Batman - 60's Cult Series With Complete Box Set
Sometimes, it's not censorship, the availability of source material or a general lack of motivation that hinders the release of something on DVD or Blu-ray even though it is heavily sought after by fans. Something as profane as legal issues can be the cause that something just doesn't see the light of day. As the case of William Friedkin's Sorcerer showed last year, it can be a success in the end but it often takes a lot of effort. Now, the Batman series from the 60's has endured a similar ordeal and faces its Blu-ray release.
For TV series, it's not uncommon that the distribution rights are limited to TV airings. Back in the day, nobody thought about new future stuff like DVD, Blu-ray or VOD, not even in the 90's and especially not in the 60's where even the VHS wasn't on the horizon. Those releases then missed some songs for which the studios didn't want to pay the expensive fees once more.
For Batman, the problem wasn't rooted in the music but in the fact that the characters belong to the DC universe. And the rights for those are with Time Warner. However, the TV rights for the episodes were given to FOX back in the 60's. And it frustrated fans that the studios didn't seem to be able to reach an agreement for a long time. Even during the high time of the DVD where everyone could make tons of money with that format, neither side wanted to make it happen. But now, as the home video market isn't that big cash cow that it once was, the execs were more open to talk.
So, in November 2014, Warner Home Video can finally release the whole series with all its 120 episodes in a Collector's Edition and add a lot of bonus material to please the fans. A smaller DVD box is also scheduled for release. And FOX will most likely get some of the revenue, so either side should be happy now. You can order it at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
Release: Aug 17, 2014 - Author: Imbor Ed - Translator: Mike Lowrey
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