Caped Crusader fans rejoice! Batman Returns makes a grand reentrance into the DVD world thanks to the timely release of Batman Begins into living rooms everywhere. This 2-Disc Special Edition is just what the doctor ordered, with a gorgeous presentation and bonus materials seemingly sent down from the DVD heavens. The first thing you'll notice is how good it looks. The widescreen image (16 x 9, 1.85:1) has a beautiful pop to the stark images that was severely lacking in the previous release. And how about that sound? DTS, for all you who have the pleasure of running it, and a slam-bang solid 5.1 track to immerse you in this crazy carnival ride right out of Tim Burton's head, which is cracked open for all to see with one of his usual dry audio commentaries. The track is full of Burtonesque scatter shots of ideas and memories, though it's interesting to hear his repeated reactions to the film's criticism. The real juice comes from the bonus materials, which are packed over two hours of documentaries and featurettes. Included is a made-for-TV special along with a continuation of the "Shadow of the Bat" documentary that flows through each of the four Batman film-series DVD reissues. Everything from Annette Bening's original casting to the lukewarm studio exec reception are discussed in a frank and rather refreshing way that only time can afford. With additional featurettes focusing more on the individual aspects of the production, including production design and a fascinating look at the re-creation of the batsuit, there's so much covered that you can't help but get sucked in. The funny thing is that the disc isn't even done yet -- you've still got a handful of smaller featurettes on the film's heroes and villains along with the Siouxsie and the Banshees "Face to Face" music video. It's nice to finally see this series getting the treatment it deserves, even if you're going to think twice about picking up the Schumacher installments (though the idea of those documentaries is definitely tantalizing). Whether it was worth the extended wait or not, there's too much grade-A material in this edition for people not to be drawn to it.
Commentary by director Tim Burton
"The Bat, the Cat and the Penguin" -- Cast and crew members recall the making of this equally spectacular sequel
"Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Part 4" -- "Dark Side of the Night"
Beyond Batman documentary gallery -- "Gotham City Revisited: The Production Design of Batman Returns," "Sleek, Sexy and Sinister: The Costumes of Batman Returns," "Making Up the Penguin," "Assembling the Arctic Army," "Bats, Mattes and Dark Nights: The Visual Effects of Batman," "Inside the Elfman Studio: The Music of Batman Returns"
"Face to Face" music video by Siouxsie and the Banshees
"The Heroes and the Villains" profile galleries
New digital transfer with both 5.1 Dolby and DTS Surround
Michael KeatonBatman / Bruce Wayne
Danny DeVitoThe Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
Michelle PfeifferCatwoman/Selina Kyle
Christopher WalkenMax Shreck
Michael GoughAlfred Pennyworth
Cristi ConawayIce Princess
Michael MurphyThe Mayor of Gotham
Pat HinglePolice Commissioner Gordon
Andrew BryniarskiChip Shreck
Paul ReubensPenguin's Father
Vincent SchiavelliOrgan Grinder
Steven BrillGothamite 1
Anna KatarinaPoodle Lady
John StrongSword Swallower
Rick ZumwaltTattooed Strongman
Gregory Scott CumminsAcrobat Thug One
Travis McKennaFat Clown
Doug JonesThin Clown
Branscombe Richmond1st Terrifying Clown
Diane SalingerPenguin's Mother
Stuart LancasterPenguin's Doctor
Erik OnateAggressive Reporter
Joey de Pinto1st Shreck Security Guard
Neal LernerGothamite 2
Ashley TillmanGothamite 3
Elizabeth SandersGothamite 4
Joan GiammarcoFemale Victim
Lisa ColesVolunteer Bimbo
Frank di ElsiSecurity 1
Biff YeagerSecurity 2
Robert GossettTV Anchorman
Margarita FernandezEmperor Penguin
Felix SillaEmperor Penguin
Debbie Lee CarringtonEmperor Penguins
Denise Di NoviProducer
Daniel WatersScreen Story
Sam HammScreen Story
Danny ElfmanComposer (Music Score)
Robert W. Welch IIIProduction Designer
Thomas A. DuffieldProduction Designer
Rick HeinrichsArt Director
Ian BryceAssociate Producer
Benjamin MelnikerExecutive Producer
Jon PetersExecutive Producer
Michael E. UslanExecutive Producer
Peter GuberExecutive Producer
Cheryl CarasikSet Designer
Nick NavarroSet Designer
Sally ThorntonSet Designer
Bob RingwoodCostume Designer
Mary VogtCostume Designer
Steve MaslowSound/Sound Designer
Dennis SkotakSpecial Effects
John BrunoSpecial Effects
Michael FinkSpecial Effects
Ian BryceProduction Manager
Richard L. AndersonSupervising Sound Editor
Action and Adventure
Superhero Film,Master Criminal Films
Year of Release
2 Discs, DVD, WS
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1)
This one and Batman both look stunning in 4K. I would have to say this one looks slightly better. Very crisp and sharp picture quality. It looks like it was filmed this year. Looks just as good as any 4K release out today. Certainly better than any of the Marvel movies and especially Wonder Woman. These are classic movies and so happy they released them on 4K. I haven’t seen the other 2, ‘Batman Forever ‘ and ‘Batman & Robin ‘ on 4K yet, I’m waiting for the SteelBook set to come out and will get that. I’m sure they will look just as good, especially since the HDR will be awesome!
This movie's so awesome on Blu-Ray. The picture is perfectly crisp & the sound is good. I've always enjoyed this particular film from the other 3. The music, the Gotham City classical look, the acting is pretty good.
The monstrous Penguin (Danny DeVito), who lives in the sewers beneath Gotham, joins up with wicked shock-headed businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) to topple the Batman (Michael Keaton) once and for all. But when Shreck's timid assistant, Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer), finds out, and Shreck tries to kill her, she is transformed into the sexy Catwoman. She teams up with the Penguin and Shreck to destroy Batman, but sparks fly unexpectedly when she confronts the caped crusader.
Having grown up with this film and watching it on VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray, I was supremely excited yet nervous about how the 4K transfer would be handled. Having watched over 100 UHDs, I can honestly say this blew me away! The resolution, WCG, HDR and deep black levels combine to produce an image that was almost unfathomable for a film almost 30 years old. Also, despite an outpouring of audio purists cries regarding the upgraded Atmos soundtrack, I was absolutely floored by it- and in a positive way. The height channels are used effectively, and the bat plane crash is absolutely insane!
All told, this is (like Batman 1989) one of my Top 5 favorite UHDs and I would almost be willing to buy it twice just as a token of thanks for such a magnificent job handling one of my all-time favorite movies.
Great follow up to Batman directed by Tim Burton. This movie has so much going on but balances varies plots and characters to excellence. Tim Burton in his creative prime. The casting choices are top notch Keaton returning as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Danny Devito as The Penguin, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman.
Loved this movie as a child and it still resonates today as an adult. As only the classics can do. Highly recommend!
This was my first Batman film & apart from pure nostalgia, the movie still holds up. Tim Burton’s bizarre creativity works perfectly in this version of Batman universe, while the movie is silly in certain parts, it’s still very entertaining!
While I don't care much for this movie, I still have a soft spot for it. The 4K disc looks stunning, and the Blu-ray uses the new transfer, so it looks stunning as well. Best of all, every bonus feature from previous editions can be found on this release.