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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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Package Artwork For Recent “Batman: The Animated Series – Volume Three” Soundtrack Release

The World’s Finest has a collection of select package images from the recent Batman: The Animated Series – Original Soundtrack From The Warner Bros. Television Series, Volume Three Limited Edition soundtrack release from La-La Land Records. The four-disc CD soundtrack release features the scores to over twenty Batman: The Animated Series episodes, including “Robin’s Reckoning,” “Day of the Samurai,” “Mudslide,” and “The Clock King.” The compact disc soundtrack, available for purchase through both www.lalalandrecords.com and other soundtrack boutiques for $59.98US, is a limited edition of 3000 units. Click here to order!

Click on the images for a closer look at the package artwork for the soundtrack release, created by the Warm Butter Design studio.

Complete track listings, along with additional images, are available right here at The World’s Finest. Also, check out more on Batman: The Animated Series at the The World’s Finest Batman: The Animated Series subsite.

The Batman: The Animated Series – Original Soundtrack From The Warner Bros. Television Series, Volume Three soundtrack four-disc CD release is currently available to order. The compact disc soundtrack, originally released on October 7th, 2014, is available for purchase through La-La Land Records and other soundtrack boutiques for $59.98US. Click here to order! Stay tuned for additional updates on this title right here at The World’s Finest.

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Batman: The Complete Television Series and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham both hit shelves on November 11th, 2014, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive, respectively.

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New “Batman: The Animated Series – Volume Three” Soundtrack Available To Order

The highly-anticipated Batman: The Animated Series – Original Soundtrack From The Warner Bros. Television Series, Volume Three soundtrack CD title, released by La-La Land Records, is available to order starting today. Consumers will be able to order copies of the soundtrack through the official La-La Land Records website beginning today at 12pm (PT). Click here to order! The title will also be available through a host of specialty online retailers. The four-disc CD soundtrack release will feature the scores to such Batman: The Animated Series episodes as “Robin’s Reckoning,” “Eternal Youth,” “Day of the Samurai,” “Mudslide,” “The Underdwellers” and “The Clock King,” among many others. The following press details, including pricing information and more, are provided by La-La Land Records.

BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: VOL. 3: LIMITED EDITION (4-CD SET)

MUSIC BY SHIRLEY WALKER, CARLOS RODRIGUEZ, PETER TOMASHEK, TODD HAYEN, HARVEY R. COHEN, MICHAEL MCCUISTION, LARS CLUTTERHAM, STUART BALCOMB, MARK KOVAL, LOLITA RITMANIS, RICHARD BRONSKILL, TAMARA KLINE, CARL JOHNSON, STEVE CHESNE AND JAMES STEMPLE
LLLCD 1322
LIMITED EDITION OF 3000 UNITS
RETAIL PRICE: $59.98

PRODUCED BY JOHN TAKIS AND NEIL S. BULK
MASTERED BY JAMES NELSON AT DIGITAL OUTLAND
LINER NOTES BY JOHN TAKIS
ART DIRECTION BY DAN GOLDWASSER

La-La Land Records, Warner Bros., Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics travel back to Gotham City for a third time and unleash this massive 4-cd set of Batman: The Animated Series. Episodes like “Robin’s Reckoning, Eternal Youth, Day of the Samurai, Mudslide, The Underdwellers and The Clock King are just a few incredible scores that have been included in this third volume of music. John Takis’ liner notes continue where he left off on Vol 2, digging deeper into the heart and soul of this classic tv series with exclusive interviews of the various composers and how their timeless scores changed the face of television.

The first 200 people who purchase the score through the La-La Land Records website (www.lalalandrecords.com) will receive a signed front tray card autographed by composers Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion and Carlos Rodriguez at no extra charge. Quantities are limited. You are NOT guaranteed a signed copy. Orders are based on a first come, first served basis.

CD 1
Robin’s Reckoning, Part I (Carlos Rodriguez)
Robin’s Reckoning, Part II (Peter Tomashek)
P.O.V. (Shirley Walker)
The Clock King (Carlos Rodriguez)
Tyger, Tyger (Todd Hayen)
See No Evil (Shirley Walker)

CD 2
Cat Scratch Fever (Harvey R. Cohen)
The Forgotten (Shirley Walker)
Be a Clown (Michael McCuistion)
Dreams in Darkness (Todd Hayen)
The Underdwellers (Lars Clutterham & Stuart Balcomb)
Terror in the Sky (Shirley Walker)

CD 3
Night of the Ninja (Mark Koval)
Day of the Samurai (Carlos Rodriguez)
Prophecy of Doom (Shirley Walker)
Eternal Youth (Lolita Ritmanis)
What Is Reality? (Richard Bronskill)
Mudslide (Shirley Walker)

CD 4
I Am the Night (Michael McCuistion)
Heart of Steel, Part I (Richard Bronskill & Tamara Kline)
Heart of Steel, Part II (Carl Johnson)
Blind as a Bat (Steve Chesne & James Stemple)
Paging the Crime Doctor (Shirley Walker)
The Man Who Killed Batman (Shirley Walker)

Complete track listings are available right here at The World’s Finest. Also, check out more on Batman: The Animated Series at the The World’s Finest Batman: The Animated Series subsite.

The Batman: The Animated Series – Original Soundtrack From The Warner Bros. Television Series, Volume Three soundtrack four-disc CD release is available to order starting today. Beginning today at 12pm (PT), consumers will be able to order copies of the soundtrack through the official La-La Land Records website and a host of specialty online retailers. Click here to order! Stay tuned for additional updates on this title right here at The World’s Finest.

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