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
Bought this Black Friday and got a weird copy. Digital code was already used and the uhd disc had blurriness issues looked awful. Went to exchange for a different copy and it has the same issues. Is not my player because Dark Knight looks fantastic on my UBP X70. Disappointed.
Hindsight makes for 20/20...Batman Begins was considered to be saving the Bat franchise in 2005 when it came out because Batman and Robin in 1997 had killed it with its psychedelic camp, weird product placement (bat credit card), and really boring story.
The Bat franchise makes its fans experience whiplash as it flips back and forth between trend setting dynamics (Batman 66, Batman 89) and horror inducing output (B&R 97).
Batman Begins was a trendsetter in its own way, although it wasn't overly recognized for that until its sequel, the Dark Knight, came out. BB had to escape the long shadow of B&R, which it did.
Not everything is perfect. Bale's Batman Voice still produces more humor effect at times than intimidation ("wheeeeeere are the druuuuuuugs" lol) and the fight choreography is...bad...and poorly filmed...but the innovation to make Batman exist in the "real world" really set off a trend that had movie studios putting their own IP through a "...Begins" process (ahem, James Bond with Casino Royale for example)
It isn't perfect (what movie is) and it collapses a bit under itself toward the end (and Batman doesn't stand by and let people kill themselves or contribute to their death...but ok) but still one of the best live action Batman films ever.
If you want a good batman film, the animated ones are usually much stronger contenders but this is absolutely worth your time.
The 4K upgrade is pretty impressive as well. Extras are just imported over from the previous blu ray, but if you have a 4K set up (or find this at a decent price) it's worth your time to "begin" the bat trilogy over again.
Anything by Christopher Nolan is guaranteed to be good and this fits the bill. The first in the Batman trilogy this film truly sets the tone for Bruce Wayne, his origin, and why he's not like other "superheroes". It's dark and gritty but still gives you someone to root for and the facts the effects aren't CGI and misplaced makes it all the better and more enjoyable. A true must-watch!
I popped this disc into my Blu-ray player soon after it arrived in the mail. I was excited to see how much better the 4k disc would look compared to the DVD I already had. There's no comparison. The 4k disc blows away the DVD. The only disappointment is the lack of a digital code for the movie.
The only negative I experienced in buying all three of the older Batman movies in 4k is they don't come with 4k digital codes. It appears that all versions seem to have removed the digital codes even though they are the same versions which originally came out. The picture quality is amazing though in these new editions.