Batman (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle)
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A groundbreaking cinematic achievement (and one of the most expensive films ever produced, to that time), "Batman" was a tremendous gamble, and the story behind the ten-year struggle to bring it to the screen is fascinating! It is a tale of visionaries, beginning with Michael Uslan, a young student/Batman fan, who not only convinced his university to include comics in their curriculum, but, fired up by Richard Donner's "Superman", knew a Batman film could be just as powerful, and took the idea, with Batman creator Bob Kane's blessing, to Hollywood; of Peter Gruber and Jon Peters, who listened to Uslan, after every studio had passed on it, saw the potential, and decided to gamble; of Sam Hamm, who had a "Batman" script in his head, praying to get the chance to write it; and, most importantly, of Tim Burton, whose dark, quirky sensibilities made him THE director to film it, despite only two feature films to his credit.
This remarkable story, with archival footage and new interviews, is the highlight of disc two, but there is much, much more! Did you know that Robin was scripted to make an appearance in the first film? That Sean Young, not Kim Basinger, had been cast as Vicki Vale? That the Batmobile, designed by Oscar-winner Anton Furst, could actually do 95 mph (and that Tim Burton drove it, once?) That the room where disfigured Jack Nicholson received his unsuccessful plastic surgery was actually a studio prop room? Each chapter is a revelation!Read more ›
the blu-ray steelbook is a must-have for enthusiasts.
i can still remember going to see this movie in a jam-packed theater.
a true blockbuster, it was the top-grossing film in North America that year.
great acting, great story, great soundtrack, great movie.
Michael Keaton's Batman is dark, brooding, and tormented. i loved Keaton in Beetlejuice but didn't think he could pull this role off until i saw it for myself. Jack Nicholson was unforgettable as the Joker. Nicholson's joker is maniacal magic. not as dark as Ledger's (The Dark Night), but much more fun. Kim Bassinger is Vicki Vale, whose affections are pursued by both Batman and the Joker.
Prince's soundtrack is awesome. the score (Danny Elfman) is well done. the costumes are great and the set design won an Oscar. plus...all of Batman's "wonderful toys".
great special features (unchanged from the 20th anniversary release):
+ Commentary by Director Tim Burton
+ On the Set with Bob Kane
+ Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman - The Comic Book Saga as Reinvented and Reintrepeted over Seven Decades
+ Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Parts 1-3
+ The Road to Gotham City
+ The Gathering Storm
+ The Legend Reborn
+ Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery (6 Featurettes) - Visualizing Gotham: The Production Design of Batman / Building the Batmobile / Those Wonderful Toys: The Props and Gadgets of Batman / Designing the Batsuit / From Jack to the Joker / Nocturnal Overtures: The Music of Batman
+ 3 Prince Music Videos: Batdance, Partyman and Scandalous
+ Heroes and The Villains Profile Galleries
+ Batman: The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence
+ Theatrical Trailer
Disclosure - Batman was the first movie that really knocked my socks off as a kid. I saw it several times in the theater, and it ignited a decade long love of comic books for me (that ended when I moved out on my own and didn't have the money any more). So reviewing this film is an exercise in taming my nostalgia.
It is a very good movie. It's got some very good performances, especially Keaton and Nicholson. The story overall is strong, intertwining the origins of the two principals. It gets a bit flabby in pacing at the end, and about 10 minutes could have been cut. The ending is easily the worst bit, as Batman suddenly becomes rather homicidal, in contradiction to well-established characterization in 50 years of prior stories. Some of the effects work doesn't stand up very well today, with obvious model shots and some pretty bad animation which would now be done by CGI. Actually, what strikes me now is how "low budget" it seems at times, if you're looking for it anyway (and the vision is generally so powerful that you might not - but then I've seen this film a good 20 times).
Overall, the fractured vision of Tim Burton and designer Anton Furst, married to a tenuous grip on reality (which was completely gone by the sequel, unfortunately), makes this compelling viewing. It's not as good perhaps as the new Nolan movies. But it's a classic. It inaugurated the boom of comic book movies that we are still enjoying/suffering through today. Kids 8 to 80 should enjoy this film. It's well worth owning as a home video.
This video transfer is very faithful to the original film. Which is to say, it's drab, dark, monochromatic, and not at all the kind of thing you want to demo your shiny new HDTV with.
Don't get me wrong.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First and still the best characterizations. Consider when it was produced. The special effects of the late 80s were really special.Published 3 days ago by T. Russo
Jack Nicholson was amazing as The Joker. Michael Keaton made an awesome Batman. This two (2) hooked me to the Batman story and I have been a fan since.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
An oldie but goodie. Tthe darkness may be arty but I found it distracting.Published 3 days ago by Homer dog
This was a good movie for it's time. I enjoyed Burton's vision, but technological advances make it seem a bit dated.Published 9 days ago by macfarland
Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy has gotten a lot of acclaim, and there is no denying that those are great movies. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Clint W. Green