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Popular 'Gotham' has its own unique look

Popular 'Gotham' has its own unique look

Gotham: The Complete First Season

Warner Bros., $59.98; Blu-ray, $60.10

This Fox series was one of last season's most popular new TV shows, perhaps because it tries to be a lot of things at once. It's an origin story for the superhero Batman (seen here as a boy, soon after the death of his parents), a straightforward police procedural (albeit with colorful super-villains like the Penguin and the Riddler) and a modern TV interpretation of classic Hollywood gangster pictures and film noir. Not everything works — the "baby Batman" material consistently comes up short — but Ben McKenzie makes a potent lead as the future Commissioner Gordon, and the supporting...