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Overview

It has taken almost a decade for Warner Bros. to finally release a deluxe edition of Tim Burton's first mega-successful blockbuster Batman flick, so now that it's here, how does it stack up? Could it possible live up to expectations? The answer is a resounding and joyous "Yes!" This two-disc special edition release is just what any film geek ordered -- the transfer is stunning and the bonus materials deliver hours of drool-inducing material. Despite all its bells and whistles, though, at the heart of this release...
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Overview

It has taken almost a decade for Warner Bros. to finally release a deluxe edition of Tim Burton's first mega-successful blockbuster Batman flick, so now that it's here, how does it stack up? Could it possible live up to expectations? The answer is a resounding and joyous "Yes!" This two-disc special edition release is just what any film geek ordered -- the transfer is stunning and the bonus materials deliver hours of drool-inducing material. Despite all its bells and whistles, though, at the heart of this release lies the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. It's a crying shame that the folks at WB didn't update the presentation of this film sooner. The previous edition is an utter failure by today's standards and, needless to say, the digital picture remastering and combination of 5.1 Dolby and DTS tracks make for a truly new experience for the viewer. The movie disc comes complete with a Tim Burton commentary that finds the filmmaker scatterbrained as ever, but it's a solid and insightful commentary nonetheless. The real goodies come in the form of the documentaries and featurettes, adding up to over two hours of material dedicated to the various departments of this colossal production. Possibly the most interesting tales are those that present the film's decade-long road to production, spearheaded by a professor who happened to be the first to teach a comic book course at a university (just one of the little-known facts that abound on the bonus disc). Also included is a 40-minute special on the Batman mythos in the comic books that features interviews with past and current creators including Frank Miller and Alex Ross. Packed into the rest of the edition are three music videos from Prince, some smaller featurettes on each main character and character creator Bob Kane, and a surprising storyboard scene that features an early appearance by Robin that was cut (made even cooler by the vocal stylings of Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy doing the voices of the Joker and Batman, respectively). It's a bit of a disappointment that the discs don't include the heavily rumored deleted scenes, but you can bet that they're being saved for some kind of "Ultimate Edition" down the road. For now, you can't get any better than this release, compounded by the similar treatments done to all three later Batman films and, of course, Batman Begins, which was obviously the marketing strategy for waiting so long to finally unleash these stellar editions onto the scene.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Tim Burton; "On the Set With Bob Kane"; "Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman" -- The Batman comic book saga as reinvented and reinterpreted over nearly seven decades; "Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Parts 1-3" -- "The Road to Gotham City," "The Gathering Storm," "The Legend Reborn"; Beyond Batman documentary gallery -- "Visualizing Gotham: The Production Design of Batman," "Building the Batmobile," "Those Wonderful Toys: The Props and Gadgets of Batman," " Designing the Batsuit," "From Jack to The Joker," "Nocturnal Overtures: The Music of Batman"; Music videos by Prince: "Batdance," "Partyman," "Scandalous"; The Heroes and the Villains profile galleries; Batman: The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence; New digital transfer with both 5.1 Dolby and DTS surround; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
At once whimsical and somber -- and, above all, dark -- Batman remains one of the better adaptations of a comic book character to the screen, and certainly one of the most stylized. This is not your father's Batman, and, given its relentless grimness, it perhaps shouldn't be your kids' either, if they are very young. In a broad sense, the film, falling on the cusp of the 1990s, reflects a final departure from the innocence of previous filmgoing generations to the cynicism and angst of a new one. Cinematic superheroes had moved from the simplicity of Christopher Reeve's Superman to the brooding, tormented, shadow-enshrouded Dark Knight. Michael Keaton, better known for light comic fare at the time, is surprisingly effective as the mysterious Batman, while Jack Nicholson hams it up to perfection as the maniacal Joker. Rounding out the leads, Kim Basinger's slinky, film noir heroine fits the spirit of the film well, even if she and Keaton don't develop much chemistry. More than just a solid achievement of Tim Burton's direction, this is one film in which the contributions of the set designer and the composer go a long way toward rounding out the full experience. Anton Furst won a set design Oscar for his vision of a bleak, soaring urban wasteland, a hodgepodge of architectural styles, reminiscent of Blade Runner and Metropolis, that suggests no particular time period; and Danny Elfman's score is appropriately dark and dramatic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • UPC: 012569713710
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,527

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Keaton Batman/Bruce Wayne
Jack Nicholson Joker/Jack Napier
Kim Basinger Vicki Vale
Robert Wuhl Alexander Knox
Pat Hingle Commissioner Gordon
Billy Dee Williams District Attorney Harvey Dent
Michael Gough Alfred Pennyworth
Jack Palance Carl Grissom
Jerry Hall Alicia
Lee Wallace Mayor
Tracey Walter Bob the Goon
Del Baker Napier Hood
Michael Balfour Scientist
David Baxt Dr. Wayne
Paul Birchard Another Reporter
Lachelle Carl TV Technician
Carl Chase Goon
Edwin Craig Ratelli
Joel Cutrara Crimelord 2
John Dair Ricorso
Marion Dougherty
Sam Douglas Lawyer
Richard Durden TV Director
Keith Edwards Reporter
Christopher Fairbanks Nic
Garick Hagon Dad
Kate Harper Anchorwoman
Leon Herbert Reporter
Kit Hollerbach Becky
William Hootkins Eckhards
Michael Hough
Jazzer Jeyes Napier Hood
Amir M. Korangy Wine Steward
Dennis Lili Bob the Cartoonist
John Lurie
Mac McDonald Goon
Bruce McGuire Anchorman
Wayne Michaels Napier Hood
Philip O'Brien Maitre d'
Steve Plytas Doctor
Liz Ross Mom
George Roth Eddie
Elliott Stein Man in Crowd
John Sterland Accountant
Richard Strange Goon
Philip Tan Goon
Rocky Taylor Napier Hood
Vincent Wong Crimelord 1
Technical Credits
Tim Burton Director
Terry Ackland-Snow Art Director
Gerry Crampton Stunts
Marion Dougherty Casting
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Paul Engelen Makeup
Anton Furst Production Designer
Peter Guber Co-producer, Producer
Sam Hamm Original Story, Screenwriter
Linda Henrikson Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Kenny Co-producer
Ray Lovejoy Editor
Derek Meddings Special Effects
Benjamin Melniker Executive Producer
Jon Peters Co-producer, Producer
Nigel Phelps Art Director
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Prince Songwriter
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Warren Saire Screenwriter
Lorenzo Semple Jr. Screenwriter
Warren Skaaren Screenwriter
Eddie Stacey Stunts
Tip Tipping Stunts
Les Tomkins Art Director
Michael E. Uslan Executive Producer
Peter Young Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Batman: Widescreen
1. Chapter 1 [2:31]
2. Chapter 2 [4:31]
3. Chapter 3 [2:22]
4. Chapter 4 [2:55]
5. Chapter 5 [2:19]
6. Chapter 6 [2:21]
7. Chapter 7 [3:01]
8. Chapter 8 [3:52]
9. Chapter 9 [3:07]
10. Chapter 10 [3:19]
11. Chapter 11 [3:46]
12. Chapter 12 [2:01]
13. Chapter 13 [2:10]
14. Chapter 14 [2:41]
15. Chapter 15 [4:00]
16. Chapter 16 [3:00]
17. Chapter 17 [2:44]
18. Chapter 18 [3:27]
19. Chapter 19 [3:35]
20. Chapter 20 [1:40]
21. Chapter 21 [2:06]
22. Chapter 22 [4:56]
23. Chapter 23 [5:41]
24. Chapter 24 [:03]
25. Chapter 25 [4:04]
26. Chapter 26 [1:49]
27. Chapter 27 [2:51]
28. Chapter 28 [4:19]
29. Chapter 29 [1:54]
30. Chapter 30 [2:07]
31. Chapter 31 [4:24]
32. Chapter 32 [1:52]
33. Chapter 33 [2:25]
34. Chapter 34 [4:27]
35. Chapter 35 [3:50]
36. Chapter 36 [3:36]
37. Chapter 37 [3:09]
38. Chapter 38 [6:22]
39. Chapter 39 [2:43]
40. Chapter 40 [3:52]
Disc #2 -- Batman: Special Features
1. Chapter 1 [17:44]
2. Chapter 2 [22:57]
3. Chapter 3 [30:57]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Batman: Widescreen
   Menu Group #1 with 40 chapter(s) covering 02:06:11
Disc #2 -- Batman: Special Features
   Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batmna
   On the Set With Bob Kane
   Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight
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   Batman: The Heroes
   Batman: The Villains
   Menu Group #1 with 3 chapter(s) covering 01:11:40
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Of The Best

    Batman is clearly one of my ultimate favorite movies of all time. It is sure the best of any of the other Batman films. The plot was great, and so were the actors. Michael Keaton plays the best Bruce Wayne/Batman than the other two guys, which were Val Kilmer and George Calooney (Dont know). I cant really explain it, but he just seems like a very good Bruce Wayne/Batman, His attitude is perfect, and just the way he acts for the part. And Jack Nicholson, was also a great character in this film. He's a crazy guy in most movies, including One flew over the coo-koos nest, and The Shining. This was one of his best roles. He was perfect for the part, no one else could be better than Jack. So, good action, acting, and well, EVERYTHING NOW THAT I THINK OF IT. I'd give it 10 stars for a film.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

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    this is a 2 star film

    i never liked tim burton but he has destroyed lots of film renchises even his own frenchises as well tim burton is the worst director in movie history jack was the wrong choice to play the joker keaton was a lousy batman/bruce wayne alfred had little to no scenes this movie was a disaster from the very begining of the production thanks tim burton for destroying such a good frenchise

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

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    this is not a 5 star movie

    i have watched this movie more than once and yet i beileve what tim burton stated in a inerview once he said he is not a action movie director what made me hate this movie even more was harvey dent charecter sure billy dee williams is a good actor but he did not mesh very well with the rest of the movies cast this movie i gave the movie 3 stars for a reason after batman returns tim burton left the batman movie frenchise and im glad he did

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Batman Film

    And a good one at that. Tim Burton's take on the Batman Mythos is interesting and great to watch over and over. The character of the joker is how he is in the comics, he tends to steal the show from Batman because of his over the top personality. Batman is also well played, he tends to emanate fear from him, his eyes in the mask are scary enough. The soundtrack is also great. If you are a Batman fan, this film is good and you should consider watching it. If you arent well this is still an okay film to watch. now just one question...You ever dance with the devil in the pale moon light?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Vanguard For All Superhero Flicks

    This 1989 gem of superhero/comic book films ranks as perhaps the best superhero movie that was ever made (though "Batman Returns" the new "Batman Begins" comes dangerously close). Tim Burton showed how much he respected the Batman character with this film. He gave the film the dark, gothic feel of the comics. The cast is perfect: Michael Keaton was perfectly chosen as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Kim Basinger played a passable Vicki Vale, and Jack Nicholson stole the show as The Joker. He was just awesome. The plot may seem tacky to some (not me), but ignore that and watch the film for the jaw-dropping scenery, dazzling special effects, thrilling action sequences and excellent acting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tim Burton did it again!

    Tim Burton did a WONDERFUL job on this film! I can't even find the words to explain it. The gothic art of the buildings, and the slumness and darkness just matches the dark knight and Gotham city! Get this dvd, its really cool!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Batman is a masterpiece! Ranks as one of Burton's best!

    This movie rocks, plain and simple. The setting, the actors, the mood, and well... the actors. You got to give Keaton and Nicholson props, they steal the show. Nicholson's performance was probably one the best I have ever seen in the role of antagonist, he was brilliantly bizzare. Keaton was perfect for batman, more so than kilmer and clooney. He just gives the movie a great personality that reminds you why are there! Overall, I applaud Tim Burton, he truly has done a great job making Batman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tacky and Overrated

    Another overrated production by Burton who's obsession with surrealim results in cheap overbolown plastic backdrops and weak acting. Jack Nicholson and Jack Pallance seem to be the only seasoned actors who leave an impression in this McDonald's Happy Meal promotional film. Michael Keaton's forced acting as Batman is just too laughable to bear with his shallow exclamation 'I'm Batman!' Richard Simmons could portray a more convincing role than Keaton. Kim Basinger as reporter Vicki Vale is the most pathetic performance in this film; a mediocre actress working hard at screaming and little else. The musical score is also overdone; trying to carry a suspenseful theme that the film simply fails to evoke. The movie is too cartoonish and the acting too weak to evoke anything. Again, the stage designs and costumes make the audience feel like they're going to a rave or Halloween party. Everything in this film has the look and feel of being fake. Worth watching once perhaps, but this overpublicized masquerade of a movie gets boring after a short while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was a good movie

    This was a good batman movie. I thought that Jack Nichelson was great as Joker and really played him great, and Micheal Keaton played a good batman. It was really one of the better batman movies. Thye only thing I didn't like about this movie is that you can really tell it's from the 80's by the movies style, as with the other batman movies you can't tell when they are made. I recommand this movie, it is really good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Batman rules

    Batman is the greatest movie.Tim Burton makes gotham the dirtiest city,the ideal place not to live.From the opening mugging to the the Joker's fall this movie will rivet you to to your seat. Michael Keaton performs with a dark,grim performance and Jack Nicholson puts on a dark,evil,scary,and muderous performance.Buy it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    How do I say it? This is one of the best movies ever made. The Joker is freaky and perectly insane. Batman is perfect as the Dark Knight. The 3 sequels were great (yes including the last one idiots what is with you?)hopefully they'll start again. This movie was called The Movie of the Decade which proves how good it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    Tim Burton is to be congratulated for creating such a spectacular visual treat. The gloomy environment that he created is superb. Also, Danny Elfman's riveting score defined the movie and its themes as much as, if not more than, Tim Burton's directing. However, there was one thing lacking in this movie: an intriguing storyline. Granted, that storyline isn't boring; it just lacks that little extra that would put it over the top. But all in all, a wonderful movie that I do not hesitate to recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best of all batgman films!

    A great cast and a great director make this film impossible to miss. The acting was great with Jack Nicholson playing the villian Joker and Michael Keaton playing Batman. No actor who has played a villian in the other Batman films can compare to Jack Nicholson's Joker. Keaton's Batman is better than the other's who have put on the suit. Kim Bassinger is just as good as Keaton and Nicholson as a reporter who falls for Bruce Wayne and is stalked by Joker throughout the film. The version of Batman that starred Adam West doesn't even compare to the dark style that Tim Burton gave us in this excellent film that spawned 3 sequels that couldn't even be as good this one(except possibly for some Batman Returns that was also directed by Tim Burton). No one can afford to miss this dark film that will for ever be a favorite in among a many people who loved the comics and the graphic novels. It is simply the best of all films that were once comic books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Darn good

    The cast rulez! Tim Burton is a melancholy genius! Elfman's sountrack beats all else!

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