Batman Begins [Blu-ray] [2005]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (732 out of 745)

    Special Features


    • The Dark Night Prologue [in High Definition]
    • Tankman Begins: A Batman Begins spoof
    • Batman - The Journey Begins: Concept, design and development of the film as well as the casting of Batman himself
    • Shaping Mind and Body: Observe Christian Bale's transformation into Batman
    • Gotham City Rises: Witness the creation of Gotham City, the Batcave, Wayne Manor
    • Cape and Cowl: The development of the new Batsuit
    • Batman - The Tumbler: The reinvention of the Batmobile
    • Path to Discovery: A look at the first week filming on rugged and remote Iceland locations
    • Saving Gotham City: The development of miniatures, CGI and effects for the Monorali Chase scene
    • Genesis of the Bat: A look at the Dark Knight's incarnation and influences on the film
    • Reflections on Writing Batman Begins with David S. Goyer
    • Digital Batman: The effects you may have missed
    • Batman Begins Stunts/Confidential Files: Discover facts and story points not in the film
    • Stills Gallery
    • Theatrical Trailer

    Synopsis


    Batman Begins
    The origins of the Caped Crusader of Gotham City are finally brought to the big screen in this new adaptation of the perennially popular comic-book series. The young Bruce Wayne (Gus Lewis) leads a privileged life as the son of wealthy, philanthropist parents, both of whom stress their commitment to improving the lives of the citizens of crime-ridden Gotham City. After his mother and father are murdered by a mugger, however, Wayne grows into an impudent young man (Christian Bale), full of rage and bent on retribution until encouraged by his childhood sweetheart, Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes), to search for answers beyond his own personal vendettas. Wayne eventually finds discipline in the Far East under the tutelage of Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), a member of the mysterious League of Shadows who guides him in the study of martial arts -- and the ways in which an ordinary man can hone his senses to an almost superhuman acuity. After seven years away from Gotham, Wayne returns, determined to bring peace and safety back to the city. With the help of his faithful manservant, Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine), and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a scientist at his late father's corporation, Wayne develops a secret identity as Batman, a masked fighter for justice. But when a shady psychiatrist (Cillian Murphy) joins forces with the criminal underworld, Wayne realizes that putting an end to their nefarious plans will be very difficult indeed. Batman Begins also features Gary Oldman as Lt. James Gordon and Tom Wilkinson as the crime boss Carmine Falcone. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Christian Bale
      Christian Bale - Batman/Bruce Wayne
    • Liam Neeson
      Liam Neeson - Henri Ducard
    • Katie Holmes
      Katie Holmes - Rachel Dawes
    • Gary Oldman
      Gary Oldman - Jim Gordon
    • Cillian Murphy
      Cillian Murphy - Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      5* flick, 4* 4k UHD

      Posted
      WhiskeyTango
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      Don't get me wrong, BATMAN BEGINS is a modern classic. I saw it many times in theaters and already own it on Collector Edition DVD & 1080p BR. Even though director Nolan supervised/approved this 4k UHD release, WB cheaply elected not to rescan a new 4k Digital Intermediate from original captures. (Hasn't this film raked in enough $$$ to merit a new 4k DI Master???) So, this is one of those 2kDI-to-4kUHD discs that can be disappointing on reference 4k equipment. First, there is an overall loss of fine detail, in favor of faux filmic grain, that's only slightly better than the 1080p HD BR release. Second, a considerable amount of detail is lost in the highly crushed blacks of nighttime scenes and in the Batcave. (This was a major cinematographic challenge even as the film was being made.) What made this 4k BR finally collectable for me is the recently inaugurated, ongoing BB/WB sale, 3 4k-s for US$50, that includes all of the individual Nolan Batman Trilogy as individual 4k BRs. Since the official Trilogy 4k "boxed set" is just the three stand-alone 4k BR releases (with no other boxed set extras/benefits) and remains priced well above US$60-$70, I decided to collect this 4k title at this time. Recommended only to 4k complete-ists and those who own 4k equipment and don't already have the 1080p BR. (The bundled Digital Copy redeems as 4k UHD with UltraViolet and MoviesAnywhere.)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie, Great Gift Set

      Posted
      EternalZero

      Aside from being regarded as one of the best superhero movies ever (or movies in general), this is a great Blu-ray. The editing, musical score, action sequences and overall compilation of the movie is very fluid and cohesive unlike other movies of this genre, not to mention the CGI is hardly noticeable as most of the action sequences are real and not computer generated *rather computer enhanced.* The great acting, the strong plot, and good character development, this is a movie that pretty much everyone should have. Now onto the Blu-ray/Giftset portion. The lenticular image is pretty cool and is made of very hard and thick cardboard unlike previous lenticular images. There are 2 mini booklet inserts: 1 is a comicbook adaptaion of the Imax prologue (first 6 minutes of the Dark Knight included in the Blu-ray at 1080p...) the second is pretty much the same thing with the imax images. Now onto the better part... $7.50 towards a Dark Knight movie ticket. Pretty much everyone who buys this gift set or this movie will be intersted to see the Dark Knight, and this ticket is redeemable at many theatres. I pretty much discounted the $7.50 from the price of the gift set as I am going to see the Dark Knight in the theatres at least once anyways. There appears to be no actual blu-ray title screen, instead the movie auto loads and you use the pop-up menu to access all of the features. I've found that in some features the controls aren't responsive such as the pop-up menu, etc... but that may be my particular case although I don't believe that to be so. I don't think it's the best Blu-Ray i've come across in terms of functionality and would really rate this product a 4-4.5, but the movie is just that good. Regardless, the quality of the movie is great and very up to blu-ray standards and well worth the money if you really like Batman Begins AND plan to see the Dark Knight.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Beginning of a Legend...

      Posted
      THX1138

      I will try to skip going over a synopsis of this film, as I'm sure you can find one elsewhere. I will say that this film is utterly fantastic, brilliant, and well-written. It is now one of my all-time favorite films. I will now focus on the DVD. The first disc includes (of course) the film itself. The picture quality is amazing. Everything is very clear and sharp with nice, vibrant colors. It could not be better. The sound is a little harder to judge. I do not have a surround sound setup, and therefore cannot say what it sounds like coming through 6 speakers, etc. But even with the good old-fashioned 2-speaker stereo setup, the sound is clear and dynamic. A very good job all-around. Also on the first disc is the trailer for the film and the hilarious Batman Begins spoof, "Tankman Begins". The second disc includes the rest of the special features. Most of these are short documentaries, each focusing on a specific behind-the-scenes topic. Everything you will want to know is covered, from the forming of the film's story to casting the characters, from building the Batman suit to the creation of the spectacular visual effects. All of these features are accesible through a creative, "interactive comic-book" format. Also on the second disc are some 'character files'; short biographies for the fictional characters in the film. There are also a few hidden features for those who wish to hunt them out. All in all, this is an excellent DVD release of an excellent film, and worth every penny of the price.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A perfect way to restart the franchise

      Posted
      Tony1980

      To my surprise, even the script was well done-David S. Goyer's scripts from Blade, esp. the language disgusted me, but here he did a very nice job. Christian Bale puts on the cape as Batman and is very good as Bruce Wayne. Some actors you could never imagine seeing in these kind of roles, do an excellent job too. I bought this right after returning it to Blockbuster, I couldn't wait! Bruce's history is re-done very well, even though we've seen it all before, but the creators here finally took the story and got it right, Tim Burton tried to make it too dark mixed with humor, Joel Schumacher tried to make it too cartoonish, that didn't work either, Chris Nolan and David Goyer took the story and didn't miss a beat. This and DK I think would make the comics creator proud. The other charecters are very-well done as well, the good is easy to distinguish from the bad, overall. I find it hard to believe that any fan of the comics could hate this or DK, a word of advice, when you watch these, forget everything you've seen and take these on their own merits. check 'em out!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best portrayals of Batman I've ever seen

      Posted
      Tony1980

      When I first heard of this new adaptation of the franchise, I saw David S. Goyer's name as the script writer and because of Blade's scripts was debating it, but my skepticism was quickly put to rest. I was more than impressed, I loved it! I immediately bought it after returning it to blockbuster. We all know the story/legend of Batman aka Bruce Wayne, but to me, no one's ever nailed it this well. Tim Burton tried to make it dark and funny, it wore thin after awhile. When Joel Schumacher took over the directing they got too silly. With this and DK, Chris Nolan and David Goyer took the story and finally got it right-it wasn't supposed to be campy/funny, this to me would've made the creator of the comics proud. The cast is pretty good too, some actors even play roles you never thought could/would do roles like this-Christian Bale does both a good Bruce Wayne and Batman, Cillian Murphy does a good dr.Crane and Liam Nesson does a role I've never seen before. When you watch these though, I suggest you don't compare the other versions, these stand alone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Superb Origin Story

      Posted
      Martok
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      Even though I'm a fan of most things Marvel, I've got to say that Batman Begins is one of the best superhero origin movies ever. Christian Bale, Michael Cane, Morgan Shepherd, Gary Oldman and Liam Neeson headline an incredible cast. Some nice twists in the overall story, as well as nice moments outside the action (the scenes between Bruce and Alfred are excellent, as well as Bruce and Rachel; such a shame Katie Holmes chose not to return for the next movie; her loss). Twelve years later, the movie still holds up extremely well. Let's hope they don't do a too-soon reboot, a.k.a. Spider-Man 2012; what a mess that was. 2002 Spider-Man, and 2005 Batman Begins, though very different in tone, share this in common: Modern updates that stay true to the source material and appeal to a wide audience. Both are highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      best superhero so far

      Posted
      mpikek

      christain bale is one the best actors of our time. he gets into character perfectly for every movie and nails the batman role(hes the perfect choice like robert downey jr was for iron man). on top of that, this is the best superhero movie i have ever seen and most critics thought that, too. yea sure the new hulk and iron man might be great, but this is fantastis. cillian murphy does a surprisingly good job as the scarecrow. thomas wilkerson aces the role of valconey(or however you spell it). all the suporting gets the job doen. and im possotive that heath ledger will be the best villian in superhero movie history. anyway, the story to batman begins was the best of all comic movies and the darkness of the film helped out a lot. and any batman fan will absolutley love this one, and im not a superhero movie person, and i still loved it. and of course it looks great being on blu-ray, but all movies do. overall, this was superb, and dark knight will be better.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      There's nothing better than a clean slate

      Posted
      WeirdDan

      Batman Begins is to the Batman franchise what Casino Royale was to the Bond franchise - a desperately needed shot in the arm and breath of life for a series that had grown stagnant. In the case of the Batman series, it was thanks to an absolute garbage fest from Joel Schumacher, the truly awful and detestable Batman and Robin which was more like a live action cartoon than a film. Christopher Nolan starts fresh, showing the origins of Batman and how he became the man he is in a truly classy way without just rehashing the same old story about how he lost his parents. Christian Bale is BRILLIANT in his execution not only as Batman, but as Bruce Wayne. This is the first time that an actor has pulled off both personas perfectly. The presence of the Scarecrow and Ras Al'Guhl for the villain aspect is so well done by Cillian Murphy (best crazy man ever!) and Liam Neeson respectively. I can't wait for The Dark Night, it will be monumental and above all, epic.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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