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Batman (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2005)

Michael Keaton , Kim Basinger , Tim Burton  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (751 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, Jack Nicholson, Robert Wuhl, Billy Dee Williams
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 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: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (751 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5XOY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,267 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Batman (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

Audio Commentary: Commentary by director Tim Burton Documentaries: Legends of the Dark Knight Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Parts 1-3 Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery Featurette: On the Set with Bob Kane Shadows of the Bat Pts. 1-3 Batman: The Heroes and Villains Gallery Music Video: Partyman by Prince Batdance by Prince Scandalous by PrinceAudio Commentary: Commentary by director Tim Burton Documentaries: Legends of the Dark Knight Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Parts 1-3 Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery Featurette: On the Set with Bob Kane Shadows of the Bat Pts. 1-3 Batman: The Heroes and Villains Gallery Music Video: Partyman by Prince Batdance by Prince Scandalous by PrinceAudio Commentary: Commentary by director Tim Burton Documentaries: Legends of the Dark Knight Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Parts 1-3 Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery Featurette: On the Set with Bob Kane Shadows of the Bat Pts. 1-3 Batman: The Heroes and Villains Gallery Music Video: Partyman by Prince Batdance by Prince Scandalous by PrinceAudio Commentary: Commentary by director Tim Burton Documentaries: Legends of the Dark Knight Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Parts 1-3 Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery Featurette: On the Set with Bob Kane Shadows of the Bat Pts. 1-3 Batman: The Heroes and Villains Gallery Music Video: Partyman by Prince Batdance by Prince Scandalous by PrinceAudio Commentary: Commentary by director Tim Burton Documentaries: Legends of the Dark Knight Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Parts 1-3 Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery Featurette: On the Set with Bob Kane Shadows of the Bat Pts. 1-3 Batman: The Heroes and Villains Gallery Music Video: Partyman by Prince Batdance by Prince Scandalous by Prince

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Batman: Special Edition (Dbl DVD)

Additional Features

Released on DVD the year the Batman franchise was resurrected with Batman Begins, the first four of the Warner Brothers live-action films receive slick reissues, all with a Wayne Manor-sized amount of extras. The 40-minute feature on the history of Batman is deft and conclusive--they talk to all the right people. The three-part documentary on the making of the first film is even better. Every time you think you are not going to hear new interviews, there pops Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Everyone seems to have had a grand time on the set, and those vibes continue more than a decade later; even Sean Young is good-natured when interviewed about a last-minute injury that led to Kim Basinger being cast as Vicki Vale. Candid comments from producers Peter Guber and Jon Peters also help. Tim Burton's free-following commentary only mentions the footage you are seeing briefly; it's more of a two-hour riff about his memories of filming and a must-listen for his fans. There's lots of other stuff including an unfilmed storyboard sequence introducing Robin. The film itself is upgraded by a remastered print and a new DTS soundtrack. --Doug Thomas

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100 of 108 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The worldwide success of Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" has prompted Warner Bros. to finally release Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" with an extra disc of special features...and this is an event worth cheering about!

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!
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic October 18, 1999
By Rm31d
Format:DVD
This film proved to the world that comic book films could be much more than action-packed carnage festivals. This film (and the first sequel "Batman Returns") have so much more to it than that. "Batman" is a gripping and very moving exploration of the psyche; it peers into the souls of not only the Dark Knight, but also those of the people whose lives he changes with his presence. The film is brilliantly acted by its perfectly-chosen cast, which includes Jack Nicholson (the Joker), Michael Keaton (the Batman), Kim Basinger (Vicki Vale), Micheal Gough (Alfred Pennyworth), and Robert Wuhl (Alexander Knox). Tim Burton makes perfect use of his wonderful directorial talents, Anton Furst designs a gothic, beautiful Gotham City, and Danny Elfman's classic musical score further help make this a unique, thought-provoking, and very powerful modern classic, a masterpiece of film noir and grand opera. "Batman Returns shares these wonderful qualities, but, sadly, Joel Schumacher's "Batman Forever" and "Batman and Robin" lose all of that depth and meaning, and become little more than standard mindless action. But, we'll always have Burton's dark vision of a haunted and brooding Batman.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The film:

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.

The Blu-Ray:

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.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars true masterpiece! April 23, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Tim Burton's 1989 classic is a must-see for Batman fans.
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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best Batman movie ever. Period.
Published 5 days ago by Dustin Risner Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Still great even now
It was good to revisit this classic adaptation of Batman. This was a breakthrough movie in the comic/action genre. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Nicholson Stole The Show In Batman
Batman is the first movie of the 90's series of the masked caped crusader.It tells the origin of Batman's story from the time that Bruce Wayne witnessed the murder of his parents... Read more
Published 6 days ago by DESERTMAN40
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for its time but trying to watch it today ...
Good for its time but trying to watch it today is somewhat hard as it starts to feel like a bit more mature version of the campy batman show. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ben Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars No Apologies If This Isn’t in Your Library.
I got this as a VHS tape on my 9th Christmas in 1989. It had just come out. For nostalgic reasons I will always love this version of the Batman tale. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jesse Joe Goulard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the movie
Published 10 days ago by Betty Sutton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
What can you say its Batman
Published 10 days ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars and Jack Nicholson are amazing!
Michael Keaton, and Jack Nicholson are amazing!
Published 11 days ago by adam kaeppel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good blu-ray for classic Batman
This movie is certainly a classic. I remember watching it as a kid and it still holds up well today. In my opinion, Michael Keaton is a solid Batman and Bruce Wayne. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Patrick M.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Batman movies out there.
This is the Batman movie that started it all, the one that showed the world that Batman cold work in a modern context, and laid the foundation upon which the (highly recommended)... Read more
Published 14 days ago by N. Howard
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