Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 [5 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray]

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98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (78 out of 80)

Special Features


  • Over 18 hours of must-see profiles. documentaries and making-of featurettes
  • Director commentaries by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher
  • 9 music videos

Synopsis


Batman
Behind the black cowl, Gotham City superhero Batman is really millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton), who turned to crimefighting after his parents were brutally murdered before his eyes. The only person to share Wayne's secret is faithful butler Alfred (Michael Gough). The principal villain in Batman is The Joker (Jack Nicholson) who'd been mob torpedo Jack Napier before he was horribly disfigured in a vat of acid. The Joker's plan to destroy Batman and gain control of Gotham City is manifold. First he distributes a line of booby-trapped cosmetics, then he goes on a destruction spree in the Gotham Art Museum while the music of Prince blasts away in the background, and finally he orchestrates an all-out campaign to win the hearts and minds of the Gothamites, hoping to turn them against the Cowled One. Meanwhile, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) becomes the love of Batman's life-which of course plays right into the Joker's hands. Photographed by Roger Pratt, designed by Anton Furst, and scored by Tim Burton's favorite composer Danny Elfman, Batman was a monstrous box-office hit, making $100 million in the first ten days of release--$82,800,000 in North America alone. Incidentally, Billy Dee Williams' comparatively small role as DA Harvey Dent was originally designed to set up the sequel, wherein Dent was to convert into master criminal Two-Face; but by the time the producers got around to that character in 1995's Batman Forever, Two-Face was played by Tommy Lee Jones. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Batman & Robin
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, Rovi

Batman Forever
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, Rovi

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
  • Jack Nicholson
    Jack Nicholson - Joker/Jack Napier
  • Kim Basinger
    Kim Basinger - Vicki Vale
  • Robert Wuhl
    Robert Wuhl - Alexander Knox
  • Pat Hingle
    Pat Hingle - Commissioner Gordon



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 80 reviews

98%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good to have the Batman movies in one package

    Posted
    NeoQuintessence
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I like having a complete collection of series, so I bought this convenient package to achieve that. However, only half the movies are really worth watching more than once. The first two, Batman and Batman Returns, are pretty good movies. The last two, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, are not all that great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must Buy

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    Blinkey2448
    • My Best Buy® Member

    If your a Batman Fan then you have to own this box set. Loved every minute of it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for movie buffs

    Posted
    Klon
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I really enjoyed my purchase!! Great collection!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997

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    rockband2
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Before Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, there were four Batman film: Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), and Batman & Robin (1997). The first Batman movie starring Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton is the best movie ever. Jack Nicholson who plays the Joker stole the show which would have been retitled the Joker. He is the best Joker along with Heath Ledger. Michael Keaton whom Batman fans thought Director Tim Burton made a huge mistake into casting him as the Dark Knight, turned out he did an excellent job as Batman. The second movie Batman Returns is also a good movie. Michael Keaton once again reprise his role as Batman and this time he is going against two new villains: The Penguin and the Catwoman. Some movie goers thought this movie is too scary for small children. It turns out the movie is based on the DC comic book. The third movie Batman Forever is okay, but does not have Michael Keaton and Director Tim Burton. Val Kilmer was okay, but not as good as Michael Keaton. Chris O'Connell plays Robin. Director Joel Schumacher took the director's chair and wanted to make this movie much brighter or lighter than the other two movie. The fourth movie Batman & Robin is the worst movie ever. George Clooney took over as Batman replacing Val Kilmer. This movie was worst because they wanted to make this move like the Batman television series. We had to wait eight years till Christopher Nolan takes over the role as director in the next movie called Batman Begins, followed by the Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, which became the most popular motion picture trilogy ever. Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 is an excellent Blu-Ray collection box set for Batman fans who also the DVD collection box set. After all, he is BATMAN!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great if your a classic batman fan

    Posted
    Goldenboy24kt
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    The amount of extras is astonishing for a movie series so old and they put new stuff in there too. Plus it's. Blu Ray so what's not to like.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The boxset is excellent

    Posted
    brushforhire
    • My Best Buy® Member

    My wife and I purchased this boxset on sale at bestbuy. Having wanted these movies for a long time on blu ray it was a good deal. The box set is a great design and I can't complain. The first three movies are all the fun I remember them being. Batman and Robin was about as bad I remember it being.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product for the price

    Posted
    darthmama

    The Batman movies basically speak for themselves. But this item was by far the best product at a very good price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Classics

    Posted
    BluRayGuru

    If you are a fan of the classic Batman movies from the Tim Burton - Joel Schumacher franchise this is a great buy! The Outstanding hi-def is wonderful along with the uncompressed sound! Great buy for anyone who is a true BATMAN fan!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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