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Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology, 1989-1997 (Batman / Batman Returns / Batman Forever / Batman & Robin) [Blu-ray]
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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.
That's it. Four discs. In a 2-disc case. Why, Warner, why??
As far as BATMAN and BATMAN RETURNS, all the extras from the two-disc Special Editions are here. Unfortunately, Warner couldn't care less about the quality of the transfers. Sure you can see more detail in these BD releases, but there's been no restoration. Matte lines are starting to show, and in the case of BATMAN, very clear sprocket hole wear in the master print results in the main title jumping considerably. Paired with Danny Elfman's soaring crescendo when the title appears, the crisp gold title jittering about is pretty disappointing.
I only bought this for the first two (Tim Burton) films, and at Costco the price was less than the two as individual releases. So no great loss, but still another poor customer experience from Warner Bros.
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...
"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.Read more ›
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Step son is a batman fan! This was a great connection for a great price! Perfect stocking stuffer from Santa.Published 8 days ago by cassie
I like that all 4 movies are in one case and sold in a set package. They played good and were good quality. Read morePublished 9 days ago by james
Bought these for my son for Christmas. He was a very happy teen! Great price for a great collection.Published 13 days ago by Heather
These batman movies have different actors starring as Batman/Bruce Wayne but they're all still good.Published 13 days ago by Presto
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|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
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 slimdude | See all 9 posts
|This is $39 on WBShop.com||
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 JosephusD | See all 4 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
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
|hello this box is in Castilian Spanish latino?? I am from Argentina and...||Be the first to reply|
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