Beard: Podcaster benefits from Batman classic TV series DVDsWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
With the recent release of the classic 1966 “Batman” TV series on Blu-ray and DVD, which had never previously been available for home viewing, fans of the show are digging into the sets and Batusi-ing with delight over the windfall.
John S. Drew, producer and host of The Batcave Podcast at www.thebatcavepodcast.com looks upon on the release with a balanced eye, though one would be hard-pressed to find a bigger admirer of the series.
“Overall, I’m thrilled to see the show restored in both sound and image,” he said to Toledo Free Press. “The extras left me lacking though. There’s no Yvonne Craig [Batgirl], very little Burt Ward [Robin], and I don’t understand the inclusion of the Arrow cast in one of the extras. They missed some great opportunities for extras by not having [more diverse] features, such as something on the villains. The extras come across more as a big apology to Adam West for screwing him all these years.”
Drew refers to the Batman star’s longstanding claims that he was not paid for various uses of his image from the show over the years.
The Batcave Podcast presents each episode of the show in a discussion format, with the host and a knowledgeable guest running over each plot in a detailed examination of what worked and what didn’t. Drew noted that the first official release of “Batman” Blu-rays and DVDs has provided a boost for the podcast.
“It’s been far better so far as I am definitively seeing an increase in downloads,” he said. “I’ve also gotten a great deal of positive feedback in recent weeks. It’s very satisfying.”
Not only can all three seasons of the series be found in both a Blu-ray and DVD set, but cost-conscious fans may also pick up just the first season for a significantly lower price than the full sets.
“Honestly, I think the cost [of the full sets] makes it more of a buy for the hardcore fan than the casual fan,” Drew suggested. “I would recommend going with the digital option rather than the physical one. The picture quality is as good and I find I’m watching them more than the DVDs.”