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
Love it or hate it, this film’s extra cheese now has a shiny, new 4K transfer: and it is sharp! This won’t convert anyone who hated the film before, but the new 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.
I'm reviewing the 4K presentation of the movie, not the movie itself. It looks pretty good, but some of the colors, specifically reds and blues have a "bleeding" effect like in Batman Forever, but here there's more of it, again probably due to all the neon lighting used in the production design. Other than that, it's a decent 4K presentation.
Synopsis: Chills and thrills: will Gotham City be put on ice? George Clooney is Batman as the dark knight battles his greatest threat yet: cold-hearted Mr. Freeze (Schwarzenegger) and venomous Poison Ivy (Thurman). Batman has more than Gotham City to protect: the youthful eagerness of crimefighting comrades Robin (O'Donnell) and Batgirl (Silversone) puts them frequently in harm's way. New very special effects include a wild sky-surfing sequence and Freeze's outrageous ice-blasting arsenal. It's state-of-the-art excitement from out Batfamily to yours.
Let’s face it: Batman & Robin is the unsightly blemish in Batman movie history that nearly killed the franchise for 7 years. But even with that said, there’s a lot in this movie that makes it an enjoyable Guilty pleasure. And with all the Batman movies now remastered in gorgeous 4K, you really need to have this one in your collection to really make it complete.
Since the movie was shot on film, the transfer is gorgeous and the sound is superb. Definitely worth grabbing if you have the other movies on 4K too.