Inspired by the 1990s comic by Jebh Loeb and the late Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween was first released last year by DC and Warner Bros. as a two-part release. This week this animated film was released again as a signal film with some newly added content and is also now in 4K UHD. Starring Jensen Ackles, the late Naya Rivera, Josh Duhamel, Billy Burke, and Katee Sackhoff; Batman: The Long Halloween Deluxe Edition is available now at most retailers and Digital. I would like to thank DC and Warner Bros. for providing me with a copy of this film to review.
Batman: The Long Halloween Deluxe Edition
From start to finish this animated film has you on the edge of your seat. When the film starts you see right away how it got its R rating. But that is why it is so good DC and Warner Bros held nothing back, as the darkness of this film is what keeps you intrigued. Right away you learn someone (The Holiday Killer) is killing criminals of Gotham but it isn’t the crime boss you would expect. What really makes these killings interesting is that they only take place on holidays.
Not only are these killings putting a strain on Batman, Commissioner Gordon, and District Attorney Harvey Dent, but it is also bringing tension to the Gotham crime world. Throughout the film, the body count keeps rising and Batman and everyone else doesn’t know who to trust anymore. While most leads take Batman and Gordon to deadends it is one that makes them focus on one suspect you would not expect. Also, with appearances from some of Gotham’s most wanted like the Joker, Scarecrow, Mad hatter, and more, you get more tricks before the treat of the reveal of The Holiday Killer.
Now, this animated film was already good as a two-part series, the new deluxe edition makes it even better a single 168-minute feature. By combining the two parts the story runs seamlessly and really does this comic adaptation justice. Now as for the added “mature content” I’ll let you be the judge of that, but if you have seen parts one and two you will notice some bloody differences.
Now the one area you might be a little disappointed in is the special features. Other than the Batman: The Long Halloween – Evolution of Evil the rest of the features have been previously released. But if you have not seen then they are worth the watch.
My Final Thoughts
When Batman: The Long Halloween first came out I really wasn’t into the DC world too much. Well after watching both parts I was hooked. I was good then and even better now thanks to the Deluxe version especially with it being in 4K. This has been one of the best animated movies I have seen in a long time. From the darkness and humor to the action and mystery this film has it all.
Also, the cast knocked it out of the Gotham Stadium. Starring Jensen Ackles (Batman) Josh Duhamel (Harvey Dent), Billy Burke (James Gordon), and the late Naya Rivera (Catwoman), these actors along with many others made you feel what each character was going through emotionally, no matter if it was good or bad. Just do yourself a favor and go watch Batman: The Long Halloween Deluxe Edition!
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