Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

The World’s Finest “Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm” Blu-ray Review

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Blu-ray release from Warner Archive, which is now available to own. In short, the classic animated movie looks magnificent on Blu-ray, and the difference between the original DVD release and this new Blu-ray HD remaster is staggering. The image has never looked better and the audio track is noticeably improved. To read the entire review, click on the image below.

The World's Finest reviews Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

The above review also includes a series of screengrabs from the Blu-ray release, highlighting the included full-frame and widescreen editions of the movie. And, for more content – including other reviews, exclusive interviews, production art and so much more – check out the The World’s Finest Batman: Mask of the Phantasm subsite. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is now available for purchase through Warner Archive and the WB Shop, along with other online vendors and some retail outlets, as well as in Digital HD. To check out the HD trailer for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, click on the player below.

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“Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm” Blu-Ray Release Coming July 25, 2017 From Warner Archive

Warner Archive states Batman: Mask of the Phantasm will arrive on Blu-ray come July 25, 2017, with pre-order available through WB Shop for $21.99. The Blu-ray title will feature a new HD remaster of the classic animated feature along with two aspect ratios – theatrical and full frame. Batman: The Animated Series fans have been clamoring for an updated Batman: Mask of the Phantasm home video release since the feature’s original DVD release back in 1999. Continue below for the details courtesy of Warner Archive.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM
NEW 2017 1080p HD REMASTER

-Presented in both the original theatrical 16×9 aspect ratio (1.78:1) and open matte 4×3 (1.37:1) aspect ratio
-Run Time 76:00
-Subtitles English SDH
-DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 Stereo – English
-COLOR
-BD 50
-Theatrical Trailer (HD)

When the city’s most feared gangsters are systematically eliminated, the Caped Crusader is blamed. But prowling the Gotham night is a shadowy new villain, the Phantasm, a sinister figure with some link to Batman’s past. Can the Dark Knight elude the police, capture the Phantasm and clear his own name?

Unmasking the Phantasm is just one of the twists in this dazzling animated feature. Discover revelations about Batman’s past, his archrival the Joker and Batman’s most grueling battle ever — the choice between his love for a beautiful woman and his vow to be the defender of right. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is “a mystery that is genuinely absorbing, suspenseful and moving” (Cincinnati Enquirer).

Warner Archive’s Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Blu-ray release is available for pre-order for shipment on July 25, 2017 for $21.99. The title can be pre-ordered through WB Shop and other digital retailers.

The above details are also available at The World’s Finest. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting upcoming Blu-ray release from Warner Archive. For further details on Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, check out the special subsite right here at The World’s Finest, and continue below to view the film’s original trailer.

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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.

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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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