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
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: Englidh, Français & Español (feature film only)
Since the release of The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger's legendary portrayal of the Joker we seem to forget where Batman really started. For the time period Jack Nicholson's Joker was very dark in it's own right. He was clever and comedic and just like Ledger, Nicholson makes this 1988 Batman film. The Dark Knight is my favorite movie all time but sometimes it's fun to refer back to our origins!
The old Batman movies like this one and Returns have excellent cinematography.
They are unique in their own way compared to the newer trilogy. But both series are excellent and the 5 are the only really good cinematography movies in the entire comic genre. Both series also have unique soundtracks as well that are the best within the genre. Usually comic book movies border on the ridiculous side of things but Batman tends to be more realistic since the character is not given super powers that are begging for computer graphics. So that said, the first movie from 89 really showed what a comic book movie could be if put in a more gritty realistic setting with no computer effects, that is, a really good movie with seriousness involved. Compare to the newer trilogy, this one has been outclassed but it is still very much superior to every other comic book movie out there today. Do yourself a favor and buy this movie and Returns from 1992 and top it off with the newer trilogy. Then your comic book movie collection is complete. Just skip everything else as unless you enjoy corny dialogues, over the top sillyness, and fake looking videogame graphics generated action sequences. Now let's talk about the 'Batazzery' of this movie if you weeyil.
Bar none, the finest this movie has ever looked. The 4K is amazing. The standard Blu-ray uses the same transfer from the 4K and is also stunning. Yes, some shots look soft, but that's due to the nature of how those specific shots were assembled 30 years ago.
With the exception of one bonus feature, you'll find every previously released feature on the Blu-ray? What's missing? The bonus feature "Batman: Birth of the Modern Blockbuster" from the 25th anniversary Blu-ray. It was on its own separate disc on that release. To be fair, though, it is on the digital edition of the movie. So, assuming one likes digital releases and this 4K still comes packed with a digital copy, it should be easy to obtain a copy of that bonus feature.
Great 4K remaster especially from a 1989 film. As far as the remaster quality the next film in the series, "Batman Returns" does the best job in the remaster quality and any fan of this film will undoubtedly be pleased with that one as well. This is by far the best way to experience the first major Batman film. Highly recommend!
This movie is a work of art by Tim Burton! Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson are both amazing as is Kim Basinger, Pat Hingle, Michael Gough, Robert Wuhl, and Jack Palance. No spoilers to those who haven't seen this film, but it is truly amazing, and you will not regret watching this film!!!! I highly recommend picking up this film!
I realize the ‘89 Batman movie has gotten a lot of criticism in recent years after the release of modern movies like The Dark Knight and Captain America The Winter Soldier. But I still feel that this film was revolutionary and ushered in the era of superhero movies we now enjoy.
Whether you like the story or not, I would find it impossible to deny that the design of this film is stunning. And seeing this movie, FINALLY, in crystal clear 4K is the way this movie needs to be seen as it’s never looked so good! Having been shot on film, this movie hugely benefits from the 4K Upgrade in picture, and also in sound! With a great sound system in place, the sound effects and bombastic score by Danny Elfman are just incredible!! I have no problem saying that this is easily the best way to see this movie and it’s worth every cent.
The set comes with a 4K disc and a regular blu ray disc that sports all the same special features as previous releases. Unfortunately, this does NOT come with the Diamond Luxe feature “Making Of the Modern Blockbuster” which is a bummer and there are no new features to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie or the 80th anniversary of Batman.
This is a classic film. I'll admit that it's hard to compete with Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight, gritty and more realistic versions of Batman, but this quirky yet gothic version is one of the best still and it holds up. As a kid, whenever this came on TV, I'd get all excited and now I can watch it any time. The Blueray has some crisp visuals and for like 3 bucks you can scan the barcode on Vudu[dot]com and buy a digital version too.