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Batman: The Movie [Blu-ray] [1966] [US Import]

Adam West , Burt Ward , Leslie H. Martinson    Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith
  • Directors: Leslie H. Martinson
  • Writers: Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Dick Sprang, Edmond Hamilton, Jerry Robinson
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016MOWOQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,996 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Batman: The Movie carries the high camp absurdity of the 1960s TV show to gleeful new heights. Shark Repellent Batspray, costume-removing Batpoles, a contraption that dehydrates political figures into coloured powder, and endless childishly easy conundrums. Bringing the primary-coloured show to the big screen was a natural move, since sets, costume and casting were all in place. But what elevates the movie above the series? Is it the wonderful new toys--the Batcopter, Batboat and Batbike? Is it the OTT direction, taking the Dynamic Duo on location far more than usual? Or is it the electrifying one-upmanship between Burgess Meredith (Penguin), Cesar Romero (Joker), Frank Gorshin (Riddler) and Lee Meriwether (a new Catwoman since regular Julie Newmar was busy elsewhere)? As Commissioner Gordon says, "The sum of the angles of that rectangle is too monstrous to contemplate!" Really, the best of the movie's magic is to be found in the sheer glee Adam West and Burt Ward exhibit in playing for the big screen. This was the most exciting event in their careers. And it shows in their colourful, zestful performances.

On the DVD: Batman: The Movie on disc includes an affectionate commentary from the two stars ("Oh lookee!" says West repeatedly), after which the duo are heavily involved in the wealth of additional material, even recording dialogue for the interactive animated menus. Seeing them on screen in the 16-minute featurette might be a shock, though. In the restored 1.85:1 film print they look much better! Additionally there's a five-minute "Batmobile Revealed" featurette with designer George Barris, a trailer page with some very humorous inclusions and two large galleries of behind-the-scenes photos.--Paul Tonks

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Sara
Format:VHS Tape
Holy video, Batman! Fans of the sixties series should all own this movie. It encapsulates the programme - ridiculous villains, heroes not much better, set up fights, all acted rather badly but with extreme earnestness. Kids of all ages will love it, whether they are seeing for the first time or reliving their lost youth.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Pure Entertainment, Batman! 12 Aug 2002
It's difficult to add to the excellent reviews by Amazon and the other contributors, as they've summed it up so well!
The 1989 Batman movie had the Joker - and was very good. The follow up "Batman Returns" had the Penguin and Catwoman, and was pretty good too. The next one "Batman Forever" had the Riddler, but it wasn't up to much. And let's forget about the awful "Batman and Robin" one! This 1966 movie, however, has all these characters and has more entertainment value than all the more recent offerings put together.
Kids will love this movie, as will adults with an ironic sense of humour. There are so many laughs to be had, the characters are larger than life and it is quite evident that the actors are really enjoying it. With a few nods to the camera by Adam West as Batman, what we have here is the movie equivalent of a stage pantomime.
For me, the one scene that stands out is about an hour into the movie where Batman tries to dispose of a bomb. It's got to be one of the funniest scenes in cinematic history! But there are some wonderful throwaway gags that explain how Batman miraculously gets out of a sticky situation.
If you have a DVD player, this is a must-have DVD. There is a worthwhile commentary by Adam West and Burt Ward (Batman and Robin), stills galleries (some of the photos of the Riddler with a "circular saw - conveyabelt torture trap" appear to be from the TV series) and an interesting documentary. The presentation throughout is superb too. Absolutely flawless.
My only wish now is for the 120 episodes of the 1966-68 TV series to be released too! Maybe then we will finally get to see that conveyabelt of the Riddler in action!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars batman as it should be 26 Jun 2012
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can there be anything more entertaining that batman battling a clearly made of rubber fake-shark and shouting in staccato speech to robin "pass.. me.. the.. shark.. repellent.. bat.. spray" I'm in my (very) late 30s, my youngest son is 6 and we both love this film. no language, no violence, no gore, just good clean fun and entertainment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended to all families 4 Mar 2005
In 1966, with the newly minted Batman television show already underway, this movie came out to drum up even more ratings. In this movie Batman (played by Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) face an uphill fight, when Penguin (Burgess Merideth), Joker (Cesar Ramero), Riddler (Frank Gorshin) and Catwoman (Lee Meriwether) team up to take over the world! With lots of Biffs and Whams, the dynamic duo takes them on head-to-head, and win with their hearts and minds. [Color, released in 1966, with a running time of 1:45.]
OK, this movie shouldn't be taken too seriously. With a low budget and tongue-in-cheek writing, it's hard not to laugh at the antics. But, that said, it is a fun movie, with lots of excitement and action. My children loved this movie, and I loved that it was clean and up beat.
By the way, a real selling point of this DVD is the extras. My favorite two extras were the look at the Batmobile (staring its designer, George Barris!), and a fun Batman featurette in which Adam West and Burt Ward let you in on all the behind-the-scenes hijinks. This is a great DVD that I highly recommend to all families! Watch it and have fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy overacting 1 Mar 2013
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Great fun this. Kids love it and grown ups will laugh their heads off at the tongue in cheek matcho behaviour of Batman as he tries. To. Get. Rid. Of. The. Bomb. Hilarious how he explains World peace to Robin. Great walking up the horizontal wall moment etc etc
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old memories 20 Jan 2013
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Children loved watching this old batman movie they were glued to it. Value for money and deliverd well on time for christmas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd 31 Dec 2012
By Cat
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
an old dvd but sometimes the old ones are the best
the recipient is a great batman fan and loved this dvd
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun and entertaining! 4 Sep 2012
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Batman the movie is brilliant!It is fun family film to watch.All the villians are very funny and evil.This batman film is very different to the new,It is more of a funny movie and no gore or strong violence set up than the new batman films.The story is nice and easy to understand.The villains The Catwoman,The Joker,The Penguin and The riddler team up and they have a dehydrator which turns people into dust.The villains use this gun to take over the world,so Batman and Robin have to stop them.This film is good for anyone at any age to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very fast & efficient service
The DVD arrived in perfect condition and on time. Our son loves this film and must have watched it a thousand times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Helena
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Smoke
It's Batman, it's camp, it's corny and it's batman.
never mind the films that have since followed this one, if you want to have a fun film to watch you can't go far wrong with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. J. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Tights and shark repellant spray not included!
Get this film! If only there was a character who wore tights and punched criminals in Cardiff! Never mind social workers and umpteen warnings that burglary could possibly, maybe ,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Redcaer
4.0 out of 5 stars Old school
Not a bad plot [its batman remember] full of over the top cartoon flashes at every fight.
Worth a look.
Published 4 months ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
yes it's out of date and yes it's ridiculous, but it's Batman and it's a fun movie for both adults and kids
Published 4 months ago by Jed Reiff
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
With comic book *POWS* and genius deductions batman and the boy wonder have pulled off a spectical. Would recoomend to any batman fan
Published 4 months ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Ka Pow!!!
Great Movie to watch with my 6 year old. Lots of silly harmless action which my son thought was hilarious. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ms. C. raymond
4.0 out of 5 stars Total Awesome Superhero Fun!
Atomic batteries to power. Turbines to speed!

The dynamic duo, Batman and Robin, hit the big screen in this 1960s action/adventure camp-stravaganza! Read more
Published 5 months ago by A.P. Fuchs, author of The Axiom-man Saga
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Many thanks for my new dvd batman the movie this is a great classic which I watched when I was A kid
Published 5 months ago by Dean Evans
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Just to let anyone know who is buying the UK blu ray edition of Batman (1966) there doe's not appear to be a isolated score track in DTS-HD MA as is found on the American version... Read more
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