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DVD Review: Batman and Mr. Freeze: Subzero

Though it was released in 1998, it is only now that Warner Brothers has released Subzero on DVD. The film which was originally planned for a fall 1997 video release but was later bumped to the next year. Subzero was a welcome sigh of relief for Batman fans who were still reeling from the embarrassing "Batman and Robin". The movie is a perfect contrast to Batman and Robin since it features four characters from that film: Batman, Robin, Batgirl and Mr. Freeze. The only differences being better storytelling and animation.

In Subzero, Mr. Freeze has relocated to the arctic where his only accomplices are two Polar Bears, a 12 year old Inuit Boy and his cryogenically frozen wife Nora. However things take a terrible turn as a Submarine surfaces in Freeze's lair damaging Nora's capsule and causing her to suffer a relapse of her fatal disease. Her only hope lies in an organ transplant from a similar donor. Freeze's search leads to Barbara Gordon. Freeze abducts Barbara leaving Batman and Robin in a race against time to save her.

Subzero is an excellent film. It is simply amazing and a wonderful follow up to Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. The strength of the film lies in its smooth flowing story and the superb characterizations. Batman, Robin and Batgirl are presented the way they should be by showcasing their many talents such as their Detective skills, Crime fighting abilities and their athleticism. Mr. Freeze is also well written. The writers combine his hollow emotionless characterization with that of his love for Nora making him a likeable character at times. The story also has some well written action scenes. The best of any Batman films, animated or live action. Subzero also makes use of several computer generated scenes which were used for the action scenes which enhanced them a great deal. The only drawback that most people found was that the film was too short. It would have been great to have some extra scenes exploring Dick and Barbara's relationship, but I digress.

DVD wise, Subzero is in standard 4:3 ratio format. The Picture quality is crystal clear and the sounds quality is good even though it is still in Dolby 2.0. The features are limited in this DVD. They include trailers for the other Batman DVDs and the new Scooby Doo Movie. Other features include The How to Draw Batman and the Mini game which also appear in the B:TAS DVD. Again these aren't really ground breaking or worthwhile features. The saving face feature on this DVD is the video montage that shows scenes from the movies and couples them with storyboards and designs from the movies.

While it isn't as long as Mask of the Phantasm, Subzero is still a wonderful movie far superior to its live action counter part Batman and Robin. The features are lacking but the film makes up for this short coming.

Audio: 9/10
Video: 10/10
Features: 5/10
Film Rating:10/10
Overall: 9/10