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Batman (Two-Disc Special Edition) [1989] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Gough, Billy Dee Williams
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Producers: Jon Peters, Peter Guber
  • Format: Box set, Colour, PAL, Special Edition
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A8NYSM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,110 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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...

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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 an alternate DVD edition.

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What a year to be a Batman fan 1989 was, special release graphic novel like Arkham Asylum and Gotham by Gaslight, the 1943 serial shown on channel 4 & of course the release of the 1st big budget and seriously intended film about our favourite relationship-challenged avenger!

The story is a simple one but a good one to work in a comic book world. Batman appears in a Gotham run down by organised crime & earns an outlaw reputation hunting criminals but with even the cops after him.
One crimelord Carl Grissom sets up his number 2 Jack Napier, to be hit by crooked cops but in the melee Batman intervenes & trying but failing to prevent Jack falling into a vat of chemicals unwittingly creats the Joker-the chemicals contorting his face into a rictus grin while turning skin white and hair green.

The Joker decides to take a warped revenge on Gotham and wants to bring Batman down.

The well worn story of Michael Keaton's left field casting is worth repeating. Keaton was best known for comedies such as Mr Mom and Johnny Dangerously (I recommend that one) plus his previous collaboration with Batman director Tim Burton, Beetlejuice(*2). But Burton boldly gambled that Keaton would convince as a Bruce Wayne damaged enough to want to don the batsuit and beat up criminals and he does. His Bruce Wayne is complicated and brooding and the scenes where he sweated in the batsuit e.g. grabbing a villain by the lapels & informing him "I'm Batman", do not disappoint.
You get a good Batman then you need a good villain, who you gonna call? Jack Nicholson. Nicholson uses the acting skills he brought to a number of variously deranged and dangerous characters and takes it to ahn operatic level for a villian that is comic book, yet dangerous.
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One really can't overstate this film's lasting impact on contemporary Hollywood cinema. While Richard Donner's Superman laid the foundations Tim Burton's gothic masterpiece established what we know today as the comic book adaptation as huge summer event flick. The commendable successes of the recent X Men and Spider-Man franchise owe their success (and indeed production) to the 1989 Batman.
There's nothing I can say about the film itself that hasn't already been said. But just in case you spent the 80s and 90s on the moon;
It looked amazing in 1989 and it still looks amazing today!
Michael Keaton silenced any critics with his deft portrayal of a tormented, psychologically plausible Dark Knight and remains my favourite big screen Batman (with Christian Bale a close second).
Jack Nicholson's Joker provided us with one of the most iconic screen villains of all time.
But I'm assuming you know all about the film.
You want to hear about the DVD don't you?
You know when I bought my first DVD player back in '01 I was shocked and appalled that I couldn't find a Special Edition of one of my favourite films Batman. So I stuck with my VHS copy until I my girlfriend bought me the vanilla DVD one Christmas. Still I yearned and cursed Warner Brothers for not giving Bat-fans and cinema enthusiasts the 2 disc treatment that had been awarded to so many lesser films.
While it was a wait of nearly 5 years WB really pulled out the stops to create a Special Edition worthy of the Dark Knight's legacy.

The film itself has been completely remastered.
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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!!!
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