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Batman Begins (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2005]

Christian Bale , Michael Caine , Christopher Nolan    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes
  • Directors: Christopher Nolan
  • Writers: Christopher Nolan, Bob Kane, David S. Goyer
  • Producers: Benjamin Melniker, Charles Roven, Cheryl A. Tkach, Emma Thomas
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, English, German, Hebrew, Icelandic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B73GYE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 869 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Just when you though that the Batman franchise was dead and buried--certainly after the abomination that was 1997’s Batman & Robin--along comes director Christopher Nolan to brilliantly bring it all back to life with the astonishingly strong Batman Begins.

Nolan, whose curriculum vitae already features Memento and Insomnia, focuses his attention where films in the franchise haven’t gone before--by examining that character of Batman himself. Thus, the story here is the genesis of the character, from the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents, harrowing training with the mysterious League of Shadows, right through to the Dark Knight’s first appearances on the street of a crime-ridden, moody Gotham City.

Nolan plays several trump cards in his take on the Batman legacy, and none pay off quite so handsomely as his casting. Christian Bale is an immense force in the dual role of Bruce Wayne and Batman, bringing a brooding anger and genuine unease to the Batsuit. He’s backed with strong turns from Tom Wilkinson, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, and Cillian Murphy as the unstable Scarecrow.

In spite of a last twenty minutes that can’t quite sustain the tone of what’s gone before, Batman Begins is a major achievement, and one of the finest superhero movies to date. Easily the best of the Dark Knight’s big screen adventures, it manages to be a blockbuster film that’s unpredictable, compulsive, superb to look at and well worth many repeated viewings. A staggering achievement, particularly considering the state the Batman franchise had got itself into.--Simon Brew



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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:HD DVD
Ok, first of all you need to realise that this isn't a sequel to the previous 4 Batman films, nor is it a prequel to them.

This film sees director Christopher Nolan, take the dark knight back to his roots, to tell the story from the beginning - HIS way.
First of all the HD transfer of this film is breathtaking, the already stunning cinematography is enriched with the HD visuals and great sound to accompany it.

The story really does live up to it's name, where Batman 'begins'. He shows him briefly as a child, but mainly in his later years, prior to donning the cape for the first time. What makes him want to do what he does, how does he do it? who designs his costume?

This film feels more realistic than the other incarnations, and the audience sees more of Batman/Bruce Wayne behind the scenes to be able to empathise with his character.

A great cast supports the fantastic Christian Bale as Batman. Michael Caine as Alfred the butler is an inspired choice. Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Katie Holmes as Bruce Wayne's childhood friend, Rachel. Cillian Murphy as the scarecrow and plenty more.

All in all a fantastic film, which in my opinion is the best of all that were made. I will always have a place in my heart for Tim Burton's 2 Batman films, but Nolan's has overshadowed them in all areas.
Brilliant!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sinister and surprising 28 Mar 2007
Format:DVD
Endure the tedious ninja stuff in the first half-hour (the same as every other oriental martial arts movie you've ever seen) and you have a well-plotted and beautifully visualized thriller that makes a good case for its dark view of Bruce Wayne's psychological motives. Although you can probably predict the arc of the plot, there are still some subtleties and surprises, especially among the villains, that kept me interested.

Worth a special mention is the gradual emergence of the bat imagery, which came across as mere whimsy in Batman's TV days. Here it is allowed to make sense, and the aerial shot of the fully-caped Batman scanning Gotham from the pinnacle of a skyscraper is one to send cold shocks down the spine - I only wish I'd seen it on a cinema screen.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:HD DVD
This story of batman is just flat-out brilliant. Whereas the other movies have dealt with the moral issues only casually, some of them more resembling a rollercoaster ride in a theme park for children, this movie tackles it head-on, and provides, on top of that, action and romance - it keeps you interested on a number of levels. In my opinion, it is THE defining superhero movie, because it deals with these deeper issues of the soul in a way that makes them more 'visible' and inspiring. For this to be the least bit believable the actors have to be in tune with these things themselves, and I will say that, in my opinion, they do not fall short, but support the very essence of the characters they 'fill out'.

Christian Bale is the first actor to realistically portray Batman. The other Batman films have failed to some extent, but this movie comes so close that it is difficult to find other words than 'spot on the head of the nail'. But all the performances are above par, outstanding all round.

I am tremendously grateful for this movie, I find myself seeing it from time to time again. What a movie. Any comic-book fan or action film-lover should have this film, for any number of reasons.

This movie even seems to transcend the comic books themselves, I don't know, perhaps this is a little too much. But it is a truly amazing film.

In conclusion: Get it.

Sincerely,

Jesper.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Batman Begins, unsurprisingly, is the first film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, now known as The Dark Knight trilogy. The story begins with a young Bruce Wayne who witnesses his parents deaths' at the hands of a desperate beggar, out to steal his father's wallet. After this tragedy, Bruce has never been the same. Many years later, Joe Chill, the man who murdered his parents, is granted parole in exchange for testifying against Gotham's most feared criminal: Falcone. Bruce goes to the trial with the intention of finished Joe Chill off himself; however, one of Falcone's men gets there first. Still full of angry thoughts and determined to find out more about the criminal underworld, Bruce goes travelling. He gets into a bit of trouble on his travels and ends up in a prison in Bhutan but he is soon rescued by Henri, a member of the League of Shadows lead by Ra's al Ghul, who offers to train him to overcome his fears and become as stealthy as a ninja. After completing his training, Bruce finds out that the true intention of Ra's al Ghul is to destory Gotham City, so he leaves the League of Shadows and returns to Gotham to help fight crime and protect the city. Thus, Batman is born.

Batman Begins is almost 10 years old now, it was released in 2005, and when watching most films from that time period now, you can tell that they're slightly dated from either the different fashions, slightly dodgy CGI or lesser quality graphics, but this wasn't the case at all with Batman Begins. I firmly believe that this film is, and will forever be, timeless. I was really impressed by the action sequences, the high speed chases, the quality of the costumes - everything.
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