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on 12 June 2012
Ok, we're all familiar with the plot of the movie, right? Man dressed in a Bat Suit fights an insane maniac dressed as a Clown, LOL!

To be honest, I never quite knew what to make of Jack Nicholson's portrayal of The Joker, but that's another story for another time.

I will be reviewing the Blu Ray quality of the movie, so here you go.

Picture: 9-10/10. The picture quality is certainly an improvement over the DVD. Everything looks fresh and clear now in HD. I was very worried about watching the 'dark' scenes of this film, of which there are plenty, in HD, but it really works well. The characters, their faces and expressions look so much clearer in HD. Overall, the picture quality is a major improvement in HD, so it is well worth the watch to witness that.

Sound: 8-9/10. The sound quality, for the most part, is very good. Now, another reviewer commented that he/she felt that, in some scenes, the audio may slip into Mono, meaning that the sound goes quiet all of a sudden. Personally, I felt that as well, but it really isn't a big problem and should not put you off in the slightest. The sound is, without a doubt, much better on Blu Ray over the DVD counterpart.

Overall, Batman is well worth the viewing in Blu Ray. The picture quality and the sound is an improvement over the DVD release. Thankfully though, I did not purchase this, I received a loan of this from a friend. I am glad of that because, in the heel of the hunt, I would not be in a rush to purchase this. As I've dictated, the picture and sound is an improvement over DVD, but I shall hang onto my DVD copy for the time being...

My Two Cents.
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on 21 May 2012
I'll always have a place in my heart for Tim Burton's Batman films. To this day I find myself moved by the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents in this film. There's a beautiful shot of Mrs. Wayne's pearls rolling on the pavement, and it's details like that which make this story powerful.
Michael Keaton's Batman is reclusive and lonely. He lives in a mansion made of echoes and dark corners with his loyal butler Alfred (Michael Gough), here played as a very elderly, Jeeves-like man. A scene which illustrates Bruce Wayne's complexity shows him placing roses on the pavement where his parents were murdered. Keaton's facial expressions here provide a performance of their own, subtly hinting at deep wounds. He's a damaged man whose heroism is a way of dealing with what happened as much as a quest for justice.
Jack Nicholson's Joker is an eccentric psychopath with a passion for mixing sadism and art. Though Heath Ledger's is arguably the better interpretation of this character, Nicholson's is more realistic. He has a name, Jack Napier, and a back story. I like how Bruce Wayne describes him as a "mean kid, bad seed." Napier is a soulless punk who'd feel at home in a Dirty Harry movie. His disfigurement liberates him from the life of a struggling mobster, letting loose his once controlled insanity. He considers himself an artist, his canvas being corpses ("I make art, until someone dies").
Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) is a bit thin, like a lot of superhero love interests, but Basinger's spunky performance makes her great fun to watch. She has genuine chemistry with Bruce Wayne, and there's the implication that on some level she's always known his secret.
This is an angry and vengeful film, full of hurt feelings. Napier's bitter about his disfigurement, which he blames on Batman, and Batman's still haunted by his parents' murders. When Napier launches an attack on Gotham City during a parade, there's real hate in his actions and their consequences. As a villain he doesn't have a goal so much as a simple desire to hurt people. Ultimately this is the story of two characters with opposing desires which spring from their respective wounds. Wayne deals with his pain through a search for justice, Napier deals with his by causing more pain.
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on 30 December 2009
Crime in Gotham City has beaten the police force and the residents must rely on a masked man who attempts to resolve the problems with a man driven by chaos.

Now 20 years old, Batman remains amongst fans the film that redefined superhero genre, and it sure has all the wham bam action to cement it as a true actioner, made memorable through a dazzling Jack Nicholson, courageous score and that what is now renowned as typical Tim Burton darkness.

These last 20 years the Batman series has changed quite dramatically. From Burton's original batman and Batman returns to what have been labelled the franchise killers in Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. Then a brave and clever Christopher Nolan revitalized the comic book legend in batman Begins and The Dark Knight that have slashed box office records all over the world and made Bats cool again.

This being the first set the benchmark for what was to come. Tim Burton, the brilliant director opened the door to his Hollywood fame by creating a dark setting for a story and including a colourful and often humorous script to coincide with the superhero. Burton's ideas for grandeur are never understated and he goes for the complete knock out effect. The parade scene at the end of this film echoes charisma and an unashamed approach to spark a feeling of disillusion to the hearts of Gotham and the misleading portrayal the Joker is leading here cements the director and actor at the top of their games.

Before the Dark Knight was released last year there were doubters questioning Ledger's casting as the king of chaos. But through some startling physiological method acting the Australian actor created the first Oscar winning performance in a Batman film. And the tables have turned from when Nicholson showcased a sensual showcase of bravado and madness as his turn. But look closely here as Nicholson's typical grin and confidence shine through and some delicious phrases earn him a good reputation as one of Batman's arch rival.

The fact that Batman himself is barely apparent in this film is to the scripts advantage. Like Lecter in Silence of the Lambs you crave for more but are not rewarded and the character is therefore better because of it. Appearing to fight crime and look cool in cars and planes make the superhero stronger and project coolness.

What the film lacks now is the advantage of modern technology. The Dark Knight proved explosions could be better and lighting could establish a more effective setting. The pacing can occasionally slow to a halt and having The Joker talk too frequently hinders the character's madness.

Batman is a highly likable film where there are no holds barred with Burton's ability to create lightness in his darkness and with bravado cast this is good enjoyment.

8/10
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on 19 August 2009
Where to start with this, well it was a success at the box office taking in over $400 million and not mentioning that the film got numerous nominations at the 62nd Academy Awards, 47th Golden Globe Awards and Saturn Awards. The Batman film goes back to the basics of batman (Michael Keaton) fighting crime in Gotham until a fight between the Batman and Jack Nipper (Jack Nicholson), where Jack is accidently dropped in a vat of chemicals and before you know it, The Joker's here to wreck havoc.

The film is smashing to say the least, the film is displayed as a dark gothic mood, that stays best to the Batman's attraction for many more fans to join the long queue. Michael Keaton's performance as the Batman was perfect and deserved the cape and batarang for once, but it was Jack Nicholson's character that stole the show as The Joker, I felt sorry because many hit out at Tim Burton for focusing too much on The Joker, but no way you put it, The Joker will always steal the show every microsecond he is on the screen anyway he's that good.

The downside to this funny, dark gothic, superb story and actors is that Kim Basinger is the damsel in distress as Vicki Vale and she wasn't meant to be the actress that Tim Burton wanted. I didn't personally like her performance but then people are different on this. Overall, this should be the first or second Batman film (after the 1966 film) you should see as this is brilliant everywhere with perfect sound and graphics, fans of the Batman won't be let down by Tim Burton's film at all!
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I hadn't seen the original Batman movie since it was released in 1989, and I have to say that it is not quite as good as I remember it being the first time. Sixteen years later, I'm still trying to figure out how Michael Keaton got the Batman gig. He was actually pretty good in the movie, but it just doesn't really feel like Batman when Keaton is behind the cowl (nor does Keaton really exude the proper Bruce Wayne aura). When you get right down to it, Jack Nicholson pretty much carries this film on his shoulders, as it doesn't have the greatest of plots, the whole modern remaking of the Batman mystique results in several drawn-out, somewhat boring scenes, and there really isn't all that much action. And who decided that Batman has to have romantic relationships all the time now? The real Batman certainly doesn't have a sleepover on a first date. The whole Vicky Vale storyline just didn't work for me in this film, largely because Keaton doesn't effectively sell the whole Batman vs Bruce Wayne conflict that lies within him.
This film basically introduces Batman to his fellow Gothamites. Gotham City is a veritable cesspool of crime and corruption, and I can't imagine how Commissioner Gordon kept his job with all of the organized crime operating throughout the city. It takes Batman a little while to find his niche as a crime-fighter. Once people actually start believing the wild stories about a dude in a bat suit, they question whether or not he is good or bad. The Joker helps resolve that little dilemma, as he doesn't really hide his definite bad-ness under a bushel. Of course, The Joker wasn't always the Joker, and this movie gives us one version of The Joker's origins. Jack Napier was just a high-ranking henchman before an encounter with Batman left him, uh, changed. Then it's green hair and Fantasy Island smiles all around. His first big caper consists of poisoning household products with the Smilex chemical that made the Joker the Joker - not exactly a money-winning venture. The Joker is basically all about killing people and upstaging Batman in the Gotham City headlines. He and Batman do come across one another a couple of times in the film, but they don't really square off until the end. The film does at least show some of the special relationship between good guy and bad guy - this is, after all, Batman's primary personal enemy. To some degree, The Joker created Batman and Batman created the Joker (and they also seem to share the same taste in women).
Jack Palance and Billy Dee Williams are sort of wasted in this film. This was good news for Jack Nicholson because Palance is one of the few actors who could have held his own and taken some of the spotlight away from him. The scene where Nicholson impersonates Palance is priceless, though. Nicholson really gets all of the good lines here (e.g., Wait'll they get a load of me), and he pretty much lets himself go wild playing this insane character. It's interesting that the guy playing Batman doesn't get top billing in a Batman movie, but Nicholson definitely deserved that honor for this film. Without Nicholson, Batman would be an insufferably flat, tedious film.
The Prince music is still kicking, Tim Burton's directorial vision retains its intriguingly dark quality, and the Joker is still lighting up the screen, but Batman just doesn't have the same punch it had when comics' most celebrated crime fighter came to the big screen in 1989.
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on 5 August 2002
Batman. Prior to 1989, 'Batman' undoubtedly seemed (to the general public anyway)to be one of the sillier superheros around, thanks largely to the colour and campness of the '60s T.V show. Not that the T.V show wasn't classic in its own right, it's simply a different angle on how batman is presented. However, for many fans of the genre of the comic books (and of the darker and more violent Batman Frank Miller showed us in his graphic novels)the darker and more gothic way was the true and only way in which Batman should be told. Since only being 5 years old in 1989, and still enjoying the '60s series with Adam West, I cannot honestly say that I was one of the over-joyed fans when the announcement was made that a major film of Batman was on its way which would be dark, gothic, and, perhaps best of all, would be directed by Tim Burton. Perhaps in 1989 the name 'Tim Burton' being attached to the film was not the seal of quality its has come to be, but in my mind, noone else could have directed it the way he did, as he truely was the best man to reimagin the Batman genre, which he did, creating a nightmarishly dark, gothic and violent universe (in the form of Gotham City). Batman/Bruce Wayne is perfectly underplayed by Michael Keaton, who portrays a man who is constantly in a state of remorse, bitterness and revenge(brought about by the murder of his parents). Keaton, as Batman and Bruce Wayne truely enbodies a man so mentally disturbed to the point of madness that he has vowed to take revenge and wage a one-man war on crime by terrorising and, for lack of a better word, 'beating up' as many criminals as he can find. The opening of the film is classic- the of Gotham from afar, the views of the sprawling innercity, the back-streets, and the crime which lives within them. We then witness a mugging, all under the watchful eye of a mysterious figure perched high up on the roof of a building. We then see the two thugs responsible for the mugging counting their money and discussing 'the bat', a legend almost, which is terrifying Gotham's thugs. Before they can resolve their discussion, Batman swoops down, hospitalises one of the crooks, and tells the other to "tell all your friends about me, I'm Batman". In fact, Batman is full of so many classic lines, and characters e.g. boss Grissom, and the corrupt police captain 'Ecart'. However, if there is one critisism I have with Batman, it's the fact that Batman is perhaps too mysterious a character. This is great at the start of the film, as he is almost a legend in the eyes of the police and criminals, who aren't sure wether he is a vigilante, or a dangerous killer, however, all we really do find out about Batman is an idea that maybe he does this because his parents were murdered. At times it seems that the Joker is the main character and that Batman just 'pops' up now and again to stop him. This leads me on to the Joker. It is the Joker that perhaps makes this the best Batman film, for the simple reason that he is the best villan. Once again, Tim Burton does his own 'reimagining' and creates his own origions for the Joker. Although his is a superhero film, it is at its core a very adult and disturbing film. People never seem to fully realise the horror of how the Joker becomes the Joker, a very horrific transformation indeed. At it's heart Batman is a very disturbing, adult, and perhaps perverted story of two men who have both been driven to the point of maddness by each other, and neither will rest untill he has killed the other. It is this timeless story that makes this perhaps the greatest superhero film ever. The only problem is that the story is never really fully explored, instead, the audience is forced to realise the story though certain lines e.g. the Joker tells Batman "I made you, you gotta say you made me". There is also not alot of action, instead, we are treated to lots of beautifully dark and gothic shots of gotham, which is great, however, it would have been nice to have seen Batman leaping from a few more skyscrapers, and fighting thugs a bit more, however, it is the psychological aspects of the film that excite, and that only more mature audiences can really appreciate, rather than the mindless action of Batman Forever and Batman and Robin that truely make this film the best Batman, and perhaps best superhero film ever.
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on 14 September 2011
At the time this film was a revelation, a dark gritty interpretation of a comic book/graphic novel had not previously been committed to celluloid and the combination of many other factors made 'Batman' a breakthrough film.

Tim Burton was the alternative/innovitive diector of the late eighties/early ninties having had suprise hits with 'Beatlejuice' and 'Edward Scissorhands', the film had a fantastic score courtesy of long time Burton collaborator Danny Elfman as well as a brilliant orginal soundtrack composed by Prince at arguably his best and most productive period. Michael Keaton gave a complex and brooding portrayal of Batman, Kim Basinger was the Angelina Jolie of the day, there was a great cameo appearance from Jack Palance and an outstanding performance from Jack Nicholson that convinced the studio to impart with a silly amount of money in order to procure his services for the part of the joker.

Looking back at this film now however in the age of such films as 'The Dark Knight' and 'Watchmen'you can't help but feel that'Batman' has aged rather badly. My biggest criticsm of it would be that you can tell that it is 95% studio shot, and on closer inspection parts of the set seem extremely carboardy (the axis chemical plant for example). Nevertheless 'Batman' is still a highly watchable film and no doubts in the future people will continue to recognise it's importance in setting a blue print for many summer blockbusters that have followed it.
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on 13 September 2014
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on 9 January 2016
thank good show, good story version.
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on 22 May 2015
Very good came when it said it would
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