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  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Gough, Billy Dee Williams
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Producers: Jon Peters, Peter Guber
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French, Korean, English, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Dec. 2008
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CP4VMU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,912 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tim Burton directs this big screen outing for the caped crusader. The streets of Gotham City are no longer safe for criminals, who are being picked off by a masked vigilante in a rubber suit - dubbed 'Batman' by the press. Reporter Alexander Knox (Robert Wuhl) teams with photographer Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) in an attempt to discover Batman's true identity - an investigation which leads them to the door of mysterious millionaire Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton). Meanwhile, crime boss Carl Grissom's (Jack Palance) attempt to rid himself of untrustworthy henchman Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson) does not go according to plan, and after emerging physically - and mentally - disfigured from a vat of chemicals, Napier reinvents himself as the psychotic Joker...

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Thanks to the ambitious vision of director Tim Burton, the blockbuster hit of 1989 delivers the goods despite an occasionally spotty script, giving the caped crusader a thorough overhaul in keeping with the crime fighter's evolution in DC Comics. Michael Keaton strikes just the right mood as the brooding "Dark Knight" of Gotham City; Kim Basingerplays Gotham's intrepid reporter Vicki Vale; and Jack Nicholson goes wild as the maniacal and scene-stealing Joker, who plots a take over of the city with his lethal Smilex gas. Triumphant Oscar-winning production design by the late Anton Furst turns Batman into a visual feast, and Burton brilliantly establishes a darkly mythic approach to Batman's legacy. Danny Elfman's now-classic score propels the action with bold, muscular verve. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Marlowe on 2 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
What a year to be a Batman fan 1989 was, special release graphic novel like Arkham Asylum and Gotham by Gaslight, the 1943 serial shown on channel 4 & of course the release of the 1st big budget and seriously intended film about our favourite relationship-challenged avenger!

The story is a simple one but a good one to work in a comic book world. Batman appears in a Gotham run down by organised crime & earns an outlaw reputation hunting criminals but with even the cops after him.
One crimelord Carl Grissom sets up his number 2 Jack Napier, to be hit by crooked cops but in the melee Batman intervenes & trying but failing to prevent Jack falling into a vat of chemicals unwittingly creats the Joker-the chemicals contorting his face into a rictus grin while turning skin white and hair green.

The Joker decides to take a warped revenge on Gotham and wants to bring Batman down.

The well worn story of Michael Keaton's left field casting is worth repeating. Keaton was best known for comedies such as Mr Mom and Johnny Dangerously (I recommend that one) plus his previous collaboration with Batman director Tim Burton, Beetlejuice(*2). But Burton boldly gambled that Keaton would convince as a Bruce Wayne damaged enough to want to don the batsuit and beat up criminals and he does. His Bruce Wayne is complicated and brooding and the scenes where he sweated in the batsuit e.g. grabbing a villain by the lapels & informing him "I'm Batman", do not disappoint.
You get a good Batman then you need a good villain, who you gonna call? Jack Nicholson. Nicholson uses the acting skills he brought to a number of variously deranged and dangerous characters and takes it to ahn operatic level for a villian that is comic book, yet dangerous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Leslie on 24 July 2014
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Nostalgia
It has to be said that my review may come across as biased - I first saw this film when I was roughly 6 when the BBC premiered it at Christmas in 1991 - I fell in love with the dark and twisted world of Batman. This particular interpretation of the Dark Knight was a breath of fresh air for many fans, so far as they could tell from the trailer (which I gather people saw when they purchased cinema tickets for other films - then when the trailer was over, they would leave the cinema) which showed a far different Batman to the campy and colorful 1966 Adam West TV series, which seemed to overshadow any seriousness or tragedy for which Batman's origins are now far more well known. The movie incorporates set designs which echo the 1930s through 40s but then crosses that over with 1980s cars/technology and fashion. Michael Keaton's unexpected choice for the Dark Knight is both calm as Bruce Wayne, but intense and intimidating as Batman. Kim Basinger gives a good performance as Vicky Vale, though I feel that particular interpretation of the character would be better off in this day and age changing into a far more confident role (for which the Video Game Arkham City has accomplished). Jack Nicholson's acting as the Joker is exemplary, a top notch performance backed up by classic Hollywood stars like Pat Hingle as Commissioner James Gordon and Jack Palance as mob chief Carl Grissom. Despite this being one of the far stronger films of the original Batman Motion Picture Series, I have found over the years that it is not so fondly remembered as I had thought.

Differences from the comic books (+++SPOILER ALERT!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Lister on 18 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
Tim Burton's glowering gothic melodrama came on the back of a Batman print resurgence, namely Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns (1986) and Year One (1987), and Alan Moore's The Killing Joke (1988), which, unlike various writers and artists in the 1970s, successfully banished the spectre of camp that haunted Bruce Wayne's world since the 1960s TV series. Burton and screenwriter Sam Hamm helped thrust Batman into the public consciousness so firmly that he's been there since, surviving a mauling from Joel Schumacher, whose nipple-oriented efforts looked set to hurl this particular corner of the DC universe back into the garish ages, and recently boosted by Christopher Nolan's thunderously popular trilogy.

Showing his unique talent for blending comedy, horror and oddball characterisation in Beetlejuice (a Michael Keaton character who couldn't be further from Batman), it was a no-brainer to bring Batman to the big screen at the time - and it remains so. At his best Burton paints the most beautiful nightmares in cinema. Schumacher's misguided Batman Forever and his execrable Batman & Robin took the camp to Adam West extremes; Nolan has since driven into the darkest recesses of the soul. Burton finds the best balance: a glorious gothic theatrescape populated by timeless archetypes and amusing caricatures, with a simple and convincing love story at its centre. It's tempting to snigger when we look back and consider that Burton's vision was considered "too dark" at the time, given the sombreness of Nolan's work. But bear in mind that the 1989 Batman and its sequel Batman Returns are both 15 certificate movies to Nolan's 12A. Simply, Burton's Batman is a killer (as he was in the early comics).
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