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Batman - The Movie  [DVD]
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The Caped Crusaders must thwart another evil master-plan to control Gotham City, but this time he's up against his most evil nemeses.
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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My grandson enjoys this so much. He is 4. There is no thought process needed. Where there is a bomb it has the letters b-o-m-b spelled out on it. The shark repellent is so hilarious as is the rubber shark fixed on batman's knee and, which later throws itself in front of a torpedo to save the duo. I never tire of watching something I thought was thrilling in my younger days to how simplistic I see it now. (Aahh memories.)
I would recommend to any parent or grandparent. The innocence of this crime fighting duo is to be applauded. No drugs or violence or swearing, and of course you could never guess who the people are without their masks on!! ( my grandson wasn't certain, but thought he was so clever when he guessed correct) All the family love it. GREAT BUY 11/10 FANTASTIC PURCHASE ENJOYMENT 11/10
Hadn't seen it for 30 or more years and I think I enjoyed it more this time, the picture and sound quality is excellent.
It's a shame Batman has become such a dark ,serious character over the years watch this and remember when he was fun ; Adam West is a pure class act along with the rest of the cast.
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