISHING
Superman The Golden Age Sundays 1946-1949 HC, $49.99
Walter Simonson’s Manhunter And Other Stories Artist’s Edition HC, AR
Worst Of Eerie Publications HC, $27.99

IMAGE COMICS
God Hates Astronauts #3 (Cover A Ryan Browne), $3.50
God Hates Astronauts #3 (Cover B Chris Burnham), $3.50
Spread #4 , $3.50
Velvet #8, $3.50
Walking Dead Volume 22 A New Beginning TP, $14.99

KNOPF PUBLISHING
Secret History Of Wonder Woman HC (not verified by Diamond), $29.95

LUCASBOOKS
Star Wars Tarkin HC, $28.00

MARVEL COMICS
Amazing Spider-Man #9 (Skottie Young Interlocking B Variant Cover), AR
Avengers And X-Men Axis #4 (Of 9)(Clay Mann Inversion Variant Cover), AR
Avengers And X-Men Axis #4 (Of 9)(David Marquez Young Guns Variant Cover), AR
Avengers And X-Men Axis #4 (Of 9)(Jim Cheung Regular Cover), $3.99
Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Volume 2 HC, $125.00
Hulk #8 (Mark Bagley Regular Cover), $3.99
Legendary Star-Lord #5 (Paco Medina Regular Cover), $3.99
Men Of Wrath By Jason Aaron #2 (Of 5)(Ron Garney Regular Cover), $3.50
Rocket Raccoon #5 (Skottie Young Regular Cover), $3.99
Spider-Verse Team Up #1 (Of 3)(David Williams Regular Cover), $3.99
Thor God Of Thunder #25 (Esad Ribic 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99
Thor God Of Thunder Volume 1 HC, $34.99
X-Men #21, $3.99

SCHIFFER PUBLISHING
100 Greatest Console Video Games 1977-1987 HC (not verified by Diamond), $34.99

SOLO PUBLISHING
Cinema Retro #30, $11.99

TITAN COMICS
Doctor Who The Tenth Doctor #4 (Photo Subscription Cover), $3.99
Wallace And Gromit The Newspaper Strips Volume 2 HC, $16.99

UNIVERSITY PRESS OF MISSISSIPPI
Autobiographical Comics Life Writing In Pictures SC (not verified by Diamond), $30.00
Dave Sim Conversations SC (not verified by Diamond), $30.00
Howard Chaykin Conversations SC (not verified by Diamond), $30.00
Japanese Animation East Asian Perspectives SC (not verified by Diamond), $30.00

Cards – RITTENHOUSE ARCHIVES
James Bond Archives 2014 Edition Trading Card Album, AR
James Bond Archives 2014 Edition Trading Card Box, AR

Games – WIZARDS OF THE COAST
Dungeons And Dragons The Next Rise Of Tiamat HC, $29.95

Videos
Eraserhead Criterion Collection BD, AR
Ghost In The Shell 25th Anniversary Edition BD, AR
Silent Night Deadly Night 30th Anniversary Edition BD, AR
Snowpiercer BD, AR

Merchandise
Batman Arkham Batman Life-Size Standup, $34.95
Batman Deadman By Kelley Jones T-Shirt LG, $18.95
Batman The Dark Knight The Joker 1/4 Scale Action Figure, $104.99
Batman Unlimited 4-Inch Basic Action Figure Assortment, AR
Batman Word Classic Stretch Fit Cap, $26.99
Captain America Word Classic Stretch Fit Cap, $26.99
Diablo III Shadow Of Diablo Deluxe 7-Inch Scale Action Figure, $29.99
H.P. Lovecraft Black T-Shirt LG, $18.99
Halo Infinity Courier Messenger Bag, $79.99
Joker Harley Quinn III Womens T-Shirt LG, $18.95
Miskatonic University Zip Hoodie LG, $54.99
Pacific Rim Gipsy Danger With Light-Up Cannon 18-Inch Action Figure, $109.99
Peanuts Traditions Snoopy And Woodstock Hug Time Figure, $35.00
Peanuts Traditions The Great Pumpkin Patch Figure, $65.00
Spider-Man Word Classic Stretch Fit Cap, $26.99
Star Trek Retro Tech Tote Bag, $44.95
Star Wars Vector Vader Heather T-Shirt SM, $18.99
Superman Word Classic Stretch Fit Cap, $26.99
Toho Ultimate Weapon 2 S.H.Monster Arts Set, AR
Toon Tumblers Bombshells Black Canary Pint Glass, $10.99
Toon Tumblers Bombshells Poison Ivy Pint Glass, $10.99
Toon Tumblers Bombshells Wonder Woman Pint Glass, $10.99
Tower Of The Sun Robot Chogokin Action Figure, AR
Voltron 30th Anniversary Lion Gift Set, AR
Walking Dead Fish Tank LED Paperweight, $21.99
Walking Dead Jawless Walker Mask, $21.99
Walking Dead Walker Chest, $56.00
Young Frankenstein Black T-Shirt LG, $21.99

Batman ’66 coming to Blu-ray in refined clarity

Batman_AdamWest_Dark_KnightOfficial press release below:

AN OPTION FOR EVERY BAT-FAN

BATMAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES

Multiple Physical, Digital Editions Plus Special Offers Available 11-11-14

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) sets a new standard for accommodating Bat-fans from the uber-avid to caped-casual with the upcoming release of Batman: The Complete Television Series on November 11, 2014. The most anticipated home entertainment release of all time will be available in several distinct packaging choices with varying content and bonus materials. These offerings include multiple national physical options – most notably, the Limited Edition Blu-ray™ box set – as well as varying digital selections, and a few specialty alternatives.

“We understand the widespread demand for Batman: The Complete Television Series, and we also appreciate the varying degrees of fandom surrounding this release,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHEG Senior Vice President, TV Brand Management and Retail Marketing  “To that end, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has created an option for virtually every fan’s level of interest, whether that be basking in the highly collectable Limited Edition Blu-ray set or simply enjoying this landmark series in its beautifully re-mastered exhibition on Blu-ray™, DVD or Digital HD.”

As the ultimate collector’s pièce de résistance, the Limited Edition box set (SRP $269.97) is a numbered, beautifully packaged set and spotlights all 120 episodes in spectacularly-re-mastered footage on Blu-ray™. The package comes complete with an exclusive Hot Wheels® Replica Batmobile, 44 vintage replica trading cards, the Adam West Photobook with never-before seen images from Adam West’s private archives, an extensive Episode Guide and Ultraviolet Digital Copy of all 120 episodes. Also included is more than three hours of extended content with featurettes such as “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,” which explores the art and design behind the fiction; “Bats of the Round Table,” a candid conversation with Adam West and celebrity friends like director Kevin Smith, DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee, radio personality Ralph Garman and actor Phil Morris, chatting all things Bat ’66; “Inventing Batman in the words of Adam West,” a rare treat for the fans as Adam discusses his script notes on bringing Batman to life in the first and second episodes; and “Na Na Na Batman!” where some of Hollywood favorite’s stars and producers recount their favorite Batman memories.  Bonus features also contain a few goodies from the archives including Burt Ward’s original screen test with Adam West, the Batgirl pilot and more!

Also coming to retail stores on November 11 are the Batman: The Complete Television Series DVD set (18 DVDs, extensive Episode Guide, more than three hours of enhanced content, SRP $199.70) and Batman: The Complete First Season DVD set (5 DVDs, SRP $39.98).

DC Entertainment has also created a limited time only offer exclusive to comic book retailers that includes the Limited Edition Blu-ray set packaged with BATMAN: THE TV STORIES HC, a hardcover Batman ’66 comic book.

Fans hoping to add the Caped Crusader’s classic TV series to their digital collection will be pleased to find a trio of options available on November 11. When purchased as a bundle, the digital version of Batman: The Complete Television Series includes all three seasons of the series in either HD or standard definition, as well as the entire slate of enhanced content features from the physical complete series offerings.

In addition, individual seasons of the landmark series will be available digitally in either HD or SD. “Batman: Season 1” offers all 34 first-season episodes; “Batman: Season 2, Part 1” and “Batman: Season 2, Part 2” offer the first and second 30 episodes of that season, respectively; and “Batman: Season 3” has the final 26 episodes of the series.

In late October, there will also be a special Direct Response promotional program seen on television that will feature a few specialty editions of the series on Blu-ray and DVD. These include: the Complete Classic Batman Collection on Blu-ray (SRP $174.95) and on DVD (SRP $149.95), both of which include over 50 hours of entertainment, starting with all 120 episodes from the landmark series; and the Classic Batman Collection (SRP $99.95), featuring 64 of your favorite original broadcast episodes fully remastered in a 12-DVD set. These sets will be available to purchase via telephone or on batmanondvd.com.  All three options also come with:

  • Over 3 Hours of ALL NEW bonus materials (identical to Limited Edition box set)
  • Adam West Naked on DVD: Watch as Adam takes you behind the scenes of your favorite episodes!
  • The Original 1966 Batman Movie DVD starring Adam West and Burt Ward
  • Detailed Episode Guide
  • Your Own Show Script from the Episode ‘The Joker is Wild’
  • A Personal Letter from Adam West to you!


About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com

 

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games.  Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. (s14) © 1966-1968, 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  © 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.  All rights reserved.  Hot Wheels® Replica Batmobile ©2014 Mattel. All Rights Reserved.

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THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 10/29/14

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

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(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
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PUBLISHER
TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS (“AR” means “ask your retailer for the price”)

ABRAMS
Star Wars Art Posters HC (Limited Edition), AR

BOOK SALES
X-Men 75 Years The Characters And Their Universe HC, $24.99

CINEBOOK
Antares Volume 5 TP (not verified by Diamond), $11.95
Barracuda Volume 3 Duel GN, $15.95

COMIC SHOP NEWS
Comic Shop News #1428, AR

COSMIC TIMES
Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew #3 (Of 3), $2.99

DARK HORSE COMICS
Aliens Fire And Stone #2 (Of 4), $3.50
Baltimore The Wolf And The Apostle #1 (Of 2), $3.50
Blackout Volume 1 Into The Dark TP, $12.99
Captain Midnight #16, $2.99
Chronicles Of King Conan Volume 9 The Blood Of The Serpent And Other Stories TP, $19.99
Conan The Avenger #7, $3.50
Deep Gravity #4 (Of 4), $3.99
EC Archives Tales From The Crypt Volume 5 HC, $49.99
Goon Occasion Of Revenge #3 (Of 4), $3.50
Groo Vs Conan #4 (Of 4), $3.50
Massive #28, $3.50
Mind MGMT #27, $3.99
Project Black Sky Secret Files TP, $14.99
Sundowners #3, $3.50
Vachss Underground HC, $29.99

DC COMICS
100 Bullets Volume 1 TP, $24.99
Batman Eternal #30, $2.99
DC Comics Zero Year HC, $34.99
Earth 2 World’s End #4, $2.99
Justice League Dark Annual #2, $4.99
Justice League United Annual #1, $4.99
New 52 Futures End #26, $2.99
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #3, $3.99
Sinestro #6 (Guillem March Regular Cover), $2.99
Swamp Thing Annual #3, $4.99
Wonder Woman #35 (Cliff Chiang Regular Cover), $2.99

DEVILS DUE ENTERTAINMENT
Tales Of Mr Rhee Karmageddon #2 (Of 4), $3.99

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Captain Victory And The Galactic Rangers #3 (Nathan Fox Regular Cover), $3.99
Captain Victory And The Galactic Rangers #3 (Nathan Fox Virgin Variant Cover), AR
Justice Inc #2 (Of 6)(Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), AR
Justice Inc #3 (Of 6)(Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), AR

EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS
Doctor Who Figurine Collection Magazine #26 (Scarecrow), $20.00

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 Gift Box Set, $39.99
Complete Peanuts 1991-1994 Gift Box Set, $59.99
Complete Peanuts Volume 1 1950-1952 HC (New Printing), $29.99
Complete Peanuts Volume 2 1953-1954 HC (New Printing), $29.99
Complete Peanuts Volume 2 1953-1954 TP, $22.99
Complete Peanuts Volume 22 1993-1994 HC, $29.99
Peanuts Every Sunday Volume 2 1956-1960 HC, $49.99
Pogo The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Volume 3 Evidence To The Contrary HC, $45.00
Sock Monkey Into The Deep Woods HC, $16.99
Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Lost In The Andes And Trail Of The Unicorn Gift Box Set, $49.99
Walt Disney’s The Don Rosa Library Volume 1 Uncle Scrooge And Donald Duck Box Set, $49.99
Walt Disney’s The Don Rosa Library Volume 2 Uncle Scrooge And Donald Duck Return To Plain Awful HC, $29.99

HARPER DESIGN
Art Of Film Magic 20 Years Of Weta HC, $100.00
Doctor Who The Secret Lives Of Monsters HC, $45.00

HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE
Heavy Metal #271, $7.95

IDW PUBLISHING
Basil Wolverton’s Weird Worlds Artist’s Edition HC, AR
Little Nemo Return To Slumberland #2 (Cover A Gabriel Rodriguez), $3.99
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #34 (Cover SUB Nick Roche), $3.99

IMAGE COMICS
Black Science #10, $3.50
C.O.W.L. Volume 1 Principles Of Power TP, $9.99
Morning Glories Deluxe Edition Volume 3 HC, $49.99
Saga #24, $2.99
Southern Bastards #5 (Cover A Jason Latour), $3.50
Southern Bastards #5 (Cover B Andrew Robinson), $3.50
Stray Bullets Volume 1 Innocence Of Nihilism TP, $19.99

INSIGHT EDITIONS
Art Of Blue Sky Studios Ice Age To The Digital Age HC, $60.00

LIVERIGHT
New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft HC, $39.95

MARVEL COMICS
All-New X-Men #33 (Mahmud Asrar Regular Cover), $3.99
Axis Revolutions #1 (Of 4), $3.99
Deathlok #1 (Mike Perkins Regular Cover), $3.99
Fantastic Four #12, $3.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy #20 (Ed McGuinness Regular Cover), $3.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy #20 (Stephanie Hans Stomp Out Bullying Variant Cover), AR
Howard The Duck Omnibus HC, $99.99
Inhuman #7 (Ryan Stegman Regular Cover), $3.99
Iron Man Epic Collection Volume 1 The Golden Avenger TP, $34.99
Legendary Star-Lord #1 (Steve McNiven 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Nova #22 (Federico Santagati Regular Cover), $3.99
Original Sin HC, $75.00
Thunderbolts #32, $2.99
Wolverine And The X-Men #11, $3.99

MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT
Monsters From The Vault #33, $9.98

MOONSTONE
Green Lama Horror In Clay Prose Novel SC, $7.99

NBM
Noir Thriller Set The Broadcast And Family Ties SC, $27.99

ONI PRESS
Bunker #7, $3.99

OSSM COMICS
Thaniel TP (not verified by Diamond), $12.99

QUIRK BOOKS
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy The Royal Box Set, $44.85

SEAN LINKENBACK
Art Of Japanese Monsters Godzilla Gamera And Science Fiction Film Art Conquers The Worlds SC, $39.99

TITAN BOOKS
Alien The Archive The Ultimate Guide To The Classic Movies HC, $50.00

TITAN COMICS
Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor #4 (Verity Glass Regular Cover), $3.99
Doctor Who The Tenth Doctor #1 (Midtown Variant Cover), AR

TOMART PUBLICATIONS

Tomart’s Action Figure Digest #205, $5.99

TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING
Brickjournal #31, $8.95

Videos

Drive-In Collection In Search Of Bigfoot/Cry Wilderness DVD, AR
Monster Madness Mutants Space Invaders And Drive Ins DVD, AR
Nightbreed The Director’s Cut BD + DVD, AR
Squirm Collector’s Edition BD, AR
X-Men Days Of Future Past BD + DVD, AR
Merchandise

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Spider-Man Resin Statue, $125.00
Batman 1966 Joker Bust, $59.99
Batman Collectors Set, $9.99
Batman Metallic Mini Statue By Jim Lee (DC Direct), $99.95
Bela Legosi’s White Zombie Mask, $59.99
Bill Gaines Was Right T-Shirt LG, $19.99
Constantine T-Shirt LG, $18.95
Doctor Who The Impossible Set Action Figure 2-Pack, $54.99
Godzilla Minimates Series 1 Box Set, $19.99
Godzilla Stare Down Previews Exclusive Light Black T-Shirt LG, $18.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Adult Mask, $50.00
Killer Klowns From Outer Space Fatso Mask, $39.99
Killer Klowns From Outer Space Shorty Mask, $57.00
Killer Klowns From Outer Space Slim Mask, $57.00
Krampus Mask, $59.99
Night Creature Mask, $39.99
Night Of The Living Dead Tank Dress MED, $36.99
Nightbreed Boon Mask, $39.99
Predator Classic Video Game 7-Inch Action Figure, $24.99
Pulp Fiction 20th Anniversary Minimates Jackrabbit Slim’s Box Set, $19.99
Snaptite Grave Digger Monster Truck 1/25-Scale Model Kit, $15.95
Space Battleship Yamato 2199 1/500-Scale Model Kit, AR
Star Wars Admiral Ackbar Mini Talking Plush Clip-On, $12.99
Star Wars Darth Vader Socks, $25.00
Star Wars Rebel Repeat Navy Socks, $25.00
Star Wars Red Striped Imperial Black Socks, $25.00
Star Wars Vector Vader Heather T-Shirt LG, $18.99
Tom Daniel’s Monogram Paddy Wagon 1/24 Model Kit, $34.95
Ultraman Jack Ultra-Act Action Figure, AR
Wonder Woman Collectors Set, $9.99

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3

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If you listen closely you may hear the sound of comic book fans screaming with joy as today the details of the third phase in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe were announced at an impromptu press conference in which new footage of Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron was screened and the release dates of several movies were unveiled.

Additionally, Robert Downey Jr. tweeted this:

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Chadwick Boseman aka Black Panther on stage with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. Asked to pick a side.

The first look at the big screen’s Black Panther was seen too!

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And we got a look at Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet! (and a trailer for the Infinity War)

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May 6, 2016 Captain America 3
November 4, 2016 Dr Strange 
May 5, 2017… Guardians of the Galaxy 2
July 28, 2017…THOR: Ragnarok
November 3, 2017…Black Panther
May 4, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War Part 1
July 6, 2018…Captain Marvel
November 2, 2018…The Inhumans (to find out who the Inhumans are, click here)
May 3, 2019 Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2

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Late addition: leaked scene from Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron showing the aftermath of the Scarlet Witch revealing the Avengers team members’ darker sides which split the team.