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Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology, 1989-1997 (Batman / Batman Returns / Batman Forever / Batman & Robin) [Blu-ray] (1989)

Michael Keaton , Jack Nicholson  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones
  • Format: UK Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 498 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013N7AD8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,479 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Includes Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), and Batman & Robin (1997)
  • On the Set with Bob Kane
  • Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman – The Batman comic book saga as reinvented and reinterpreted over nearly seven decades
  • The Bat, the Cat and the Penguin – Cast and crew members recall the making of the equally spectacular sequel
  • Additional Scenes
  • Riddle Me This: Why is Batman Forever? – How a new director and cast created a new version of Gotham’s classic good and bad guys
  • Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Parts 1-6: The Road to Gotham City, The Gathering Storm, The Legend Reborn, The Dark Side of the Knight, Reinventing a Hero, Batman Unbound
  • Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery:
  • 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
  • Gotham City Revisited: The Production Design of Batman Returns
  • Sleek, Sexy and Sinister: The Costumes of Batman Returns
  • Making up the Penguin
  • Assembling the Arctic Army
  • Bats, Mattes and Dark Nights: The Visual Effects of Batman
  • Out of the Shadows: The Production Design of Batman Forever
  • The Many Faces of Gotham City
  • Knight Moves: The Stunts of Batman Forever
  • Imaging Forever: The Visual Effects of Batman Forever
  • Scoring Forever: The Music of Batman Forever
  • Kiss from a Rose Music Video by Seal
  • The Heroes and The Villains Profile Galleries
  • Bigger, Bolder, Brighter: The Production Design of Batman & Robin
  • Maximum Overdrive: The Vehicles of Batman & Robin
  • Dressed to Thrill: The Costumes of Batman & Robin
  • Frozen Freaks and Femme Fatales: The Makeup of Batman & Robin
  • Freeze Frame: The Visual Effects of Batman & Robin
  • Music Videos:Batdance, Partyman, and Scandalous by Prince, Face to Face by Siouxsie and the Banshees, The End is the Beginning is the End by the Smashing Pumpkins, Foolish Games by Jewel, Gotham City by R. Kelly, Look into My Eyes by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  • Batman: The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence
  • Theatrical trailers

Editorial Reviews

This year the BAT goes BLU…BATMAN - Batman (Michael Keaton) vs. The Joker (Jack Nicholson) in the amazing first extravaganza! With Kim Basinger. BATMAN RETURNS - The Bat (Michael Keaton), the Cat (Michelle Pfeiffer), the Penguin (Danny DeVito). And Christopher Walken, too! BATMAN FOREVER - Riddle me this: The Dark Knight (Val Kilmer) bat-battles Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and the Riddler (Jim Carrey). With Nicole Kidman, Chris O'Donnell. BATMAN & ROBIN - Will Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) put the world on ice? George Clooney wears the hero's cape. Also with Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone. All four box office hits on Blu-Ray for the very first time!

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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, proper special editions October 19, 2005
By Simon
This review is for the "Batman Anthology" set, where each movie is packaged in a new, 2-disc special edition. There is also an older, "Batman Legacy" set with the bare-bones editions, and Amazon seems to be grouping the two reviews together.

It's about time that Warner Home Video has finally given these superhero films the two disc, special-edition treatment they deserve. Each film comes with restored/enhanced video and audio, and all the special features one expects from a current dvd release these days; we get commentaries, archival music videos and trailers, making-of featurettes, interviews, retrospectives, and deleted scenes. The last bit will be of special interest to some fans, especially because the Batman Forever DVD finally includes those missing sequences we saw in the storybooks and trading cards (though they appear here in rough form). Also of interest to fans of the animated series is the abandoned "Robin sequence" from the original movie, where they got Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamil to bring the storyboards to life. Overall the special features are excellent, and these special editions are not a cheap double-dip.

The big question is if you should shell out for the box set, which includes the generally reviled "Batman and Robin." Personally I completely love the first three movies, and since the box set is about the price of buying them seperately or even cheaper, I'd say go for it. The Batman and Robin edition has enough special features to be worth the investment, and besides that the complete box set just looks nicer on my shelf. If you only like two of the four movies, it's a harder decision. If you can guarantee to yourself that you'll never be tempted to pick up more than two of the films, grab them individually. But if you're a collector who might eventually cave-in and get the others for completion's sake, the best bet is to buy the box set now.

Either way, it's nice to finally own these films with all the trimmings.
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85 of 100 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good value, but the quality is terrible. January 14, 2010
I'll admit that the price is cheap. Having all four films for less than $10 is great, but upon watching the first disc, I find that the quality of the transfer is absolutely terrible. Lots and lots of pixelation artifacts, especially when there's black on the screen, and let's face it, BATMAN was not a brightly lit film. The quality is barely, BAREly above VHS. I feel like they hooked a VCR up to a DVD recorder and had at it. I'm not even talking about grain (which I would expect from an older film transfer), but rather poor resolution. There are no solid diagonal lines, everything is blocky. The video looks like an SVCD that was poorly upconverted to DVD.

It's good value, if you're just looking for an affordable way to complete your collection, but if you're used to DVD-quality video, you will be disappointed...
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77 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Bats" In The Belfry October 25, 2005
"Haven't you ever heard of the healing power of laughter?"
"I am Catwoman. Hear more roar."
"It's true, I was there #1 son, but, they treated me like #2!"
"By the way, I've seen your mind - freak!"
"Your not sending me to the cooler!"
- The Joker wants to put eternal smiles on Gothamites, Catwoman has more than a frog in her throat, The Penguin can't get family time, The Riddler has a meeting of the minds, while, Mr. Freeze cools off, as they all try their hand at destroying "Batman"

Finally, after roughly five years since the release of the bare bones "Batman Legacy" DVD edition & on the heels of "Batman Forever"'s tenth anniversary on video, comes the "Batman Anthology". The first four "Batman" films are represented here with 2 discs covering each film in widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS, with director's commentary.

- Disc 1: feature film & one (!) theatrical trailer ("Warner" advertised the sh*t out of this film in 1989 & all they put is one release trailer!)

Disc 2: On the set with Bob Kane -the creator of "Batman" takes a small tour thru the set of the first film. It lasts about 2 minutes & really isn't worth losing sleep over, if you miss it.

"Shadows Of The Bat: The Cinematic Saga Of The Dark Knight" Parts 1-3: this is definitely worth checking out. Everything you pretty much need to know about the progression of Batman from the comic pages of D.C. to the big screen release of the first film is here. If there is a reason to get this box set this is it. Big thumbs up.

"Legends OF The Dark Knight: The History Of Batman"
Need another reason to own this box set? here it is. Doc covers the complete history of Batman, from an idea of Bob Kane's, to comic hero, to T.V.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman Legacy DVD Review April 9, 2003
Here we have it, all four Batman films all together in one DVD box set. The series started in 1989 with the original classic Batman. In 1992, the series was continued with the superior Batman Returns. In 1995, Batman's story continued, and Robin was introduced in Batman Forever. The series ended in 1997 with Batman & Robin. Here I'll review each film, as well as the DVD.
Batman: Here, Batman is played excellently by Michael Keaton. Batman must save Gotham City from The Joker (Jack Nicholson). Keaton makes a great Batman, and Nicholson is superb as The Joker. Tim Burton brings a dark visual style which I vastly prefer to Joel Schumacher's neon colored versions. Movie: (5/5)
Picture Quality: The picture quality is quite good. A few specks show up every now and then, but nothing too bad. Black level is dead on with excellent clarity. (4.5/5) Sound: The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is excellent. It was great to hear the Batman theme with such clarity and force. A great soundtrack all around. (5/5) Extras: The extras are some very interesting production notes, which are quite informative. (3/5)
Batman Returns: The best film in the series. This time, Batman (Keaton) must save Gotham from the evil monster, The Penguin (Danny DeVito), and the slinky, mysterious Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). Once again, Keaton makes an excellent Batman. DeVito is also excellent as the montrous Penguin, but it's Pfeiffer who unquestionably steals the show. Easliy the best film in the series. (5/5) Picture: Batman Returns features stunning imagery as well as some dark imagery which the DVD captures beautifully. Black level is dead on. The picture is wonderfully crisp and clear. Great all around. (5/5) Sound: The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is also great. Surrounds are used heavily and to great effect.
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No way!!!
Well Spindrift, I don't think Bonnie & Clyde are holding a gun, and forcing you to buy them. You definintely have an option. All the discs are available to purchase separately in the UK, if you're interested.
Mar 25, 2009 by Walking Tall |  See all 9 posts
This is $39 on
Just beware, the lead time to get this from WBShops is at least a month. They just don't tell you that on the website.
Aug 20, 2012 by Amazon Customer |  See all 4 posts
Does the Batman blu ray set have digital download copies?
Warner's download codes usually work for one year past street date, so even if this has a digital copy it might be expired.

(The Digital Copy itself doesn't expire, so you're fine once you've downloaded it while the code is still good.)
Jul 21, 2010 by David Horiuchi |  See all 6 posts
Worth upgrading from DVD set?
To be honest, I would say no at its current price (unless the price drops to about 45-50, but at 70, hell no). The HD is good on Batman, AWESOME on Batman Returns, and then good on Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. What might work out best for you is renting them first and seeing if you notice... Read More
Oct 15, 2010 by Me! |  See all 4 posts
not available!
its curently out of print. Most likely they will re-release it to concide with the DVD/Blu-Ray edition of The Dark Knight.
Jul 19, 2008 by Sebastian Sanjurjo |  See all 5 posts
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