Director: Chris Palmer
Cast: Jensen Ackles, Josh Duhamel, Naya Rivera (VOICES)
Release Date: August 10, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9.5/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
The reign of terror wrought by the Holiday killer continues in Gotham City. With each calculated crime, the stakes rise as tensions boil over between the Falcone and Maroni crime families. As Batman, James Gordon and Harvey Dent race to solve the deadly puzzle, a breach at Arkham Asylum brings villainous players Poison Ivy, Scarecrow and Mad Hatter into the game. Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel, Batman: The Long Halloween – Part Two concludes this gripping chapter in the Dark Knight’s saga.
Please Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
Picking up shortly after the events of the first film (you can also read my Blu-ray review of ‘Batman: The Long Halloween – Part One’ Right Here), ‘Batman: The Long Halloween – Part Two’ finds the Holiday killer still at large while Batman has gone missing now that Bruce Wayne has been put under Poison Ivy’s spell. After some assistance from Catwoman, our heroes are able to get back to the case only to find hope dwindling while a building war between Gotham City’s two biggest crime families is ready to explode. If things weren’t dire enough already, a breach at Arkham Asylum soon unleashes many of the city’s most dangerous villains to join in the fun. As more bodies continue to drop and Batman and Gordon see too many fingers pointing toward Harvey, they will have to go above and beyond if they’re to have any chance of stopping the chaos before things become exponentially worse.
‘Batman: The Long Halloween – Part Two’ brings back the talented filmmaking team from the first film and is capably directed by Chris Palmer (Superman: Man of Tomorrow) from a swiftly paced screenplay by Tim Sheridan (Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost). The film also owes plenty of credit to the talented individuals that comprise the voice cast including Jensen Ackles (TV’s Supernatural), Naya Rivera (TV’s Glee), Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Billy Burke (TV’s Revolution), Katee Sackhoff (Riddick), Titus Welliver (TV’s Bosch), Julie Nathanson (TV’s The Zeta Project), David Dastmalchian (The Suicide Squad), Troy Baker (TV’s Young Justice) and more, with nearly all providing solid and fitting voice performances in their respective roles and helping the tale to come together as nicely as it does.
‘Batman: The Long Halloween – Part Two’ is a perfect conclusion to the animated feature that’s filled with fan-favorite villains, a powerful story and a mystery at its core that audiences (or at least those that aren’t familiar with the source material) will have a great deal of fun trying to piece together before everything is finally unveiled. It’s a dark, engaging and at times even quite emotional journey that shows the drastically different directions that three good men with a shared purpose can find themselves veering toward when things become increasingly more troubling and uncertain. Surely one of the better Batman animated films, ‘Batman: The Long Halloween’ comes together beautifully thanks to the beloved source material paired with dedicated work behind the scenes and a wonderfully selected voice cast that helps it to become something incredibly special. I can’t urge fellow DC Comics and Batman fans strongly enough to make a point of checking out ‘Batman: The Long Halloween – Part Two’ at your earliest convenience. You will of course want to be certain you’ve already seen Part One as this is indeed the second half of one film but don’t be concerned if you haven’t because that just means you’re in for a spectacular three hour ride without any waiting to be suffered in between. Part Two perfectly concludes the story and only makes one appreciate the solid first part that much more. Easily one of the best DC Animated Movies in some time, I can’t stress strongly enough that ‘Batman: The Long Halloween’ is definitely not to be missed.
Overall, ‘Batman: The Long Halloween – Part Two’ is a fantastic conclusion to the two-part animated feature that delves into a slightly darker place and takes the viewer along for a powerful, mysterious and rewarding ride that should keep you glued to the screen from start to finish. ‘Batman: The Long Halloween – Part Two’ earns one of my highest possible recommendations and as a whole ‘Batman: The Long Halloween’ is simply magnificent. It’s one DC Animated Film that any fan of the universe (or even simply of Batman) won’t even want to consider overlooking. If you’ve already seen the first part and enjoyed it then ‘Batman: The Long Halloween – Part Two’ will easily prove well worth your time and the price of a rental. Those fans that bought Part One on Blu-ray and are considering a blind purchase of this one as well shouldn’t be disappointed in the slightest either (and be sure to line up the front and back covers for both releases to see some cool larger images that connect nicely).
The Blu-ray release of ‘Batman: The Long Halloween – Part Two’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty solid in most respects and offers a sharp, colorful and nicely detailed presentation from start to finish. It does find itself mildly plagued by the usual issues present on many DC Animated Movies such as some noticeable banding throughout, but never suffers from any unexpected or unbearable troubles that are liable to keep viewers from enjoying and appreciating the film and those who aren’t as picky or looking for faults probably won’t have any issues with the release whatsoever. Overall, this is a nice high definition video presentation that looks great for the most part and any DC fans that are satisfied with the DC Animated Movie Blu-ray releases in general should be quite content with what this one has to offer.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack does its job competently without any problems throughout and provides a crisp, smooth and fairly aggressive audio presentation that nicely compliments the onscreen excitement. It repeatedly takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send nature elements, some music and action effects along with more throughout the various speakers quite regularly, while never resulting in any simultaneously occurring dialogue or other audio elements becoming distorted or rendered inaudible along the way. Overall, this is a pretty great 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that contributes plenty of extra fun to the overall viewing experience and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Batman: The Long Halloween – Part Two’ includes a few enjoyable extras. Included on the release is the fun new ‘DC Showcase’ Animated Short ‘Blue Beetle’ which is quite the enjoyable and humorous animated short film (running approximately 15 minutes in length), along with ‘A Sneak Peek at the Next DC Animated Movie, Injustice’ (running approximately 8 minutes). We are also treated to 2 Bonus Cartoons ‘From the DC Vault’; both part one and two of the ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ “Two-Face” two-part episode (approximately 22 minutes each). 2 Archival Sneak Peek Previews of the previously released DC Animated Movies ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2’ (7 minutes) and ‘Batman: Hush’ (9 minutes) are also included.
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Film Rating: 9.5/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
‘Batman: The Long Halloween – Part Two’ Arrives Home on Blu-ray August 10, 2021 & is Now Available on Digital from DC Entertainment & Warner Bros. Entertainment
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