Batman: the Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997

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Behind the black cowl, Gotham City superhero Batman is really millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne Michael Keaton, who turned to crimefighting after his parents were brutally murdered before his eyes. The only person to share Wayne's secret is faithful butler Alfred Michael Gough. The principal villain in Batman is The Joker Jack Nicholson who'd been mob torpedo Jack Napier before he was horribly disfigured in a vat of acid. The Joker's plan to destroy Batman and gain control of Gotham City is manifold. First ...
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Overview

Behind the black cowl, Gotham City superhero Batman is really millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne Michael Keaton, who turned to crimefighting after his parents were brutally murdered before his eyes. The only person to share Wayne's secret is faithful butler Alfred Michael Gough. The principal villain in Batman is The Joker Jack Nicholson who'd been mob torpedo Jack Napier before he was horribly disfigured in a vat of acid. The Joker's plan to destroy Batman and gain control of Gotham City is manifold. First he distributes a line of booby-trapped cosmetics, then he goes on a destruction spree in the Gotham Art Museum while the music of Prince blasts away in the background, and finally he orchestrates an all-out campaign to win the hearts and minds of the Gothamites, hoping to turn them against the Cowled One. Meanwhile, reporter Vicki Vale Kim Basinger becomes the love of Batman's life-which of course plays right into the Joker's hands. Photographed by Roger Pratt, designed by Anton Furst, and scored by Tim Burton's favorite composer Danny Elfman, Batman was a monstrous box-office hit, making $100 million in the first ten days of release--$82,800,000 in North America alone. Incidentally, Billy Dee Williams' comparatively small role as DA Harvey Dent was originally designed to set up the sequel, wherein Dent was to convert into master criminal Two-Face; but by the time the producers got around to that character in 1995's Batman Forever, Two-Face was played by Tommy Lee Jones.
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Special Features

Over 18 hours of must-see profiles. documentaries and making-of featurettes; Director commentaries by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher; 9 music videos
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Originally released in conjunction with Batman Begins’ DVD debut and followed on Blu-ray in March 2009, this strikingly packaged box set contains the Caped Crusader's four feature-length adventures released between 1989-97. Batman 1989, directed by Tim Burton, startled fans with its extremely odd casting of comic actor Michael Keaton as the Dark Avenger created by comic-book legend Bob Kane in 1939. Keaton played Batman as a super-serious crime fighter still haunted by the long-ago deaths of his parents at the hands of a petty criminal. Burton's vision of a tormented superhero -- operating in a Gotham City designed to look simultaneously gothic and futuristic -- seemed to be at odds with Jack Nicholson's over-the-top portrayal of the Joker, but the film scored high marks for its unique blend of action and atmosphere. Keaton reprised his characterization in the Burton-helmed sequel, Batman Returns 1992 -- which, if anything, was even more grotesque than its predecessor. Danny DeVito was memorably macabre as the Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer was seductively slinky as Catwoman, but some aficionados consider this series entry too nihilistic to be good fun. The series' tone lightened somewhat with Batman Forever 1995, for which Keaton relinquished cowl and cape to Val Kilmer and Burton handed the directorial reins to Joel Schumacher. This second sequel introduced Chris O'Donnell as Robin the Boy Wonder and boasted terrific star power: Tommy Lee Jones as an especially sadistic Two Face; Jim Carrey as an appropriately manic Riddler; and Nicole Kidman as sexy shrink Chase Masterson. Schumacher retained control of the series' destiny, and there was great anticipation in fan circles when George Clooney was announced as the new Caped Crusader. But Batman & Robin 1997 fell somewhat short of expectations, despite the casting of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, and Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl. In our view, all four films have much to recommend them, and even if no one of them is perfect, Batmaniacs will be gratified to have them together in one box.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • UPC: 883929031689
  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Mixed Media Set
  • Language: English
  • Time: 8:28:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 32,620

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Tim Burton Director
Joel Schumacher Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2010

    Barnes and Noble playing Bait and Switch with prices

    How was this available again? People ordered it at 12 dollars and they got cancelled but magically its in stock the next day for $38???

    ONE STAR BARNES AND NOBLE. POOR SERVICE AND LACK OF CUSTOMER CARE = A PLACE YOU DO NOT WANT TO SPEND MONEY AT.

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