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Batman: Under the Red Hood

1 h 15 min2016X-RayPG-13
BATMAN faces his ultimate challenge as the mysterious Red Hood takes GOTHAM CITY by firestorm.
Brandon Vietti
Jensen AcklesNeil Patrick HarrisJason Isaacs
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Bruce GreenwoodJohn Di Maggio
Bobbie PageGregory NoveckBruce Timm
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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nestornajwaReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Must-See for DC fans
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe may be running circles around it's rival DC counterpart in live action film (excepting the Nolan Batman trilogy), but DC's animated universe has (almost) always provided fantastic stories and characters that easily rival Marvel's best. Don't get me wrong, I loved Avengers, Guardians 1 & 2, Civil War, Ant Man, Deadpool, Winter Soldier, Logan, etc. (after some early -- and even recent -- flops like the Hulk movies, most of the X-Men series, and Iron Man 2 & 3), but ever since DC's fantastic New Frontier, the Distinguished Competition has been quietly putting out thoroughly enjoyable animated fare for home viewing. Under The Red Hood, Mask of the Phantasm and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker are personal favorites that rival Marvel's best. Of course, DC set the stage for the super hero renaissance with Batman the Animated Series, Superman and the Justice League Series. Pity that DC has abandoned quality television fare by catering to the toy market with abominations like Teen Titans Go -- a sad shadow of it's predecessor series -- and the preposterously boring and visually grotesque CGI Beware the Batman. Here's hoping that Wonder Woman sets the stage for a new DC cinematic universe that respects the source material and, in particular, reshapes a morose characterization of Superman that must be fixed before DC can compete again on the big screen.

Under the Red Hood may be the very best of DC's animated movies. Even without the iconic voice of Mark Hamill as the Joker, this is a cinema-quality release that probably should have been a live-action movie. Expert direction, a collection of truly menacing villains including the under-utlilized Black Mask and a creepy, bloodthirsty Joker set the stage for one of the most compelling viewing experiences among all super hero releases. The writing is impeccable and the voice acting is outstanding. No spoilers here, but for Batman and DC fans, this is a must-see feature that is best enjoyed via a modern home theater, with plenty of bombastic action, flawless animation, and a compelling plot to justify the usual collection of bombastic explosions and violence. And you can purchase this hidden gem for a fraction of the price of a pair of movie tickets plus popcorn, etc.
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Toys in the AtticReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Gold Standard of DC Universe Animated Movies
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Batman: Under the Red Hood was the first DC animated film I saw years ago, and it remains the gold standard for this impressive series. An outstanding mix of tense drama, effective acting, quality writing and direction, and excellent animation, it's a great introduction to the serious side of the film series (as contrasted with the more comical and 'fun' films like [[ASIN:B01LBHSBUG Batman & Harley Quinn (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Combo)]]). A narratively-rich film, it explores some of the darkest and most mature aspects of the Batman mythos with the gravity and moral complexity they deserve. For those familiar with the original comics, the story is significantly altered for cinematic purposes, yet effectively visualized and brought to life; for those who are new to the story, coming in with the least possible foreknowledge and expectations, as I did, leads to the greatest rewards.

While the DC animated universe has always treated its subject matter with respect and sophistication (even when having fun with it), Batman: Under the Red Hood adopts a particularly cinematic approach. It stands confidently with DC's live-action efforts as a film to be taken seriously, and benefits immeasurably for it. Viewers unaccustomed to animation delving into dark, adult-centric material may be surprised; this is just one of the many enjoyable discoveries in this film. The action and drama are well-balanced, each complementing the other and elevating the film into one with broad appeal that extends beyond the comic book crowd.

This was the first DC film to be animated by Japan-based The Answer Studio, and their outstanding effort on the film shows in its moody visuals, exciting action scenes, and nuanced moments of physical acting. Unlike in lesser animated films, each of the principal characters has his own way of moving, whether while running, fighting, or simple posture. Close attention to detail has been paid in each standout sequence; any time a shortcut could be employed, the animation instead goes for something hard and visually-dazzling to take its place. The hand-to-hand and physical combat remain among the best in any DC or Marvel animated film, and the action scenes are as thrilling and intricately designed as in a live-action blockbuster. The quality animation, delivered by such noteworthy animators as Kazuyoshi Takeuchi (animator on such anime classics as [[ASIN:B00ENNA62W Akira: Movie (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)]] and Your Name), immeasurably adds to the film's effectiveness. Such is the excellence of the animation that one wishes all the DC animated films could be produced by The Answer Studio; the quality is so much better than most of the other studios that it really stands out. As it is, the films that are animated by them all stand out as among the best.

Finally, the top-notch voice acting from Jensen Ackles as the Red Hood, Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing, and John DiMaggio as the Joker, along with the rest of the cast, expertly handle and elevate the difficult material. Ackles' Red Hood in particular is so good that it's a shame he and the character have not appeared in subsequent films.

As a group, the DC animated films deserve a wide audience beyond comic readers; anyone interested in quality storytelling and thrilling action (animated or otherwise) has much to enjoy and discover here. And there's no better place to begin than with Batman: Under the Red Hood. If this outstanding film doesn't make you excited to check out the rest of the DC animated universe, nothing will.
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Mr. BoneReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Another Win for DC (Animated)
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What I loved most about this movie is the music. From the opening scene to the opening theme, the overall mood/tone of the film is set. If you are not familiar with the Jason Todd storyline, I will refrain from spoiling it. It is a sad tale, and as Batman is already a dark and brooding character, this film gives you some insight into the added grief he carries with him.

My only gripe with this film, once again, is the voice casting. It took me several views to get used to the voice of Batman and the Joker. Some fans have complained about the voice choice of Nightwing, whom I found a balancing comic relief. The aforementioned two, however, Joker sounded like he was just getting over a cold, and Batman....I don't know. Perhaps I've been used to Kevin Conroy for so long, and I loved Bruce Greenwood who voiced the role for Young Justice. Anyway, a great movie nonetheless!
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JoeReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm a little biased but FANTASTIC
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I'm a little biased because 1) Jensen Ackles is awesome, 2) Batman is awesome and 3) Jason Todd is awesome! Great animated film of the story of Jason Todd as the Red Hood. Would love to see a follow up to this, although I know by now that is unlikely. Ackles is an incredible actor on screen and his badassery and raw emotion came through in this voice over just as well! The animation brings me back to my childhood watching the classic cartoon. So I guess that would make nostalgia point 4 of why I am biased but oh well!
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X-RayReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
What more can you ask for?
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So I have been wanting to buy the Red hood movie for a while have watched it many of times an its still great and then I find this combo. So yeah no brainer I paid $13 for the bundle an even buy itself the comic is worth that price and the movie buy itself is around that price alone. So it almost feels like I bought the movie and got the comic for free or vice versa. The quality of the book is great nice hard bound book my only complaint and why I didn't give this 5 stars is some of the pages seems little wrinkled like they were in a high humidity but is minimal and only at the start of the book. This in itself is fine not a deal breaker and could have just been on my copy. But if your thinking of buying this bundle your overthinking it just buy it. Even if you have the movie already this is still worth the price, I would buy this again and even pay $10 more than what I paid an be fine with this purchase.
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Kyle T. CherryReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Solid Batman Animated Feature
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After the loss of the second Robin, by the hands of the Joker, Batman juggles internal and external challenges as he faces a new Gotham villain—The Red Hood. For fans, This movie ranks high in the pantheon of Batman cinema. This fan admiration is justified. Under the Red Hood is as good as, if not better than, Mask of the Phantasm. This was Bruce Greenwood’s first outing as the Dark Knight, turning in a great performance. The same can be said for Jensen Ackles, of Supernatural fame, as the voice of the Red Hood and his alter ego. And John DiMaggio was an excellent Joker, rounding out the lead cast. The animation was as good as it comes. The story was both emotional and epic, supplemented with fantastic action sequences. This movie is what comic book movies are supposed to be. I can’t recommend it enough. It was a great way to end my Batman binge.
MoonjumperReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
A nice companion piece to "The Killing Joke"
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"Under the Red Hood" plays as if it might fit into the same continuity as the "The Killing Joke" movie, which portrayed The Joker as an early Red Hood prior to becoming The Joker--and it even flashes back to that storyline. That said, the animation style of this film is quite different. While "The Killing Joke" took its style cues directly from The Animated Series (and could arguably fit into the TAS/DCAU continuity), "Under the Red Hood" exists in a (just slightly) parallel universe in which The Joker, often drawn as slender and even lanky, this Joker is rather brawny. But don't worry, I'm not spoiling anything here. The Red Hood of this film is NOT the Joker, but a new villain/anti-hero whom Batman must use his detective skills to unmask. Once revealed, one could also see this film being kind of sequel to TAS were it not for the fact that Batman Beyond takes this same character (the alter ego of Red Hood) down a very similar, but different direction. Still the parallel is close enough that it almost fits. Recommended.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
If I could, I would give it 0 stars
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Alright so i am going to be blunt. I bought the digital and if what I got is the real product then this was so misleading and not at all what I asked for.

1st thirty min is rehash of Under the Red Hood. Amazing movie. I already own it. No choices to be made

After that all I get Sgt. Brock, the Doctor guy and the other shows advertised. There was NO Tim Drake. NO choices. The part where it looks like Red Robin is blowing up Black Mask nope. The part where Two Face and Red Robin are going at it....Nope. Quite frankly I want a refund unless someone can tell me what the heck is going on. I am not happy at all.
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