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Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 [DVD] [2005]

Val Kilmer , Michael Keaton , The Penguin , Tim Burton    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Tommy Lee Jones
  • Directors: The Penguin, Tim Burton
  • Producers: Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, Jon Peters, Peter Guber, Peter MacGregor-Scott
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 581 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002L7O7YK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,256 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Batman

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 Basinger plays Gotham's intrepid reporter Vicki Vale; and Jack Nicholson goes wild as the maniacal and scene-stealing Joker, who plots a takeover 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

Batman Returns

The first Batman sequel takes a wicked turn with the villainous exploits of the freakish and mean-spirited Penguin (Danny DeVito), whose criminal collaboration with evil tycoon Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) threatens to drain Gotham City of its energy supply. As if that weren't enough, Batman (Michael Keaton) has his hands full with the vengeful Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), who turns out to be a lot more dangerous than a kitten with a whip. As with the first Batman feature, director Tim Burton brings his distinct visual style to the frantic action, but this time there's a darker malevolence lurking beneath all that extraordinary production design. --Jeff Shannon

Batman Forever

When Tim Burton and Michael Keaton announced that they'd had enough of the Batman franchise, director Joel Schumacher stepped in (with Burton as coproducer) to make this action-packed extravaganza starring Val Kilmer as the caped crusader. Batman is up against two of Gotham City's most colorful 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 a few 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

Batman and Robin

Following Val Kilmer's portrayal of the caped crusader in Batman Forever, the fourth Batman feature stars George Clooney under the pointy-eared cowl, with Chris O'Donnell returning as Robin the Boy Wonder. This time the dynamic duo is up against the nefarious Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who is bent on turning the world into an iceberg, and the slyly seductive but highly toxic Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman), who wants to eliminate all animal life and turn the Earth into a gigantic greenhouse. Alicia Silverstone lends a hand as Batgirl, and Elle McPherson plays the thankless role of Batman/Bruce Wayne's fiancée. A sensory assault of dazzling colors, senseless action, and lavish sets run amok, this Batman and Robin offers an overdose of eye candy, but it is strictly for devoted Bat-o-philes. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play.

Titles Comprise:

Batman:
After a young boy witnesses his parents' murder on the streets of Gotham City, he grows up to become Batman, a mysterious figure in the eyes of Gotham's citizens, who takes crime-fighting into his own hands. He first emerges out of the shadows when the Joker appears - a horribly disfigured individual who is out for revenge on his former employer and generally likes to have a good time, but the identity of the "bat" is unknown. Perhaps millionaire Bruce Wayne and photographer Vicki Vale have a good chance of finding out?

Batman Returns: Gotham City faces two monstrous criminal menaces: the bizarre, sinister Penguin and the slinky, mysterious Catwoman. Can Batman battle two formidable foes at once? Like the Academy Award winning 1989 original, Batman Returns is directed by movie-making wizard Tim Burton. And like the first blockbuster, it's a dazzling adventure that leaves you breathless.

Batman Forever: Riddle me this; riddle me that, you'll find adventure on the wings of a bat! Brace for excitement as Val Kilmer (Batman), Tommy Lee Jones (Two-Face), Jim Carrey (The Riddler), Nicole Kidman (Dr. Chase Meridian) and Chris O'Donnell (Robin) star in the third spectacular film. Joel Schumacher 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!

Batman & Robin: Chills and thrills: will Gotham City be put on ice? George Clooney is Batman as the dark knight battles his greatest threat yet: Cold-hearted Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and venomous Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman). New very special effects include a wild sky-surfing sequence and Freeze'



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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD box set. No extras. 8 Jan 2006
By Kidder
Format:DVD
This box set is worth getting if you're not looking for all the behind the scenes extras etc. that usually come with dvds. As a box set it is certainly lacking since there are no extras but I bought it just for the films so I'm happy.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the first two and some great extras 3 April 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If I were looking to buy any of the original Batman series on Blu-ray, then I'd quite happily go for the darker Tim Burton titles as standalone releases. However, for only a couple of pounds more you get not only films three and four but also some extensive, fascinating bonus features that justify the purchase.

In particular, the final part of the 'Shadows of the Bat' retrospective that appears on the Batman & Robin disc includes some refreshingly candid interviews. The more colourful Joel Schumacher instalments were a result of studio interference following the comparatively weak box-office performance of Batman Returns. While those who provide the film's financing have a duty to protect their investment, once they start dictating what happens creatively, disaster usually ensues. This documentary is a salutary tale for budding executives everywhere and shows how things can go horribly wrong when they cross the line, bringing a hitherto successful franchise to a halt.

One could argue that Schumacher was not the best director to have taken the series forward, but given a dreadful script that went into character overload and had to shoehorn in as many merchandising opportunities as possible, it's hard to see how he could have succeeded. Thankfully, his future projects, such as The Phantom of the Opera (2004), were more in keeping with his theatrical sensibilities.

This set includes some fine picture transfers and all the soundtracks are in Dolby TrueHD 5.1. Each film is contained in its own standard Blu-ray keepcase.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasons to get this set 11 Aug 2010
By Paul B TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Others have discussed the reasons to get these Blu-rays seperately and,yes, I can see their point. But hear me out here.

For around the same price as the first 2 films alone you're getting all 4 movies.
The third movie is entertaining and still has some Burton influence.
If you have kids then the fourth movie is not wasted. I know so many kids who love Batman and Robin. Besides, despite its faults the film has Uma and Alicia for the dads and George for the mums!

The transfers are all pretty good (though Batman will never look as good as the more recent Anniversary Blu-ray release) and the extras span all four discs including music videos and interesting retrospectives as well as interviews with DC's staff.

So, there you have it, plenty of reasons to buy this Blu-ray set.
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128 of 150 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman for moment 16 Nov 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Batman Audio:

Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1: English.
Dolby Digital 2.0: Castilian Spanish, French, German, Italian.
Dolby Digital 1.0: Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish.

Batman Returns Audio:

Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1: English 5.1, German, Italian, French.
Dolby Digital 2.0: Latin Spanish.
Dolby Digital 1.0: Castilian Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese.

Batman Forever Audio:

Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1: English, Castilian Spanish, French, German, Italian.
Dolby Digital 2.0: Brazilian Portuguese.
Latin Spanish 2S.

Batman & Robin Audio:

Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1: English, Castilian Spanish, French, German, Italian.
Dolby Digital 2.0: Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bat Pack!!!! 5 Aug 2010
Format:Blu-ray
The four movies presented here vary greatly in quality Batman (1989)being undoubtedly the best and the last two Batman Forever
/Batman and Robin being distinctly weaker.The offer price is a big draw here.You get 4 movies on blu-ray for 17.99.Batman (1989)contains an impressive set of extras docs detail the history of Batman the character and the development of the movie
and if that weren't enough theres an extensive making of also coupled with brief hero and villain profiles and prince music videos and a Burton commentary this disc alone justifies the cost.Batman returns carries on the extensive extras in similar vein.All the movies look good on blu-ray apart from the odd grainy bit here and there and the sound is spot on.Well worth the asking price and a decent companion piece to the later movies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Holy Smokes Batman...... 2 April 2007
By theCapt
Format:DVD
This is a decent enough boxset with the first four feature films of Batman. This boxset contains the single DVD editions of the movies, which have little in the way of extras.

So this boxset is ideal if you just want to own or make up your Batman movie collection, however if you want more indepth viewing buy the 2 DVD Editions available seperatly or wait until there is a new boxset with the the 2 DVD Editions and the recent 5th presequel movie Batman Begins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all Batman fans, even if... 4 Mar 2014
By Sara
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A must have for all Batman fans, even if Batman Forever and Batman & Robin (3rd and 4th respectively) are disposable. I wanted the 2 first ones from Tim Burton but the price is an excelent opportunity for every fan collection. BTW: I confirm the Portuguese (portugal) subtitles are very good and all the extras have them. These extras are very very cool to watch too. Just buy this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Loved these movies when they were first released, and now my son does too. Bought too watch together. Love it
Published 19 days ago by TRISH65
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC VALUE / GR8 FILMS
THIS IS A GR8 FILM PACKAGE FOR LESS THAN YOUR WEEKLY BREAD BILL .
THE ONLY THING WHAT LET'S IT DOWN IS THE CRAPPY DOLBY DIGITAL SOUNDTRACK . Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good saga
A classic saga in a very good presentation and a wide possibility of different languages. Good quality an a pleasure to see it again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batman Box set.
This Box set is all you need if you,re a Batman fan. It has the first 4 Batman films all in one. I think it has been updated as the other Box set had 4 separate Blu-Rays in each... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Batman ever!
I've always been a Batman fan, so I had to get this BD box. There's no way any other Batman movie is better than Michael Keaton's ones. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batman
An whole new experience from the creators of motion picture even the movies itself even from the beginning to last one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batman series
I am pleased to now own this Batman series I have watched two already and they have come up to my expectations.
Published 1 month ago by M A English
5.0 out of 5 stars batman films
My son is 10 and loves batman. He is lucky that he is new to films and has hundreds to see for the first time. He likes these four films which are good value.
Published 2 months ago by CAP
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Batman Fan Must
Are you A Batman Fan? YOU MUST OWN THIS BOX SET!

It includes the first evere 4 Motion Picture Movies of The Batman series, by the amazing director Tim Burton! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonathan
3.0 out of 5 stars unclear images
films are great and the price was awesome! however, most images shows 4 blu-ray cases but this only comes with 2. 2 film in each so a little misleading. Read more
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