Batman Returns [Blu-ray] [1992]

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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (213 out of 217)

Special Features


  • Commentary by director Tim Burton
  • The bat, the cat and the penguin making-of featurette
  • Shadows of the bat: the cinematic sage of the dark knight part 4: dark side of the knight
  • 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
  • Siouxsie and the banshees face to face music video
  • The heroes and the villains profile galleries
  • Theatrical trailer

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



Overall customer rating

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99%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    25th Anniversary for this Batman Classic

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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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