This would've been bloody marvelous had two-thirds of the animated anthology Batman: Gotham Knight not stunk. Made to promote the summer's most hotly anticipated film The Dark Knight, the anime-style anthology isn't so much a segue between Christopher Nolan's first and second Batman films as it is a PG-13 revamp of the old animated series. Gotham Knight consists of six 15-minute short films -- each by a different director, writer, and illustrator. But as intriguing as it sounds to have so many brains devoted to this project, only two of the directors do justice to the Batman legend.
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Alcoholic Gin (Toru Emori), his drag queen friend Hana (Yoshiaki Umegaki), and young Miyuki (Aya Okamoto) are digging through the trash on a snowy Christmas Eve when they find an abandoned baby adorable beyond description. Hana immediately falls in love and claims that he's always wanted to be a mother. Gin is more skeptical. How can three bums take care of a needy baby? Miyuki just wants to help any way she can.
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The original Vampire Hunter D was produced for video only in 1985. Its twisted violence, a plot thick with deception and honor, perverted sex scenes, and beautiful acts of heads and limbs being lopped off are a D&D geek's wet dream. Based upon volume three of Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D novel series, Bloodlust follows the continuing story of D and his travels as a vampire hunter for hire.
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