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Monday, March 30, 2009

Batman: Murder at Wayne Manor, An Interactive Mystery Book Review

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Written by: Duane Swierczynski
Illustrated by: David Lapham

The Story: When a construction crew at Wayne Manor discovers a long-buried corpse, all the evidence points to Bruce Wayne’s late father, Thomas, as the murderer. Torn between the need to protect his father’s honor and his thirst for dispensing justice, Batman sets out to solve this coldest of cases, using police reports, his father’s private journal, maps of Wayne Manor, news clippings, forensic samples, and photographs from family albums (all included throughout the book as removable facsimiles).

Was Dr. Wayne-whom young Bruce Wayne swore to avenge on that bloody night in Gotham City-actually a killer? It’s up to you to sift through the clues and solve this thrilling whodunit. When you’ve identified the culprit, you can open the final signature of the book (sealed at the printer) to read the remainder of the story. Complete with eye-popping illustrations and first-rate production values, Batman: Murder at Wayne Manor will appeal to mystery buffs of all ages

Our Review: From the moment this bad boy arrived in the mail, I was impressed. This premium format, interactive book is a gem. The story is solid, but the real fun comes in the interactive pieces of evidence that you get along the way while trying to solve this mystery. Everything from documents to a coaster from a fake restaurant…its really above and beyond what I expected.

I sat down with my kids and read through this one and we all enjoyed it. It also makes a great piece in the ol’ Batman collection. I have to highly recommend this one. Its a lot of fun. Its high quality and looks great on the shelf, I can’t say enough about this book.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Bats!

Click HERE to visit the Chronicle Books site and purchase this book today!


Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Pup Named Scooby Doo - The Complete 2nd, 3rd and 4th Seasons DVD Review

A Pup Named Scooby Doo - The Complete 2nd, 3rd and 4th Seasons DVD Review

A Pup Named Scooby Doo - The Complete 2nd, 3rd and 4th Seasons DVD Review.

Available to own on DVD Tuesday, March 17, 2009!

Own it on DVD today, click here to purchase it today!

Synopsis: What could be better than having your own special puppy named Scooby-Doo? How about 3 Entire Seasons full of 17 Great Episodes! This 2-Disc Collection has everything you love about the younger Scooby-Doo and his grade-school pals Velma, Freddy, Daphne and Shaggy...from cursed dog collars to haunted hairpieces and alarming amusement parks. In addtion to roller coasters, you'll take the ride of your life aboard a spooky space shuttle and buddying up a bad boogey biker. Catch monsters aplenty like the dreaded Chickenstein, the clownish Zombo and the Doo Family Were-Doo. Renew your membership to the Scooby-Doo Detective Agency now and you'll also receive some deliciouis extra-program Scooby snacks!

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Review: This is a show that has a special place with me. There was this era of kids shows, such as this and the Flintstone Kids, that were truly fun to watch. Of course everyone is familiar with the Scooby-Doo legacy, spanning over the past many decades, but this show has really gone under the radar...until now!
Considering that this show aired back in 1989, the transfer and the sound are actually pretty good. The show itself had a good chance of not holding up, but it honestly does. Its still so much fun to watch, and now I can share this great gem with my own kids (who loved it, incidentally!) 
Whether you're an animation collector or just a parent that wants to share a part of their own childhood with their kids, this very affordable DVD set is a must have! You can go back and purchase season one for a very reasonable price on right now, as well, so that you can complete your set!
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
This release collects the remaining episodes of the show onto one DVD! The set contains the following 17 episodes:

14 Curse of the Collar 15 The Return of Commander Cool 16 The Spirit of Rock'n Roll 17 Chickenstein Lives! 18 Night of the Living Burger 19 The Computer Walks Among Us 20 Dog Gone Scooby 21 Terror, thy Name is Zombo (aka Roller Ghoster Ride!) 22 Night of the Boogey Biker 23 Dawn of the Spooky Shuttle Scare 24 Wrestle Maniacs 25 Horror of the Haunted Hairpiece 26 The Mayhem of the Moving Mollusk 27 The Ghost of Mrs Shusham 28 Cather on the Sly 29 The Wrath of Wait-Ro 30 The Weredog of Doo Manor

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Zeta Project: The Complete First Season DVD review

The Zeta Project: The Complete First Season DVD review

Available to own on DVD Tuesday, March 17, 2009!

Legions of Gotham has teamed up with Warner Bros. Animation to give away 3 copies of the Zeta Project: The Complete First Season on DVD! Click below to visit our message board and enter today!

Zeta, a robot programmed by the U.S. government to fight the countrys enemies using weaponry and a holographic self-projector, evolves to the point where he acquires both emotion and a conscience. As the value of human life became evident, he flees the government, who believes he has been reprogrammed by a foreign power. On the run, Zeta encounters Rosalie Ro Rowan, a street orphan who is wanted by the law herself. Join Zeta and Ro in The Zeta Project: The Complete First Season as they set out across America to find both Ros parents, and Zeta's creator who can prove the robot is acting of his own free will.

The Zeta project was one of those really cool shows that aired in the late 1990s on Kids WB!. The show was spun-off of episodes on Batman Beyond, and subsequently, Batman Beyond does guest star in one episode this season! For that reason alone this set is a MUST have for any Batman fan. The extras include the Zeta Batman Beyond episodes, so its really quite a nice little set. The show holds up pretty well and definately looks good on a high-def tv.
Overall its 4 out of 5 stars on this one. Very collectible for animation and Batman fans...

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-Ray Review

Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-Ray Review

Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-Ray Review
Available to own on Blu-Ray Tuesday, March 10, 2009!

This year the BAT goes BLU! BATMAN - Batman (Michael Keaton) vs. The Joker (Jack Nicholson) in the amazing first extravaganza! With Kim Basinger. BATMAN RETURNS - The Bat (Michael Keaton), the Cat (Michelle Pfeiffer), the Penguin (Danny DeVito). And Christopher Walken, too! BATMAN FOREVER - Riddle me this: The Dark Knight (Val Kilmer) bat-battles Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and the Riddler (Jim Carrey). With Nicole Kidman, Chris O'Donnell. BATMAN & ROBIN - Will Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) put the world on ice? George Clooney wears the hero's cape. Also with Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone. All four box office hits on Blu-Ray for the very first time!

Review:I won't lie..I haven't watched these films since Batman Begins came out. I just needed some space and time from the 1990s-era movies. Why, you may ask? Simple... I've never liked them. I know..blasphemy!

When the Batman Anthology came out on DVD, I decided that I would pick it up, because its something to have for my collection and I figured eventually I'd want to watch them again. Well, I never did pick it up. And then comes the Blu-Ray set.

I popped these films in and I gave them another try. I sat with my two kids and watched the four films in order. The Burton films are, of course, legendary amongst fans and the public alike. They re-vitalized Bat-Mania and helped to shape amazing things like Batman: The Animated Series. For that, I will always be thankful, but the Batman in these films is not the Batman that I know and love. Its Tim Burton's vision of Batman, which is fine, but thats all it is. The Schumacher films are....well...yeah. But the kids..they LOVED them. ALL of them. I couldn't believe it. I think the new Nolan series has really made these films nostalgia, though. They're so far removed from what we get now, its kinda fun to watch. Its like viewing the old '66 Adam West show..its just a whole other world!

Now..onto the quality...A LOT of older films have not been transfered well to Blu-Ray in both audio and video. These films, however, are the exception. They're so crisp and full of sound that even the toughest of critic can't be disappointed! They are definately worth getting on Blu-Ray.

5 out of 5 Stars!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Dc Universe Wonder Woman Animated Movie Blu-Ray Review

Dc Universe Wonder Woman Animated Movie Blu-Ray Review
Available to own Tuesday, March 3, 2009!Click Here to Buy it today:

Official Summary:Wonder Woman begins on the mystical island of Themyscira, where a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons resides. They have raised Princess Diana, a daughter of stunning beauty, extraordinary strength and incredible fighting prowess. Diana possesses a host of super human powers granted to her by the gods and goddesses of Olympus and her strength and stamina are unparalleled. When Air Force fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazons and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a world war that will destroy them all. It is up to Princess Diana to save her people and the world by using her gifts to become the ultimate Wonder Woman.

Review:The quality of the Blu-Ray disc is outstanding. Its the first full-length animated film that I've viewed in this format..and I must say that I'm VERY pleased. I watched it on my 42" LCD LG tv for those into tech that want to know and it was breathtaking.

The action in this film is what hits you first. It runs right into a major battle between Diana's mother and Ares, the god of war (voiced by the great Alfred Molina!). Its hard-hitting and intense. Let me warn you up-front..this film is NOT for children. Adult fans only.
In the first ten minutes there is a handful of death, decapitation and talk of sex. The sexual themes flow throughout the entire movie, which I think is just fantastic. That is one of the real-world themes that comic book animation tends to lack, even though the books themselves seem to be seeped in it.

There is also a high entertainment value involved in this film. There is a moment when Diana reaches the USA and a drunk bum mumbles at her..its very ‘Back to the Future’. There is also a firm amount, as you might expect, of pro-female themes in the film. Writer Michael Jelenic did a fine job of writing from and for the female perspective. The extras on this disc don't disappoint either! I've listed them below..each one is worth the watch.

-Commentary by the Film's Creative Team
-Exclusive First Look at Dc Universe's Upcoming Green Lantern Animated Movie and More
-Wonder Woman: A Subversive Dream
-Wonder Woman: Daughter of Myth Historical Amazon Lore and Its Evolution into the Modern-Day Wonder Woman Character
-Bruce Timm presents Bonus Cartoons (JL episodes)
I went into this film vaguely familiar with Wonder Woman as a character. I saw the TV show as a kid...I experienced her in Super Friends and later in life in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. I've never before, however, seen a good and true representation of this fine character.
The Dc Universe Wonder Woman animated film has provided the world with this long overdue representation. What Batman Begins and The Dark Knight have done to show a more legitimate version of Batman to the mainstream, this movie can likewise show why Wonder Woman deserves her cult following. You can now add this fan to the list!

I cannot recommend this movie enough. Five out of five Bats!

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