Kapow! Zonk! Batman is coming!
Holy Blu-ray, Batman! The complete Batman TV series is coming to Blu-ray and DVD.
Warner Bros. Entertainment has announced that a special collector’s set of all 120 original episodes of the Batman TV series will be released on home video for the first time on Nov. 11, 2014. Just in time for Christmas!
In addition to the 120 episodes (which I promise not to binge watch) featuring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin, there will also be several hours of never-before-seen content included in the set, along with number of mementos such as a cute little Batmobile. Zowie!
For baby boomers like me, this is a dream come true. I watched Batman religiously when I was a kid, and still tape it these days on MeTV. Such an entertaining show. Bright, colorful, funny, fantastic Adam West, wonderful dialogue and narration.
When I was a kid I took the show seriously enough that I always had tune in to see how the weekly cliffhanger was resolved. Was Batman going to die THIS time? Watching it now, I get so much more of the camp humor, but at the time I was more engrossed in the drama.
Batman had the best villains. The core four were Cesar Romero as the Joker (Whaaa..hahaaa…), Frank Gorshin as the Riddler, (Riddle me this…) Burgess Meredith as the Penguin (Qua…wha wha…), and Julie Newmar (later Eartha Kitt) as Catwoman, purrrrrfect.
Catwoman was my favorite. Julie Newmar was so sensual, I really wanted a romance to bloom between her the Caped Crusader. Alas.
There were also some crazy wild villains. A who’s who of entertainment royalty who weren’t afraid to ham it up. A few favorites:
The Bookworm: Roddy McDowall. For some reason, he was one of my favorite villains. Maybe, because I was a real life bookworm.
The Black Widow: Tallulah Bankhead (She was marvelously disaffected. Batman was her final performance. She died a year later.)
Egghead: Vincent Price
Mr. Freeze: Three guys played him. George Sanders, Otto Preminger (film producer, that’s just crazy casting), and Eli Wallach
The Mad Hatter: David Wayne
Minerva: Zsa Zsa Gabor
Shame: Cliff Robertson
Louie the Lilac: Milton Berle
Zelda the Great: Anne Baxter
Lola Lasagne: Ethel Merman
Ma Parker: Shelley Winters
Very clever video featuring Batman’s King Tut (the great Victor Buono) set to Steve Martin’s famous song. Whoa, the Batusi at 1:05!
The Blu-ray set is retailing for $270, the DVD’s for $200. Keep a Bat eye out for discounts.