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Batman Returns (Two-Disc Special Edition) (Widescreen)

Michael Keaton , Danny DeVito , Tim Burton    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
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The first Batman sequel takes a wicked turn with the villainous exploits of the freakish and mean-spirited Penguin (Danny DeVito), whose criminal collaboration with evil tycoon Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) threatens to drain Gotham City of its energy supply. As if that weren't enough, Batman (Michael Keaton) has his hands full with the vengeful Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), who turns out to be a lot more dangerous than a kitten with a whip. As with the first Batman feature, director Tim Burton brings his distinct visual style to the frantic action, but this time there's a darker malevolence lurking beneath all that extraordinary production design. --Jeff Shannon

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By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Re-watching the two Burton "Batman"s I was shocked to find I liked "Batman Returns" more than the 1st. True, the film has nothing to compare with the wonderful over-the-top craziness of Jack Nicholson as the Joker, but in some ways Nicholson so overpowered the 1st film that it felt out of balance. At the same time, and – for me – even more problematic were the very un-Tim Burton like touches (the Prince songs? the endless, not very exciting climactic battle, the weak CGI) that seemed grafted on to make some studio executive happy.

"Batman Returns" seems much more a Tim Burton film; weirder, more perverse, funnier and more unpredictable than its predecessor. While the film lacks Nicholson's magic, it gains a great, funny, and twistedly sexy performance by Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, her dark, dual personality mirroring Batman/Bruce Wayne's schizophrenic existence, and drawing these two "enemies" together like moths to flame.

Also fun and often fascinating are Danny DeVito's so pathetic you could almost like him, but so dark he's unredeemable Penguin. And Christopher Walken is a blast comparatively underplaying evil capitalist billionaire Max Schrek.

The film looks gorgeous, arguably better than the first. And if the production design can't match the grandeur of Anton Furst's sets for "Batman". these have a lot more Tim Burton surrealist fun-house/nightmare aesthetic.

What's missing is much of a clear plot, story elements coming and going a bit randomly. And, like the first film, "Batman" himself is made less interesting than the bad guys. But Burton has always been at his best exploring outsider characters, and creating nightmare dreamscapes, and he gets to do a lot more of that here. As one critic put it; this is a somewhat weaker "Batman" film, but a much better Tim Burton film.
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Batman Returns is the sequel to 1989's Batman. It has a lot of flaws, but I still enjoy it everytime I sit down to watch it. Keaton's back as Batman/Bruce Wayne. Wayne has a little more personality in Batman Returns, so he's not as boring as he was in the first movie. It would have been nice if the first action scene was longer, where Batman fights the (don't laugh) Red Triangle Circus Gang. You'd think that if some circus performers were tearing apart the city that they'd send in a SWAT team or a heavily armed riot control squad to restore order. But the cops don't really try to stop them. I guess they're lazy, and just leave all the hard work for Batman. The comic book Batman would never kill criminals. Burton's Batman has no qualms about it. That is sacrilege to most Batman fans, but it didn't bother me. I treat Burton's Batman movies the same way I treat a Batman storyline such as Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Comic purists will understand what I'm talking about. It's good to have a reinterpretation of old comic book heroes every now and then, but I found Schumacher's movies to be so offensive and uncool, that I detest the way Batman is portrayed.
The Penguin (Danny Devito) and Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) are more formidable adversaries for Batman than the Joker. Unsurprisingly, they team up to take out Batman - and come up with a great plan. Batman blew through the Joker and his gang, but this pair give Batman LOTS of trouble. But the problem now is that Batman is overshadowed by not one, but TWO major villains in HIS OWN movie. Batman Begins also had two major villains, but they remained in the background - Bruce Wayne was always at the forefront.
The Penguin is a deformed (and lecherous) fellow.
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By Danny
There are two types of people in the world: those who love Superman and those who love Batman. Count me in the latter; I love Batman. And if the original film is my favorite superhero movie of all time, then "Batman Returns" is my second favorite.
A few fans of the series will argue that this is the best film of the series and, in some respects, that's hard to argue against. The story is better than the first one and the vision is much more Burton-esque. Selina Kyle is, obviously, a much more interesting love interest than Vicki Vale. And Elfman's score is more boisterous than ever. I guess I just favor the first one for it's nostalgic value and Nicholson's performance.
None of the Batman movies are masterpieces, but the first two make for some amazing and sometimes deep entertainment. "Batman Forever" has the best story of the series, but the dark Batman mythos was toned down a bit to make room for those funky neon lights. And "Batman & Robin" was just goofy and bizarre. Here's hoping the new 2005 Bat-flick goes back to the basics.
Warner is really starting to get on the ball with the DVD format (check out the stuff they have in store for us in August). Wouldn't it be great if they finally gave the Batman series the treatment it deserves? The mere thought of how much great extras that can be included for the first two films is almost orgasmic. Maybe they'll do it next spring to hype us up for Nolan's vision of "Batman." Better late than never, I suppose. Cross your fingers, guys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great Movie, Great Steel. I love the look of the steel and how it falls into the same design as the original steel for the first movie.
Published 5 months ago by Marcello Tomasella
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Steelbook for collectors
Awesome collectible packaging! An essential for any steelbook or Batman Collector. Love the artwork that they used for the case!
Published 5 months ago by Gianluca Da Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy @ a great price!
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Published 8 months ago by Brennan Uhyn
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Published 11 months ago by Cathy De Bastos
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Come on this is the first batman. The movie was great and I think Michael Keaton will always be the best batman. Not liking the Penguin or Catwoman in this movie
Published 18 months ago by Andrew Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Cat woman fans be advised!!!
I adore the caracter of Cat woman & was fully satisfied with Michelle Pfeiffer in this role. The cast is outstanding with Batman, the penguin & cat woman... Read more
Published on July 21 2008 by Martine
3.0 out of 5 stars Batman's Actually in this One!
A mysterious “penguin man” surfaces and takes the city by storm, so much so that evil business tycoon Max Shreck, played by Christopher Walken, thinks he can turn Penguin into the... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2007 by A.P. Fuchs, author of The Axiom-man Saga
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 /5* (i thought it was as good as the first except for one little...
in my opinion this sequel is as good as the first in all respects except for one one small complaint.well, actually enough of a complaint to lower the rating by half a star. Read more
Published on July 20 2007 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the originals.
It really is. Unlike the first one this movie feels far more balanced then the first one. Even though again Batman is seen less than the villians, it just feels... better. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2005 by Manuel
4.0 out of 5 stars Batman Strikes Again!
Wow, a follow up to Batman (89) by Tim burton as well? Nice! The first film is better overall, the main thing this film has going for it is the EVEN DARKER tone. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2005 by Jeff
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