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Batman Forever [Blu-ray] [US Import]

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Product details

  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Super D / Phantom So
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Feb 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RJXAX2

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When Tim Burton and Michael Keaton announced that they'd had enough of the Batman franchise, director JoelSchumacher stepped in (with Burton as coproducer) to make this action-packed extravaganza starring Val Kilmer as the capedcrusader. Batman is up against two of Gotham City's most colourful criminals, the Riddler (a role tailor-made for funnyman Jim Carrey) and the diabolical Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), who join forces to conquer Gotham's population with a brain-draining device. Nicole Kidman plays the seductive psychologist who wants to know what makes Batman tick. Boasting a redesigned Batmobile and plenty of new Bat hardware, Batman Forever also introduces Robin the Boy Wonder (Chris O'Donnell) whose close alliance with Batman led more than afew critics to ponder the series' homoerotic subtext. No matter how you interpret it, Schumacher's take on the Batman legacy is simultaneously amusing, lavishly epic and prone to chronic sensory overload. --Jeff Shannon

Synopsis

Riddle me this, riddle me that, you'll adventure on the wings of bat! Brace for excitement as Val Kilmer (Batman), Tommy Lee Jones (Two-Face), Jim Carrey (Riddler), Nicole Kidman (Dr. Chase Meridian) and Chris O'Donnell (Robin) star in the third spectacular film in Warner Bros. Batman series. Joel Schumacher The Client directs and Tim Burton co-produces this thrill-ride of a movie that thunders along on Batmobile, Batwing, Batboat, Batsub and bold heroics. Hang on!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A different direction brings differing results. 24 Aug 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Batman takes on a new side kick as he fights to keep Gotham City out of the clutches of Two-Face and The Riddler.

"No thanks, I'll get drive-thru"

Thus these be the first words out of Val Kilmer's incarnation of Batman and thus setting the standard for what Joel Schumacher's two Batman movies would be like. Gone is the dark undertone from Tim Burton's visions, and the tight action sequences that marked Burton's debut out as a genuine genre piece of work, in their place comes sexy campery and ropey action set pieces. The casting of both Val Kilmer as Batman and Chris O'Donnell as Robin is a big mistake, Kilmer easily being the most boring actor to don the suit out of all of them, whilst O'Donnell simply can't act outside of Robin's cartoonery bravado. Nicole Kidman looks positively gorgeous as Chase Meridian, but that's all that is brought to the party, it's a waste of the very talented Kidman's ability and a waste of the audience's time.

It's not all bad though, a comic book adaptation is only as good as its villains, and here we get a perfectly cast Jim Carrey as The Riddler, and a wildly over the top Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face. Carrey steals every scene he is in, it's almost too much, but as maniacal and exuberant as it is, it is the film's highlight and actually the film's saving grace (Tommy Lee Jones was reportedly unhappy from having his thunder stolen in the movie by Carrey). The script does work enough to make the story accessible to all ages, and there are enough crash bangs and wallops to entertain in that brain left at the door kind of way.

This was the biggest hit of 1995, so the paying public lapped it up and paved the way for another Schumacher film in the franchise, but with all that star power wasted, and nipples on the rubber suits, it's hard to see now why it was so popular back then. 5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Positive.
Opening sequence is well filmed & exciting a pity the rest of the movie doesn't follow suit.
The fight scenes have had the previous cuts wavered & reinstated in this dvd/Blu ray version.

Negitive.
Jim Carrey constant OTT antics as The Riddler completely ruining the movie with his madness, Joel Schumacher should've reigned him in.
Tommy Lee Jones doesn't fair much better as good as a actor he is he's wasted as Two-Face in this portrayal as he could've played this with a more serious edge.
Val Kilmer not to bad as Bruce Wayne but doesn't terrify as Batman.

Quality.
The Blu ray has a clear sharp transfer & superb sound, No loading problems.

Trivia.
1)Robin Williams was Warners first choice to play The Riddler.
2)On set tensions between Jim Carrey & Tommy Lee Jones annoyed Joel Schumacher so much he swore never to work with both actor's again but directed Jim Carrey in The Number 23.
3)Val Kilmers Batsuit was so heavy he lost 5lb in the movies opening fight scene alone.
4)Christian Bale autioned for Robin & would go on to play Batman in Christopher Nolans Dark Knight Trilogy.
5)On set tensions mounted between Val Kilmer & director Joel Schumacher claiming Val Kilmer difficult to work with.
6)Nicole Kidman was previously considered for Catwoman.
7)First apperance of Arkham Asylum.
8)The Robin costume weighed 41 lbs.
9)Michael Keaton was rumoured to want $15 million dollar's & a share of the movies profits to return as Batman for a third time, But didn't like were director Joel Schumacher was taking the franchise & left the project.
10)Tommy Lee Jones replaces Billy Dee Williams as Harvey(Two Face)Dent in this movie.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly Batman Forever 21 April 2007
Format:DVD
Well what can I say that hasn't been said already about this film. Okay,. seeing as Tim Burton is no longer directing the franchise (howevdr he produced this), it's not a bad effort and not the crap film. That crap film was the next one to follow: Batman and Robin.

Anyway this is where the franchise started going downhill though because Warner Bros wanted to make it appeal to younger children, they introduced some overly-campy humour. Most of it comes from the films two lead villains, Two-Face and the Riddler. Two-Face is meant to be a tragic and confused character with multiple personalities whereas the Riddler is meant to be an reclusive evil eccentric. Here they behave like naughty little schoolboys. The plotline is ok but a little cheesy.

The plot involves Batman/Bruce Wayne (Kilmer) struggle with his identities and seeking therapy from beautiful Dr Chase Meridian (Kidman)

As this occurs, three members of a family of acrobats are murdered by the newly escaped Two-Face, leaving their youngest son Dick Grayson (O' Donnell, who isn't too bad actually) to survive. As a result Bruce takes Dick in and Dick soon finds out who Bruce is. Whilst this is occurring, one of Bruce Waynes disgruntled ex-employees Edward Nygma is creating a successful bussiness of his own and has invented an invention that makes t.v. programmes become reality for the viewers whilst secretly sucking out bits about peoples private lives from their minds whilst they are in their hypnotic trance.

The acting is mixed. Val Kilmer makes a good Bruce Wayne but isn't too scary as Batman. Nicole Kidman is rather wooden. Chris O'Donnell is okay as the grieving and vengeful Dick Grayson. Jim Carrey is his usual manic self and Tommy Lee Jones is way too over the top as Two Face.

It's okay but not great. Still it could've been worse as we've all learned. ***
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