Batman stories come in many alternate universes, just like Batman: Gotham by Gaslight. How does this 30th DC Universe animated original scrub up on 4K Ultra HD? Is it steam funk or steam junk?
The story: The “many-worlds interpretation” of quantum mechanics reckons that our lives continually split into alternate timelines as we trundle along towards the grave. But none of us can hold a candle to Batman – he’s even done caveman (well, if you count a LEGO minifigure variant). In this adult-skewed graphic novel adaptation, he goes Victorian – a proto-Batman in the time of Jack the Ripper, who’s preying on what he considers to be Gotham’s less salubrious types. Familiar characters fill the streets that the Batman watches over, as he tries to prove to Gotham’s citizens that he and Jack are not the same person.
“I paid Houdini three hundred dollars for that trick.”
The 4K disc: The upscaled 2K transfer here does what it has to do with the rather primitively animated source material, and does it well. The feature itself isn’t incredibly detailed, however the HDR enhancement does bring out bits that may otherwise have become lost in the very brown and grey palette, while flames and such really pop. Audio is delivered via a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that has fun with the surround channels at times, and delivers plenty of subwoofer “BIFF!”, “BOFF!” and “BONK!” when appropriate.
Release date: February 7, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: The voices of Bruce Greenwood, Jennifer Carpenter, Anthony Head
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