Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Contest: That other Batman movie

So, as I've been hinting at here and there, the blog will be going quiet for a few days as I visit family in Veracruz this week (according to my niece, the forecast calls for mostly humid with a 99 percent chance of mosquitos). I'm hoping to get my hands on plenty of classic Spanish-language comics while I'm there, but getting to a computer for any real amount of time before next week looks doubtful.

So how about a contest?

There's been a lot of talk about that guy-who-dresses-like-a-giant-bat movie that came out a couple of weeks ago, but true connoisseurs know the really tasty cheese can be found in 1966's Batman: The Movie.

Yup, we're talking Adam West as the Caped Crusader, Burt Ward as the Boy Wonder and a cast of really very good actors as the bad guys who terrorize Gotham by chewing all the scenery. I've seen more than one review of The Dark Knight that compares Heath Ledger's Joker to Cesar Romero's as a definitive interpretation of the Clown Prince of Crime, and there's a good reason why — Cesar Romero. Is. Awesome.

If you've never seen it, B:TM also stars everyone from the television series, including Romero, Frank Gorshin as The Riddler, Lee Meriwether as Catwoman, and Burgess Meredith as The Penguin (though I keep expecting him to tell Gorshin that he's going to "eat lightnin' and crap thunder.") More specifically, it's the one with the notorious "Bat-shark repellent" scene and a master plan that hinges on a dehydration weapon (hmmm ... sounds familiar ...).

Thanks to the folks over at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (geez, that's a mouthful), I've got a copy of the recently released special edition, Blu-Ray disc Batman: The Movie, and I want you to have it. The rules are simple: Comment on this post, and in a week I'll take the names of everyone listed and pick one at random, and we'll have our winner. Anonymous posters won't be counted, but everyone else will have a chance.

And just so you know what's so special about the special edition, here are some of the disc's bonus features:

• Commentary by actors Adam West and Burt Ward
• Commentary by screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
• All-new high-definition featurettes:
Batman: A Dynamic Legacy
Caped Crusaders: A Heroes Tribute
Gotham City’s Most Wanted
• 2001 35th Anniversary Piece Featuring Interviews with Adam West and Burt Ward
• The Batmobile Revealed with George Barris
• Pop-Up trivia track
• Original Teaser and Theatrical Trailers
• Galleries

So get crackin', and I'll see you next week!


Dreadful Rauw said...

Holy Contest Entry Batman!

Johnny B said...

Who knows, Robin? This strange mixing of minds may be the greatest single service ever performed for humanity! Let's go, but, inconspicuously, through the window. We'll use our Batropes. Our job is finished.

snell said...

Yes, but where the hell is the Tv series DVD/Blu-Ray?!?!

Siskoid said...

Batman doesn't jump the shark. He neutralizes it.

rob! said...

i love that the Joker wears a mask. that way no one will be able to tell its him!

Scott said...

What if I don't have a Blu-Ray player? Where can I go to win that? ;)

T.Rakei said...

Actually not all the movie villains were played by the TV actors. Lee Meriwether as catwoman was substituting for TV's Julie Newmar.

Woody! said...

I heard that Fox shipped out those preview discs with an ACTUAL can of Bat-shark repellent. I'd love to go and test it in the ocean.

Johnny B said...

Yeah, Woody, you be sure to let us know how that works, OK?