Posted Wed Apr 2, 2008 at 10:00 AM PDT by Peter Bracke
The original Batman's high-def debut isn't until July, but we've got an early peek at the Blu-ray box art for the 1966 camp classic.
As previously reported, Fox Home Entertainment has set a July 1 street date for 'Batman: The Movie,' day-and-date with a new standard DVD re-issue.
Tech specs include remastered 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video, with DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround (English and French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono dubs are also included, along with English, French and Spanish subtitle options). In addition, the Blu-ray will include the film's complete isolated score, also available in DTS-MA 5.1 Surround.
Supplements on the BD-50 dual-layer release are extensive, boasting two audio commentaries (with actors Adam West and Burt Ward, and a second track with screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr.), a 2001 "35th Anniversary Piece" featuring interviews with West and Ward, "The Batmobile Revealed" featurette, "The Batmobile Interactive Tour" 360-degree navigational tour, a "Holy Pop-Up Trivia Track, Batman!" subtitle fact track, no less than six still galleries ("From the Vaults of Adam West," "Interactive Pressbook," "Posters," "Production Stills," "Behind the Scenes," "Premiere"), and both the original and re-release theatrical trailers.
Exclusive to the Blu-ray will be a suite of three newly-produced featurettes: "Batman: A Dynamic Legacy," "Caped Crusaders: A Heroes Tribute" and "Gotham City's Most Wanted."
Finally, Fox has unveiled box art for 'Batman,' which receives a slick, logo-based new design:
As previously announced, Fox has set the suggested retail price at $39.98 for the Blu-ray.
You'll find final specs for 'Batman: The Movie' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under July 1.
We've also set up a dedicated thread for Fox's latest in our Forums area -- click the following link to discuss the 'Batman: The Movie' Blu-ray release.
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