Batman Returns 1992

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Dark but action-packed with tongue-in-cheek humour, the Caped Crusader is pitted against the demented Penguin and power-hungry capitalist villain Max Shreck - plus slinky, sharp-clawed Catwoman. He must overcome his dark past and love entanglements to rid Gotham City of its evil enemies.

Starring:
Michael Keaton, Danny De Vito
Runtime:
2 hours 6 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Tim Burton
Starring Michael Keaton, Danny De Vito
Supporting actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, Michael Murphy, Andrew Bryniarski, Pee-Wee Herman, Christopher Walken, Cristi Conaway
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By oliraceking on 27 Oct 2005
Format: DVD
Batman Returns was, before Batman Begins came out, my favourite of the movies. This remastered release is fantastic with a new transfer and DTS sound.
The extras are good and thorough, with an hour of behind the scenes material, and a half hour retrospective, plus trailers and music videos etc.
The only hitch is the lack of a director's commentary, as was promised on the box. A shame - apparently it had something to do with them cutting a shot for the R2 release and the Burton commentary then being out of sync. Either that or they forgot.
If you're really desperate for a commentary then hold back, but if, like me, you're a fan of the film regardless, there's plenty of extra stuff to justify the purchase.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. E. C. Norman on 3 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
Nobody does Gothic better than Tim Burton, and his return to the Batman franchise is superior in almost every way to his first effort as well as being a hair's breadth behind the newest entry.

What makes the Batman films stand out (discounting Forever and Robin) is their dark nature which is as much about the inner conflict of both hero and villain. Keaton's Batman is different to Bale's; like him he is split, troubled and somewhat empty inside-the old wounds of his parents' death have not healed, and he finds it almost impossible to reconcile the two sides of his life. Unlike Bale's spoilt, tempremental, tantrum-figure, however, Keaton brings a more mature, calmer character, albeit with a deal of wit. The effect is to gain our sympathy and empathy for his dilemma in a tribute to Keaton's talent. Likewise, DeVito is quite excellent as the sadistic, destructive but again remarkably witty Penguin, and is suitably frightening and disgusting to boot. He's not quite as good as Jack Nicholson's Joker, but it's a very impressive effort. Perhaps the real gem is the brilliantly electric Pfeiffer, who totally brings Catwoman's duality to life and again gains our empathy. In particular at moments in Bruce Wayne and Selina's (her true name) interplay where Keaton flags, Pfeiffer shows a depth of ability that sustains her for the entire film and is vastly superior to Kim Basinger's lacklustre performance in Batman. Walken provides a further nemesis for Wayne that is understandably priceless.

One must not forget the many other elements that make this film; Burton's superb direction features a whole array of wonderfully dark shots of the city lit by twinkling lights which keeps the sinister atmosphere intact.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jimmcn1 on 14 Dec 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Forget Chris Nolan and his interpretation of a "real world" Batman. The origins of this character lie within the pages of comic books and as such that's exactly what the masterful Tim Burton has delivered.

In my opinion Tim Burtons two films are marvelous, and are without doubt the definitive Batman movies.

A required addition to the collection any movie fan, and an absolute "must have" for fans of Batman.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Laurikietis on 6 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
Batman Returns remains something of a curiosity. It's dark and operatic mise-en-scene alienated viewers expecting a Happy Meal friendly genre film while those expecting a paint by numbers superhero story were left befuddled by the films visual complexity, moral ambiguity and tenuous narrative.
Make no mistake, Batman Returns is no generic action flick nor cut and dried comic book adap. It is far richer than that! Batman Returns is an expressionistic, poetic, operatic tale of twisted caricatures, fractured psyches and a search for what's right in a world defined by corruption.
Michael Keaton's introspective Dark Knight is as psychologically dense as ever while still finding time to kick all the right asses in some terrific action scenes. Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman is an incredibly sexy guerilla post-feminist richly illustrated by Bob Ringwood's costumes and Danny Elfman's haunting score fleshing out an already wonderful performance. Danny DeVito's penguin is a masterfully performed freak who manages to instill in us simultaneous loathing, humour and pathos, and Christopher Walken's tyrannical industrialist Max Schreck is one of the most memorable original creations in any comic book film.

The transfer on this DVD is remarkable. Burton's world of blacks and dark blues juxtaposed with the winter snow over Gotham has never looked more visually sumptuous. The 5.1 and DTS tracks get a reasonably good airing throughout the course of the film though their primary achievement is accentuating Elfman's wonderful score.
Tim Burton's commentary is, again, passable. The director clearly feels uncomfortable dissecting his own work, prefering to let it speak for itself though his most interesting musings concern what HE would have done with Batman Forever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jack Heslop on 21 May 2012
Format: DVD
I think of Batman Returns as a horror rather than a traditional superhero film. Its villain, a deformed, sewer-dwelling child killer, is straight out of a Stephen King novel (It, to be precise) and the themes are hauntingly macabre. This is a disturbed, intimate story about stolen childhoods, revenge and loneliness. Danny DeVito's Penguin is a pathetic freak, doomed from the moment he leaves his mother's womb as the film opens. A doctor rushes from the birthing room with a handkerchief over his face, the new father enters, and all we see or hear is his terrified scream through a door. When the baby, locked in a cradle-cum-cage (how did his parents come by such an object?), drags a cat through its window bars, Mr. and Mrs. Cobblepot decide they can't bear the shame, so dump him in a sewer.
From such beginnings, how else could this poor creature have developed? The Penguin is sad and pitiful. He raves like a rabid dog who should be put down for its own and everyone else's sake, and when sleazy businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) moulds him into a mayoral candidate, we start waiting for bedlam to begin.
Of course this Penguin, who has flippers for hands, bears no resemblance to the suave, sophisticated gangster he was in the comics, but I didn't care. This new Penguin was interesting enough that I didn't pine for the original. He's a tragic figure, a circus freak deprived of love, and thus determined to deprive others. His interactions with Batman (Michael Keaton) expose thought-provoking truths about both characters.
Michael Keaton is my favourite Batman. He's sexier and more mysterious than Christian Bale (who I think does a great job himself).
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