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The Blu-Ray Transfer is Not Up To Par,
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This review is from: Batman [Blu-ray Steelbook] (Blu-ray)I have not seen Batman in at least 15 years. So, seeing it with "fresh eyes," I was surprised to find that the film stands up. The plot: A masked vigilante is taking back the dangerous streets of Gotham City, sparking a reporter and photojournalist to get the story. Meanwhile, when a criminal kingpin's "number one guy" has an accident in a chemical factory, The Clown Prince of Crime is born and gunning for Batman. I remember loving this film when I saw it at least five times in the theater. After having watched it, I still like it. It's not as great as when I was a teen but it is its own film with good performances from the three main actors (Nicholson, Keation and Basinger). The comparison of Nicholson's Joker vs. Ledger's is hard because, though this was a realistic take on Batman, it was a comic book brought to life as Nolan's films were "real life" with comic book elements. That being said, both performances are noteworthy and I love both of them. OK, onto the Blu-Ray... The transfer is decent but not very good. I'd expect that these films (Batman and Batman Returns) would warrant a more pristine presentation but nope. To me, it felt like watching a regular DVD upconverted to 1080P. It does have moments of image clarity, hinting at what might have been but mostly the image falls kind of flat. In any case, it does come with a large selection of extras including a commentary with Tim Burton (a holdover from the DVD) and all the Prince videos from the Batman soundtrack. So, with a lackluster transfer but a generous amount of extras, the Batman Steelbook is a decent deal at $9.99. But, if you see it for less, then grab it.
P.S. - My Steelbook came damaged with the disc loose in the case. I returned it and got a replacement but it was damaged the same way and, again, the disc was loose in the case.