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Batman Collection: 4 Film Favorites [4 Discs] [Blu-ray]

This four pack for fans of the DC superhero Batman offers a collection four features, Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman and Robin.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (378 out of 381)

    Special Features


    • Batman:
    • Commentary by Tim Burton
    • Two featurettes shadows of the bat: the cinematic saga of the dark knight parts 1-3
    • Documentary gallery
    • Batman Returns:
    • Making-of featurette
    • Shadows of the bat: the cinematic saga of the dark knight part 4
    • Music video
    • Character profile galleries
    • Batman Forever:
    • Additional scenes
    • Riddle me this: why is batman forever?
    • Shadows of the bat: the cinematic saga of the dark knight part 5
    • Batman & Robin:
    • Commentary by Joel Schumacher
    • Shadows of the bat: the cinematic saga of the dark knight part 6
    • Additional scene
    • Music videos

    Synopsis


    Batman
    Behind the black cowl, Gotham City superhero Batman is really millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton), who turned to crimefighting after his parents were brutally murdered before his eyes. The only person to share Wayne's secret is faithful butler Alfred (Michael Gough). The principal villain in Batman is The Joker (Jack Nicholson) who'd been mob torpedo Jack Napier before he was horribly disfigured in a vat of acid. The Joker's plan to destroy Batman and gain control of Gotham City is manifold. First he distributes a line of booby-trapped cosmetics, then he goes on a destruction spree in the Gotham Art Museum while the music of Prince blasts away in the background, and finally he orchestrates an all-out campaign to win the hearts and minds of the Gothamites, hoping to turn them against the Cowled One. Meanwhile, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) becomes the love of Batman's life-which of course plays right into the Joker's hands. Photographed by Roger Pratt, designed by Anton Furst, and scored by Tim Burton's favorite composer Danny Elfman, Batman was a monstrous box-office hit, making $100 million in the first ten days of release--$82,800,000 in North America alone. Incidentally, Billy Dee Williams' comparatively small role as DA Harvey Dent was originally designed to set up the sequel, wherein Dent was to convert into master criminal Two-Face; but by the time the producers got around to that character in 1995's Batman Forever, Two-Face was played by Tommy Lee Jones. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Batman Returns
    In this first sequel to 1989's Batman, the Caped Crusader (Michael Keaton) is up against the Penguin (Danny DeVito), the hideously deformed scion of a wealthy Gotham City family. The Penguin plots with evil businessman Max Schreck (Christopher Walken) to become mayor and then turn Gotham into a cathedral of crime. Upon overhearing these plans, Schreck's mousy secretary Selena Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer) is tossed from a high-rise window by her boss. Rescued by a covey of kittens, Selena transforms into the leather-clad Catwoman. In this guise, she teams with the Penguin and Schreck to divvy up their ill-gotten gains and help discredit Batman-but she also has her own scores to settle. Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Reubens, Vincent Schiavelli and Jan Hooks play significant bits, while Pat Hingle and Michael Gough make returns as, respectively, Commissioner Gordon and Alfred the Butler. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Batman & Robin
    This was the third follow-up to Tim Burton's Batman (1989), the original revisionist look at the Gotham City legend, as well as the second in the Batman series directed by Joel Schumacher and the first featuring George Clooney as the Caped Crusader; it features not one but two super-villains, and a new heroine to fight crime alongside Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) and Dick Grayson (aka Robin) (Chris O'Donnell). The experiments of Dr. Victor Fries (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to preserve his late wife cryogenically have gone horribly wrong, turning him into the evil genius Mr. Freeze, who must keep his body at sub-zero temperature in order to say alive -- and he wants to put Gotham City on ice. Shy horticulturist Pamela Isley (Uma Thurman) goes a bit wild with a Venus Fly Trap-like creation she's been working on and mutates into Poison Ivy, who wants to kill all the people on Earth so plants can take over. Can Batman and Robin stop these fiends before their plans go too far? Meanwhile, Bruce and Dick's faithful butler Alfred (Michael Gough) isn't feeling well, so his niece Barbara (Alicia Silverstone) comes to pay a visit. When Barbara finds out what her uncle's employers do in their spare time, she decides she wants in on the action, and she joins the crime fighting twosome as Batgirl. Batman & Robin also features Jesse Ventura in a small role as a prison guard; it would be his last film role before becoming Governor of Minnesota in 1998. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Batman Forever
    Director Joel Schumacher inherited the Batman franchise from Tim Burton and began steering it in the campier direction of the Sixties television show with this third installment. First-time Batman/Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer), in his only outing as the Caped Crusader, is effectively brooding as he ponders strange dreams about his parents' death and escapes his own near-demise at the hands of Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), a former district attorney driven insane and turned into a master criminal when a gangster throws acid in his face. Meanwhile, as sexy psychologist Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) tries to analyze and seduce both Bruce Wayne and Batman, Wayne Enterprises employee Edward Nygma (Jim Carrey) reacts badly to getting fired, using his self-invented mind-energy device to transform into the super-intelligent Riddler. The Riddler teams up with Two-Face to bring down Batman and drain the minds of Gotham City residents with his device, while Batman gets some much-needed help in the form of circus performer Dick Grayson (Chris O'Donnell), out for vengeance after being orphaned by Two-Face. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Michael Keaton
      Michael Keaton - Batman/Bruce Wayne
    • Jack Nicholson
      Jack Nicholson - Joker/Jack Napier
    • Kim Basinger
      Kim Basinger - Vicki Vale
    • Robert Wuhl
      Robert Wuhl - Alexander Knox
    • Pat Hingle
      Pat Hingle - Commissioner Gordon



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 381 reviews

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      The Best And The Worst In One Convenient Package

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      boughtit
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      I already owned the first two on Blu-Ray. Michael Keaton's first one, "Batman" was an excellent movie for its time, despite the obligatory Tim Burton weirdness and the factual deficiencies (e.g., The Joker did *not* kill Bruce Wayne's parents, etc.), and despite Kim Basinger's incessant screaming. Danny Elfman's film score was excellent, and even Prince contributed to the soundtrack at the insistence of Jack Nicholson ("Joker"). As for Jack Nicholson, there was nothing really special about his performance, even though he got top billing. He just played the same Jack Nicholson you saw in "Witches Of Eastwick", only in whiteface. Burton was far less effective on "Batman Returns", also starring Keaton. The Batman was barely in this movie. Burton's silliness was all over this one, and far too much scene-chewing was devoted to Danny DiVito's (very gross) Penguin and Michelle Pfieffer's Catwoman. On the plus side, Paul Reubens, aka Pee-Wee Herman, another Burton alumni ("Pee-Wee's Big Adventure") has a brief cameo as The Penguin's father. Christopher Walken was completely wasted on this project. It wasn't a very good sequel. Keaton left after this movie out of loyalty to Burton because Warner Bros wanted to change directors for the next Batman film. Burton was replaced by Joel Schumacher as director, and Burton was "promoted" to producer. Thus began the slow death of the franchise. Keaton was replaced by Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne/Batman in "Batman Forever", and while his performance was, at least, "serviceable", it barely measured up to the films that preceded it. You either like Jim Carrey or you don't, and I don't. Never did. I don't think he's funny, and I suspect that the great Frank Gorshin turned in his grave upon learning that Carrey would portray Gorshin's iconic "Riddler". FAIL. Also, this was the first movie to introduce "Robin" played (to absolutely no benefit at all to the film) by Chris O'Donnell, yet another mistake. Robin was a mistake and O'Donnell as Robin was a mistake. I'm surprised that he still got work after this one. If you haven't seen any movies starring Tommy Lee Jones lately, there may be a nexus between his portrayal of "Two-Face" and now. The Bat-suit was deliberately over-sexualized to the degree that it made some folks uncomfortable. The previous two movies, "Batman Returns" and "Batman Forever", suffered from too many villains, too much time devoted to character development of the villains, and too little Batman. And that was about ego. But the biggest ego trip happened on the next one -- "Batman & Robin" unarguably the laughably worst of the bunch that drove a wooden stake through the heart of the "Batman" film franchise for many years, until Christian Bale revived it and then ruined it again. Where do I start? I won't even try. They received a resounding "Razzie" for this movie, and George Clooney had to go on an apology tour for his portrayal of The Batman. It is the reason why I bought this 4-pack! I LOVE bad movies! I own "Plan 9 From Outer Space", for example, and while almost nothing is as bad as that one, this one's in the Top 10! It's not only the worst Batman flick, it also ranks among the worst movies I've ever seen! So, thank you, Arnold Schwartzenegger/Mr. Freeze (who insisted on top billing [ego] -- the joke's on you!), George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman/Poison Ivy (anyone hear from her lately?) and Alicia Silverstone/Batgirl. This film was such a train wreck that I would absolutely recommend it to a friend! I like good movies, too, of course, but I love to laugh at the bad ones. "Batman & Robin" is really *that* bad! Far worse than the bad ones that preceded it, by far! It's so bad that Netflix isn't even running it anymore, which is what compelled this purchase. Thank you for your time.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      All 4 Batman movies in one place.

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      Icefell
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      Box set containing four films from the popular 'Batman' film series. 'Batman' (1989) was the first big screen outing for Bob Kane's caped crusader. The streets of Gotham City are no longer safe for criminals, who are being picked off by a masked vigilante in a rubber suit - dubbed 'Batman' by the press. Reporter Alexander Knox (Robert Wuhl) teams with photographer Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) in an attempt to discover Batman's true identity - an investigation which leads them to the door of mysterious millioniare Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton). Meanwhile, crime boss Carl Grissom's (Jack Palance) attempt to rid himself of untrustworthy henchman Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson) does not go according to plan, and after emerging physically - and mentally - disfigured from a vat of chemicals, Napier reinvents himself as the psychotic Joker. In 'Batman Returns' (1992), Oswald Cobblepot was abandoned by his parents as a baby. Thirty three years later, bent on revenge, he returns to Gotham City as the Penguin (Danny DeVito). First he begins a warped campaign to become Mayor, helped by millionaire businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken); next, he undertakes a mission to murder every first born son in Gotham - a plan which will avenge his own beginnings. Meanwhile, he has two adversaries to contend with: Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), the embittered ex-secretary of Max Shreck, and, of course, the old caped crusader himself (Keaton). In 'Batman Forever' (1995), former District Attorney Harvey Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) is terrorising Gotham City, when a new villain appears on the scene - the Riddler (Jim Carrey). Together they plot to discover Batman's (Val Kilmer) identity, using a device which can probe the human mind. Meanwhile, the caped crusader has been joined by Robin (Chris O'Donnell), whose trapeze-artist family have recently been slain by Two-Face. 'Finally, in 'Batman and Robin' (1997), Batman (George Clooney) and Robin (O'Donnell) have to stop the vengeful Mr Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from taking over Gotham City by using his new ice weapon. To make matters worse, the venomous Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) decides to join forces with Freeze, so making an almost undefeatable double-whammy of a team. Luckily for the caped crusader and his rebellious ward, they can team up with a new tough and courageous new partner - Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Forgot how good these were!

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      JimC
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      It has been quite a while since these four Batman movies were released but they have great casts and directors: Batman (1989): Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, directed by Tim Burton 126 min Batman Returns (1992): Michael Keaton, Danny Devito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, directed by Tim Burton 126 min Batman Forever (1995): Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Chris O'Donnell, directed by Joel Schumacher 122 min Batman and Robin (1997): George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman, Chris O'Donnell, directed by Joel Schumacher 125 min I had standard definition versions of these movies but the Blu-Ray versions are essential if you are going to watch them on a big screen TV. Grab this bargain collection - you won't be sorry!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Pretty good for the price.

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      SawseBawse
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      Let's be honest, the only reason that I got this set was for the first two movies, and on special occasion, the 3rd. The 4th movie (Batman & Robin) is absolutely terrible. I would watch it only on a bet, or if you needed to show someone an example of how awful a blockbuster movie can be. The one saving grace about the last film is the director commentary. It's basically him apologizing on how terrible it is. Anyways, Batman and Batman Returns are great movies. A true testament to Tim Burton's skill and vision. The transfers to Bluray are a bit lackluster, but they DO look much better than the DVD releases. So, if you are trying to get the first two Batman flicks for a good price, look no further. Also, it would be good to add that ALL of the special features from the previously released (more expensive) box set are all here. Check it out if you're a fan.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great value for (mostly) decent films

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      WiredSternum
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      It needs to be said up front: this is not Christopher Nolan's Batman. Fans of the source material (including classics like The Man Who Laughs) will find the Tim Burton films entertaining, but they are starting to show their age. Watched with the context of their original release times in mind, however, they are the dark comic-book films that Batman fans wanted after all the camp of the 1960's Adam West show. Jack Nicholson shines as the Joker, but please don't compare him to Heath Ledger. Ledger was amazing in the role, but so is Jack. They both portray the character in different ways, and both are equally chilling in their insanity. There's room for both in the supervillain pantheon. Batman Forever is somewhat entertaining, although admittedly more kid-friendly, and Batman & Robin is admittedly pretty bad. Bottom line, this is a collection with great value, and needs to be in every Batfan's lineup.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      When Batman was Cheesy

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      PolygonBronson
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      All four films in this collection are classics, however, their quality vary quite a bit. I actually think the strongest film in this collection is Batman Forever. I know this is probably a controversial opinion but I really feel that Val Kilmer makes a better Bruce Wayne than Micheal Keaton or George Clooney (no surprises on that one). I also really enjoy Jim Carrey's adaptation of the Riddler. Anyway, the entire collection looks and sounds great. However, I did have a factory scratch on my Batman disc that made it skip during one scene. This could have been a fluke on only my copy or a consistent problem like the scratched discs in the Alien Anthology. I haven't researched it.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      True Batman

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      KRock
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      All four of the first re-make of the Batman franchise. A bit over the top, a bit of over-acting, a bit hooky too. But it's great! This is truly how the Batman from the comics was. I like these more than the Chris Bale versions. In these movies they kept the comic-book characters alive as they should be (for the most part - some is a stretch I'll grant you), but they don't have Joker as a mega master-mind in this series. In the Chris Bale version, they got the Joker planning better and is smarter than Doctor Doom, it's quite disappointing (yes I know Dr. Doom is marvel). So if you want to see some good true Batman, than watch these. Well except for the last one, that one is pretty bad (heh).

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Early Burton High Gives Way To Late Schumacher Low

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      If ever there was a trophy for the superhero franchise that started red hot as a supernova but fizzled into an ice age, it has to go to 1980s-90s era Batman (although 70s-80s era Superman is a fill-in for this ignominious award)...In a series with corny dialogue and campy characters, Burton guides Keaton's delivery of a memorable,"I'm Batman!" and Nicholson' cackle stands out in the original, but sequels surrender to Schumacher's feast of nipple and butt closeups, which ride along with absurd lines like Carrey's "Joygasm" and Schwarzenegger's, "FREEZE!"...Might be worth a watch if you've finished watching Daredevil on Netflix.

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