Batman 66 Blu-ray Review

Mike Matei / April 8th, 2015

James and Mike review the Blu-ray box set for the original 1960’s Batman TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward!

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  • April 8, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    awesome

    • Smokingspoon

      April 10, 2015 at 4:03 am

      “I was not aware of that!” Lol, Wayne’s World.

    • April 14, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Hey guys, why dont you just post your videos on youtube and embed them into the page? The player you use here really sucks balls.

      • April 15, 2015 at 9:56 pm

        How specifically does the video player suck balls?

      • April 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm

        Missing the adds every four minutes? Just pause it, I’ll sing you a jingle every once in a while 😛

    • April 28, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Serious question: What would you do/be expected to do with collector’s cards like that? Any people here who actually ‘use’ things like that?
      With me, it mostly ends up in my closet where it gets beat up over time and once every few years I’d take em out to look at for a minute.

      • April 30, 2015 at 8:02 pm

        Unfortunately much the same, I have a collection I bought when I was a kid of Freddy Krueger collectors cards. Had I been older I’d have never even opened the bloody things, they came n a box shaped like a coffin with a sticker sealing it on the side. They wound up being opened when I got home and the sticker just never quite “sealed” right after that. Eventually the lid just wound up popping open on it’s own and the cards got spread all over my drawer. They’re still in good shape but I think I’ve lost a few and a couple are a bit beat up. Would kill to be able to go back in time and tell my 11 year old self to suck up my curiosity and not open the damn thing…likely could get a bunch of cash for them on ebay now…

  • April 8, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Great Video James and mike

  • ITS_ALIVE

    April 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Ralph Garman!

  • Paul Duff

    April 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Was that Ralph Garman

  • April 8, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Do a commentary about blues clues

  • CrushingC10996WM

    April 8, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    So James has seen Frozen.

    • M. Ryan

      April 8, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      Who cares?

      • Lukas Sprehn

        April 9, 2015 at 2:38 am

        He was just pointing it out jerk

    • herbsuperb

      April 9, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Who hasn’t?

  • Brendan Murray

    April 8, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    The aspect ratio keeps changing while I’m watching the video, going from 16:9 to 4:3 and back. Is anyone else having this problem?

    • April 9, 2015 at 12:04 am

      Batman was a 4:3 program

      • April 9, 2015 at 7:50 am

        Try doing a video about Blue’s Clues

      • Brendan Murray

        April 9, 2015 at 9:58 am

        Yeah but the video of you and James was also in 4:3 for some reason. I think I just had to update Adobe Flash. Thanks!

      • NewBenCity

        April 9, 2015 at 10:50 am

        Mike, how do you change your profile pic?

    • DrJolt

      April 9, 2015 at 11:42 am

      99% of the time, this is caused by having the video quality set to “Auto”. This gauges your internet speed, and throttles the video to what it deems as the best quality for playback, which can also alter the aspect ratio. As your connection fluctuates, so, too, will the quality, and therefore, the ratio. Try using the quality selector and picking a single quality to stay on. That should fix the problem.

    • DrCidd

      April 9, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Haha, don’t worry man. It’s not a problem at all. The tv show was from the 60s, and so there probably isn’t a widescreen version of it at all. That’s why it seems to be changing on you.

      • Brendan Murray

        April 10, 2015 at 9:19 am

        Haha yeah I know that, but the actual video of James and Mike was changing to 4:3 too which is why I asked. Some guy below told me how to fix it though. Thanks!

    • Drowkin

      April 9, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Happens to me when my internet bandwidth is getting a little low, ie: when I’m downloading something while watching a video on Cinemassacre.

    • April 9, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Thought it was my connection

  • Daniel Young

    April 8, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Man I remember seeing this show as a kid in the 90’s on USA or some channel like that, and it was awesome. While you’re at it you should do a review of the old Superfriends cartoons and Batman the Animated Series. Batman the Animated Series is a good example of Batman being depicted as a dark character yet it was still okay for everybody to watch. I would love to see what you guys thought of these.

  • M. Ryan

    April 8, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Pure. West.

  • Don Skiver

    April 9, 2015 at 12:06 am

    I can only take the 60s Batman in small doses because it’s just so fucking campy. (I can only take extreme levels of camp in small doses, it’s not just limited to Batman.)

    But still, it’s fun and it’s good and enjoyable to watch (until it becomes unenjoyable…heh).

    Nice review and retrospective on the series.

  • M. Ryan

    April 9, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Batman used to be for everyone – now it’s just for young adults, and that’s why it has no humor, color and takes itself far too seriously.

    • Satnav

      April 9, 2015 at 12:22 am

      Well there was the Brave and the Bold series relatively recently.

  • Satnav

    April 9, 2015 at 12:22 am

    James’s face when he’s doing the Batgirl song is hilarious. Also, Alfred fighting makes more sense these days as his backstory in modern stuff is usually he’s ex-SAS or something like that. Conan story was also hilarious.

  • Goonz

    April 9, 2015 at 12:22 am

    lol your ringtone went off in the vid. i thought it was my phone

  • April 9, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Think you’d be a fan of this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmxwHr57C1Y

  • Boo Daclown

    April 9, 2015 at 1:11 am

    awesome

  • handsome pete

    April 9, 2015 at 1:33 am

    I can’t dismiss Batman 66, because in spirit it’s still a really heroic show. They still wanted you to admire Batman, in a classic DC Comics kind of way. That’s probably what made it so attractive to audiences as well as actors. Also, the fight scenes strangely remind me of pro wrestling.

    • Hanglyman

      April 10, 2015 at 12:52 am

      That’s something I like about it too- they make fun of what a goody two-shoes Batman is, but not in a cruel way. He’s still meant to be a good role model, and his excessive lawfulness and manners just make him even more likeable.

  • April 9, 2015 at 1:55 am

    not sure why people liked the original batman series.. it was so campy, colorful and goofy.. the complete opposite of what the DARK Knight should be

  • Dan021

    April 9, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Wow, I remember that show when I saw it around 85-87. Even as a kid I remember I didn’t like it very much but it was also because the french dubbing was terrible. Now after hearing you guys talk about it for a while (thanks for not cutting the whole thing into a 11 mins review) I really want to give it another shot. I have lot’s of respect for the show,for Burgess Meredith and I agree about the Riddler being the best take on the Riddler we have up to now. So thanks for the video guys, it’s really appreciated! Also it’s great to hear that Miss Miny Nerd is enjoying the show too! 😀

  • April 9, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Could you guys do more look backs on more series that you grew up with or your a big fan of?

  • Ryan Meier

    April 9, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Jack Nickelson? Heath Ledger? Matt Matei is my favourite joker.

    • Ryan Meier

      April 9, 2015 at 4:51 am

      Wow did I really just out Matt instead of Mike? Whoops. MIKE Matei****************************

      • Lastor

        April 9, 2015 at 7:20 am

        Well it’s an understandable mistake, albeit a little redundant one. Kind of a “Carl Carlson effect” there.

  • April 9, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Batgirl was thought up by the creators of the show before she was invented for the comics.

  • Entrenaturaleza

    April 9, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Excellent, very interesting

  • April 9, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Please if you have any free time review blues clues and post it September 8 2016 their 20th anniversary

  • Jonathan Bailey

    April 9, 2015 at 8:15 am

    oh, dear lord, my ears. I listened to this with headphones. dang Siren.

  • April 9, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Wow, 42 minutes and I don’t saw it pass. Great video, guys! Absolutely fun to watch

    I really liked this box! It has portuguese subtitles on this version?

    One of the things I love it about Batman 66 is a redubb of some guys here in Brazil in made in 1989. This VHS arrived in internet before Youtube era. It’s called “Feira da Fruta”, they put a lot of dirty words and nonsense jokes, it’s pretty fun! Probably you don’t will understand the portuguese, but the song is pretty catchy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK0bsOQ1EHw

    Thank you for the video, it’s very nice and kind to see you guys talking about these things, we can see how genuine is your feeling about the things you realy like. 🙂

  • St_Cerberus_Engel

    April 9, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I hate to say it, but I can’t watch this show anymore. I tried several times, and I love the cast, but the writing was groan-worthy most of the time. That said, I have a lot of respect for the people in it and for what it did for comic books in general. And I do plan on owning that box set, but I just wish I could still laugh at it, instead of rolling my eyes at every joke.

  • RandyPan

    April 9, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Have you guys watched Batman the Brave and the Bold?

  • April 9, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Great Video! 🙂

    Reminded me of this little batfan
    https://youtu.be/ad-eDganYdA

  • Weldin Dunn

    April 9, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I was so happy when they finally put it on dvd/blu-ray!

  • April 9, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Awesome review. Nothing cooler than seeing James and Mike hang out and talk about the classic Batman series.

  • April 9, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I really liked this review. Great job, guys.

  • pj0T

    April 9, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    WOW! It was great fun to watch this long video guys, good insights and gags about the batman series.

  • Pablo1989

    April 9, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I dont wanna cards i wanna…shark repellent bat spray

  • April 9, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Am I the only one that now just sees James and Mike as Batman and Robin? Please make a skit about that shit.

  • Xen11

    April 9, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I love Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin. It’s clearly a modern update of the ’60s Batman series, but everyone shits on that movie because they like to jump on bandwagons due to not having a mind of their own. I don’t like Batman Forever, but Batman & Robin is fucking awesome. It has a great balance between The Animated Series and the ’60s series.

  • Grandmasterp

    April 9, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Remember in the movie when the dolphin gets in front of a torpedo and sacrifices itself to save Batman and Robin from certain doom? You don’t get to see it but the sympathy Batman displays makes me laugh every time.

  • April 9, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Please upload this to youtube

  • Anthony DiCamillo

    April 9, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I fuckin love you guys!

  • Hanglyman

    April 10, 2015 at 12:57 am

    How did Conan O’Brien steal something worth a quarter of a million dollars and not end up in jail?

  • April 10, 2015 at 3:43 am

    lol its so cute when mike takes such strong issue with james’ comment. He’s just so flustered by it even though he kinda knows its true. I myself grew up watching old vhs copies of this that my parents taped for me. I guess I liked it so much that I made them tape it for me so I could watch it anytime I wanted. It was literally like a cartoon that had come to life. Bright flashy colors, zany & unpredictable. Perfect for kids (grown up kids too), much to mike’s chagrin of course lol. Great vid once again guys, very enjoyable, cheers.

  • Senna4ever

    April 10, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Have you heard they are doing a new animated Batman 66 movie?
    Even Adam West and Burt Ward are signed up to star.

  • DaveStation3

    April 10, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Really great stuff, guys. As someone who has never seen the original series and doesn’t know much about it, this was very interesting. I really like when you do stuff like this, very comprehensive review/overview videos that sorta double as history lessons. Mike’s Donald Duck/Carl Barks video actually came to mind while I was watching this; a really well-informed and entertaining video and still one of my favorites that he’s ever done.

  • joe mamma

    April 10, 2015 at 8:39 am

    You guys should do a review of the GHOSTBUSTERS CARTOON! I know in a couple videos you guys mentioned watching it. I love that cartoon and would love to see a review about it.

  • Nightmare19

    April 10, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Mike said “Un thaw the city” thats funny. Lots of people make this mistake though. They want to THAW the city.

  • sutekh22

    April 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I could watch Joan Collins read a phone book and be entertained with that voice.

  • April 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    “The guy” as you refer to him at 6:10 is Ralph Garman from Hollywood Babble On. A podcast he does with director Kevin Smith,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbodCjMWsW4

    He also does the occasional acting job in movies and on TV. He does cartoon voiceovers as well. He did a voiceover recently on Family Guy. He also has appears in recent Kevin Smith films. They are friends after all.

  • Glorious Gerbil

    April 10, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    This is the TRUE batman! Fuck keaton and fuck dark knight crap! This is the shit to watch.

  • April 10, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    The video doesn’t play.

    • Phoenix7786

      April 10, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Same. Tells me “cannot load M3U8; 404 not found.”

      • Pablo1989

        April 10, 2015 at 5:29 pm

        hmm it seems i got same now
        but yesterday worked fine

  • silverwings

    April 10, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    8:55 Come on, I saw Michael Keaton Batman when I was 4/5 back in ’90/’91. Batman ’89 isn’t too adult that it’s gonna mess op little kids.

  • SolskeyKong

    April 10, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Great video. Would love to hear your opinions on the new new ‘Gotham’ series, hope this could become a video in the future!

    • The Wicker Man

      April 11, 2015 at 1:41 am

      My initial reaction when I heard about Gotham was that it’d be crap, “No Batman?!”, but after giving it a try I found it to be a fantastic series.

  • aaron Garcia

    April 10, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    COOL

  • The Wicker Man

    April 11, 2015 at 1:37 am

    It was so frustrating being a child of the 80’s in the UK as this series was always shown during the daytime when you were at school. Usually it didn’t matter as you could catch an episode of whatever show and just be happy that you saw it, but with Batman you were often left with a cliffhanger so you never saw what happened in the end unless you were off school sick or you were watching during the holidays!

  • yeismeload

    April 11, 2015 at 5:16 am

    I felt the same way regarding the Animated Series as Mike did concerning Batgirl. When they added Robin and later Batgirl while renaming the show ‘The Adventures of Batman and Robin’ I didn’t enjoy it as much. The show was still good, but the earlier episodes where it was just Batman and Alfred were far superior.

  • April 11, 2015 at 10:41 am

    mike has a baby girl? cool!

  • April 11, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    My favorite villain might be Bookworm. Holy Hell, Roddy McDowall made a good bat villain.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    April 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Great commentary and discussion. I agree that there’s room for both the comedic Batman and the serious Batman.

  • chris jackso

    April 11, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    You explain things so well, never change the way you review stuff!

  • rabidchild

    April 12, 2015 at 12:36 am

    In regard to the Dr. Evil comments/question of who was he based on, I’d like to direct anyone who hasn’t seen it to an episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus in which Graham Chapman plays a nefarious James Bond-esque baddie to hilarious effect some 20 years before Mr Myers. The sketch is on youtube and is titled Monty Python Secret Service Dentists.

  • Keith Duff

    April 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Hi Mike – I think of you like you think of Bat Woman…the guy that was OK with occasional cameos, but sucked when he got the full time job…

    Just kidding, you’re the man, dude – more like the green ranger and his awesomeness on Power Rangers…

  • gluserty

    April 13, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    This show was how Batman was introduced to me, so I’ve always held it in high regard.

  • Phil

    April 14, 2015 at 7:49 am

    One of the things that was not addressed in regards to the campiness of the show is the Comics Code Authority – which basically destroyed comics by this point. Batman and pretty much any other adult themed comic was reduced to saving cats in trees and teaching kids how to cook eggs in the morning. The writers were essentially giving a wink and a nod to the parents in the back of the room that grew up with a much more violent version of Batman. The campiness was absolutely intentional, and it was almost a, “okay, you’re going to reduce comics to silly childish garbage? Well we’re turning that up 10 fold” If you don’t like this version of Batman, don’t blame the creators, blame Cold War hysteria. The writers were simply reacting to that.

  • frostare

    April 14, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I may be one of the few people who thought Wizard of Oz was meh, even if it’s considered a milestone, I’d rather have this.

  • frostare

    April 14, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Bravo! I’m glad that both of you get the difference between a kid show/movie/game and a family show/movie/game. But yeah, Batman didn’t really need to be THIS dark to be enjoyed by adults. And that tale about James’ daughter is adorable.

  • Shadao

    April 14, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Have to wonder if you have watched Batman The Animated Series episode, Beware the Grey Ghost? That episode’s entire message was that the Batman 60s show inspired the creators of Batman The Animated Series and this series wouln’t have existed without Adam West.

  • Daniel Coogan

    April 15, 2015 at 7:07 am

    White balance!

  • ScaryManiac

    April 15, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I must say, Mike, I think you have the best Joker laugh I’ve ever heard. That’s the laugh I always imagine. I’ve been saying that since I saw that AVGN episode. Also, I noticed in other videos that that’s your natural laugh and that’s awesome!

  • Patrick Lane

    April 17, 2015 at 5:32 am

    I’ve got some great news! Adam West and Burt Ward will play Batman and Robin in two animated features to celebrate the 50th Anniversity of the 60s Batman next year.

  • Paulballsftw

    April 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I like how you said that it is timeless because I know of another show from the 70’s that I watched the whole series through and thought the same thing. That show was The Incredible Hulk. I saw the whole series on Netflix and I didn’t think of it as out of date just a 70’s theme more. I seen it way different now then when I seen it as a kid. So many lines that were more for adults to understand also the fact that Bruce worked at so many different jobs and had different women each episode. He was a big player lol. Got married twice even. There was only one episode where there was no woman of interest but a guy buddy. James and Mike should check it out if you haven’t seen them already.

  • Kent Gissing

    April 24, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I prefer the darker Batman versions, but what introduced me to Batman when I was a little kid were these re-runs in the 80s. ^^ I totally respect this show, even though its not something I think I would watch today, just like I have a hard time watching the 80s-ninja turtles today (though I loved it when I grew up) as opposed to the 2003 show which today appeal to my more mature but still animation-loving side. ^^

  • April 30, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Consequently, I remember my sensei mentioning the Bruce Lee/Burt Ward fight in a book, either something Bruce himself wrote (did he do any autobiographies? I can’t even remember), or a biography by someone else. Apparently the studio wanted Robin to win that fight, being the more popular charcter of the two. Bruce Lee apparently said “fuck that” and flat out refused to lose the fight, they wind up basically in a draw which was a concession on the studio’s part. Unfortunately no clue on which book that’s in, I’ve also read just anecdotes that Burt Ward had had a bit of training in Judo and had thrown a few quips around about Lee and Lee had heard about it and wasn’t very thrilled. Ward apparently nearly shit his pants when he realized Lee had heard what he’d said lol. Just stories I’d heard about that particular scene, would make sense, stars like that tend to have a bit of ego involed, but I’d be flipped right out…Lee may have had some ego but he had the goods to back it up, would NOT want to get into a fight with him pissed off.

  • Dusty Benjamin

    May 3, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Well now I have to pick it up, if only to relive my childhood

  • May 5, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Yeah,…I linked here from the youtube video, to see if they mentioned Ralph Garman,…and they did, but I’m guessing the guys have no idea who he is!

    HE’S BATMAN 66’S NUMBER ONE FAN!!!!

    Alright, alright,…I don’t know if that’s true, but he is a huge fan. Even better, he does a podcast with Kevin Smith called Hollywood Bable-On that a lot of fellow nerds enjoy.

    If James or Mike have a chance they should check it out, I listen to it weekly, and they even do Hollywood Comic Con Theater where they read Batman 66 comics in the voice of Adam West and Cesar Romero! Somehow through Garman’s love of Batman ’66, it’s revitalized my interest in the show!

    Check Out the Podcast at Smodcast.com!

    Also, make another video where Mike does his Cesar Romero impression!

  • thilo seidler

    May 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    can someone tell me if the dvd collection has prettier menus?

  • May 27, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I’ve just realized: Look at Bootsy: with a bit of latex on his nose he could pull the perfect Penguin face!

  • June 2, 2015 at 11:12 am

    mike have you ever played batman Arkham asylum or Arkham City

  • Kobi123

    August 19, 2015 at 8:43 am

    RIP Batgirl, That song was awesome

  • Dakota Post

    December 4, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    FUCK Batman Forever. It gives me a different perspective to hear the comparison between the 60’s series and it, but Batman Forever is the absolute worst movie I have EVER seen.

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