Batman Returns (BD) [Blu-ray]
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Gotham City faces two monstrous criminal menaces: the bizarre, sinister Penguin (Danny DeVito) and the slinky, mysterious Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). Can Batman (Michael Keaton) battle two formidable foes at once? Especially when one wants to be mayor and the other is romantically attracted to Bruce Wayne? Like the groundbreaking 1989 original, Batman Returns is directed by the wizardly Tim Burton. And like the first blockbuster, it’s a dazzling adventure that leaves you breathless. Special Features: • Commentary by Director Tim Burton • The Bat, the Cat and the Penguin Making-of Featurette • Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Part 4: Dark Side of the Knight • Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery – 6 Featurettes: • 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 • Inside the Elfman Studio: The Music of Batman Returns • Souixsie and the Banshees Face to Face Music Video • The Heroes and The Villains Profile Galleries • Theatrical Trailer
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Is Batman Returns true to the comics? Well, yes and no, but mostly no.
Catwoman is not a thief, a blonde, and a little deranged; Christopher Walken's character Max is made up; Penguin's story is not cannon either. Not to mention that Tim Burton takes a really dark approach in this one--I would argue that this is perhaps the darkest Batman of any Batman, regardless of the franchise. So, why would I claim that this Batman is "the Best"?
Well, for multiple reasons, a few of which I will outline below:
(1) Batman is not really in this movie. I think one of the best aspects of the Burton Batman films is that Batman is almost a secondary character. As such, he remains mysterious as the Dark Knight should be. Also, the less Batman talks, the less we as an audience get annoyed with his self-righteousness and, in Bale's case, horrific voice acting. Micheal Keaton played the perfect Bruce Wayne, in my opinion.
(2) Micheal Pfeiffer. Okay, yes, Anne Hathaway did a decent job portraying the old comic book style Catwoman. That being said, Micheal Pfeiffer blew Catwoman out of the park and immortalized her in our (at least the children of the 90's) minds. Hathaway portrayed Catwoman--Pfeiffer IS Catwoman.
Which leads to (3): Pfeiffer and Keaton's chemistry BLOWS Bale's and Hathaway's chemistry out of the water. Seriously. That dance scene at the costume party was just pure genius on so many levels.
(4) The story was extremely dark and sexual. Most people knock this one because of these aforementioned characteristics, but you know what: I think that's what makes this one the most interesting. It is coy and seductive and I love it all the more for those reasons. Most of all, what is Batman if not entertaining? I would characterize Batman Returns as highly entertaining without being overly serious (Nolan) or overly absurd (Schumacher).
Burton, in my opinion, created the best Batman franchise, this one being my personal favorite of the two.
(That being said, I would like to give a brief nod to Nolan who saved Batman from the caricatured hades that Schumacher put him in and for creating the best villain of the franchise, in my opinion, with his Joker.)
I highly recommend this movie.
Love Devito as the penguin. Love Pfeiffer as catwoman. Keaton has always been one of my favorite versions of Batman. Only reason not for 5 stars is due to the "throw-away" origin stories of the two villains.
"Batman Returns" seems much more a Tim Burton film; weirder, more perverse, funnier and more unpredictable than its predecessor. While the film lacks Nicholson's magic, it gains a great, funny, and twistedly sexy performance by Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, her dark, dual personality mirroring Batman/Bruce Wayne's schizophrenic existence, and drawing these two "enemies" together like moths to flame.
Also fun and often fascinating are Danny DeVito's so pathetic you could almost like him, but so dark he's unredeemable Penguin. And Christopher Walken is a blast comparatively underplaying evil capitalist billionaire Max Schrek.
The film looks gorgeous, arguably better than the first. And if the production design can't match the grandeur of Anton Furst's sets for "Batman". these have a lot more Tim Burton surrealist fun-house/nightmare aesthetic.
What's missing is much of a clear plot, story elements coming and going a bit randomly. And, like the first film, "Batman" himself is made less interesting than the bad guys. But Burton has always been at his best exploring outsider characters, and creating nightmare dreamscapes, and he gets to do a lot more of that here. As one critic put it; this is a somewhat weaker "Batman" film, but a much better Tim Burton film.
The blu-ray image quality is very nice indeed.