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on May 12, 2015
If you're stuck in the Nolan-trilogy's universe, you probably won't be too interested in these. You can't go into them with that style in mind. None of them are very serious, but all four are entertaining. They all retain relics of Batman's campy silliness; some more than others. And I mean, come on, it's four Batman movies for under $10! What else were you gonna spend that on? The Sam Raimi Spiderman trilogy? You better not. You better not even consider that.

Now for really brief reviews of each individual movie.

Michael Keaton? Instant, "Yes." He plays a better Bruce Wayne than he does Batman.
Jack Nicholson's Joker was cut from a different cloth than Ledger's. But that in no way takes away from it. He did a great job.
Cool atmosphere and set design, decent plot, and good cast.

Batman Return
Keaton reprises his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne.
He's joined by Danny Devito, who plays a good but somewhat off-putting Penguin.
Michelle Pfeiffer plays Catwoman. She was, uh...well-suited for the film. Crappy sexist puns aside, she played the role well.
There's some Christopher Walken sprinkled in there, too.
Not as good as Batman, but worth watching.

Batman Forever
Let's get the disclaimer out of the way: Val Kilmer is my favorite live-action iteration.
Kilmer's Bruce Wayne is pretty spot on. His Batman is great. Solid suit, gadgets galore, corny one-liners, cool lair and batmobile. Plus the world's greatest detective actually does detective when Kilmer plays him.
That said, the rest of the movie has an abundance of cheesiness,
Jim Carrey's Riddler and Tommy Le Jones' Two-Face are likable. But lord are they stupid. Terrible, terrible supervillains.
Nicole Kidman plays a pretty shallow Chase Meridian. But Batman doesn't have time to spare for emotional depth. Thankfully.
And Chris O'Donnell's Robin is alright, though his backstory falls short.
Batman Forever is something you could watch with your kids and enjoy. The "Holy rusted metal" line was perfect.
Or alone in your room while eating an entire package of Oreos. Sobbing.

Batman & Robin
This movie catches a lot of flack. A LOT of flack. George Clooney, Mr. Freeze, nipples. I'm sure you've heard it all. And for the most part, it's true.
So if you plan on watching this, go in expecting a fairly dumb plot filled with more holes than a termite's dinner table and a cast of goofy, thick-headed heroes and villains.
Clooney as Batman was...probably a mistake. I don't think he deserves the raw hatred some people express for his role. But he doesn't deserve praise for it either.
O'Donnell returns as Robin. Better in this one than in Batman Forever.
Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl was totally unnecessary. It didn't even make sense.
Poison Ivy, portrayed by Uma Therman, was filled with terrible lines and hypnotic movement.
Her partner was Bane. No clue who played him. That actor is probably still trying to forget his time on-set. Bane was just awful. Like a mentally retarded gorilla dressed up as a luchador.
Arnold as Mr. Freeze may be the best example of "so bad it's good" in cinematic history. So many puns. The costume and his plans were over-the-top. His minions were even dumber.
A lot of you might skip this one. Maybe you should.
But you shouldn't.
Just watch it.
Watch them all.
In one sitting.
Eating a package of Oreos.
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on January 12, 2014
I bought this at Costco today -- this is as cheap as Warner can get, four BDs in a case designed for 2 with double-height spindles. So it LOOKS like you're getting 2 Blu-ray discs, but there are four.

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.
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on September 16, 2013
Batman has developed a lengthy lineage in the cinematic world. From the grotesqueries of Tim Burton's mind to the performance-geated Schumacher productions, they're a diverse class of entities as unique as the times that they take place in. Now, in the reign of Christopher Nolan's masterful Batman pictures, do they hold up? Two do, two don't.

It all boils down to this: Batman and Batman Returns are two very artful, thematically rich and gripping renditions of the Dark Knight, while Batman Forever only satisfies on a surface-level, make-your-eyes-bleed kind of way -- and Batman and Robin to an even lesser degree. They're all entertaining on some very mild level, though Burton's pictures are the only two that'll provide enough thought to match up with the modern-minded Batman aficionados. Schumacher's riffs on the series claim to hark back to the '50s and '60s comics while paying homage to the Adam West television show, which you can take as a reasonable explanation or not for their boisterous, obnoxious kid-geared demeanor. Overall, I'd still recommend the whole-shebang as a slate of interesting achievements in production design, action choreography, and cinematography across the board, giving Burton's pictures exceedingly high marks while relegating Schumacher's pictures to rent-worthy diversions, the latter being one perfect for rifftracking with friends.

Speaking on quality alone without price necessarily in mind, The Batman Blu-ray Anthology comes with a firm Recommendation based on the strong visual and aural qualities matching the complete carry-over of the standard-definition box's slate of supplements. As a Batman lover it's certainly a blast to see all of these pictures presented in beautifully-rendered visual transfers and sounding nearly as good as they did in the theaters -- even if they now play second banana (or third, or fourth) to the new breed of Batman movies.
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on February 18, 2014
This review is for the 4-disc Blu-Ray set.
It was great to see the original Batman movies cleaned up in the Blu-Ray format. Like many people I was a fan of the first two Tim Burton & Michael Keaton movies (Batman, Batman Returns). You can't beat the price though to include the later 2 Joel Schumacher films as well.
Tons of in-depth special features are included for each movie. It appears that all of the DVD special features are included on the Blu-ray set. There are several other reviews which will go more in-depth as to the respective features, but I would recommend the set, even if you cringe at the thought of re-living the "Batman & Robin" movie.
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on March 25, 2015
It is BATMAN,,, and not the cartoon version.. and it is not the character seen in the Adult Cartoon which this reviewer never watches or has any interest. Batman expert? Seen all four of these movies? So what if the same guy isn't wearing the Batman suit. Can you name the three actors who play Batman in the four movies?

Well regardless of who's in the Batman suit .,, these movies are still good Bat entertainment. :) The Four Movies in this package are the original and somewhat recent FOUR BATMAN MOVIES,, separate from the earlier ones- known for the Sock n Bang n Boom which WAS close to being the cartoon Batman....but it was still Batman right? LIKE THEM - YES Enough to buy the Blu Ray Discs ... Today it means sometimes renting first,,, then decide to buy or not. Personally have seen ALL of these movies before.. now I own the set.

PS: The newest Batman movies are THE TRILOGY produced by Christopher Nolan and in the Batman suit is Christian Bale who does a standout modern version of the Batman Saga. Also own in BluRay
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on April 22, 2016
Most of these movies are no that great. That being said, I do enjoy them, and at this price, it's a great value. Note: This is not the Christian Bale version!

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on August 7, 2015
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on August 20, 2016
Loved the first one.....liked the second one....accepted the 3rd one.....COULDN'T stop watching this Mess of a movie....costumes were OUTRAGEOUS..... the bat armor was a joke..... but hey.....4 movies on 2 discs for the price of one movie
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on February 3, 2014
Pros: Batman.

Cons: Batman and Robin.

Thoughts: When I first heard that Tim Burton was doing a live-action Batman movie, I wasn't too thrilled. I had grown up on the Adam West show and the Superfriends cartoons, and I didn't take the character seriously. Especially when Prince (or is it "Artist Formerly Known As"?) released his own soundtrack.

But what Burton gave us was a take on the character only longtime fans of the comic could appreciate, until this film.

As for me, I appreciate what the first film in this series did in reviving the character.

Unfortunately, as the movies progressed, they tended to get sillier and sillier. Although lots of people still like Batman Returns, to me, that's where it went downhill. And the Schumacher films continued that trend until it ended with Batman and Robin. It became less about giving us good stories and serious characters, and more about squeezing in as many celebrities as possible.

Still, the Danny Elfman soundtrack is fantastic - dark and mysterious, yet heroic and triumphant.

If you're a fan of the Dark Knight, these films are worth having for their historic significance, if nothing else. And who knows? Maybe you'll enjoy the Adam West-style campiness of the later films.
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on March 29, 2016
Can't beat the price dot it for $17 on deal of the day but I had to return it because it had 2 Batman & Robbin's in the bundle I was missing Batman Forever but I got that resolved and received a new one without question with all right discs within a week so no issues here.
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