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


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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016MOWOQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,905 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Aug 2002
Format: DVD
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sara on 23 Nov 2000
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By paula kearney on 20 Jan 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 By Cat on 31 Dec 2012
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 By John M. Osullivan on 4 Sep 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Carey on 3 Jun 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Even though the 1960s series may never be released on DVD, the Blu-ray special features are more focused on the series than they are on the movie. The movie has all the crazy trappings of the series - the labelled tech in the Bat-Cave, the spray for a variety of ocean animals and manic, scenery-chewing, fantastic appearances of Joker, Penguin, Catwoman and the Riddler.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michael on 29 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
I got this for my 5 year old who has a big batman thing going on at the moment. All the modern stuff is over his head and too dark. This is a huge hit he loves it and its just what he likes loads of fighting and bad guys but without any real bloodshed. Its a huge hit in our house. Think its time to revisit some other older stuff, The incredible hulk, A team etc. etc.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 4 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
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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