Blu-ray Review: Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

If you're expecting a faithful adaptation of the comic Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, brace yourselves. You're going to be either disappointed or pleasantly surprised by what DC has delivered to us in their latest animated feature. While the elements of the Elseworlds tale are all intact, the story has changed drastically.

Gotham City, at the turn of the century, is experiencing a golden era of discovery and industry as showcased by affluent businessman Bruce Wayne's World Fair. Down in the darkest alleys, there is a killer on the loose. Preying on the city's women, this killer is as precise as he is cruel. As Police Commissioner James Gordon tries to calm the fears of Gotham's citizens over the butcher named Jack the Ripper, the masked vigilante Batman does some detective work of his own, with the help of the sultry and surefooted Selina Kyle. Witness a world in flames as the killer's controlled savagery meets the calculated stealth of the Dark Knight in Batman: Gotham by Gaslight!

I enjoyed the new take, as I had read Barman: Gotham by Gaslight many years ago . The watching experience might have been a bit tedious if I knew the exact direction the movie would take. That being said, I was pleased how everything panned out in the end.

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight puts together two of my favorite literary factual and fictional "characters." I've always been interested in the true stories of Jack the Ripper and the exciting adventures of the Dark Knight detective. Seeing the two blended together onscreen is an experience I thought I could only dream of.

The Blu-ray version of Batman: Gotham by Gaslight includes the featurette Caped Fear: The First Elseworld, Audio Commentary, a sneak peek at the next DC Universe Movie - Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay, and 2 bonus cartoons from the DC Vault.

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is directed by Sam Liu. It stars the voice talents of Tara Strong, Jennifer Carpenter, Bruce Timm, John DiMaggio, Anthony Head, Scott Patterson, Bruce Greenwood, and William Salyers. The movie is rated R for some violence.

Rating: Three and a Half Bat-Signals