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
Commentary by director Joel Schumacher
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Although in the past I have been quick to label ‘Batman’ (1989) as the best of the ‘90’s four Batman films’. ‘Batman Forever’ may have beat in terms on overall enjoyment and rewatch ability. A cast of all talented actors and a fun popcorn style action movie with a beautiful 4K transfer. Definitely a worthy addition to any Batman film fans collection.
The new 4K transfer and remastered Blu Ray offers a sharp, extra flashy way to watch the film. This film won’t convert newcomers to Schumacher’s eye-rolling cheese after the dark tones of Burton’s previous two Batman films, but it paved the way for a sillier tone that more closely mirrors the original TV show. The 4K transfer plus the remastered blu ray disk (only available in this combo pack) make it a worthy addition to your library. There’s an enormous amount of extras, too, so it’s worth every penny to upgrade if you haven’t done so recently.
The picture quality and colors are great on a big 4K HDR display. Hair, cloth texture, and backgrounds have amazing detail and the colors are brilliant and contrast nicely with deep blacks. You’ll notice the picture improvements when seeing the neon graffiti fight scene, Two-Face’s makeup, and Riddler’s glittering outfit. It is such a great transfer from the original 35mm film this movie was shot with.
The audio is fantastic, too.
The story isn’t too good but if you have nostalgic memories of this movie, I think it’s worth picking up if you’re looking to add to your UHD collection and want a film that can be used as a decent showcase for your 4K setup.