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Batman & Robin [DVD] [1997]

Arnold Schwarzenegger , George Clooney , Joel Schumacher    Parental Guidance   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone
  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Bob Kane
  • Producers: Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan, Mitchell E. Dauterive, Peter Macgregor-Scott, William M. Elvin
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Turkish, Hungarian, Polish, Icelandic, Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Greek
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 11 May 1998
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CWNO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,012 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The fourth outing in the popular movie franchise features yet another personnel change as George Clooney dons the mantle of the bat. Joel Schumacher directs for the second time as Batman (Clooney) and Robin (Chris O'Donnell) have to stop the vengeful Mr Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from taking over Gotham City by using his new ice weapon. To make matters worse, the venomous Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) decides to join forces with Freeze, so making an almost undefeatable double-whammy of a team. Luckily for the caped crusader and his rebellious ward, they are able to team up with a tough and courageous new partner - Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone).

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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 fiancèe. A sensory assault of dazzling colours, senseless action and lavish sets run amok, this Batman & Robin offers an overdose of eye candy, but it is strictly for devoted Bat-o-philes. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Batman and Robin: Frozen turkey 15 Feb 2012
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I know it's a controversial view, and I am probably inviting the opprobrium of the Burton fans upon my head, but I thought Joel Schumacher's first Batman film was a pretty decent affair, managing to blend the darkness and the campness effectively to provide a good solid entertainment. So why did it all go so terribly wrong for this, his second (and perhaps mercifully) last Batman film? A film so bad that its main star (Clooney) apologised to fans for it.

First of all the script. It's just TOO campy, with too many bad jokes that make it seem more like a `60s Adam West episode rather than a continuation of Burton's dark vision. And this really hurts the film. Where there could have been great characterisation - Freeze has great potential with his devotion to his wife - it is ruined by bad jokes. Where it should have been dark, gothic horror (the creation of Bane and Poison Ivy) we are fobbed off with a third rate cartoon style that would have embarrassed the `60s series. Secondly is the plethora of characters. We now have 3 villains and three heroes to concentrate on, and as such none of them get proper screen time and it comes off as feeling like a mess and certain characters are just not used to potential (Bane is criminally mistreated here, and the whole Batgirl strand seems little more than an excuse to repeat the Michelle Pfeiffer `cute chick in leathers' role. As such no-one really makes an impression, certainly not on the heroes' side. I never thought I would say this, but Arnold Schwarzenegger walks away with the acting awards! Managing to convey some of the dark potential of Freeze. He also seems to be the only one who is having any fun. Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy is pretty dire, though that is more through bad direction than her ability.

In all a terrible effort, especially after the majesty of Burton's originals, and the good solid fun of Schumacher's previous effort. 1 star only.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Batman & Robin. Is It Really THAT Bad? 8 Feb 2012
Format:DVD
That was a question posted by someone else on an Amazon forum I stumbled across once, and I myself provided an answer to that question. Anybody who has seen that forum will have likely seen my answer, but if you haven't I'll provide it for you right here. But first I'm gonna put on a surgeon's mask, grab a scalpel and dissect this 1997 movie release.

Batman and Robin (played by George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell respectively) team up to battle two more villains with sick, twisted, cartoonish plans to take over Gotham City; Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who hates any temperature above liquid nitrogen cold, and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) a seductive plant life lover who's always in a please-lay-me-down-on-the-bed-and-rip-my-knickers-off kind of mood. Rounding off the cast is Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone) and Alfred (Michael Gough). Having watched the movie from start to finish a few times it's clear to see why so many critics and movie-goers hated this Dark Knight offering so much.

Firstly there's not much of a plot, and what is there is super cheesy. The acting is super melodramatic, even by comic book super hero standards; it has very little in the way of emotional impact (apart from Mr.Freeze's back story); and there's a high level of "campness" in both the character costumes (with some unnecessary butt shots) and the set structures. I'd say the camp levels were about 10,000 times worse than in Batman Forever. I heard that the director, Joel Schumacher, went down that avenue because he wanted to pay tribute to the Batman 60's TV series. That's all good and well, but not everyone grew up in 60's and is familiar with that kind of thing.

George Clooney was a poor choice to play Batman.
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By Stampy
Format:DVD
Batman (Clooney) and Robin (O'Donnell) try to catch the ice man Mr Freeze (Schwarzenegger) whilst trying to trust each other.

The forth Batman film in almost a decade brought about a new Batman in the form of George Clooney (Syriana) and the return of Joel Schumacher for his follow up to the successful Batman Forever. Schumacher's first shot at the Batman was to take away the darkness of Tim Burton's genius and use the story and action in an easy approachable viewing for the entire family and whereas this is appropriate to generate profits and make it more accessible for anyone, it takes away the darkness and imagination of Burton's first two smashes and ultimately leaves the film awkward, unappreciative of realism and lacking a killer thrust, much like his 1997 picture.

Like his previous adaptation of the comic book, Schumacher uses two villains in this picture, Mr Freeze and Poison Ivy. Using more than one villain can work as evident with The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3. So cast excellent menacing looking Schwarzenegger and manipulative Thurman for two vindictive and demoralizing villains and you have a film, well sort of.

Never have Batman villains ever been so dull and predictable. Flat, boring and ordinary there is nothing to separate them and though obviously poor it is down to a script so woeful it is almost laughable.

The characters are addressing the audience rather than the other protagonists in the scene. They are explaining every single little thing, as if we are dumb enough not to comprehend and so, we are left with some exceptionally awkward dialogue and sickly moments in the context of a film that tries to preach about trust, honour and disease.
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1.0 out of 5 stars If you are looking for a brilliantly dark and well written Batman
I bought this movie purely to complete my collection and to laugh at how cheesy it is. If you are looking for a brilliantly dark and well written Batman, similar to the phenomenal... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Thomas Cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, super fast delivery!!!
Great product, super fast delivery!!!
Published 1 month ago by Phil Stokes
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not watch
One of the worst films I've ever seen. Awful direction, laughable effects, poor production, horrendous acting and zero script. Just terrible.
Published 2 months ago by T. Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not a good film at all, quite embarrassing actually.
Published 2 months ago by Brandon Tyler
1.0 out of 5 stars "Alright Everybody...Chill!"
In the final run of Batman films that finally killed the franchise for the Dark Knight after only 4 feature films (5 if you include Adam West’s loveable 60s effort), there are too... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. C. Gelderd
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch it purely as a cheesy spoof of the Batman ...
Watch it purely as a cheesy spoof of the Batman franchise and you wont be disappointed, a bit like how Scary Movie is. It's good in this respect. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Thawn
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great copy.
Not a great copy of the film. But my little boy has been desperate for this film for ages, so he's happy.
Published 4 months ago by Maddy
1.0 out of 5 stars Nipples on the Batsuit
I don't think I really need to clarify exactly just how much this film isn't representative of Batman or it's comics that one little costume addition summed it up perfectly,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Main
4.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant return to comic fantasy
Wonderful costumes, tongues firmly in cheeks, over the top action bursting over the screen, and with no attempt to pretend this is not a fantasy, this film is a perfect forum for... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cockers
3.0 out of 5 stars Was It Really That Bad?
Batman & Robin was the final nail in the coffin of the Batman film franchise, at least until Chris Nolan came along and salvaged it in 2005 with Batman Begins. Read more
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