Warner Bros. Confirms Release Date of 1966 “Batman” TV Series on Blu-Ray As 11-11-2014

Besides the discs, you receive some killer packaging, booklets, trading cards and a little replica Batmobile. The price is steep, but look for it to go down soon and shop around for the best deal. Go, Batman! (Photo: Warner Bros)

Besides the discs for all 3 seasons, you receive some killer retro Bat-packaging, bat-booklets, bat-trading cards and even a little replica Batmobile. Suggested retail price for everything is $200-260 on Blu-Ray and $150-200 for DVD. Yes, those prices are a bit steep, but watch for it to go down after a few months as sales kick in at major retailers, then shop around for the best possible “bat-deal.” (Photo: WB)

Cesar Romero created an unforgettable portrayal of Batman's arch-nemesis, the Joker, appearing in all 3 seasons of the show. (Photo: Warner Bros)

Cesar Romero created an unforgettable portrayal of Batman’s arch-nemesis, “The Joker,” appearing in all 3 seasons of the show. (Photo: Warner Bros)

Holy Official Release Date, Batman!

It’s almost here! As you may recall from our previous article (found HERE), the classic 1966 Batman TV series with Adam West, Burt Ward, et. al, is about to hit store shelves—after only 48 years! According to an official press release from DC Comics, rep Jay Cochran:

“For the very first time, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) is releasing the fan-favorite original 1960’s Batman TV Series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. On November 11, 2014, just in time for the holiday season, Batman: The Complete Television Series Limited Edition will hit shelves on Blu-Ray ($269.97 SRP). Batman: The Complete Television Series DVD ($199.70 SRP) and Batman: The Complete First Season ($39.98 SRP) will also be available. Additionally, The Complete Series will be released for purchase on Digital HD. This highly collectible set is one fans won’t want to miss!

Actress Yvonne Craig appeared in Season 3 as Barbara Gordon, aka "Batgirl." (Photo: Warner Bros)

Yvonne Craig starred in Season 3 as Barbara Gordon, aka “Batgirl.” (Photo: WB)

Batman: The Complete Television Series features all three classic seasons of the fan-favorite show spanning all 120 original broadcast episodes – completely remastered – as well as more than three hours of never-before-seen enhanced content including interviews with both Adam West (as Batman) and Burt Ward (as Robin). In addition to favorites West and Ward, the series featured a long list of notable guest stars and cameo appearances over the course of three seasons including Julie Newmar, Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshin, Liberace, Vincent Price, Burgess Meredith, Bruce Lee, Art Carney, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more!

Comedian and impressionist extraordinaire, Frank Gorshin, created an unforgettable "Riddler." (Photo: Warner Bros)

Comedian and impressionist extraordinaire, Frank Gorshin, was STARTLING as the ridiculous “Riddler.” (Photo: Warner Bros)

Bringing the series’ vivid colors to life in stunning high-definition, the Blu-ray Limited Edition will be individually numbered, making the set a true must-have for both fans and collectors alike. The set will include sought-after premiums including: An exclusive Hot Wheels® Replica Batmobile, an Adam West Scrapbook – featuring never-before-seen photos from Adam’s own archives, 44 Vintage Trading Cards, an Ultraviolet Digital Copy of all 120 episodes
Episode guide – including a synopsis of all episodes, photos and a personal letter from Adam West to the fans!

Bat and CAT fans can't wait to see all 3 versions of Catwoman in high-definition Blu-Ray, ESPECIALLY the super-sexy actress/dancer, Julie Newmar. Me-OWW! (Photo: Warner Bros)

Bat and CAT fans can’t wait to see all 3 versions of Catwoman on the set’s high-definition Blu-Ray discs, ESPECIALLY the super-sexy actress/dancer, Julie Newmar. Me-OWW! (Photo: Warner Bros)

‘Fans around the world have been clamoring for this release for decades,’ said Rosemary Markson, WBHEG Senior Vice President, TV Brand Management and Retail Marketing ‘Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is beyond thrilled to make the caped crusader’s fans’ wishes come true by releasing Batman: The Complete Television Series to Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD for the very first time since the original 1960s program. Coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of Batman’s comic book debut, this is the ultimate holiday gift.’

And finally, Cochran’s press release described the many “extras” included with each 3-season set, revealing juicy “bat-intel” such as:

Hollywood's "heavy-hitters" such as Oscar-nominee Burgess Meredith were thrilled for the chance to "ham it up" on the ultra-campy, Batman TV series. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

Hollywood’s “heavy-hitters” including 2-time Oscar-nominee, Burgess Meredith (aka “The Penguin”) were thrilled to have an opportunity to really “ham it up” on the ultra-camp, Batman TV series. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

“Batman: The Complete Television Series, also features more than 3 hours of all-new enhanced content and its Special Features include:

Hanging with Batman – A true slice of life in the words of Adam West.

Holy Memorabilia Batman! – A journey into the most sought-after collectibles through the eyes of three extraordinary collectors.

Batmania Born! – Building the World of Batman – Explore the art and design behind the fiction.

• Bats of the Round Table – A candid conversation with Adam West and his celebrity friends, chatting all things Bat ’66.

Inventing Batman in the words of Adam West (episodes 1 & 2) – A rare treat for the fans as Adam discusses his script notes on bringing Batman to life in the first and second episodes.

Na Na Na Batman! — Hollywood favorite’s stars and producers recount their favorite Batman memories.”

Hot Toys has already set the hearts of many Bat-fans to flutter with the recent release of their superb 1:6 scale Batman and Robin action figures. With the 1:6 classic 1966 Batmobile not far behind, collectors will have their hands full and wallets EMPTY. (Photo: Hot Toys)

Hot Toys has already set the hearts of many Bat-fans aflutter with the recent release of their superb 1:6 scale Batman and Robin action figures. And with the release of the 1:6 classic 1966 Batmobile not far off, collectors will soon have their hands full—and their wallets EMPTIED. (Photo: Hot Toys)

While the DVD set of Batman will have fewer extras, no toy Batmobile, and lower screen resolution, Bat-fans will nevertheless be delilirously happy with its superbly remastered episodes and lower sticker price (only $150 verus $200+ in Blu-Ray). (Photo: Warner Bros.)

While the DVD set of Batman will have fewer extras than the Blu-Ray version and lower screen resolution, Bat-fans will nevertheless be deliriously happy with its superbly remastered episodes and lower sticker price (approximately $150 versus $200+ on Blu-Ray). Holy, Bat-Savings! (Photo: Warner Bros.)

Bottom Line: Like millions of other Batman fans, the staff here at The Joe Report is chompin’ at the bit for these beloved discs (you can already pre-order them HERE). While we all wait anxiously for November 11th to arrive, enjoy this teasing Bat-Video:

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5 thoughts on “Warner Bros. Confirms Release Date of 1966 “Batman” TV Series on Blu-Ray As 11-11-2014

  1. Matthew Pak says:

    Not to nitpick but we’ll only see TWO versions of Catwoman in the TV series release. Lee Meriwether’s Catwoman was in the movie only and will not be included as part of this set. However, there was an unnamed extra who played a Julie Newmar Catwoman look-a-like in the third season episode “The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra.” This was strange because by the third season Catwoman was being played by Eartha Kitt!

  2. kneonknight says:

    Well, it looks like it’s time to invest in a new television…my computer monitor just wouldn’t do this series justice. I’m going to consider it a very early Xmas present for myself..

  3. Hello, this is Celso Eduardo from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I am very glad to know that finally Batman original TV show of 1966 will be released in dvd and blue ray. Now, just out of curiosity, the release date will be the same to the Latin American countries including Brazil ? Or Warner Bros decided the release date of November 11, 2014 is only valid for the customers in the U.S.A. ? In this case, there will be another release date for Brazil and Latin America ?

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