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Batman (Two-Disc Special Edition) (Widescreen)

Michael Keaton , Jack Nicholson , Tim Burton    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
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Thanks to the ambitious vision of director Tim Burton, the blockbuster hit of 1989 delivers the goods despite an occasionally spotty script, giving the caped crusader a thorough overhaul in keeping with the crime fighter's evolution in DC Comics. Michael Keaton strikes just the right mood as the brooding "Dark Knight" of Gotham City; Kim Basinger plays Gotham's intrepid reporter Vicki Vale; and Jack Nicholson goes wild as the maniacal and scene-stealing Joker, who plots a takeover of the city with his lethal Smilex gas. Triumphant Oscar-winning production design by the late Anton Furst turns Batman into a visual feast, and Burton brilliantly establishes a darkly mythic approach to Batman's legacy. Danny Elfman's now-classic score propels the action with bold, muscular verve. --Jeff Shannon

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Jack Nicholson Is The Joker, Who Emerged From A Horrible Accident As A Maniacal Criminal. Michael Keaton Is The Caped Crusader, Who Emerged From A Childhood Trauma To Become A Masked Crimefighter. Kim Basinger Is Vicki Vale, The Talented Photojournalist Desired By Both Men. And Batman Is The Movie, The All-Out Spectacular Directed By Tim Burton, Set To Songs By Prince And A Music Score By Danny Elfman, And An Academy Awardo Winner* For Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Anton Furst And Peter Young).Dvd Features:Audio Commentary:Commentary By Director Tim Burtondocumentaries:Legends Of The Dark Knight Shadows Of The Bat: The Cinematic Saga Of The Dark Knight Parts 1-3 Beyond Batman Documentary Galleryfeaturette:On The Set With Bob Kane Shadows Of The Bat Pts. 1-3 Batman: The Heroes And Villains Gallerymusic Video:Partyman By Prince Batdance By Prince Scandalous By Princetheatrical Trailer

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is there a 6-foot bat in Gotham City? March 31 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I can still remember as a 4 year-old being completely obsessed with the Batman character. And I loved the movie. To put it simply, Batman was my hero. Of course this isn't the case anymore but I still think that "Batman" is a great film.
One of the most striking things about "Batman" is the set design by Anton Furst, which is very Gothic and bleak looking (during the outdoor scenes there is no sun whatsoever). The Gotham City that looked like any other in the TV series is transformed into dark, slimy crime pit in which good is basically nonexistent. Tim Burton gives the film some good direction, keeping things tight and interesting. He executed the action scenes nicely as well. Aside from the impressive set design and direction, the movie is also well acted. Michael Keaton played the role of Batman very well, giving Batman a powerful presence and a sort of everyman personality (which is even a bit off-the-wall) when he's Bruce Wayne. Jack Nicholson, meanwhile, was excellent as the Joker. He hams things up a lot, which makes sense since the character of Joker is supposed to be a complete, smart-mouthed maniac. I did notice a few problems with this movie though. The story, for the most part, focuses too much on the Joker, which is silly. I mean, isn't the movie called "Batman"? The plot is bit shallow as well, which probably explains why I found it a bit difficult to pin point exactly the Joker wants to do with Gotham City. The love story was bit weak as well. While Kim Basinger did good job as Vicki Vale, she and Keaton didn't develop a lot of chemistry to make their pairing believable.
If you can ignore some minor problems, "Batman" stands as pretty good comic book adaptation. If you like superhero films, then this one is certainly worthy being included in your collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous artistry on blu-ray Oct. 25 2009
By Cheryl TOP 100 REVIEWER
Tim Burton's Batman is made for blu-ray, and fans of the movie will love seeing all the artistic details. When originally released (20 years ago), theaters were not equipped with today's technology, so you haven't really seen it, until you see it on blu-ray. It's gorgeous. Additionally, there are many extras including a couple of great documentaries, many featurettes, commentary etc. (from 2005 - probably from previous dvd releases), plus a 50pg. in-case booklet with Batman notes, history, production pix and comics. The bonus material is new to me, so I'm happy with it all in total. I always liked the film (especially Nicholson's Joker and Keaton's Batman), but now I love it, thanks to the blu-ray quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Low quality DVD, great movie Sept. 21 2002
By A Customer
It's a shame they released this DVD in the condition it's in. This was a huge, blockbuster movie that made a ton of money and it's not that old so there's no excuse. Also, there are hardly any extras.
The movie starts out with some obvious defects and spots on the film in the opening. It's like they didn't even try to find a good print from which to master the DVD. The 5.1 dolby digital soundtrack is among the worst I have heard. This is supposed to be a loud, movie with lots of action. Things like explosions barely even register on the subwoofer. The movie makes almost no use of the surround speakers. It might as well be mono. It's that bad. Then again, the DVD is better than any VHS and at least it's in widescreen which is how it should be unless you enjoy seeing only half the movie. My advice, wait until they remaster this and issue it as a special addition. I wish I had waited to buy it because the shortcomings of the DVD stood out for me so much that it detracted from my enjoyment of the movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BATMAN: THE ORIGINAL Jan. 27 2012
By Pablo
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4.0 out of 5 stars Has lost some of its magic over the years July 11 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
I hadn't seen the original Batman movie since it was released in 1989, and I have to say that it is not quite as good as I remember it being the first time. Sixteen years later, I'm still trying to figure out how Michael Keaton got the Batman gig. He was actually pretty good in the movie, but it just doesn't really feel like Batman when Keaton is behind the cowl (nor does Keaton really exude the proper Bruce Wayne aura). When you get right down to it, Jack Nicholson pretty much carries this film on his shoulders, as it doesn't have the greatest of plots, the whole modern remaking of the Batman mystique results in several drawn-out, somewhat boring scenes, and there really isn't all that much action. And who decided that Batman has to have romantic relationships all the time now? The real Batman certainly doesn't have a sleepover on a first date. The whole Vicky Vale storyline just didn't work for me in this film, largely because Keaton doesn't effectively sell the whole Batman vs Bruce Wayne conflict that lies within him.

This film basically introduces Batman to his fellow Gothamites. Gotham City is a veritable cesspool of crime and corruption, and I can't imagine how Commissioner Gordon kept his job with all of the organized crime operating throughout the city. It takes Batman a little while to find his niche as a crime-fighter. Once people actually start believing the wild stories about a dude in a bat suit, they question whether or not he is good or bad. The Joker helps resolve that little dilemma, as he doesn't really hide his definite bad-ness under a bushel. Of course, The Joker wasn't always the Joker, and this movie gives us one version of The Joker's origins. Jack Napier was just a high-ranking henchman before an encounter with Batman left him, uh, changed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was good
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Voodre
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for!
Fits right in with my Batman collection! It was the cheapest I've found on Amazon or eBay. Nice to see!
Published 16 months ago by Neal Whitnack
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Come on this is the first batman. The movie was great and I think Michael Keaton will always be the best batman.
Published 18 months ago by Andrew Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous artistry on blu-ray
Tim Burton's Batman is made for blu-ray, and fans of the movie will love seeing all the artistic details. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2009 by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Nicholson as Joker will blow your mind!
This is one of my most favorite batman movies of all time! I love the Joker & Jack Nicholson makes the caracter completely mental & insane. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2008 by Martine
4.0 out of 5 stars The Birth of the Dark Knight
There are rumors of a six-foot bat in Gotham City. Whispers. Suggestions. Nothing concrete. But all that changes after the Batman confronts Carl Grissom’s men at Axis Chemicals and... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2007 by A.P. Fuchs, author of The Axiom-man Saga
5.0 out of 5 stars i think it may be a bit underrated
i had seen this movie several years ago,and remember enjoying it.however,after recently watching again it,i think it is better than i remembered. Read more
Published on July 20 2007 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars The Batman is AWESOME, Bruce Wayne is as dull as dishwater
Until Sam Raimi made Spider-Man, I think we all regarded Tim Burton's Batman as the best superhero movie (even though I actually don't consider Batman to be a "superhero" because... Read more
Published on April 9 2006 by Lead Cenobite
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Mr. Burton For Making Batman "The Dark Night"
THIS is how Batman is SUPPOSED to be done. Everything about this movie is dark and unsettling. even day time in Gotham City isn't exactly on the sunny side. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2005 by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars "Have you ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight?"
Batman is the second best superhero movie of all time (the first best being Batman Returns).
This movie is timeless. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2005
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