Batman 1966 finally gets home release Nov, 2014

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In 1966, the William Dozier-produced Batman weekly TV series shaped an icon for a generation. Absurd and bizarre, the program attracted celebrities for unique guest spots. While it has been cited as detrimental to the seriousness of comic book adaptations, Batman is such a versatile character that he can be interpreted in various manners from the ‘camp’ TV series to Tim Burton’s dark and weird films to the modern epics by Chris Nolan.

Some fans demand Batman be a dark avenger of the night, a grim solitary figure brooding and lurking on the rooftops of a crime-ridden world (as seen in the current comic books and the Arkham videogame series). This was somewhat how he was introduced, influenced heavily by Bob Kane’s childhood romps through the back alleys as part of a teen gang. But it is that youthful approach filtered through the 1960’s pop art and theater of the absurd that makes the 1966 TV series so important and valid. It is a time capsule and a part of the comic book character’s legacy.

Speaking personally, the 1966 TV series sent my imagination running wild. The visuals were outrageous, the scripts silly and the performances so weird (just what planet is Frank Gorshin from??) that that my lil mind was forever impacted. For decades, the legal entanglements have prevented a release of the complete series on home video format. Finally, that has been rectified and Bat-fans can revisit (or discover for the first time) the most unusual vision of the capes crusader ever.

(and the wee car and collectible trading cards are a special treat)
Official press release below:
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FANBOYS AND FANGIRLS REJOICE! AS WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES BATMAN: THE COMPLETE TELEVISION SERIES ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME NOVEMBER 11, 2014

The Long-Awaited 1960’s TV Series Features All 120 Original Broadcast Episodes Completely Remastered Includes Over Three Hours of Never-Before-Seen Enhanced Content Including Interviews With Adam West and Burt Ward

Burbank, CA (July 24, 2014) – For the very first time, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) is releasing the fan-favorite original 1960’s Batman TV Series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. On November 11, 2014, just in time for the holiday season, 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. This highly collectible set is one fans won’t want to miss!

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Batman: The Complete Television Series features all three classic seasons of the fan-favorite show spanning 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). In addition to favorites West and Ward, the series featured a long list of notable guest stars and cameo appearances over the course of three seasons including Julie Newmar, Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshin, Liberace, Vincent Price, Burgess Meredith, Bruce Lee, Art Carney, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more!

Bringing the series’ vivid colors to life in stunning high definition, the Blu-ray Limited Edition

will be individually numbered, making the set a true must-have for both fans and collectors alike. The set will include sought-after 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

“Fans around the world have been clamoring for this release for decades,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHEG Senior Vice President, TV Brand Management and Retail Marketing “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is beyond thrilled to make the caped crusader’s fans’ wishes come true by releasing Batman: The Complete Television Series to Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD for the very first time since the original 1960s program. Coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of Batman’s comic book debut, this is the ultimate holiday gift.”

Batman: The Complete Television Seriesalsofeatures 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.

Season 1

Hi Diddle Riddle
Smack in the Middle
Fine Feathered Finks
The Penguin’s A Jinx
The Joker is Wild
Batman is Riled
Instant Freeze
Rats Like Cheese
Zelda The Great
A Death Worse Than Fate
A Riddle A Day Keeps the Riddler Away
When the Rat’s Away the Mice Will Play
The Thirteenth Hat
Batman Stands Pat
The Joker Goes To School
He Meets His Match, The Grisly Ghoul
True or False Face
Holy Rat Race
The Purr-Fect Crime
Better Luck Next Time
The Penguin Goes Straight
Not Yet, He Ain’t
The Ring Of Wax
Give ‘Em The Axe
The Joker Trumps An Ace
Batman Sets The Pace
The Curse of Tut
The Pharaoh’s In a Rut
The Bookworm Turns
While Gotham City Burns
Death in Slow Motion
The Riddler’s Flase Notion
Fine Finny Fiends
Batman Makes The Scenes

Season 2

Shoot A Crooked Arrow
Walk The Straight and Narrow
Hot Off The Griddle
The Cat and the Fiddle
The Minstrel’s Shakedown
Barbecued Batman?
The Spell of Tut
Tut’s Case is Shut
The Greatest Mother of Them All
MA Parker
The Clock King’s Crazy Crimes
The Clock King Gets Crowned
An Egg Grows in Gotham
The Yegg Foes in Gotham
The Devil’s Fingers
The Dead Ringers
Hizzonner The Penguin
Dizzoner the Penguin
Green Ice
Deep Freeze
The Impractical Joker
The Joker’s Provokers
Marsha, Queen of Diamonds
Marsha’s Scheme of Diamonds
Come Back, Shame
It’s How You Play The Game
The Penguin’s Nest
The Bird’s Last Jest
The Cat’s Meow
The Bat’s Kow Tow
The Puzzles Are Coming
The Duo Is Slumming
The Sandman Cometh
The Catwoman Goeth
The Contaminated Cowl
The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul
The Zodiac Crimes
The Joker’s Hard Times
The Penguin Declines
That Darn Catwoman
Scat! Darn Catwoman
Penguin is a Girl’s Best Friend
Penguin Sets a Trend
Penguin’s Disastrous End
Batman’s Anniversary
A Riddling Controversy
The Joker’s Last Laugh
The Joker’s Epitaph
Catwoman Goes to College
Batman Displays His Knowledge
A Piece of The Action
Batman’s Satisfaction
Kin Tut’s Coup
Batman’s Waterloo
Black Widow Strikes Again
Caught in the Spider’s Den
Pop Goes The Joker
Flop Goes the Joker
Ice Spy
The Duo Defy

Season 3

Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin
Ring Around The Riddler
The Wail of The Siren
The Sport of Penguins
A Horse of Another Color
The Unkindest Tut of All
Louie, The Lilac
The Ogg and I
How To Hatch a Dinosaur
Surf’s Up! Joker’s Under!
The Londinium Larcenies
The Foggiest Notion
The Bloody Tower
Catwoman’s Dressed to Kill
The Ogg Couple
The Funny Feline Felonies
The Joke’s On Catwoman
Louie’s Lethal Lilac Time
Nora Clavicle and the Ladies’ Crime Club
Penguin’s Clean Sweep
The Great Escape
The Great Train Robbery
I’ll Be A Mummy’s Uncle
The Joker’s Flying Saucer
The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra
Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires

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About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment 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 and WB Ultra.

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2 thoughts on “Batman 1966 finally gets home release Nov, 2014

  1. This is definitely good stuff. It’s kind of amazing how long it has taken to get this to home video. I don’t believe it ever made it to VHS either, so the DVD and Blu-ray releases are the first time anyone has been able to own these ever! I am less enthused about the extra toys and stuff… I have grown out of wanting all the trinkets and just want the content of the discs as I get older… but I am definitely glad to see this coming this year.

    • To be honest, I’d rather buy individual seasons in proper Amaray packaging than all this extra stuff, and I’m a bit annoyed it seems (for now) that only season one will be released this way.

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