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Batman - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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Tim Burton directs this big screen outing for the caped crusader. The streets of Gotham City are no longer safe for criminals, who are being picked off by a masked vigilante in a rubber suit - dubbed 'Batman' by the press. Reporter Alexander Knox (Robert Wuhl) teams with photographer Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) in an attempt to discover Batman's true identity - an investigation which leads them to the door of mysterious millionaire Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton). Meanwhile, crime boss Carl Grissom's (Jack Palance) attempt to rid himself of untrustworthy henchman Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson) does not go according to plan, and after emerging physically - and mentally - disfigured from a vat of chemicals, Napier reinvents himself as the psychotic Joker...
Thanks to the ambitious vision of director Tim Burton, the blockbuster hit of 1989 delivers the goods despite an occasionally spotty script, giving the caped crusader a thorough overhaul in keeping with the crime fighter's evolution in DC Comics. Michael Keaton strikes just the right mood as the brooding "Dark Knight" of Gotham City; Kim Basingerplays Gotham's intrepid reporter Vicki Vale; and Jack Nicholson goes wild as the maniacal and scene-stealing Joker, who plots a take over of the city with his lethal Smilex gas. Triumphant Oscar-winning production design by the late Anton Furst turns Batman into a visual feast, and Burton brilliantly establishes a darkly mythic approach to Batman's legacy. Danny Elfman's now-classic score propels the action with bold, muscular verve. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product description
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It has to be said that my review may come across as biased - I first saw this film when I was roughly 6 when the BBC premiered it at Christmas in 1991 - I fell in love with the dark and twisted world of Batman. This particular interpretation of the Dark Knight was a breath of fresh air for many fans, so far as they could tell from the trailer (which I gather people saw when they purchased cinema tickets for other films - then when the trailer was over, they would leave the cinema) which showed a far different Batman to the campy and colorful 1966 Adam West TV series, which seemed to overshadow any seriousness or tragedy for which Batman's origins are now far more well known. The movie incorporates set designs which echo the 1930s through 40s but then crosses that over with 1980s cars/technology and fashion. Michael Keaton's unexpected choice for the Dark Knight is both calm as Bruce Wayne, but intense and intimidating as Batman. Kim Basinger gives a good performance as Vicky Vale, though I feel that particular interpretation of the character would be better off in this day and age changing into a far more confident role (for which the Video Game Arkham City has accomplished). Jack Nicholson's acting as the Joker is exemplary, a top notch performance backed up by classic Hollywood stars like Pat Hingle as Commissioner James Gordon and Jack Palance as mob chief Carl Grissom. Despite this being one of the far stronger films of the original Batman Motion Picture Series, I have found over the years that it is not so fondly remembered as I had thought.
Differences from the comic books (+++SPOILER ALERT!!!+++)
The main pieces of the the film which displeased fans at the time were mainly being that Bruce Wayne's parents were not killed by Jack Nappier (the man who would become the Joker) and that Alfred had let a journalist into the Batcave. This is extremely out of character for the faithful butler who has protected and looked after Bruce Wayne's secret since the day he took up the cape and cowl. Although as a Batman fan I can completely see that changing his origin story is not a good decision, I still can forgive this film for making changes.
The release of this DVD set was exciting, as for years Batman fans only had a very vanilla DVD copy with only a trailer and cast list for special features. The documentary with it's interviews and stock footage of behind the scenes set designs and historical account of Comic Book to Movie is a must watch for any Batman fan or enthusiast.
All in all, a wonderful movie in a great package.
Was looking for Batman blu ray 2 disc so could get all the proper extras eg, behind the scenes, commentaries, music vids etc. Not an easy job to find ( so ordered new copy from Italy)
Italian copy but can easily change everything to English sound versions and text. Get to hear Batman and Joker
gabbling away in Italian or the other languages too
I bought brand new and came in perfect condition with all the proper extra's and in reasonable time
5 stars for product and service and 5 stars for the film too
I slightly prefer 'Batman Returns' but this is still a fun, and comical film, with loads of
cool stuff happening in it, and both have loads of the old skool acting talent that we don't see much these days.
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Keaton and Nicholson are so good!