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Batman Begins (Limited Edition Giftset) [Blu-ray]

4.6 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0017HRCQU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,156 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

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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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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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This is one of the best movies where a comic book character has been brought to the screen. The last such movie that I watched was a Superman and I grew very bored with the back-and-forth punching between Superman and his adversary. The screen was full of things being smashed up and all for little additional purpose.
However, while there is some punch-up fighting in this movie, the focus was on the emotional components that went into the development of the main character, where Bruce Wayne became Batman. The gadgets are better than Bond and Morgan Freeman is superb as the Q-equivalent. Gotham City is descending into anarchy and there seems to be only a few good people left. Hence, there is a desperate need for the Batman.
It is a gritty tale of emotional and physical challenges where the viewer is caught up in the tension between Bruce Wayne and Batman, the role of Alfred, played superbly by Michael Caine and injecting just the right amount of humor. There is also a love interest and powerful villains, including one that is only hinted at.
The Batman movie sequence started strong but then grew stale and the last one was almost a self-parody rather than a drama. Even though it is a remake of a story done several times in several formats, the action remains gripping and it is easy to conjure up sympathy for the young Bruce Wayne.
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"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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