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Batman Returns (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD]


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  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Michael Gough
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Producers: Tim Burton, Denise di Novi
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A8NYSW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,934 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sequel to Tim Burton's hugely successful 'Batman' (1989). Oswald Cobblepot was abandoned by his parents as a baby. Thirty three years later, bent on revenge, he returns to Gotham City as the Penguin (Danny DeVito). First he begins a warped campaign to become Mayor, helped by millionaire businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken); next, he undertakes a mission to murder every first born son in Gotham - a plan which will avenge his own beginnings. Meanwhile, he has two adversaries to contend with: Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), the embittered ex-secretary of Max Shreck, and, of course, the old caped crusader himself - Batman (Michael Keaton).

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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 wasn'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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 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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6 of 6 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jimmcn1 on 14 Dec. 2012
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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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12 of 13 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AGDA on 18 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
I didn't like a lot the first Batman by Burton and I have to admit that I didn't like at all Val Kilmer and Clooney films, but I loved this one. Batman Begins is ok also but this one is great. Batman is brilliant and Catwoman is a character which is ambiguous and interesting. Burton creates a nice nightmare before Xmas Batman movie with all the snow and the amazing sceneries.

Batman and Catwoman's scenes are the best part of the movie, specially the ball scene when they dance under the mistletoe. I think she was great in this film, playing her a neurotic hard-working girl who is treated like mud till she gets her chance to show how strong she can be. She was a bit crazy but at least she showed that girls can defend themselves and that we do not need a batman to rescue us all the time.

I love the end, I do not want to spoil it but I have to admit that it is a fantastic ending, not the usual cheesy nonsense.
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