‘Superman: The Animated Series’ Flying to Blu-ray Oct. 26

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release “Superman: The Animated Series” on Blu-ray Oct. 26 to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary.

Running for 54 episodes from 1996 to 2000, “Superman: The Animated Series” was produced by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, the creative team behind the groundbreaking “Batman: The Animated Series,” leading to crossovers between the two characters and other DC Comics heroes as a precursor to the “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited” animated series.

Tim Daly led the voice cast as Clark Kent/Superman alongside Dana Delany as Lois Lane, David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen, and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor.

All 54 episodes have been remastered from the original 35mm interpositive sources, giving special attention to extensive color correction, dirt and scratch clean-up, and adding a grain reduction pass to create a pristine picture, all while making sure not to affect the original lines in the artwork of the animation. The audio was retransferred from the original audio masters, and the series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 4:3.

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The six-disc Superman: The Complete Animated Series boxed set will include the new retrospective featurette “Superman: Timeless Icon,” a look at the complicated journey of the show and those who created the new mythology for the Man of Steel.

Also included will be a special video commentary for the episode “Mxyzpixilated,” and audio commentaries for the episodes “Stolen Memories,” “The Last Son of Krypton — Part 1” and “The Main Main — Part 2,” with the show’s producers and episode directors.

Also included will be the featurettes “A Little Piece of Trivia”; “Superman: Learning to Fly,” about the creation of the show; “Building the Mythology: Superman’s Supporting Cast”; “Menaces of Metropolis: Behind the Villains of Superman,” a look at the show’s rogues’ gallery of baddies, including traditional opponents Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Bizarro, Metallo, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Toy-man and Parasite, as well as new villains created for the series such as Live Wire and Luminus; and “The Despot Darkseid: A Villain Worthy of Superman.”

The Blu-ray set will also include a code to access digital copies of the episodes.

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Update (9/23/21): Release date changed from Oct. 12 to Oct. 26.

Animated Movie ‘Batman: Soul of the Dragon’ Arriving on Blu-ray and Digital in January

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Batman: Soul of the Dragon through digital sellthrough Jan. 12, and on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Jan. 26.

The Elseworlds tale is set in the 1970s and finds Bruce Wayne in martial arts training alongside other students under a master sensei must confront a deadly menace. Batman, joins forces with Richard Dragon, Ben Turner and Lady Shiva, and their mentor O-Sensei, to battle the monsters of this world and beyond.

The primary voice cast includes David Giuntoli as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Mark Dacascos as Richard Dragon, Kelly Hu as Lady Shiva, James Hong as O-Sensei, and Michael Jai White as Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger, reprising his live-action role from “Arrow.” The cast also includes Josh Keaton, Grey Griffin, Chris Cox, Erica Luttrell, Robin Atkin Downes, Patrick Seitz, Jamie Chung and Eric Bauza.

The 41st entry in the DC Universe series of animated superhero movies, Batman: Soul of the Dragon is rated ‘R’ for some violence. The film is produced by animation veteran Bruce Timm and is dedicated to longtime DC writer Dennis O’Neil, who co-created the characters Richard Dragon, O-Sensei, Bronze Tiger and Lady Shiva. O’Neil passed away June 11, 2020.

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The Blu-ray combo pack will include the film on a high-definition disc and a digital copy. The 4K combo pack includes the film on 4K with HDR and regular Blu-ray discs, and a digital copy.

Extras include:

  • “Batman: Raw Groove” — a featurette that looks at how martial arts cinema of the 1970s influenced Batman: Soul of the Dragon.
  • “Producer Jim Krieg’s Far Out Highlights” — a supercut of one of Krieg’s funniest in-character appearances.
  • A sneak peek at the next DC Universe movie, Justice Society: World War II, plus featurettes about earlier Elseworlds movies Superman: Red Son and Batman: Gotham By Gaslight.
  • From the DC Vault: “Batman: The Animated Series” episodes “Day of the Samurai” and “Night of the Ninja.”