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Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997

July 1, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

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This year the BAT goes BLU…BATMAN – Batman (Michael Keaton) vs. The Joker (Jack Nicholson) in the amazing first extravaganza! With Kim Basinger. BATMAN RETURNS – The Bat (Michael Keaton), the Cat (Michelle Pfeiffer), the Penguin (Danny DeVito). And Christopher Walken, too! BATMAN FOREVER – Riddle me this: The Dark Knight (Val Kilmer) bat-battles Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and the Riddler (Jim Carrey). With Nicole Kidman, Chris O’Donnell. BATMAN & ROBIN – Will Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) put the world on ice? George Clooney wears the hero’s cape. Also with Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone. All four box office hits on Blu-Ray for the very first time!… More >>

Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997

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5 Responses to “Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997”
  1. Okay, first off, Batman & Robin was the worst Batman movie ever made but seeing it in Blu-ray made it so much better! Warner did a great job!
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. 1 okay movie, 1 somewhat okay movie and 2(at least 2) bombs and Warner’s suggested retail is $130, it is not even close to being worth the $85 Amazon wants for it now. The set is worth about $44 total and that is being very gracious in my estimation. Mark my words in a year or so this will be hitting barging bins all over the place.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. Let me make one thing ABUNDANTLY clear. I am a huge Batman fan. I’ve seen all of the silver screen and small screen incarnations of him, for better or worse. And the simple fact of the matter is that Tim Burton’s BATMAN is one of the worst superhero films ever made. It looks cheap and thrown together in a mish-mash of steam-filled, dilapitated buildings, streets and factories. Aside from Anton Furst’s art direction, which is superb and matches a maintains a good goth-noir attitude, the sets just look like they were built with papier-mache; it doesn’t work as any kind of a story that stays true to the original comic (Batman sure kills a lot of people in this film and seems to be totally okay with that. But what Burton and writer Sam Hamm seemed to forget is that Batman DOESN’T kill. EVER.); the set pieces of the film, like the Art Museum and the ensuing Batmobile chase, and the parade and the Batwing attack (please freeze-frame the moments where Batman is flicking toggle-switches in the Batwing… especially in Blu Ray… because you will very clearly see a toggle marked “VOLUME”. They took apart a stereo and made a control panel… ugh) are terribly unsatisfying, and the worst of the lot is the Cathedral finale… Tim, I know that you want to be the voice for all the goth/emo kids out there, so I can appreciate that you had to give it the full sturm und drang with that scene, but did you have to make it plod on like some kind of soap opera? The script is sub-par even for a “comic book” movie. It actually felt like these guys had never read a single issue. Oh, and the performances are just horrific. There isn’t a single moment that any of these actors have that seem real for their characters. And Keaton as Batman/Bruce Wayne was just awful casting for such a great actor. There wasn’t a second I bought him as either Wayne or Batman. He’s distant, boring, and charmless as Wayne, and incredibly stiff as Batman. Kim Basinger… well, come on. Need I say more? Jack was the worst of the lot, chewing the scenery like every piece of drywall was covered in chocolate. I’m all for an over-the-top bad guy, but that was almost as bad as Hopkins in the Hannibal Lecter role. Just all wrong. In every way. The only other high point other than Anton Furst? Danny Elfman’s score is still great to this day. It’s iconic and super-heroic. It’s the anti-John Williams SUPERMAN score, and that works because it’s Batman. But PRINCE??? No… I’m not even going there.

    RETURNS suffers from many of the same problems as the first film: Tim Burton’s desire to turn every character into some kind of freakshow; the cheapness of the sets, the poorly-constructed and directed action set pieces. But it improves in two ways: The script, mostly reworked by Daniel Waters actually has a great deal of dark humor and wit, which makes the film more entertaining to sit through. And the performances are better. Michelle Pfieffer is wonderful as Catwoman (although it has nothing to do with who Selina Kyle is in the actual comics, I was okay with this interpretation), and Christopher Walken as Max Schreck is grand entertainment. DeVito as The Penguin seemed like perfect casting, but he still plays it like he’s a horny Burgess Meredith impersonator. The reason that some of his scenes work pretty well is thanks to Waters’ writing. An extremely flawed film, but nowhere near as bad as the first one.

    Well, I’m done ripping into these films in detail. But I actually will watch the Schumacher-directed films before I’d ever watch either of the Burton films again. BATMAN FOREVER, no matter what people say, at least has a good Batman and a good Bruce Wayne. The Batman in the Schmacher films is athletic and dynamic, as opposed to the Robo-Bat that Burton showed us. And Val Kilmer was a good Wayne as well. He has a lot more wit and charm. Yes, Carrey is as annoying as ever; Tommy Lee Jones was horribly miscast as Two-Face; Chris O’Donnell… Hot Knife and a Wet Paper Bag should give a few clues. Nicole Kidman has never looked sexier than she did in FOREVER, though.

    BATMAN AND ROBIN is such an amazing train-wreck of a film that its watchability is almost hypnotic. As you watch it, you can’t BELIEVE that someone actually agreed to put that script and those performances to film, but you just can’t look away. It should have cult film status.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  4. C. Funk says:

    does anyone know how to make this blu ray appear on ps3 as widescreen? I absolutely hate a full screen movie — help…
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. Wang Weijia says:

    Don’t like the story and how the movie was shoot, but the quality was perfect.
    Rating: 2 / 5

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