Blu-ray Review: "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders"

Although I do love the grim and menace of the modern Dark Knight, it's a lot of fun to re-visit the campy world I grew up watching with "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders". The animated film picks up right where the 1960's series ended. It both pokes fun at and pays homage to a bygone era through a gratifying layer of color, wit, humor, and whiz-bang comic book action.

Aside from the obvious Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar, the voicing of the characters isn't quite as solid as I think they could have been. However, a few sound similar to their live-action dearly-departed counterparts. Their animated depictions match the actors who played them rather well, except for Alfred for some reason.

In "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders" It’s back to the 1960s when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of the Dynamic Duo's most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler, and Catwoman. This time, the four super-villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that Batman and Robin will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City.

"Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders" is rated PG for action, suggestive material, and rude humor. There are definitely a few inappropriate moments that will no doubt fly over the heads of younger viewers, but their parents will get them.

The Blu-ray edition of "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders" includes:

"Those Dastardly Desperados" featurette - Joker, Catwoman, Penguin and Riddler are impossible not to watch! Those Dastardly Desperados explores how these fiends became more than just antagonists in a Batman story; they became icons in American pop culture.

"A Classic Cadre of Voices" featurette - A new talented cast of actors join Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar in Batman: Return of The Caped Crusaders. Go behind the scenes and witness the vocal techniques and timing needed to deliver a classic Bat-Comedy!

"Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders" is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.