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Batman: The Long Halloween Part 1

7.31 h 25 min2021X-RayPG-13
Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel, Batman, Lieutenant Gordon and D.A. Harvey Dent race against the calendar as it advances toward the next ill-fated holiday.
Chris Palmer
Jensen AcklesJosh DuhamelTroy Baker
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Billy BurkeFrances CallierGreg ChunDavid DastmalchianAlastair DuncanGary Leroi GrayAmy LandeckerJulie NathansonJim PirriJack QuaidNaya RiveraFred TatascioreTitus Welliver
Butch Lukic
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nestornajwaReviewed in the United States on July 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Now That’s a Bat Man
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I am so tired of Batman being DC’s Iron Man, with armored suits, heads-up displays and too many gadgets. I mean the company is called DETECTIVE COMICS for a reason; Batman was the world’s greatest detective, not Knight Rider tooling around Gotham with explosives and machine guns on the Batmobile. We all have our favorite depictions of Batman, but to me, Keaton was a little soft, Christian Bale was badly overshadowed by his enemies and Adam West… well, Adam West was great, but he was obviously doing something completely different. R.I.P. Adam. Kevin Conroy was (and remains) fantastic, But nowadays his Batman is fighting some cosmic threat like Trigon or Darkseid. That’s why you have the Big Blue Boy Scout, fools. Batman has no business getting shot with a bullet that doesn’t kill him, but sends him back in time to pick up an ancient apocalyptic bat-monster and turn him into a pirate. Or something. Sorry, Grant, I love much of your work, but you screwed up Batman. And by the way, during the months that Bruce was moving through time, over at Marvel, Captain America was doing pretty much the same thing after getting shot with some magic bullet. These are not my favorite stories, but man, what a missed opportunity for a crossover. Oh, well.

THIS is the best depiction of the Caped Crusader since…I don’t know; Under the Red Hood? Mask of the Phantasm? The late Darwyn Cooke’s (another R.I.P.) New Frontier comic/animated movie in which Batman scared the hell out of Martian Manhunter with his ominous voice and maybe a book of matches? My god, that was like 25 years ago. But I can’t say enough about how refreshing to see Batman in a simple bullet-vulnerable costume using his HEAD, not a plethora of gadgets to solve a series of murders. And this is Part 1, so, as you might imagine, he hasn’t figured it out yet. He is formidable, but he makes occasional mistakes.

And Gotham looks AMAZING. Even better than in TAS. I’m guessing that, after years of shrinking the budgets of these once-great DC animations, they put some cash into this one. The falling snow looks 3D (in the best possible way), backgrounds and people in a crowd are detailed. Bravo! I love me some Superman, but “Man of Tomorrow” was just plain dull. DC needs to re-establish the Big Three by turning back the clock to depict them in the fashion that made them so popular in the first place. This one was wonderful. I hope Supes gets a similar treatment soon.

No background score. Just a delicious pure noir feeling of dread and the writers (and Jeph Loeb) did a great job establishing suspects, making you think “Oh, HE’S the killer”, only to be proven wrong minutes later. Those of us who have read the masterpiece upon which this animated feature is based know who the killer is. No spoilers here. I can’t wait for Part 2.

I do resent DC’s double-dip. They pack the disc with a Losers short, which was nice, nothing great. Wow, ever since Morrison reached DEEP into the DC drawer, reviving forgotten characters from Anthro to Kamandi and everyone in between, DC is either reviving obscure and forgotten properties or following Marvel’s lead and replacing older characters with more diverse versions. I sort of like Mister Terrific, but I’m old enough to have read reprints of the original. They could have teched him up and given him the Swiss Army Knife flying marbles and the sort-of cool “T” mask. Morrison lost me when Bat-Mite and the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh showed up. Anyway, DC stuffed the disc with the same old episodes from the various Batman series, a couple of ads for old animated features and, I dont know, maybe some blather from whomever hasn’t been fired yet. Turn off the a/c on your way out, Dan. The story could have easily fit on a single disc if they had trimmed the fat. But I will pony up whatever the going rate for half a movie on standard BluRay happens to be for part two. But I will be angry as hell if they DO publish a 4K version later on to try for a disgusting attempt to entice fans to pay up THREE times. Still, I did really enjoy part one. A few days after I watched it, I saw the dishwater-dull “Soul of the Dragon” featuring Shiva, Richard Dragon (I admit it was fun to see him) and a couple of loose martial arts IPs DC wasn’t using in anything better. Soul DID get the 4K treatment. So I would much prefer to watch a very good adaptation of superb source material than score that black jewel case. I wonder what color they will use to sell 8K.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great twist on the classic story
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They did a great job both sticking to the original story and adding things from the current canon comic that make it better.
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Rene'Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Now this is Batman
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This is the Batman I have been waiting for. I don't know the story from the comics but with Jensen Ackles as Batman, I'm on board. He has just the right voice. All of the others actors are great too. It's a little slow at first to set up the story but then it jumps into high gear. Can't wait for part 2.
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georgeReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Want to give it more but...
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Yet another WWII story ruined. First Sgt.Rock,now the Losers,please stop. To the creative teams behind the animated movies, "we know you're better than all of us with your enlightenment and pc ways so ENOUGH with showing how forward thinking you are." Quit ruining everything you disagree with. The Batman story was great but the other has to stop.
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RDDReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Great Adaptation! Can't Wait for Part Two!
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Chris Palmer’s “Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One” adapts the graphic novel of the same name by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. The film is the 42nd in the DC Universe Animated Movies line and is also Naya Rivera’s final film role. The story focuses on Batman (Jensen Ackles), GCPD Captain James Gordon (Billy Burke), and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Josh Duhamel) investigating a mysterious killer targeting members of Gotham’s mob families and their associates. The killer works on holidays and leaves a token of the holiday behind at each crime scene, so they begin to call him the Holiday Killer. Naturally, Batman and Dent consult with Calendar Man (David Dastmalchian), a similar criminal locked in Arkham Asylum, only to realize the Joker (Troy Barker) has escaped. Due to her past history with the Falcone family, Catwoman (Naya Rivera) aids Batman and Harvey Dent. While she evades the mob’s notice, Falcone (Titus Welliver) targets Dent. As the walls begin closing in, Falcone asks Bruce Wayne for help, not realizing that Wayne is the Batman and simultaneously working to gather evidence to bring down Falcone’s empire while also trying to prevent Holiday from killing any more members of the Gotham mob. The story ends on a cliffhanger with Part Two due for digital release on July 27th and Blu-ray on August 10th. Bonus features on the Blu-ray include a sneak peak at the second part of the story, cartoons from the DC vault (two episodes of “Batman: The Animated Series”), and making-of featurettes.
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PJ ArtsReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Faithful to the original story, terrible animation and emotionless, flat voice-acting
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When viewing a DC Animated production (especially Batman) I use the daily TV show of BATMAN TAS as my benchmark. If a movie doesn't compare in voice acting and or animation quality with a daily TV show, there's a BIG problem.

Unfortunately this is a chronic problem with the folks producing DC Animation these days.
Starting with BATMAN; YEAR ONE, on through THE KILLING JOKE and up to THE LONG HALLOWEEN all sense of emotion, spontaneity and human involvement disappeared. Instead every line is read laconic, deadpan and weary. There is such a palpable pause between characters speaking to each other, that you can visualize them ALONE in the studio, just reading their lines. Andrea Roman revolutionized voice-acting by having the cast of BATMAN TAS in the studio together. The emotional, dynamic results are still the gold standard. Not this.

Finally, DC seems to have a real phobia about excellent animation ever since FLASHPOINT PARADOX: the movies in that series was desperate to look like anime...but, instead all the men had slanted eyes, thick necks and jowls...looked like Superman and Aquaman had goiters.
Just like SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF TOMORROW and JUSTICE SOCIETY: WW II, LONG HALLOWEEN's animation looks like someone took scans of comic books, and added just enough movement of lips/eyes/limbs to keep it from just being an online comic with voiceover. Its terrible...but, matches the lifeless performances perfectly.

Top marks to the scriptwriter for not destroying the classic story like they did with BATMAN: HUSH. However, its one heck of a slog.
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dingdongmerrily alongReviewed in the United States on June 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A top notch addition to DC's animated universe.
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This film left me impatient for part 2 being released next month(can be pre-ordered now). The mystery in engrossing and leaves you guessing as various suspects are explored. I'm looking forward to what is sure to be an intriguing resolution and the revelation of the Holiday murderer.

The story is set early in Bruce Wayne's career as The Batman before his Bruce Wayne Gotham's most eligible Playboy and crime fighting caped vigilante personas have fallen completely into place. He wears the mask but the separation hasn't completely been set in place yet which the director and actor chose to subtly hint at by having a slighter differentientation between Bruce's voice and his Batman voice than he will develop later in his career as the Caped Crusader. He still sometimes misjudges situations and people, but shows himself a quick learner.

The writer Tim Sheridan put together a great story that keeps the audience interested while still allowing for more personal character beats all moving the story forward. It keeps you guessing and waiting for what will happen next.

The voice cast is all around excellent. Jensen Ackles(The Boys, Supernatural) is superb and subtle as Bruce and Batman. He made an excellent Jason Todd 12 years ago in the classic Under The Red Hood and he's even better here. Let's hope we see more of him in this role in the future. Josh Duhamel is also excellent as Harvey Dent and the late Naya Rivera is a lively and lovely Selena/Catwoman. The whole cast as well as the director deserve kudos.

Don't forget to watch the after the credits scene.
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Matt MacLeodReviewed in the United States on July 22, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not Too Long
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I like Batman's design in this one, especially--reminiscent of his BTAS look. I don't understand why they don't just bring Mark Hamill back if every person that does the Joker's voice in animation from now on is only trying to emulate him. This does depart from the original graphic novel's plot, which I think is a good thing: shows more creativity to adapt it into something of an "alternate universe" version. I don't like the fact that they make Batman out to be some novice investigator or detective at this point; they actually make him say something like "I didn't think I would need this much detective work." C'MON! Even in his first year, with all his training, criminology would have been at the FOREFRONT of EVERYTHING Batman would have been trying to do! Disservice to the character there.
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