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Batman Begins (Widescreen Bilingual Edition)

Christian Bale , Michael Caine , Christopher Nolan    Unrated   DVD
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Batman Begins discards the previous four films in the series and recasts the Caped Crusader as a fearsome avenging angel. That's good news, because the series, which had gotten off to a rousing start under Tim Burton, had gradually dissolved into self-parody by 1997's Batman & Robin. As the title implies, Batman Begins tells the story anew, when Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) flees Western civilization following the murder of his parents. He is taken in by a mysterious instructor named Ducard (Liam Neeson in another mentor role) and urged to become a ninja in the League of Shadows, but he instead returns to his native Gotham City resolved to end the mob rule that is strangling it. But are there forces even more sinister at hand?

Co-written by the team of David S. Goyer (a veteran comic book writer) and director Christopher Nolan (Memento), Batman Begins is a welcome return to the grim and gritty version of the Dark Knight, owing a great debt to the graphic novels that preceded it. It doesn't have the razzle dazzle, or the mass appeal, of Spider-Man 2 (though the Batmobile is cool), and retelling the origin means it starts slowly, like most "first" superhero movies. But it's certainly the best Bat-film since Burton's original, and one of the best superhero movies of its time. Bale cuts a good figure as Batman, intense and dangerous but with some of the lightheartedness Michael Keaton brought to the character. Michael Caine provides much of the film's humor as the family butler, Alfred, and as the love interest, Katie Holmes (Dawson's Creek) is surprisingly believable in her first adult role. Also featuring Gary Oldman as the young police officer Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman as a Q-like gadgets expert, and Cillian Murphy as the vile Jonathan Crane. --David Horiuchi

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original Batman movies. Nov. 30 2006
By sun
Format:DVD
If you are a hard core batman fan of the originals, you may not like this movie, much like some of the previous reviewers said. However, as a movie itself Batman Begins is brilliant. It's dark and serious, it gets down to why Batman really is Batman. The Burton movies were obviously supposed to have a very comic book feel to them but his movie is completely different. You actually believe that Batman could exist, and that he really is justified in doing what he believes in. There is a lot more emotion in this movie, and some great acting by the cast. When it comes down to it, I rate this movie one of the best of the year and highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A much better Batman March 18 2007
Format:DVD
"Batman Begins" brings an interest back to the DC character, not seen since the original. Christian Bale turns out to be a good choice for a much darker Batman. This movie focuses more on Bruce Wayne, then on his super hero alter ego. Unlike the smooth Bruce Wayne of past movies who had endless amounts of charm and charisma, this Bruce Wayne is a much more realistic person with flaws and fears. The more flashy and over the top fight scenes have been toned down, for this dark more edgy Batman movie. Liam Neeson as Henri Ducard, provides the most interesting Batman villain since Jack Nicholson's Joker. Other past villains like Arnold Schwarzenegger's Ice Man have been much less memorable. Neeson's jaded character has more depth to it. The movie's biggest weakness is the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Katie Holme's Assistant D.A. character Rachel Dawes. The dialogue between the two characters is uninspired and somewhat boring. Morgan Freeman plays Lucius Fox, a friend of Bruce Wayne. He helps Bruce Wayne get access to Wayne Enterprise's many inventions. Freeman is solid in this role as in most everything he is in. Michael Caine is also solid as Alfred the Butler. Alfred has always been more than just a butler, but acts as Bruce Wayne's advisor. Caine plays the part of the humble and wise servant very well.

Previous performances by George Clooney and Val Kilmer as Batman felt more like copies of Michael Keeton's original performance. It seemed as though they were trying to replicate the success of the original by following the same formula. That forumlaic approach combined with characters like Robin and BatGirl, did nothing to add to the series. This movie did a better job of giving its characters some substance and as a result more intrique. This time around, a less perfect Batman, makes for a much better movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman Begins Limited Edition Giftset [Blue-ray] Aug. 9 2012
By j-maAN TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I own 'Batman Begins' on DVD, Blu-ray and now this giftset which will remain unopened for some time. It's neat. The front picture is actually holographic, it comes with post cards,movie tickets to see 'The Dark Knight' in theaters (now useless, obviously), a 16 page comic book of the prologue of 'The Dark Knight' and an additional 32 page booklet of storyboards, script and stills from the movie! This is the beginning of what is one of the greatest trilogies ever created!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What I think Oct. 30 2009
Format:DVD
The product was exactly what I wanted and was in perfect condition. I recieved the DVD very quickly. Thank you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Jan. 11 2009
By Toast
Format:Blu-ray
The movie itself: Batman Begins is different from the Batman movies previously made, Nolan's Batman is darker, quieter and in my opinion closer to the comic book hero. Batman Begins gives you a much better understanding of the two sides of Bruce Wayne/Batman character than previously portrayed and also gives us a different insight as to what Batman thinks and feels like when he is not Batman and what he does as Batman sometimes doesn't agree with his principles but he does it to save the wonderful city his father helped build. Christian Bale is perfect as Batman, some have complained about the voice transition but in my opinion its great, since he keeps his identity completely secret unlike Spidey or Iron Mans of the movies who tell the entire world about who they are and collect awards.

The Video: Presented in 2:40 widescreen and 1080p/VC-1 video the transfer is breathtaking. Colours are very rich & vivid. The picture appears to be completely saturated even in the darker shots (yes there are a lot of them, this is a REAL Batman movie after all). I have seen this movie on DVD as well, and this Blu-Ray transfer is a HUGE improvement over the SD-DVD version. The transfer is so pristine that it can also be a demo disk for your 1080p sets.

The Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround track (48kHz/16-bit) included is a high quality track which offers superb mixing and full use of rear channels. The ice scene with Liam Neeson & Christian Bale, and the Highway car chase is where you can really feel the thump. No complains, Warner did an amazing job porting this soundtrack and utilizing BD's high disc capacity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Every story has a begining :p March 1 2014
By Kent T.
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I only bought this DVD to complete the Trilogy set. The story is rather weak in my opinion, and I think it was the boring compared to the other 2 movies in the trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The savior of Gotham Feb. 23 2014
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
We are in a golden age of comic book movies right now -- and at least some of the credit for that goes to Christopher Nolan.

This talented director was singlehandedly responsible for bringing Batman back onto movie screens, years after Joel Schumacher destroyed the franchise. "Batman Begins" explores the formation of the Dark Knight of Gotham, following Bruce Wayne as he begins a personal journey leading him to Batmanhood. Even people who aren't into capes and tights can appreciate this story.

After his parents' murderer is paroled, young bazillionaire Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) vanishes on an aimless journey across the world. He's taken under the wing of the mysterious Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), who offers to train him to be a member of the League of Shadows. But when Bruce learns that the League plans to annihilate his home city of Gotham, he lashes out and destroys the League's base. Oops.

When he returns home, he finds that Gotham has become rotten to the core with mobs, crooked cops and a fear-inducing shrink (Cillian Murphy). Using the company's discarded prototypes, Bruce fashions an armored bodysuit and tanklike vehicle, and uses them to fight crime wherever he finds it. But the League still has plans to destroy Gotham, and the only one who can stop them is Batman.

Most directors would have given this movie a distinctly comic-book, slick pop-culture feel. But no matter how hard you search, there's not a single hint in "Batman Begins" that anything kitschy or campy came before it, or that it was originally a comic book. Instead Christopher Nolan creates a movie as dark, tightly-wound and intense as Batman himself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So it begins ..
I'm a fan of the this latest version of Batman, I purchased this while still owning the DVD, it looks great.
Published 3 months ago by Brett Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Just so well done, and when Deliveed for next to no csot at all when...
Just so well done, and when Deliveed for next to no csot at all when on sale.. A1!

This is just about THE best Batman of them all - and as good as any movie... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kaptain-Canada-EH?
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product
Great job, i love the case its different then bc, its a bit slow near the holidays but its understandable and it even came early, keep up the good work
Published 4 months ago by Noah Hwalstad
4.0 out of 5 stars Well made movie
Chronicles the genesis and reason of batman a la Chris Nolan. Great re-imagining, batman is lifelike and imperfect even with all his awesome tech. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andrei Lupic
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
Came on time. Was in perfect condition. It's a great movie. I really like how it builds the character from early life to present day. I love Maggie G. Read more
Published 6 months ago by StrawberryCourtCake
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Batman Appears
This is the real story and shows how someone gets out from under hate, revenge, and fear of what he can not control to what he can and makes a world more safe than when he came in... Read more
Published 14 months ago by fileman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Upgraded this movie, had it on dvd. Just the quality of the blue ray itself has amazing sound and excellent picture.
Published 15 months ago by Lynn Ettinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Nanananananananana
So, I saw this movie in theatres and thought it was above my head. Where's the villain? Years later, I aged and bought the DVD, being a huge Bat-fan. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jesse
2.0 out of 5 stars Is it ever going to come?
finally got my dvd, was a little worried for a bit that it was never coming. when it showed up it was as described.
Published 18 months ago by Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch movie making.
Great casting. Christian Bale is a great actor, and makes the Batman persona believable, his supporting team are all superb too. Read more
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