Blu-ray Buyer’s Guide: August 2

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Like the last edition, this Blu-ray Buyer’s Guide is going to be short. Only one title caught my attention this week. But it’s a good one (or at least I really hope it is).

Here’s my pick for August 2, 2016.

142145_frontBatman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Warner Bros. Animation / DC Entertainment
Written by Brian Azzarrello
Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
Directed by Sam Liu

The direct-to-video DC Animated Features have been hit-and-miss as of late. Things haven’t really been the same quality-wise since the heyday of Batman: The Animated Series. But their best fare has continuously been those which were directly adapted from well-known comic book stories.

This one is based on one of my favorite comics of all time, and is one of the most well-known Batman/Joker stories. Plus, the voices of Batman and the Joker from The Animated Series, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill respectively, are reprising their iconic roles for this film. I’m optimistic about it, despite the not-so-glowing reviews, especially concerning a particularly strange aspect of this adaptation (spoiler alert if you click the link). Look for a review later in August.

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Deluxe Edition: Includes collectable figurine of the Joker. Limited and numbered.

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Best Buy: Includes collectable figurine of the Joker and a copy of the graphic novel
The Man Who Laughs.

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Target: SteelBook packaging.

My Pick: I’m going with Target. Don’t need or want the figure. When Best Buy announced their version, I was hoping it would actually come with a copy of The Killing Joke (despite having read and liked the book, I hadn’t owned a copy of it in a while), which would have made sense. But they followed the Joker’s lead and acted without sense.

By the way, I actually found that Target was selling copies of The Killing Joke in anticipation of the film’s release for 20% off the cover price. So, Target for the double-win!

That’s it for this week’s edition of Blu-ray Buyer’s Guide. I’ll be back with more picks soon – same bat-time, same bat-channel!

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