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Remastered Batman: The Animated Series coming to Blu-ray this October

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Deluxe edition set features both remasters and bonus content

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Batman: The Complete Animated Series Deluxe Limited Edition box set Warner Bros. Animation

Batman: The Animated Series is coming to Blu-ray in its entirety later this year with remastered visuals. The Blu-ray release will get a deluxe limited edition box set (which is currently available for pre-order) that’s stuffed with special features, creator commentaries and additional content.

The Blu-ray set will be released Oct. 16. It features new remasters of all episodes in the series plus remastered versions of the full-length films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Mr. Freeze: SubZero. The box set also includes audio commentaries by cast and crew on 11 select episodes, and a series of featurettes (find the full list below) led by a 60-minute making-of documentary titled The Heart of Batman:

A rare gathering of talent defined Batman for a generation. Twenty-five years later, Batman: The Animated Series continues to inspire fans and myth makers all over the world. This hour-long documentary takes an in-depth look at the renowned storytellers behind the landmark series.

Furthermore, the set includes seven lenticular art cards, a deluxe art book featuring art from the series and three Funko mini-figures of Batman, the Joker and Harley Quinn.

The Deluxe Limited Edition box set is set for a limited release of 30,000 copies, and more than 2,000 were pre-ordered within the first 24 hours of its availability on Amazon. Currently, the box set is still available for pre-order for $112.99.

Check out the full list of bonus content included in the box set (all descriptions taken from the press release) below.

Featurettes

  • The Dark Knight’s First Night Pilot Promo: Hosted by Bruce Timm (Featurette) – Witness the 1991 Batman promo reel as producers Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski discuss the origins of Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Batman: The Legacy Continues Retrospective (Featurette) – DC luminaries join BTAS creators as they explore the combination of exquisite design and in-depth storytelling that helped create a once in a generation show.
  • Robin Rising: How the Boy Wonder’s Character Evolved (Featurette) – The evolution of Dick Grayson from young ward to crime fighter.
  • Gotham’s Guardians: The Stalwart Supporting Characters (Featurette) – Batman is not the only hero safeguarding Gotham City. This documentary focuses on the importance of the Dark Knight’s allies in the Batman mythology.
  • Voices of the Knight (Featurette) – Actors Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Adriene Barbeau, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., and Andrea Romano discuss the process of bringing their iconic characters to life.
  • Gotham’s New Knight (Featurette) – Barbara Gordon swings into focus in this exciting look at Batman’s trusted ally and equal, Batgirl.
  • Video Commentary: “House and Garden” – Watch along as Producer Bruce Timm, Director Boyd Kirkland and writer Paul Dini take viewers behind the scenes of an exciting episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
  • In-Movie Experience – Watch along as Producer Bruce Timm, Director Boyd Kirkland and writer Paul Dini take viewers behind the scenes of an exciting episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Introduction (Featurette)Bruce Timm, Dan Riba, James Tucker, Paul Dini, Alan Burnett and Andrea Romano discuss Gotham’s most popular rogues.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Clayface (Featurette) – Clayface personnel file revealed by Bruce Timm, Dan Riba and James Tucker.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Harley Quinn (Featurette) – Alan Burnett, Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski, Paul Dini and James Tucker discuss bringing Harley Quinn to life.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: The Joker (Featurette) – Alan Burnett, Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski, Paul Dini, Andrea Romano and Dan Riba discuss Mark Hamill’s inimitable Joker.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Mr. Freeze (Featurette) – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Andrea Romano and Dan Riba discuss MR. Freeze and the Heart and Ice Origin story.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: The Penquin (Featurette) – Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, Alan Burnett, James Tucker, Dan Riba and Eric Radomski discuss The Penguin.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Poison Ivy (Featurette) – Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, Alan Burnett, Dan Riba and Eric Radomski discuss designing Poison Ivy.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Ra’s Al Ghul (Featurette) – Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, and Dan Riba discuss why Ra’s Al Ghul is such an exciting villain.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: The Riddler (Featurette) – This file discusses The Riddler and how creators differentiated him from the Batman ’66 Riddler with: Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Andrea Romano, Eric Radomski and Dan Riba.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Scarecrow (Featurette) – Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Andrea Romano and Dan Riba discuss the various iterations of the Scarecrow.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Two Face (Featurette) – Discussing Batman’s key nemesis are Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, James Tucker, and Dan Riba.
  • Arkham Asylum: Examine the Top-Secret Case Files of the Dark Knight’s Many Foes: Ventriloquist & Scarface (Featurette) – Lively discussion about one of Batman’s most unique villains with creators Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Eric Radomski, Andrea Romano, and Dan Riba.
  • ”Concepting Harley Quinn” (Featurette) – Producer Paul Dini discusses how Harley Quinn was incorporated into the series.

Special Features Breakdown

Tour of the Batcave (Featurettes)

  • Batman
  • Utility Belt
  • Bat-Vehicles
  • Alfred

Audio Commentaries

  • “On Leather Wings” – Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski
  • ”On Leather Wings” – Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski
  • ”Heart of Ice” – Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, and Eric Radomski
  • ”Robin’s Reckoning, Part One” – Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski
  • ”Heart of Steel, Part Two” – Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski and Kevin Altieri
  • ”Almost Got ‘Im” – Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski and Paul Dini
  • ”Harley and Ivy” – Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski and Boyd Kirkland
  • ”Read My Lips” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Michael Reaves, Boyd Kirkland and Shirley Walker
  • ”Harlequinade” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Shirley Walker and Eric Radomski
  • ”Over The Edge” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Glen Murakami, and James Tucker
  • ”Critters” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Dan Riba, Glen Murakami, and James Tucker
  • ”Legends of the Dark Knight” – Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Dan Riba, Glen Murakami, and James Tucker