Batman Begins (Limited Edition SteelBook) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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Batman Begins (Limited Edition Steelbook) Blu-ray
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Great saga, great batman series Christian Bale does an amazing job portraying the dark batman my favorite series up to now.Published 3 months ago by email@example.com
Good movie but I like the sequels better cause I feel the costume in this one isn't that good and the acting could be better but still not a bad movie.Published 4 months ago by James McLeod