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"The New Adventures of Superman" and "The New Adventures of Batman" are no longer new, but both shows still hold a fond place in the hearts of those who grew up with the series. Those not particularly fond of today's hyperactive superhero cartoons may also find the series a refreshing charge from today's programs. Both shows were produced by the well-known (at the time) Filmation studios, and both were among the first Saturday morning superhero cartoons.

The "Batman" series had the bonus of offering the voices of the live-action "Batman" stars Burt Ward and Adam West. The series (as with "Superman") offered fine animation quality (considering the time period), but made the mild mistake of featuring a cute little sidekick called Batmite that causes more problems than he fixes. The critter is mildly annoying, and takes a little away from an otherwise enjoyable animated series from another era.

The episodes may seem rather dated to today's children, but the majority of the episodes offer up entertaining adventures that see either Batman and Robin or Superman up against classic enemies like Joker, Penguin, Catwoman and Mr. Freeze (in "New Adventures of Batman") and Lex Luthor and Brainiac ("New Adventures of Superman".) Hopefully these sets will sell enough so that the studio will continue producing future seasons on DVD.

"New Adventures of Batman: Season 1":
1. The Pest
2. The Moonman
3. Trouble Identity
4. A Sweet Joke On Gotham City
5. The Bermuda Rectangle
6. Curses! Oiled Again!
7. Bite-Sized
8. Reading, Writing & Wronging
9. The Chameleon
10. He Who Laughs Last
11. The Deep Freeze
12. Dead Ringers
13. Birds Of A Feather Fool Around Together
14. Have An Evil Day (Part 1)
15. Have An Evil Day (Part 2)
16. This Looks Like A Job For Bat-Mite!

"New Adventures of Superman" Season 1:
1. The Force Phantom
2. Mermen Of Emor
3. The Prehistoric Pterodactyls
4. Merlin's Magic Marbles
5. The Threat of the Thrutans
6. The Wicked Warlock
7. The Chimp Who Made It Big
8. The Deadly Icebergs
9. Robot of Riga
10. The Invisible Raiders
11. Neolithic Nightmare
12. The Return of Brainiac
13. The Magnetic Monster
14. The Toys of Doom
15. The Iron Eater
16. The Ape Army of the Amazon
17. The Fire Phantom
18. The Deadly Dish
19. Insect Raiders
20. Return of Warlock
21. The Abominable Ice-Man
22. The Men from A.P.E.
23. The Tree Man of Arbora
24. The Image Maker
25. Superman's Double Trouble
26. The Deadly Super-Doll
27. Lava Men
28. Luthor Strikes Again
29. Mission to Planet Peril
30. The Pernicious Parasite
31. The Two Faces of Superman
32. The Imp-Practical Joker
33. Superman Meets Brainiac
34. Seeds of Disaster
35. The Malevolent Mummy
36. The Bird-Men From Lost Valley


VIDEO: Both shows are presented by Warner Brothers in their original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratios. While neither series looks too worn, they both do look their age, and show some mild specks, marks and other debris on the elements during some scenes. Light grain is also spotted at times, as well. Colors hold up pretty well, not appearing bold and bright, but not looking faded, either. Sharpness and detail are also acceptable, as well.

SOUND: "Superman" has been given an unnecessary Dolby Digital 5.1 remix (but still remains largely mono in nature), while "Batman" remains mono. Audio quality for both sets meets expectations, delivering clear - yet somewhat flat and thin - audio quality.

EXTRAS: Each set has a very enjoyable retrospective featurette on the show that takes viewers through the development of the show and offers some insights and analysis from those behind the shows and fans. Some sites reported that the "Batman" set was supposed to include commentary on two epsiodes from historians, but these commentaries do not appear to have made it onto the final set.

Final Thoughts: While these titles haven't been restored, audio/video quality is still pretty fine on both of these classic cartoon sets, and each set offers an informative retrospective featurette. Recommended.

DVD Information

The New Adventures of Batman: Season 1,The New Adventures of Superman: Season 1 DVD

Warner Brothers Home Entertainment
2 DVDs
Dolby Digital 5.1 (Superman)
Mono (Batman)
363 Minutes (Batman) 252 Minutes (Superman) Not Rated
Dual Layer:Yes
Available At Amazon.com: The New Adventures of Batman: Season 1 DVD, The New Adventures of Superman: Season 1 DVD