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New “Young Justice: Dangerous Secrets” Two-Disc DVD Release Now Available

Fourteen more episodes of the acclaimed Young Justice animated series, currently airing Saturdays at 10:30am (ET/PT) as part of the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network, are now available on home video in a new two-disc DVD release. Young Justice: Dangerous Secrets collects fourteen episodes spread over two discs, bringing the remainder of the first season to home video for the first time. This release breaks the trend of single-disc Young Justice volume releases. The new release is now available on shelves for the suggested retail price of $19.97, and can be found in most retail and online vendors. Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look at the package artwork, with the official product description following.

Synopsis:
Back for another round, Robin, Superboy, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Miss Martian and Artemis join forces to take down some of the universe’s most dangerous foes. From India to Cadmus Labs, these super-powered sidekicks must think fast and use teamwork in their never-ending fight against The Light. Join the team as they battle the likes of the ruthless assassin Cheshire, the Lord of Chaos Klarion, the brutally powerful Sportsmaster and the deceptive Parasite. In battles that test their loyalties and reveal hidden secrets, Young Justice must user their incredible crime-fighting powers to come together and defeat their toughest enemies yet!

This two-disc release includes the episodes “Alpha Male,” “Revelation,” “Humanity,” “Failsafe,” “Disordered,” “Secrets,” “Misplaced,” “Coldhearted,” “Image,” “Agendas,” “Insecurity,” “Performance,” “Usual Suspects,” and “Auld Acquaintance.”

Young Justice: Dangerous Secrets is now available to own at most online and retail outlets for the suggested retail price of $19.97.

In additional news, the new Green Lantern: The Animated Series soundtrack CD release will also be available to own starting today. The new release from La-La Land Records will be available for sale beginning today – Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 – through the official label website and special online destinations starting at 1pm (PT). Additional details on this new release can be found here.

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Closer Look At “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” CD Soundtrack Release

La-La Land Records has provided The World’s Finest with a closer look at the package and disc artwork for the upcoming Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Original Score from the DC Comics Animated Television Series soundtrack CD title, available through the label’s official website and online specialty sites beginning at 1pm (PT) tomorrow – Tuesday, July 31st, 2012. The soundtrack title will then be available wide through outlets such as Amazon.com beginning Tuesday, August 21st, 2012. The Green Lantern: The Animated Series soundtrack covers the first thirteen episodes of the acclaimed CGI Cartoon Network series. Click on the thumbnail images below for a closer look at the packaging for this title, the below images exclusive to The World’s Finest. Product description is also available below.

GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (LLLCD 1222)
Music by Frederik Widemann
STARTS SHIPPING JULY 31
RETAIL PRICE $15.98

Order Green Lantern: The Animated Series starting July 31 at 1pm PST at www.lalalandrecords.com and get your CD autographed by composer Frederik Wiedmann. Autographs are while supplies last and are NOT guaranteed.

La-La Land Records and WB Animation presents the original soundtrack to the hit DC Animated Television Series, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, currently airing on Cartoon Network. Composer Frederick Wiedmann fashions an action-packed score that propels the Green Lantern to new heights and perfectly enhances all the acclaimed show’s superheroic thrills! Packed with more than 70 minutes of original music from some of the show’s greatest first season moments, this is a must have for animation fans everywhere! Produced by Frederik Widemann and MV Gerhard and mastered by James Nelson, this thrilling compilation CD includes liner notes featuring comments from the composer and the show’s producer, Giancarlo Volpe.

The above content, along with complete track listing details, are available right here at The World’s Finest.

The Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Original Score from the DC Comics Animated Television Series soundtrack CD release retails for $15.98 US, and will be available to order through the official La-La Land Records website and other online specialty vendors starting tomorrow, July 31st, 2012 at 1:00pm (PT). A representative for La-La Land Records recently confirmed plans to release further soundtrack releases for assorted animated series and features based on DC Comics properties, which includes the possibility of further Green Lantern: The Animated Series soundtrack titles. Further details are expected to be announced by the label later this year.

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Package Artwork For Second “Batman: The Animated Series” CD Soundtrack Release

The World’s Finest has a look at the package artwork and discs for the recent Batman: The Animated Series – Original Soundtrack From The Warner Bros. Television Series, Volume Two soundtrack CD title, released by La-La Land Records. The four-disc collection was made available wide last week, and can currently be ordered through the official La-La Land Records website and online specialty vendors. With a limited run of 3500 copies, the latest Batman: The Animated Series soundtrack CD title is expected to sell out. Click on the thumbnail images below for a closer look at the packaging for this title, the below images exclusive to The World’s Finest.

The above content, along with complete track listing details, are available right here at The World’s Finest.

The four-disc Batman: The Animated Series – Original Soundtrack From The Warner Bros. Television Series, Volume Two CD soundtrack release retails for $59.98 US, and is currently available to order through the official La-La Land Records website and other online specialty vendors. A representative for La-La Land Records recently confirmed plans to release further soundtrack releases for Batman: The Animated Series and other animated series and features based on DC Comics properties. Further details are expected to be announced by the label later this year.

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Animated Batman Shows Part Of The Hub “Summer Nights” Special Programming

Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond will be part of The Hub Network’s special programming “Summer Nights” event, which starts Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 8:00pm (ET/PT). “Summer Nights” highlights the top-rated shows currently airing on the network. The two-week event will feature a two-hour block of select back-to-back episodes from an assortment of top shows currently airing on The Hub. The initiative kicks off with a two-hour block of back-to-back Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond episodes. Continue below for a description of the programming event and episode details for Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond.

Monday, July 30th, 2012
8:00pm (ET/PT) – Batman: The Animated Series “Robin’s Reckoning, Part One”
When Batman and Robin bust up an extortion, Batman learns the name of the gang leader. To Robin’s surprise, he refuses to let Robin continue the investigating with him, preferring to work alone instead. When Robin discovers the truth, he finds that the case is connected with Tony Zucco, a gangster who was responsible for the death of Robin’s parents.

Monday, July 30th, 2012
8:30pm (ET/PT) Batman: The Animated Series “Robin’s Reckoning, Part Two”
Robin heads off in hot pursuit of Tony Zucco, despite Batman’s forbidding him to do it. Some tricky detective work takes him to the crook’s hideout at the old amusement pier where Zucco has accidentally trapped Batman.

Monday, July 30th, 2012
9:00pm (ET/PT) Batman Beyond “Hidden Agenda”
Fellow high school student Max Gibson finds out that Terry is Batman when he saves her from the threat of a vengeful Jokerz member.

Monday, July 30th, 2012
9:30pm (ET/PT) Batman Beyond “Once Burned …”
Terry’s emotion resolve is put to the test when Ten from the Royal Flush Gang, reverts back to a life of crime. The situation is further complicated when she has to steal to save her family from kidnappers.

Starting Monday, July 30, 8 pm ET – “Summer Nights”
“Summer Nights” have arrived on The Hub! For two weeks only, the hottest Hub shows that both kids and their parents love to watch will be presented in a two-hour block on weeknights starting Monday, July 30 at 8pm ET / 5 pm PT leading off with Batman: The Animated Series.

For more information about The Hub and to find the channel in your area, visit www.hubworld.com and check the channel locator at the top of the page.

The Hub, a television destination for kids and their families, is a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc. You can visit The Hub on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/hubtvnetwork. For artwork, visit www.press.discovery.com

The two-hour block of episodes airs following a 90-minute block of Batman Beyond and Batman: The Animated Series episodes, with the Batman Beyond episode “Heroes” airing at 6:30pm (ET/PT), followed by the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Dreams in Darkness” at 7:00pm (ET/PT) and the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Beware the Gray Ghost” at 7:30pm (ET/PT).

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“Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo” Feature Returning To Cartoon Network For August 2012

The 2006 direct-to-video Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature is slated to air next month on Cartoon Network. The animated feature returns for a special presentation on Saturday, August 4th, 2012 at 11:00am (ET/PT), following the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network. Official details on the Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature are available below.


Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
Cartoon Network, Saturday, August 4th, 2012 at 11:00am (ET/PT)

When a high-tech ninja attacks Titans Tower, Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy spring into action. Robin finds out that the ninja was sent by a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun, and the Teen Titans travel to Tokyo to track the villain down.

Further details on the direct-to-video Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature can be found at the Teen Titans subsite here at The World’s Finest. The direct-to-video animated featured originally premiered on Cartoon Network in 2006 before arriving on DVD in 2007.

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“Superman Versus The Elite” Nears 200,000 Total Units Moved In Home Video Sales


According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the recent Superman Versus The Elite direct-to-video animated feature is nearing 200,000 units moved on home video in combined DVD and Blu-ray sales. The latest DC Comics Premiere Movie title moved an estimated 131,500 units in its first week – the weekend ending June 17th, 2012, with 42,500 of those sales coming from DVD and 89,000 from the Blu-ray format. Sales dropped down to an estimated 46,000 combined copies in week two – the week ending June 24th, 2012. Since then, an additional 21,000 estimated copies of the feature in both formats have moved in the past month. An estimated 198,500 copies of Superman Versus The Elite have moved from shelves since its initial June 12th, 2012 release date.

Blu-ray sales have accounted for an estimated 68% of total Superman Versus The Elite home video sales since its first week, with the high-definition format easily the dominant media. Keep in mind the sales numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers. Additionally, please note that the Superman Versus The Elite Two-Disc Special Edition release was recently exclusive to all Wal-Mart chains until going wide as of today, July 24th, 2012.

It was recently announced that a new as-of-yet-untitled Superman-focused installment of the DC Comics Premiere Movie line is set to hit shelves at an undisclosed date in 2013.

Above is the cover art for all three separate home video releases for the direct-to-video Superman Versus The Elite animated feature. Click here to read the The World’s Finest review of the Superman Versus The Elite home video release and continue to the Superman Versus The Elite micro-site for more media and content from the animated feature. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Superman Versus The Elite animated feature and its respective DVD and Blu-ray home video releases.

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A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Superman Versus The Elite animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray disc and DVD from Warner Home Video, as well as legal download.

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Tracklist For Upcoming “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Soundtrack CD Release

Already made available early to patrons of the recent San Diego Comic-Con 2012 event, La-La Land Records will be releasing Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Original Score from the DC Comics Animated Television Series CD soundtrack title on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012. The soundtrack will be exclusively available through the label’s official website and a host of specialty online retailers before being made available through Amazon in August 2012. The first soundtrack collection for the current, critically-acclaimed CGI-animated series, La-La Land Records announced this special Green Lantern: The Animated Series release earlier this month. Continue below for a first look at the complete track listing details, published here first at The World’s Finest, for Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Original Score from the DC Comics Animated Television Series.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Original Score from the DC Comics Animated Television Series

Track Listing:
1. Green Lantern Main Theme 0:36
2. On a Planet Far Away 1:03
3. Battle of Betrassus 3:44
4. Royal Devotion 1:52
5. Atrocitus 2:29
6. The Red Knight 2:41
7. Hal vs Atrocitus 2:37
8. Aya’s Birth 1:06
9. Saint Walker 1:07
10. Into the Abyss 1:22
11. Resolution 1:51
12. Razer Saves Kilowog 3:35
13. Love Remembered 1:00
14. Bumpy’s Lazy Eye 1:15
15. Rescue Mission 2:32
16. Saint Walker’s Destiny 0:37
17. Red Empire 1:45
18. I am Mogo 2:29
19. A New World 2:01
20. The Inconvenient Truth 1:45
21. Hal’s Lantern 3:52
22. Carol Sparks 1:40
23. Maelstrom Collapse 1:50
24. Aya’s Mission 2:31
25. Blue Power 2:26
26. Dead Man Walking 2:11
27. The Invasion Begins 1:51
28. Byth Rok 2:02
29. Star Sapphires 2:26
30. A Lost Love 1:01
31. Failure to Death 1:19
32. Kilowog Supercharged 2:13
33. Red Supremacy 1:28
34. The Blue Lantern 1:03
35. The Destiny of Atrocitus 2:47
36. Victory 2:00

Total Album Time: 71:20

The above content is also available at the The World’s Finest Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Original Score from the DC Comics Animated Television Series will be available exclusively through the La-La Land Records websites and specialty outlets beginning July 31st, 2012 before being available for sale on Amazon.com starting August 21st, 2012. Retails for the title varies between $14.97 – $19.97. Further details on the release, including package artwork and much more, will be available shortly.

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Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion, Kristopher Carter Featured At “PlayFest” Event Starting This Weekend

Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion & Kristopher Carter – also known as Dynamic Music Partners – travel to Spain this coming Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 to be featured guests at PlayFest – the festival for music for animation and video games. The BSOSpirit Association is organizing the first edition of PlayFest, which will be held in Úbeda from the July 23rd to July 29th, 2012. Ritmanis, McCuistion, and Carter have a full schedule of events scheduled for the festival – including a master class for composers on Tuesday, July 24th, presenting a panel for film music fans on Friday, July 27th, and participating in a panel honoring the late Shirley Walker on Saturday, July 28th. This all culminated with a special concert where fans will hear music from their favorite shows, including special musical suites performed by an 80-piece orchestra and choir. The performance will include pieces from Justice League, Batman Beyond, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, and Justice League Unlimited. Dynamic Music Partners will be posting live updates from the festival on their official website.

Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion, and Kristopher Carter all took a few moments to share their thoughts on their upcoming appearance on PlayFest, and why this event is not to be missed.

“What a terrific opportunity to connect with the people who are interested in our music!,” says McCuiston. “I’m particularly excited to hear the live orchestral suites, since much of this music has never been performed with live musicians before – It’s going to be awesome!”

“I love to travel and experience different cultures,” adds Ritmanis. “The fact that we will have an opportunity to break bread with fans of our music half way across the world is quite wonderful!”

“The night of the concert we will be paying a musical visit to the scores from some of our favorite projects like dear friends we’ve known for many years – such as Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and Justice League – to more recent companions – such as Ben 10 and Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” Carter says. ” I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share our work in this way and celebrate music for animation and video games with fans of both genres!”

PlayFest, the festival for music for animation and video games, will be held in Úbeda from the July 23rd to July 29th, 2012. Click here for the more details on the PlayFest event.

Additionally, Green Lantern: The Animated Series composer Freddie Wiedmann and series producer Giancarlo Volpe have announced they too will be attending the PlayFest event. A late addition to the line-up, a 15-minute set from Green Lantern the Animated Series will be performed by a 120-piece orchestra on July 28th, 2012.

A recent interview with Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion, and Kristopher Carter is available to read through the The World’s Finest website. Additionally, music from Dynamic Music Partners can also be found on Batman: The Animated Series – Original Soundtrack From The Warner Bros. Television Series, Volume Two, released earlier this week from La-La Land Records. Click here for the details.

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New “Batman: The Animated Series” Soundtrack Now Available, Marathon Episode Details

The highly-anticipated Batman: The Animated Series – Original Soundtrack From The Warner Bros. Television Series, Volume Two soundtrack CD title, released by La-La Land Records, is now available for purchase. Beginning today at 1pm (PT), consumers will be able to order copies of the soundtrack through the official La-La Land Records website. The title is also available through a host of specialty online retailers as well. The following press details are provided by La-La Land Records.

BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: VOL. 2: LIMITED EDITION (4-CD SET)
Music by Various Composers
Limited Edition of 3500 Units
Available for order at www.lalalandrecords.com

STARTS SHIPPING JULY 19
RETAIL PRICE $59.98

Order BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: VOL. 2: LIMITED EDITION (4-CD SET) starting July 19 at 1pm PST at www.lalalandrecords.com and get your CD autographed by composers Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion and Carlos Rodriguez. Autographs are while supplies last and are not guaranteed.

Literally years in the making, La-La Land Records and Warner Bros. proves the wait was worth it with this amazing 4-CD set of previously unreleased music from arguably the greatest animated television series of all time, Batman: The Animated Series! Produced by MV Gerhard and mastered by James Nelson, this 2nd Volume 4-CD set takes you through a treasure trove of astounding orchestral scores; music that rivals any blockbuster feature film. Composers Shirley Walker, Harvey R. Cohen, Carlos Rodriguez, Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion, Carl Swander Johnson and others are musically represented here, as well as Danny Elfman’s iconic theme. The 36 page CD booklet features exclusive, in-depth liner notes from writer John Takis. Limited Edition of 3500 Units.

Complete track listing details are available right here at The World’s Finest.

Additionally, La-La Land Records is printing a special Batman: The Animated Series – Original Soundtrack From The Warner Bros. Television Series, Volume One – Second Edition reissue release, putting the first volume soundtrack back into circulation. The first Batman: The Animated Series soundtrack sold out upon its original reelase in 2008, but is being re-offered again through La-La Land Records. This “second edition” re-issue is virtually identical to the 2008 version, except the bonus tracks “Gotham City Overture” and “Music of the Bat” have been removed to preserve the integrity of the initial release. The two-disc set, priced at $24.97, will also be available beginning at 1pm (PT) through the official La-La Land Records websites and online specialty retailers.

The Batman: The Animated Series – Original Soundtrack From The Warner Bros. Television Series, Volume Two soundtrack four-disc CD release is now available for purchase from La-La Land Records. Consumers will be able to order copies of the soundtrack beginning at 1pm today (PT) through the official La-La Land Records website, as well as through with a host of specialty online retailers as well. Stay tuned for further updates on this title right here at The World’s Finest.

In continuing Batman: The Animated Series news, The Hub Network is airing a special Batman: The Animated Series marathon starting at 4pm (ET/PT) on July 20th, 2012. The five-hour marathon will air episodes from the original Batman: The Animated Series-era and from the revamped Batman: The New Adventures era. Episodes focusing on Ra’s Alu Ghul, Catwoman, Scarecrow, and Bane will be featured during the marathon. The marathon is a promotional tie-in to the theatrical feature The Dark Knight Rises, hitting shelves July 20th, 2012. Complete episode specific details for the marathon can be found below, as well as a special promo made specifically for the event.

Batman: The Animated Series
“Rises” Marathon – Airing Friday, July 20th, 2012 from 4pm (ET/PT) to 9pm (ET/PT)

4:00pm (ET/PT) – “Nothing to Fear”
4:30pm (ET/PT) – “Be A Clown”
5:00pm (ET/PT) – “Two-Face, Part One”
5:30pm (ET/PT) – “Two-Face, Part Two”
6:00pm (ET/PT) – “The Demon’s Quest, Part One”
6:30pm (ET/PT) – “The Demon’s Quest, Part Two”
7:00pm (ET/PT) – “Cat Scratch Fever”
7:30pm (ET/PT) – “Bane”
8:00pm (ET/PT) – “Cult of the Cat”
8:30pm (ET/PT) – “Legends of the Dark Knight”

Following that, a two-hour block of Batman: The Animated Series episodes will air from 11:00pm (ET/PT) to 1:00am (ET/PT). The two-hour block will re-air the last four episdoes of the special “Batman: The Animated Series Rises” marathon.

The Hub, a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., features original programming as well as content from Discovery’s library of children’s educational programming; from Hasbro’s portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub lineup includes animated and live-action series, specials and game shows, with the network extending its content through a robust and engaging online presence. The Hub launched on Sunday, October 10th, 2010, reaching approximately 60 million U.S. households.

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DC Comics Releases Latest Issue Of “Young Justice” Series, Available In Print And Digitally

Young Justice #18, the latest issue of the new DC Comics title based on the current Cartoon Network animated series of the same name, arrives in comic book and hobby stores today. This issue features scripting duties by Greg Weisman with Christopher Jones providing the art. Young Justice #18 features The Team stumbling upon the mysterious Gorilla City as a new two-part story kicks-off. Official details and preview pages are available below.

YOUNG JUSTICE #18


Written by: Greg Weisman
Art by: Christopher Jones
Cover by: Christopher Jones

• The team travels to Gorilla City!
• Someone is enhancing apes to create an army of warrior slaves!
• Don’t miss the origin of Gorilla City!

The cover price is $2.99US. Young Justice #18 is also available same day digitally through DC Comics and Comixology.

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