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Batman: The Long Halloween Part 2 Blu-ray Review

“Batman: The Long Halloween Part 2” isn’t on par with part 1.

In the second part of this adaptation of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s comic book series, director Chris Palmer and screenwriter Tim Sheridan continue where part 1 left off. We quickly learn the holiday murders have continued, Batman has vanished, and Bruce is being controlled by Poison Ivy (on behalf of Carmine Falcone). Luckily, Catwoman saves the day and rescues Bruce thereby bringing back Batman. The rest of the story races toward the resolution to the reveal of the killer (or killers). Other key components involve the Falcone-Wayne family connections, the ongoing Moroni-Falcone war, and Harvey Dent and his transition into Two-Face.

After an intense and engaging part 1, part 2 doesn’t quite live up to its predecessor. Whereas part 1 was largely a faithful adaptation, part 2 deviates from the source material. I won’t go into what all has been changed to avoid spoilers, but I will say there is a major character missing from the storyline. The change is understandable as it makes the story about revenge and trauma more streamlined, but it’s also rather puzzling given how vital it was to the comic book plot.

Another detracting element here is the pacing. Part 1 moved at a quick pace as the action and mystery filled story wasted no time getting gone. Part 2 is the exact opposite as it bides its time until the conclusion. Sure, there are more character moments particularly with Harvey, Catwoman and Gilda (which is appreciated), but it doesn’t quite jive as a whole part 1. The transition from part 1 to 2 is also a bit clumsy for my liking.

The cast, on the other hand, is top notch once again. Harvey Dent/Two-Face voice actor Josh Duhamel certainly gets his moment to shine here. The actor is clearly taking advantage of the character arc here and nails the role(s). Jensen Ackles continues to impress as Batman/Bruce. Hopefully he gets to reprise the role down the line. The late Naya Rivera (Catwoman) and Julie Nathanson (Gilda) both turn in fantastic voice acting performances as their characters have more to do in part 2. Lastly, there’s David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man. The actor (who is currently garnering acclaim for his role as Polka-Dot Man in “The Suicide Squad”) really brings the quiet, calculating character to life. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The animation looks sharp in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Expect an impactful 5.1 track (especially during action heavy sequences). 

Extras:
* Digital copy
* Trailers for “Batman: Hush” and “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2.”
* “Batman: The Animated Series” episodes “Two-Face” Parts 1 and 2.
* A sneak peek at the next DC animated movie “Injustice.” This one has a lot of potential to be sure.
* “DC Showcase: Blue Beetle”- A very retro 60’s inspired take on the character. An appearance by The Question is also included!

August 6, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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