DVD
Return to the Batcave
The Misadventures of Adam and Burt

Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward Julie Newmar, Jack Brewer and Jason Marsden
Anchor Bay Entertainment UK
RRP: 16.99
ABD4391
Certificate: 12
Available 13 June 2005


Ageing actors Adam West and Burt Ward are invited to a charity auction in which the Batmobile
from their 1960s Batman TV series is to be sold. But before the sale even begins, the car is stolen right from under the noses of the once-dynamic duo. Deciding that no one is better qualified to find the Batmobile than the actual Caped Crusader and The Boy Wonder, West and Ward head off in search of the missing car...

Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt is really two projects joined together. Firstly it is a very tongue in cheek movie that drags two ageing actors out of mothballs to fight crime once again, and secondly it tells the behind the scenes story of how the two actors were originally cast and throws light on some of the off-screen goings on.

This interweaving of ideas works really well. Personally I'd have preferred to have seen more flashback sequences - they only scratch the surface. But switching between the two helps to keep everything moving along at a comfortable pace - there's no stretching of the material. It was interesting to learn that West had turned down the role of James Bond and Ward had (due to his Batman contract) been unable to take the role in The Graduate - which Dustin Hoffman ended up calling his own.

Jack Brewer and Jason Marsden are excellent choices to portray the young West and Ward. And there are plenty of gags to keep everyone amused - including Ward's numerous on set accidents and West's insistence that Batman and Robin are not gay.

West and Ward prove that they still have the comedic talents that made them household names and Julie Newmar (one of the show's original Catwomen) has aged incredibly well.

There are several cameo appearances including Betty White (The Golden Girls's Rose) in a blink and you'll miss her scene; Frank Gorshin who played the original Riddler (who sadly died recently - May 2005); Lee Meriwether (another one of the original actresses to play Catwoman) and Amy Acker (who Angel fans will know better as Fred) turns up as Burt Wards wife.

Extras include DTS soundtrack; trailer; biographies (of only West and Newmar for some odd reason); and film notes. Not a great collection of extras, but then this is one of those movies where behind the scenes footage and audio commentaries are not necessary.

If you are a fan of the '60s television series (I grew up watching this on Saturday mornings in the '70s/'80s) then you really will get a blast out of this very amusing DVD.

Darren Rea

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