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Batman Begins (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition) (2005)

Christian Bale , Michael Caine , Christopher Nolan  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes
  • Directors: Christopher Nolan
  • Writers: Christopher Nolan, Bob Kane, David S. Goyer
  • Producers: Benjamin Melniker, Charles Roven, Cheryl A. Tkach, Emma Thomas
  • Format: Anamorphic, Subtitled, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,880 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AU9UYM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,889 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Batman Begins (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • MTV's Tankman Begins: a spoof
  • Inner Demons comic: Explore the special features through an exclusive interactive comic book
  • The Journey Begins: creative concepts, story development and casting
  • Shaping Mind and Body: Christian Bale's transformation into Batman
  • The Tumbler: reinvention of the Batmobile
  • Gotham City Rises: production design of Gotham City, the Batcave, Wayne Manor, and more
  • Saving Gotham City: the development of miniatures, CGI, and effects for the monorail chase scene
  • Genesis of the Bat: A look at the Dark Knight's incarnation and influences on the film
  • Confidential files: Go beyond the movie and discover facts and story points not in the film
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Cape and Cowl: the new batsuit
  • Path to Discovery: filming in Iceland
  • Confidential files
  • Character/weaponry gallery
  • Photo gallery
  • DVD-ROM features: Batman Begins mobile game demo & Web links
  • © 2005 Warner Bros. Ent. All rights reserved. TM & © DC Comics.

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Batman Begins discards the previous four films in the series and recasts the Caped Crusader as a fearsome avenging angel. That's good news, because the series, which had gotten off to a rousing start under Tim Burton, had gradually dissolved into self-parody by 1997's Batman & Robin. As the title implies, Batman Begins tells the story anew, when Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) flees Western civilization following the murder of his parents. He is taken in by a mysterious instructor named Ducard (Liam Neeson in another mentor role) and urged to become a ninja in the League of Shadows, but he instead returns to his native Gotham City resolved to end the mob rule that is strangling it. But are there forces even more sinister at hand?

Co-written by the team of David S. Goyer (a veteran comic book writer) and director Christopher Nolan (Memento), Batman Begins is a welcome return to the grim and gritty version of the Dark Knight, owing a great debt to the graphic novels that preceded it. It doesn't have the razzle dazzle, or the mass appeal, of Spider-Man 2 (though the Batmobile is cool), and retelling the origin means it starts slowly, like most "first" superhero movies. But it's certainly the best Bat-film since Burton's original, and one of the best superhero movies of its time. Bale cuts a good figure as Batman, intense and dangerous but with some of the lightheartedness Michael Keaton brought to the character. Michael Caine provides much of the film's humor as the family butler, Alfred, and as the love interest, Katie Holmes (Dawson's Creek) is surprisingly believable in her first adult role. Also featuring Gary Oldman as the young police officer Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman as a Q-like gadgets expert, and Cillian Murphy as the vile Jonathan Crane. --David Horiuchi

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DVD Features

The first disc is filled out by the theatrical trailer and a Jimmy Fallon-starring Batman Begins spoof from the MTV Movie Awards. The second disc consists of eight featurettes (about 105 minutes total) on a variety of topics. "The Journey Begins" covers the early stages of the movie, including the casting and how director/co-writer Christopher Nolan brought in co-writer David S. Goyer for his comic-book expertise. "Shaping Mind and Body" covers Christian Bale's fight training, and other featurettes discuss the sets (the Batcave is shown being constructed out of wood and sheets), the Batman costume, the Batmobile, the monorail sequence, and the hazards of filming in Iceland. All the behind-the-scenes featurettes are solid but somewhat routine, and while "The Journey Begins" is the widest overview, there's not really any centerpiece documentary (all are 8 to 15 minutes, and there's no Play All option). Interviewees tend to be the same throughout: Nolan, Goyer, Bale (the only cast member to get much face time), and other crew members (it's nice to hear from the stunt people).

Potentially more interesting to fans is "Genesis of the Bat," which covers the comic books that influenced the film, including The Long Halloween, Neal Adams's Ra's Al Ghul from the '70s, Dennis O'Neill and Dick Giordano's The Man Who Falls, and Frank Miller's Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns. Interviewees include DC Comics editor Paul Levitz and artist Jim Lee, but the latter's involvement eventually degrades the featurette into a pitch for DC's All-Star Batman line. A nice bonus to the Deluxe Edition is a mini comic book (DVD case-sized) that has Batman's first appearance (Detective Comics #27), The Man Who Falls, and a 48-page excerpt from The Long Halloween. (Once you get a taste of Halloween, you'll want to pick up the full-length, full-size version.) Filling out the disc are overviews of four gadgets and eight characters, DVD-ROM features, and a variety of poster-art concepts. To get to the features menu, you have to scroll through a multi-page Goyer-scribed comic book, which is a good read, but you can't skip it the next time you want to watch the second disc. Note that the comic book is also viewable in French, and the second disc offers a French menu and French (but not English) subtitles for the featurettes. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

DVD Features:
DVD ROM Features:Batman Begins Mobile Game Demo & Weblinks
Documentaries:Genesis of the Bat: Batman Incarnations from the Mid-1980s to the Present The Journey Begins: Creative Concepts, Story Development and Casting Shaping Mind and Body: Fighting Style Gotham City Rises: Production Design Cape and Cowl: The New Batsuit The Tumbler: The New Batmobile
Documentary:Path to Discovery: Filming in Iceland Saving Gotham City: The Monorail Chase Sequence
Easter Eggs
Featurette:Confidential Files Character/Weaponry Gallery
Interactive Menus:INNER DEMONS COMIC: Explore the special features through an exclusive interactive comic book
Other:Batman: The Man Who Falls - a classic story that inspired Batman Begins Batman: The Long Halloween - a chilling excerpt that also inspired the film
Photo gallery
Theatrical Trailer


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458 of 516 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman flies high in excellent BEGINS June 16, 2005
Since his first dramatic appearance in Detective Comics in 1939, Batman has grown to become a pop-culture icon. From movie serials in the 40's, to a classic campy TV show in the 60's, to a solid animated series in the 90's, fans have thrilled to the super heroics of this unique character. However, as a film franchise, he has brought results that were somewhat less than impressive creatively. While the Tim Burton directed films, BATMAN and BATMAN RETURNS were stylish and dark, they also suffered from plot holes you could drive a Batmobile through. Then Joel Schumacher introduced a Day-Glo sensibility to the Dark Knight in BATMAN FOREVER, before drowning the character in ludicrous costumes (a Bat suit with nipples???), pun-filled foes, and whiney sidekicks in the lousy BATMAN & ROBIN. By then, Batman as cinematic property had become a laughingstock. Fortunately, indie film director Christopher Nolan reinvigorates the franchise in glorious form in BATMAN BEGINS, a reboot of the Batman legend that, for the first time, puts the focus squarely on our hero and not on the over-the-top villains of past films. Nolan also bases the film in a strong semblance of reality that allows the audience to not only accept the possibility of the winged vigilante, but embrace it as well.

Most fans already know the story of how wealthy Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) loses his parents when they are slain during an attempted robbery, but the movie also tells how he chose the bat as his symbol, as well as the steps needed to become the avenger of the night that he turns into. Disillusioned and frustrated by Gotham City's corrupt judicial system, the young Wayne goes abroad to study the criminal mind.
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529 of 618 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flesh and Machinery June 17, 2005
Christopher Nolan and his co-screenwriter, David Goyer have chosen to postpone the crossover of Bruce Wayne (a soulful Christian Bale) into Batman until half way through the new "Batman Begins."
And this is a crucial and important step that Nolan puts off until Bruce walks the earth in search of his own personal nirvana... in a sort of Christ-like journey to understand himself and his place in the world after his parents are brutally murdered. It is also from this quest that he acquires the knowledge and skills necessary for him to become a warrior, ready and able to combat the ills and rid his town Gotham of all evil-doers.
Nolan's "Batman Begins" is a more macho, masculine film than were the previous movies, which is not to take anything away from Tim Burton's elegiac, gothic and visionary takes on this story. But Burton's world is/was/ and will always be the world of the dreamer: his Batman is more sinned against than sinning. His Batman needs love and understanding while Nolan's wants and needs justice and revenge more than anything else: even the sultry Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes proves to be of little interest to Batman save a chaste kiss at the end of the movie. It's interesting to note that in the previous Batman films we had big beautiful bombshells like Kim Bassinger and Nicole Kidman as the so-called love interests while here, in Nolan's vision we have a more scrubbed clean, working class (Rachel is an assistant D.A.) heroine: a woman who is as interested in righting wrongs as is Batman and not merely someone meant as an adornment to the suave debonair Batman of Val Kilmer, George Clooney or Michael Keaton.
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163 of 190 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Batman is back! **Updated review to BluRay edition** December 5, 2005
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After years of not having a Batman film and mostly due to the franchise hitting bottom thanks to Joel Schumacher's disastrous "Batman forever" and "Batman and Robin", Christopher Nolan present us his version of the character with an impressive all star cast anda story brilliantly written by David S. Goyer.

The film

There were high expectations for this film before its release as if would it be as good as Burton's films, the truth is, there are no points to compare, Nolan and Burton visions are quite different from each other, but both respect the origins and essence of who the character is.

Goyer took some liberties in the storytelling that could be considered as unforgivable by many fans (Bruce's parents are originally killed after seeing "Mark of Zorro" at the movie theater, a fact that marks Bruce's mind with the idea of a masked vigilante) but also hints at stuff that the previous versions let pass unnoticed, the main focus of this film are the origins of Batman and his training to become what he ultimately is. Even though the detective part of Bruce's training is not even mentioned, the twist in which Ra's Al Ghul (Liam Neeson) is the one who trained him in the ninja arts and theatricality just makes their conflict more delightful and interesting. Cameos and appearances of characters from the comic book are also well used, justified and important to the story (Carmine Falcone and killer Zsaz)

The story uses the two villains exactly as they would act in the comic book, Ra's Al Ghul with his constant desire to set thing right his way and Jonathan Crane (Cillian Murphy) working and experimenting with the thing he enjoys the most: fear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Batman fan!!!!
I love this movie! This kicked off one of the best trilogies ever in my opinion. It is a must own for Batman fans!
Published 3 days ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome...
great movie, would suggest it to anyone that has not seen it.

the movie may not be for everyone, but you should see it once to find out!
Published 6 days ago by SamHain
5.0 out of 5 stars surprised me
I don't know what I was expecting, but it sure was not what I got. I had thought that my three sons
just were enthusiastic because they appreciate this genre. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Patricia A. Greffey
5.0 out of 5 stars BATMAN REDEFINED FOR A NEW GENERATION
I have to admit, I liked the first Batman film that starred Michael Keaton, Kim Bassinger, and Jack Nicholson (an unforgettable Joker!). Read more
Published 14 days ago by A "Billy T."
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a must see, but a good flick
Batman is getting a bit old and hard for make a different twist around the story, but this was good and had plenty of action.
Published 14 days ago by Ed Nollet
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit slower with origin
This film seems a bit slower to start - but it has the origin. It is Batman Begins after all. I would recommend the entire trilogy for Batman fans. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Brian A Carter
3.0 out of 5 stars Batman Begins
This was a good movie but what made the series better was when Director Christopher Nolan's career better and well established was The Dark Knight. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Dseb9107
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
my husband loves these movie so i had to get them all for him for christmas and suprise him swith them
Published 22 days ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Action and clean
I really like well written action movies and this was one of them. The camera shots and scenes were excellent. Read more
Published 22 days ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
What a great super hear movie. This series is by far the best of the super hero movies out there and much better than previous incarnations of Batman movies.
Published 26 days ago by M. Nolan
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