Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, the feature film set in the world of Batman: The Animated Series, is finally getting the high definition treatment.
Warner Bros. yesterday announced that Batman: Mask of the Phantasm will be released on Blu-ray "next month" via Warner Archive. The Blu-ray release of the film will be remastered in 1080p high-definition and the release will include both the original, theatrical 16:9 ratio as well as 4:3.
Here are the release details provided by Warner Archive:
BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM(1993) (BD)
NEW 2017 1080p HD REMASTER
Presented in both the original theatrical 16x9 aspect ratio (1.78:1) AND open matte 4x3 (1.37:1) aspect ratio
Run Time 76:00
Subtitles English SDH
DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 Stereo – English
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).
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was released in 1993 and was the first animated Batman movie to appear in theaters. However, while the film received a positive critical reception, the decision to put the movie into theaters came on short notice and the failure to market the film properly ahead of its release contributed to a poor box office performance.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm became a cult hit when it was released on home media. It's success in that market led to the released of two Batman: The Animated Series direct-to-video movie releases, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero in 1997 and Mystery of the Batwoman in 2003.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was directed by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm and written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Martin Pasko and Michael Reaves. The film's plot borrows elements from Batman: Year Two, a story written by Mike W. Barr featuring art by Alan Davis, Paul Neary, Alfredo Alcala, Mark Farmer and Todd McFarlane that ran in the pages of the Batman comic book in 1987, though the film replaces the comic story's villain, the Reaper, with the titular Phantasm.
The film features the voices of Batman: The Animated Series voices Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as well as newcomers Dana Delany, Hart Bochner, Stacy Keach, and Abe Vigoda.
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