Go ahead, say it with us: finally! Yes, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is getting a 1080p remastered Blu-Ray release, and that means the best Batman movie ever is finally coming home in hi-def.
In 1993, Mask of the Phantasm came out in theaters, a full-length feature film from the Batman: The Animated Series team that had Batman, Joker, and a new villain, the Phantasm, all clashing. It’s a story of betrayal, of “masks,” of vengeance and terror and even of some resolution. It’s also the only movie thus far in which Alfred calls Bruce Wayne out by reminding him he used to “diaper his bottom.”
The new edition comes from Warner Archive Collection, which has been steadily bringing film and TV relics from Warner’s past into the present day. The film will feature a 1080p HD remaster presented in both the theatrical 16x9 aspect ratio and, if you want to feel like you’re sitting in your PJs watching it on the floor of your basement while acting out the scenes with a Batman toy (too real?), you can watch it in open matte 4x3 ratio, too. No special features outside of the theatrical trailer in HD were revealed just yet, and these releases are usually sparse there, so it may be all that’s on the disc.
While we don’t have an exact release date, Warner Archive says it’s coming “next month,” so we’ll have it sometime in July. The film features Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Dana Delany as Andrea Beaumont, Mark Hamill as The Joker, and more. Their official description follows.
“When the city’s most feared gangsters are systematically eliminated, the Caped Crusader is blamed. But prowling the Gotham night is a shadowy new villain, the Phantasm, a sinister figure with some link to Batman’s past. Can the Dark Knight elude the police, capture the Phantasm and clear his own name?
Unmasking the Phantasm is just one of the twists in this dazzling animated feature. Discover revelations about Batman’s past, his archrival the Joker and Batman’s most grueling battle ever — the choice between his love for a beautiful woman and his vow to be the defender of right. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is “a mystery that is genuinely absorbing, suspenseful and moving” (Cincinnati Enquirer).”