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Friday, October 29, 2010

Legends of the Super Heroes DVD Review

Legends of the Super Heroes DVD Review

Starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin

Available for the FIRST TIME EVER ON DVD, exclusively from the 

Synopsis: Heroes and villains of DC Comics square off in the two-part, live-action, made-for-TV (with a laugh track!) smackdowns of Legends of the Super Heroes. The Challenge: Batman and Robin (Adam West and Burt Ward of the live-action Batman TV series) lead The Flash, Green Lantern and more JLA members against The Riddler (Frank Gorshin reprising his TV role), Mordru, Weather Wizard and other Doom-dealers. The Legion’s ultimate gambit: trick the heroes into downing a diabolical depowering drink! The Roast: Poking fun beats swapping punches when celebrity host Ed McMahon emcees a rowdy rave-up. Who knew DC Super Heroes and villains packed as much verbal wit as physical grit when not locked in mortal combat? These Legends will leave you laughing.

Review: I was well aware of the old CBS special two-part Legends of the Super Heroes.  Its legendary in fan circles as one of the worst, most campy superhero features of all-time!   I had never actually sat down to watch it though, until it came out on DVD now from the Warner Archive.  I sat with the family and watched in horror as my favorite super heroes were prancing around the screen like lunatics.  This special is not funny...its hilarious!  You have to understand, of course, that it was meant as a parody to begin with.  There is some great jokes and moments that made us laugh out well as groan.  Half of the costumes are good.  You get Adam West, Burt Ward and Frank Gorshin re-visiting their roles from the 1966 Batman tv show.  Honestly, this special makes that show look like a serious drama!

Overall, this is a great piece of superhero history and definately something any collector should own.  I never thought we'd get an official DVD release of this one, but I'm sure glad that we got to see it in all of it's ....I should say glory, but shame is probably a better term! lol.

Interest Range: Vintage TV, Batman, Dc Comics