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A Message From The World’s Finest

First off, apologies for the rather bland subject line up there. It comes off more ominous than it should. Sorry about that! Anyways…

With 2014 now done and over with, the last news story from The World’s Finest has officially been posted up. As I mentioned on this site a year ago, it’s time to ease back on the overall workload of this site, and that starts with wrapping up the daily news post for the foreseeable future. Thousands and thousands of news posts, including three straight years of news posts at least five days a week, without a single weekday missed. And, with 2015 now here, that ends as The World’s Finest will return to its roots as an unbeatable resource for fans. An archive of content, a collection of materials covering a host of different shows and movies, a wealth of information – call it what you will, but The World’s Finest will be embracing that once again.

What does that all encompass? Well, don’t get alarmed … it’s all good! As the site shifts into a content destination, certain aspects of the site will stop while an emphasis will be placed on others. Daily news posts will cease, as I said, and no new subsites will be added to the site as of this time. Does that mean the end of updates and new material? No – there will always be new content added here, but the site will now just be easier for me to manage.

Site updates will continue going forward, reviews will still be posted, more content will be added (images, behind-the-scenes material, etc.), along with the odd interview. However, now, the site updates will now fall more onto the resource side of things. As I said, there will be no new additional subsites added to The World’s Finest going forward, with the possible exception of smaller pages dedicated to installments of the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. Assorted DVD, Blu-ray, and other media releases will also still be covered. A new Batman: The Brave and The Bold Blu-ray? We’ll cover and review it – 100%. New soundtrack release? We’re on it – count on it. The only thing really changing is the end of daily news posts (which, honestly, it didn’t seem like a lot of people noticed anyway, given how so many stories broken here went unnoticed or stolen over the years).

A lot of factors played a role in this decision. For one, this site is too unwieldy for one person to handle. I cover about 95% of the work on the site, the forums and social media outlets. This includes emails, press work, reviews, finding reviewers and content, all of that. I spend many hours a day working on this site, volunteering countless hours. Juggling that with a regular job, a family, etc., and, well, something has to give. I have more responsibilities than ever before and there are just not enough hours in the day. But I can’t just abandon the site – no way. Given how long I’ve been working on this site, from its first iteration back in 1997, and how attached I am to it, I opted not to pass the torch. I did ask for help, more than a few times, but no one came to bat. So, I opted to scale the site responsibilities down to its skeleton in order to keep it going. I am expecting to reduce my presence and update rate overtime, though. The forum duties will be passed over to someone else entirely, for example. Still, with this, I’m able to balance my workload easier, have a bit of a better life, and explore other options.

This site is not going away. It’s not going anywhere. It’s going to stay right here. There’s no way I could let it go, anyways. All the content that you see here is not budging an inch. The only thing really changing is the removal of daily news updates and an easing back on the frequency of updates. This site will always be here for you to access and explore. In fact, to this day, there are some nifty secrets still not uncovered here on the site, which tells me there’s plenty for all of you still to explore.

For those worried, this isn’t the end. All you need to do is keep an eye on the “Site Updates” section to see that. Over the next few days, you’ll see the main page here change a little. The news will be replaced with links to the major site sections here, and the daily news shuffled off into an archive (where it will be readily accessible to look through). All portions of this site, I think, will be more easily accessible for those wanting to look around and just see what we have to offer. This site is the biggest DC Comics-animation (and Batman animation) site out there to this day, and I doubt that’ll change, even with the evolving trends of internet culture. But hey, no matter how much all of that changes, The World’s Finest will always be right here.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to drop a line. The social media portals for The World’s Finest will remain up until I decide what to do with them. I can be easily reached there, or through the contact links scattered throughout the site here. If all that fails, just catch me on the forums.

I’d like to express a quick “thanks” to all the folks who have helped me over the years. Zach, Ian, James, Barry, Eileen, Brian, Michael and a wealth of other people I can’t thank enough. This seems like a nice moment to tip my hat to them as I follow the site through a few minor changes and lifts. For your daily news fix, which plenty of you are clearly already getting elsewhere, I suggest you keep it tuned to Toonzone and DCAU Resource. The forums right here are also a good spot for any developments or concerns, as well. I may post the odd piece up from time to time there.

And that’s all from me for now, folks. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask. Don’t hesitate. That’s what I’m here for. Thanks!

-James

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Recent “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” Soundtrack Release Sells Over 2300 Copies


A representative for La-La Land Records, the label responsible for releasing the new Batman: Mask of the Phantasm expanded soundtrack, has confirmed for The World’s Finest that the soundtrack release has sold over 2300 copies to date with demand for the title still going strong. The representative for La-La Land Records says that the high sales will help as the label hopes to convince Warner Bros. to allow La-La Land Records to release more Batman: The Animated Series and DC Animation-related soundtracks. The representative says that nothing has been finalized yet, but an official announcement concerning possible future DC Animation-themed releases is expected.

The new Batman: Mask of the Phantasm expanded score soundtrack release was officially shipped out on Tuesday, March 31st, 2009, becoming out-of-the-door hit for La-La Land Records and a successful follow-up to the label’s release of the first official Batman: The Animated Series soundtrack in December 2008. The soundtrack had a limited edition print run of 3000 copies, leaving less than 700 available to purchase.

Details on the soundtrack can be found here.

Updates concerning soundtrack releases for both the current Wonder Woman direct-to-video animated feature and the upcoming Green Lantern: First Flight direct-to-video animated feature are expected soon. Stay tuned for further updates.

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“Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm” Animated Feature Slated To Air May 2009 On Teletoon

The Batman: Mask of the Phantasm animated feature is slated to air Sunday, May 31st, 2009 at 11:00am (ET) as part of the Action Force programming block on Teletoon. Below is the official synopsis for the feature.


Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Teletoon, Sunday, May 31st, 2009, at 11:00am (ET)

When Gotham City’s most-feared gangsters are systematically eliminated, the worst is feared: that Batman is to blame. But prowling the Gotham night is a shadowy new villain, the Phantasm, a sinister figure with a troublesome link to Batman’s past.

Further details on the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm theatrical animated feature can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – 15th Anniversary subsite.

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New “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” Soundtrack Release Sells Over 2000 Copies

A representative for La-La Land Records, the label responsible for releasing the new Batman: Mask of the Phantasm expanded soundtrack, has confirmed for The World’s Finest that the soundtrack release has sold over 2000 copies to date with demand for the title so strong that the label expects to sell out of the new release. The representative for La-La Land Records says that the high sales will help as the label hopes to convince Warner Bros. to allow La-La Land Records to release more Batman: The Animated Series and DC Animation-related soundtracks. The representative says that nothing has been finalized yet, but further details are forthcoming about future DC Animation-related soundtrack releases.

The new Batman: Mask of the Phantasm expanded score soundtrack release was officially shipped out on Tuesday, March 31st, 2009, becoming out-of-the-door hit for La-La Land Records and a successful follow-up to the label’s release of the first official Batman: The Animated Series soundtrack in December 2008. The soundtrack had a limited edition print run of 3000 copies, leaving less than 1000 available to purchase.

A representative for La-La Land Records urges fans to order the new Batman: Mask of the Phantasm soundtrack releas as soon as possible to successfully obtain a copy.

Details on the soundtrack can be found here. Stay tuned for further updates.

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New “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” Soundtrack CD Release Set To Officially Ship Today


Today, March 31st, 2009, is the official shipping date for the La-La Land Records soundtrack release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – Expanded Archival Collection, collecting the entire score of the animated feature in one release for the first time. While multiple customers who pre-ordered the title have already reported receiving the soundtrack release, today is the day the title officially ships out. Copies of this limited edition collector’s release are still available through the La-La Land Records website and other online supporting soundtrack specialty stores. The release, with a press run of 3000 copies, also includes a detailed insert booklet. Click here for a complete rundown of the tracklist new soundtrack release, and click on the thumbnails above for a closer look at the packaging for the release.

Details on how to order are available at La-La Land Records.com.

Stay tuned to The Worlds Finest for further updates, including new details on upcoming DC Animation-themed soundtrack releases!

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New “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” Score Soundtrack Release Available To Order Today

The La-La Land Records label will be taking orders for the new Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – Expanded Archival Collection soundtrack release at the official La-La Land Records website, and other participating websites, beginning today, March 24th, 2009 at 12pm(PST)/3pm(ET). The soundtrack release is then expected to ship beginning March 31st, 2009.

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. The release is currently priced at $19.98US and, much like with their previous soundtrack release for Batman: The Animated Series, this will be a Limited Edition release with only 3000 copies available. The release will also include a twenty page CD booklet featuring in-depth liner notes.

For further details on this release, please click on the thumbnail image below. Stay tuned for further coverage of this release.

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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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New “Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm” Special Edition DVD Release Being Considered

Multiple reports have turned up this week, erroneously claiming a new DVD release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is currently in the works. Sources inform The World’s Finest that a new DVD and Blu-ray release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is not in the works, but is only being considered at this time.

Fans have been clamoring for a new DVD release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm for some time now. Released during the emergence of the DVD format, the current Batman: Mask of the Phantasm DVD features only the theatrical trailer as a bonus feature. The release is also a flip-disc, featuring a matted widescreen transfer on one side, and a full screen transfer on the other. An upgraded release of the film has been buzzed about for years as the DVD format became the dominant home video media. That same disc has been re-released multiple times, copying exactly the content and quality of the original Batman: Mask of the Phantasm DVD release.

Warner Home Video has stated that Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is currently under consideration for a new DVD and Blu-ray release. With fan demand for this release rising, and given the popularity of the character of Batman right now, chances are favorable for a new Batman: Mask of the Phantasm release in the near future. To reiterate, a new DVD and Blu-ray release of is not in the works, but is only being considered at this time. A definitive update on the status of a new release for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is expected in the near future.

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WHV Announces New “Sub-Zero” / “Mask of the Phantasm” Combo Release

Warner Home Video (WHV) and DC Comics will release the Batman Double Feature DVD which contains two feature length animated made-for-video movies to DVD for one value price a first time for Batman! The Batman Double Feature DVD will be available on February 12, 2008 for $14.97 SRP. Order due date is January 8, 2008.

Batman and Mr. Freeze: Sub Zero is a breathtaking animated adventure that explodes into action when the villainous Mr. Freeze kidnaps Batgirl. Now, racing the clock, Batman and Robin face off against Mr. Freeze in the iciest showdown of the century. Batman Mask of Phantasm was called one of the most imaginative films of the past year by Chuck Rich (Westwood One). Only here will you discover all-new revelations about Batmans past, his archrival the Joker and the most grueling battle of Batmans life the choice between his love of a beautiful woman and his vow to be the defender of right.

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