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Batman Returns [2 Discs] [WS] [DVD] [1992]

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.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (218 out of 223)

    Special Features


    • 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
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    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

    Cast & Crew


    • Michael Keaton
      Michael Keaton - Batman / Bruce Wayne
    • Danny DeVito
      Danny DeVito - The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
    • Michelle Pfeiffer
      Michelle Pfeiffer - Catwoman/Selina Kyle
    • Christopher Walken
      Christopher Walken - Max Shreck
    • Michael Gough
      Michael Gough - Alfred Pennyworth



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 223 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      25th Anniversary for this Batman Classic

      Posted
      BBCincy
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      Released in 1992 Batman Returns showed Tim Burton tapping into the deepest, darkest corners of his imagination and transposing them onto the world of Batman. Is the movie bleak and at times nightmarish? Yes. Is it for kids? No. I would say it definitely is a hard PG-13 in the way the new Dark Knight trilogy is more oriented toward mature audience members. But in many ways it represents the purest comic book adaptation put to screen in that it celebrates the alternate reality that Batman lives in and makes it feel like a world that is deeply troubled and scary and needs heroes like Batman to help bring law and order to society. Danny DeVito is the definitive Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer owns the role of Catwoman. The blu ray looks and sounds fantastic and preserves the twisted, grotesque vision of Gotham that was seen in the theatrical exhibition and is accompanied by a meaningful set of extra features. Highly Recommended for all Batman and comic book movie fans!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A definite wild ride

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      rahxephon05
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      Though not as real-world amazing as "The Dark Knight", this second addition to the beginning of the Caped Crusader's first reign on the big screen was an exciting, eye-popping experience that really made me happy to be a fan of the Big, Bad Bat. Keaton was to the big screen Bats as Conroy was to the animated Bats; no one could touch his style and it really shined here. Michelle Pfeiffer still looked amazing as the re-imagined Catwoman and who could forget DeVito as the Penguin. This film does, however, get a bit too Burton-eque as the zaniness gets a bit out of hand & the sets look really artificial in spots(thankfully not as bad as the ones on Schumacher's "Batman & Robin", which covered virtually the entire movie. Not a great memory.). But the action and wonderful score from Danny Elfman make you forget all of that and enjoy this as it's supposed to be: a comic book brought awesomely to life, way before such things it became the norm. Almost thirty years and I still can't get enough of seeing this! Wonderful movie.....and no "Holy this and that, Batman" required!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      inferior sequel

      Posted
      prlwctd

      This first Batman sequel sees Keaton returning for the title role and he manages to be better than the first time around. This is due to the great chemistry he generates with Michelle Pfieffer, who is perfect casting as Catwoman. Sadly, this film is sabotaged by Danny DeVito who, while a fine actor, is all wrong as the Penguin. Instead of the clever thief of the comics we now have a deranged mutant (as bad an idea as making Michael Myers white trash in the Halloween remake) who turns out to be merely a Jack-knockoff (a problem which would plague the villains in the next two Batman pics). The story also doesn't make much sense. How did the Penguin get a hold of plans to the Batmobile? What does the Catwoman have against Batman? Why are the streets of Gotham empty at the climax?

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not as good as the first movie

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      Bubbie01
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      I thoroughly enjoyed the original Batman movie. However, I believe that this film gets bogged down in the development of the characters. Danny Deveto is excellent as the Penguin character. Michelle Piffer is good as Catwoman, although she could have showed more leg. The disc has great picture and sound quality, and is loaded with extras. In my opinion, there is no other Batman movies. I have never seen the other Batman movies, nor do I plan to see them. Michael Keaton originated the role. He should continue the role. How can another individual be Batman? That is like another individual becoming Doc Brown in Back to the future. Christophe Lloyd is Doc Brown. Micheal Keaton is Batman. At least that is one man's opinion.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      It'll Keep You Entertained Enough

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      BigEnBigD
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      When you make a purchase like this, you have to keep in mind that you're buying an old movie - shot with old technology - that's been "remastered" with new technology to be displayed in a pseudo-HD. Colors are a little brighter and picture is a little sharper, but if you watched this Blu Ray on an HDTV alongside another Blu Ray - say, "The Dark Knight Returns" - you could and would be able to tell the difference in presentation right away. If you're converting a movie library from DVD to Blu Ray (like I am), this is a affordable & acceptable product to include. Just don't expect to be wowed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not as Good as its Predecessor

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      Superman

      I very much enjoyed Tim Burton's first Batman film, and was very much looking forward to the sequel, particularly due to the inclusion of Danny DeVito as the Penguin. I must say, however, I was quite disappointed. The film took on a much more bizarre, strange tone than the first movie, and while I appreciate that in Burton's work, I didn't like seeing it associated with Batman. If the film had been a bit more serious, I would have enjoyed it more, but it was too off-the-wall for me to take seriousy.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great transfer

      Posted
      rhubarbfortress
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      Definitely the best way to see what is ultimately an older film. The muted colors are vivid and clear, thanks to the increased contrast and jet blacks. The movie itself is a mixed bag: you either love it or you hate it. I personally love. If you liked the first Burton film and don't mind suspending your disbelief, you'll dig it. If you crave the realistic approach like in the Nolan films, I'd say watch before you buy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Dark, melancholic, and sadistic.

      Posted
      arnieb

      This film is by far the darkest of the Batman films. In my opinion it's the best one. Michelle Pfeiffer delivers an unforgettable performance as the sadistic Catwoman. Danny DeVito is the murderous Penguin and of course Michael Keaton as the melancholic Batman. The style of this film makes up for all its flaws, Burton keeps the audience absorbed in the action and creates this surreal place with interesting characters. This film never lose momentum and the story line isn't so bad.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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