Batman: Bad Blood appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. From start to finish, the movie showed nice visuals.
Sharpness excelled. The movie always came across as tight and well-defined, so don’t expect any signs of softness. Jaggies and moiré effects also remained absent, and the image lacked edge haloes or artifacts. In addition, print flaws were a non-factor and didn’t appear at any point.
In terms of colors, Blood went with a dark palette that favored blues and subdued hues. The tones looked solid, as they showed positive richness and vivacity. Blacks were deep and tight, while shadows showed nice clarity. Across the board, the image worked well.
I thought the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Blood opened up the comic book material well. The forward channels brought out the majority of the audio, but the entire package added a lot to the movie. Music presented strong stereo imaging, while effects cropped up in logical spots and blended well.
The surrounds also contributed good information. For the most part, these reinforced the forward channels, but they also contributed a fair amount of unique material. These instances mainly occurred during storms or bigger action scenes. The back speakers brought out a nice sense of space and environment.
Audio quality always satisfied. Speech was warm and natural, without edginess or other issues. Music sounded lively and full, while effects displayed good definition. Those elements seemed accurate and dynamic. All of this led to a positive presentation that deserved a “B+”.
A smattering of extras complete the Blu-ray. Putting the Fight in Gotham runs 26 minutes, 26 seconds and includes comments from director Jay Oliva, producer James Tucker, live action stunt coordinator Damon Caro, comic book historian Alan Kistler, and DC Entertainment Creative Director Mike Carlin. “Fight” examines the action aspects of Batman programs, with an emphasis on the battle choreography found in this movie. That’s an interesting topic and “Fight” presents a good examination of the subject.
Expanding the Batman Family lasts 13 minutes, 46 seconds and features Carlin, Kistler, Oliva, and Tucker. “Expanding” examines the secondary crime-fighters under the Batman umbrella. This one offers a nice overview of how Bat-sidekicks evolved over the decades.
We also get two episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. We see “The Knights of Tomorrow!” (23:07) and “The Criss Cross Conspiracy!” (22:49). As expected, these boast some connection to the story/characters of Blood. “Knights” looks at an alternate version of Damian Wayne, and “Criss” includes a Batwoman story.
The Bold episodes take on a comedic/campy feel that I wouldn’t like in live-action but that seems fun in TV animated form. The series can be up and down, but I mostly enjoy the wackier orientation. “Knights” delivers the more enjoyable experience, as it gives us a fun alternate universe tale. “Criss” isn’t as good, but it’s still entertaining.
The disc opens with ads for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Lego Justice League: Cosmic Clash. Trailers also provides a “sneak peek” at Justice League vs. Teen Titans and a promo for Suicide Squad.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Bad Blood. It includes the trailers but no other extras.
As an animated adventure, Batman: Bad Blood offers a decent experience. I don’t think it excels – partly due to too many characters and too many plot points – but it boasts enough excitement to keep us with it. The Blu-ray provides solid picture and audio as well as a handful of supplements. This winds up as a fairly enjoyable Batman flick.