Month: March 2009

La-La Land Records To Release Complete “Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm” Soundtrack

A representative for La-La Land Records has confirmed for The World’s Finest that the record label will be releasing the complete score to the acclaimed Batman: Mask of the Phantasm animated feature. La-La Land Records will start taking orders for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – Expanded Archival Collection from the official La-La Land Records website beginning March 24th, 2009 at 12pm(PST)/3pm(ET), with the soundtrack set to be released on March 31st, 2009. The release is currently priced at $19.98US. Much like with their previous soundtrack release for Batman: The Animated Series, this Limited Edition release will only be available through La-La Land Record’s official website and other participating websites.

A representative for La-La Land Records confirms the soundtrack will be a limited release of only 3000 copies, similar to their previous Batman: The Animated Series soundtrack release. The Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – Expanded Archival Collection CD soundtrack release will contain Shirley Walker’s complete score to the feature film, completely remastered with more than 27 minutes off additional content. La-Land Records is billing this release as the definitive version of Shirley’s complete orchestral score to the animated feature, and will also include a twenty page CD booklet featuring in-depth liner notes. The audio masters used for this release come directly from the late Shirley Walker’s recording archive. Reprise Records, a Time Warner Company, previously produced a soundtrack release for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm with over 30 minutes of content in 1993.

The track list for the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – Expanded Archival Collection release from La-La Land Records is as follows, as seen below.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – Expanded Archival Collection
1. Main Title: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (Expanded) (5:01)
2. The Promise (Expanded) (1:25)
3. Ski Mask Vigilante (Expanded) (4:28)
4. Fancy Footwork (0:40)*
5. Phantasm’s Graveyard Murder (3:52)
6. Bad News* / Set Trap* / May They Rest In Peace* (1:51)
7. First Love (1:59)
8. City Street Drive* / Sal Velestra* / Good Samaritan* (2:16)
9. Birth of Batman (Expanded) (6:01)
10. The Joker’s Big Entrance* (3:02)
11. The Big Chase (5:40)
12. Nowhere to Run* (2:01)
13. A Plea For Help (1:01)
14. A Tall Man / Arturo and his Pal* /
Makes You Want To Laugh* / What’s So Funny?* (4:04)
15. Andrea Remembers* / True Identity* (3:18)
16. Phantasm and Joker Fight (6:01)
17. Batman’s Destiny (1:46)
18. I Never Even Told You (4:23) – Performed by Tia Carrere
19. Theme from Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (2:06) (Bonus Track)
20. Welcome to the Future!* (1:01) (Bonus Track)
Total Time 62:05
* – Denotes Previously Unreleased Material

La-La Land Records will start taking orders for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – Expanded Archival Collection from their official website beginning March 24th, 2009 at 12pm(PST)/3pm(ET), with the soundtrack set to be released on March 31st, 2009. The release is currently priced at $19.98US. Please note this is a Limited Edition of only 3000 units.

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“The Zeta Project: Season One” DVD Release Now On Sale, New Video Clip Available


Above is the cover art for The Zeta Project: Season One Two-Disc DVD release. Further information on this latest animated release from Warner Home Video can be found by clicking the images above. Click on the link below to discuss the new The Zeta Project: Season One DVD release, hitting shelves today.

The Zeta Project: Season One DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

To promote the home video premiere of The Zeta Project, Warner Home Video has released a video clip from the The Zeta Project: Season One DVD release, which can be viewed by clicking on the image below.


Stay tuned for further updates, including new information on the upcoming The Zeta Project: Season Two DVD release. More information on The Zeta Project can be found at our The Zeta Project subsite here at The World’s Finest.

“Superman/Batman: Public Enemies” Direct-To-Video Animated Feature Title Confirmed

Originally revealed by The World’s Finest last year as in production, Warner Home Video has confirmed the following details and has provided the logo treatment for the upcoming direct-to-video Superman Batman: Public Enemies animated feature. Below is the synopsis for the upcoming feature.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES
United States President Lex Luthor uses the oncoming trajectory of a kryptonite asteroid to frame Superman and declare a $1 billion bounty on the heads of the Man of Steel and his partner in crime Batman. Super heroes and super villains alike launch a relentless pursuit of Superman and Batman, who must unite and recruit super help to stave off the action-packed onslaught, stop the asteroid, and uncover Luthors devious plot to take command of far more than North America.

A representative for Warner Home Video has also passed along the official title treatment for the upcoming direct-to-video animated feature, as seen below.


Further information on this title will likely be revealed after the release of Green Lantern: First Flight, the next direct-to-video animated feature in the DC Universe Animation Original Movie line. Green Lantern: First Flight will debut Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 on DVD and Blu-ray disc, with Superman Batman: Public Enemies to follow after. A release date for Superman Batman: Public Enemies has not yet been revealed. Stay tuned for further details.

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Goodman Discusses New “The Zeta Project: Season One” DVD Release, Menu Screens

A long-awaited release by fans, the first season of the cult classic The Zeta Project animated series will finally hit DVD on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009, and Robert Goodman, series creator of The Zeta Project, caught up with The World’s Finest to participate in a new Q & A on the release.

The World’s Finest: With the DVD being released next week, what can fans expect from The Zeta Project: Season One (originally titled The Zeta Project: The Complete First Season)?

Robert Goodman: Along with the first twelve episodes of the series, this set includes the two appearances of Zeta on Batman Beyond, “Zeta” and “Countdown,” plus a making-of mini-docu with interviews from all the people I listed last time. I was given a sneak-peek at about half of it and it’s really good. It includes plenty of concept art, storyboards, and materials like that, and all-around I’m really pleased with how it came out.

WF: Have you had a chance to look over the The Zeta Project: Season One DVD release ? Final thoughts on the release?

RG: Just this, for people to keep in mind now that they’ll have the whole series in their own collections (legally that is): Warners is releasing these discs according to aired seasons, not intended production seasons. We may have talked about this before, I don’t remember, but “Absolute Zero” was always meant to be the season one finale, not the season two opener, which was supposed to be the “Wired” two-parter. And if you look at what happens in “Absolute Zero,” spoiler alert, Zee getting to talk for the first time with Doctor Selig, Bennet finding out who Zee’s after and then coming to heads with his own boss Colonel Lemak, Lee quitting Bennet’s team — you can see how it was intended to play as a big season ender.

So really “The Complete First Season” isn’t the complete first season, in the minds of those of us who made it, it’s 12/13ths of the complete first season. On the flip-side, “The Complete Second Season” will be that and more.

When Joe Kuhr and I realized the DVD releases weren’t going to be grouped the way we intended, instead of getting upset I just joked, “Ahh, it’ll be something to talk about on World’s Finest someday.” So now I’m just fulfilling my own prophecies.

WF: So, can fans start looking forward to The Zeta Project: Season Two?

RG: Last I heard, the plan was to release season two in a few months, sometime mid-’09. No clue when a date will be announced, though. We’ve already taped the added material for it, and I think it’s gonna be a lot of fun to watch. Unlike the talking-heads-style interviews in season one’s mini-docu, this one will have a panel discussion with Julie Nathanson, Liz Holzman, Joe Kuhr and me. The format was a lot more relaxed, and we got into plenty of behind-the-scenes anecdotes. This is what I was talking about before, when I said “If they use half of what was recorded.” I think people will have a good time with it.

WF: Thanks for your time, Robert!

Click here for our previous interview with Robert Goodman about the upcoming The Zeta Project: Season One DVD release.

The World’s Finest also has your first look at the menu system for the The Zeta Project: Season One DVD release. Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look.



The World’s Finest review of the The Zeta Project: Season One DVD release can also be found here.

The Zeta Project: The Complete First Season will hit shelves on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009. More information on The Zeta Project can be found at our The Zeta Project subsite here at The World’s Finest.

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Classic “Justice League” Animated Series Set To Premiere On Teletoon In April 2009

Teletoon, the Canadian home to the popular animated series Batman: The Brave and The Bold and The Batman, will be adding another DC Comics-inspired animated series to the network line-up.

Justice League, which previously aired on Cartoon Network and the Canadian network YTV, will be part of a new Friday night superhero-themed line-up beginning April 17th, 2009. Justice League will join Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Batman: The Brave and The Bold, The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Wolverine and The X-Men for the Friday-night block. Justice League is currently slated to air every Friday at 8:30pm (ET) beginning on April 17th, 2009. The series is described as follows, as seen below.

The world’s greatest superheroes join forces to fight evil and ensure that justice prevails. Featuring the crime-fighting talent of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Flash. This action-packed series chronicles the adventures of the legendary Justice League, which includes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter. From the Watchtower satellite in orbit above Earth, the Justice League stands ready to battle against super-villains, alien invaders, supernatural creatures and other powerful forces of evil determined to usurp authority over the world and to destroy the League! Justice League is produced and animated by Warner Bros. Animation for Cartoon Network, under the creative supervision of Emmy award-winning producer Bruce Timm.

Justice League originally premiered in November 2001 on Cartoon Network with the three-part “Secret Origins” series opener episode.

Expect other DC Comics-inspired animated series to premiere on Teletoon later this year.

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