At Last! 60s Batman TV show coming to homem video!

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  1. BoredShipCapt'n

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    Finally, the REAL Batman! :luvlove: :cool: :techman:

    I hope it's uncut. The syndicated reruns since at least the late Eighties have been edited down for extra commercials.
     
  2. Christopher

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    Not to mention that in the current syndication package, at least the one I saw on The Hub or whatever channel that was a year or two ago, they've entirely left out three 2-parters, all the ones involving stereotyped American Indian characters (including the first Egghead story and the second Shame story -- I don't recall offhand what the other one was). Now, I can understand being uncomfortable with racially insensitive humor, but there were problematical stereotypes of other ethnic groups over the course of the series and those episodes weren't skipped. And since just about every character was a broad caricature of one sort or another, I wouldn't say it was that bad in context.
     
  3. RandyS

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    Why can't you ever let anybody have an opinion?? It was a comedic spoof, okay?

    Okay.

    Discussion over.
     
  4. gblews

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    Not from what I recall. I never read Batman in the comics back then and felt embarrassed by the character at the end of the story. Some of the comics stories were sometimes written for laughs, but not all of the stories all the time, the way the TV show was.

    To me the difference was that even though some of the stories in the 50's and 60's were sometimes a bit absurd, the characters weren't made fun of or ridiculed or made to look like buffoons all of the time the way Batman was portrayed in the TV show.

    What I was hoping for from "Batman" was that at the least it would be as respectful of it's main character and it's core audience as Superman (George Reeves version) had been. That isn't what happened.
     
  5. N-121973

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    About time too, I thought it would never come out. I think I know what I'm going to ask for as my main Christmas present this year ;-). I just hope that the episodes are uncut and that the box set bristles with extras. Also to those who've been expounding how the show was inspired by/mirrored the style and content of the comics, I'd like to second that. I recently bought the trade paperback Batman The TV Stories which collects over a dozen comics stories between 1948 and 1967 that either served as inspiration for the show or were even adapted in whole or part by the producers of the show.
     
  6. Christopher

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    That TPB sounds interesting. I have read one story that got adapted into an episode, "The Joker's Utility Belt." Although the episode added a lot more material at the beginning to flesh it out to an hour, the bulk of the story was adapted quite faithfully.
     
  7. N-121973

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    Yeah, when I first saw it in my local Forbidden Planet I thought it was to do with the Batman '66 monthly comic, but further examination revealed that it was like the Lois and Clark tpb from 20 years ago. As for the stories, some are definitely straight adaptions to the show. Others introduce characters eg Riddler, Mr Freeze and Batgirl.

    http://www.amazon.com/Batman-TV-Sto...UTF8&qid=1390298118&sr=1-1&keywords=batman+tv