Batman & Robin:special Edition

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George Clooney plays the Dark Knight, facing his deadliest threat yet: cold-hearted Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and venemous Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman). Batman has more than Gotham City to protect: the youthful eagerness of crimefighting comrades Robin (Chris O'Donnell) and Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone) puts them frequently in harm's way. New very special effecst include a wild sky-surfing sequence and Mr. Freeze's outrageous arsenal of ice-blasting weapons. Joel Schumacher directs.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 40722801
UPC 012569713161
UPC 14 00012569713161
Format DVD
Release Date 2/10/2009
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Big City
Blockbuster
Comic Book
Fantasy
Illness
Plants
Recommended
Superheroes
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The Caped Crusader returns to battle the abominable Mr. Freeze and green-thumbed Poison Ivy. To save his ailing wife, Dr. Victor Fries turns to a life of crime after a hideous accident makes him unable to tolerate even moderate temperatures, while Dr. Pamela Isley falls victim to mutated plant DNA when things go awry in a jungle laboratory funded by Wayne Industries. Of course, though their interests are diametrically opposed (Freeze wants another Ice Age; Ivy wants to make the world safe for plants), the two villains team up to defeat Gotham's dynamic duo of Batman and Robin, who are joined by butler Alfred's motorcycle-obsessed niece as Batgirl. And when Alfred is diagnosed as having the same terminal disease as Freeze's wife, the trio find themselves not only fighting an altruistic battle, but a personal one as well. A frenetic, colorful, and often overwhelming sequel to "Batman," "Batman Returns," and "Batman Forever."
Memorable Quotes
Quote "The Iceman cometh."--Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Quote "Allow me to break the ice."--Mr. Freeze
Reviews
Sight and Sound "...The closest the film series has come to the once-reviled 60s television show..." 08/01/1997 p.39-40
USA Today "...[Clooney's] voice, bearing and dark cowl-friendly eyes make him the best Batman yet..." 06/20/1997 p.4D
New York Times "...As played by Uma Thurman, Poison Ivy is perfect, flaunting great looks, a mocking attitude and madly flamboyant disguises..." 06/20/1997 p.C1
Directors
Joel Schumacher
Actors
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Chris O'Donnell
George Clooney
Cast & Crew
Elle Macpherson - Star
Alicia Silverstone - Star
Elizabeth Sanders - Star
Ralph Moeller - Star
Michael Bernardo - Star
Cory M. Miller - Star
Joe Sabatino - Star
Roger Nehls - Star
Simon Kim - Star
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Star
Jack Betts - Star
Nicky Katt - Star
Chris Mitchell - Star
Uma Thurman - Star
Jonathan Simmons - Star
Jim McMullan - Star
Dean Cochran - Star
Dennis Keiffer - Star
Michael Gough - Star
Michael Paul Chan - Star
Lucas Berman - Star
David Cardoza - Star
Jeff Podgurski - Star
Kimberly Scott - Star
Marc Glimcher - Star
Bruce Roberts - Star
Jean-Luc Martin - Star
Pat Hingle - Star
Sandra Taylor - Star
Azikiwee Anderson - Star
Christopher Nelson - Star
Vivica A. Fox - Star
Christian Boeving - Star
Doug Hutchison - Star
Stephan Desjardins - Star
James Kim - Star
Chris O'Donnell - Star
Jeep Swenson - Star
Mark P. Leahy - Star
John Ingle - Star
Dennis Lefevre - Star
John Fink - Star
Jesse Ventura - Star
Todd Grossman - Star
Harry Van Gorkum - Star
Coolio - Star
Steve Boyles - Star
Eric Lloyd - Star
Alex Daniels - Star
Greg Lauren - Star
Steven Ito - Star
George Clooney - Star
John Glover - Star
Jay Luchs - Star
Howard Velasco - Star
Mark Chadwick - Star
Vendela Kirsebom - Star
Anthony E. Cantrell - Star
Patrick Leahy - Star
Chris C. Caso - Star
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo - Star
Elizabeth Guber - Star
Steve Blalock - Star
Jim Palmer - Star
Michael Reid MacKay - Star
Stogie Kenyatta - Star
Tobias Jelinek - Star
James Hardy - Star
Christopher McQuarrie - Screenwriter
Elliot Goldenthal - Composer
Ingrid Ferrin - Costume Designer
Akiva Goldsman - Screenwriter
Peter MacGregor-Scott - Producer
Barbara Ling - Production Designer
Warner Digital Studios - Special Effects
Dennis Virkler - Editor
Robert Turturice - Costume Designer
Flash Film Works - Special Effects
Pacific Data Images - Special Effects
Stephen Goldblatt - Director of Photography
Joel Schumacher - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 71316
UPC 00012569713161
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review With Batman and Robin, the fourth entry in the recent Batman movie series, the profitable franchise appears poised to take a nosedive. This film, which places yet another actor in the batsuit, has all the necessary hallmarks of a sorry sequel -- pointless, plodding plotting; asinine action; clueless, comatose characterization; and dumb dialogue...Fetishists will probably love Batman and Robin. There are rubber nipples, crotch and butt shots as the dynamic duo (and later Batgirl) suit up, bikers and crooks decked out in kinky, Clockwork Orange-like regalia, and Uma Thurman dressed and acting like a dominatrix. It all goes nicely with the film's attempt at sensory overload. Director Joel Schumacher has taken Tim Burton's dark vision of Gotham City and shifted it into overdrive. This is a weird, wild, wacky world where gothic skyscrapers reach like twisted fingers into the clouds, and where the batsignal shines brighter than the moon. However, like the movie as a whole, this aspect is as briefly captivating as it is hollow and soulless. It quickly becomes clear that the picture's lone selling point is that it looks great, but, in an era when blockbuster budgets are routinely topping $100 million, that's no longer special...Batman and Robin moves at a dizzying pace, yet goes absolutely nowhere. Somewhere between the quarter and mid-point of this film, things turn repetitious and tedious...We become numb to the glitz and glamour, but, looking beyond it, we see only a vacuum. In trying to put the "comic" back into "comic book", Schumacher has reduced Batman to the equivalent of a daily newspaper strip -- disjointed and painfully shallow. The character probably deserves more respect, but, in Batman and Robin, he doesn't get it. And, for that matter, neither does the audience.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Because of my love for the world of Batman, I went to Joel Schumacher's ``Batman & Robin'' with real anticipation. I got thrilled all over again by the Gothic towers of Gotham City. I was reminded of how cool the Batmobile is (Batman has a new one), and I smiled at the fetishistic delight with which Batman and Robin put on their costumes, sheathing themselves in shiny black second skins and clamping on lots of belts, buckles, shields, hooks, pulleys, etc...But my delight began to fade at about the 30-minute mark, when it became clear that this new movie, like its predecessors, was not *really* going to explore the bizarre world of its heroes, but would settle down safely into a special effects extravaganza. ``Batman & Robin,'' like the first three films in the series, is wonderful to look at, and has nothing authentic at its core...There is a scene that illustrates what I mean. It comes during the dreary central section of the film. Bruce Wayne (George Clooney) dines at home with his fiancee for the past year, Julie Madison (Elle MacPherson). Julie says she would like to spend the rest of her life with Wayne. Bruce hems and haws and talks about his bachelorhood and the complications of his life. Julie looks as if she has heard all of this before. The scene is interrupted by an emergency...Watching it, I realized why it makes absolutely no difference who plays Batman: There's nobody at home. The character is the ultimate Suit. Garb him in leather or rubber, and he's an action hero--Buzz Lightyear with a heartbeat. Put him in civilian clothes, and he's a nowhere man...My prescription for the series remains unchanged: scale down. We don't need to see $2 million on the screen every single minute. Give the foreground to the characters, not the special effects. And ask the hard questions about Bruce Wayne.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, Special Edition, Aspect Ratio 1.78:1, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); DTS 5.1; Dolby Surround Sound, Audio Commentary, Featurette, Documentaries, Music Videos, English, French, Spanish Subtitled, 2 Discs
Product Attributes
Actor Clooney,George
Label Warner Home Video
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Janet Maslin, The New York Times Big. Bold. Lavish. Outstanding visual mischief.
Brian McKay, eFilmCritic.com Clooney breathes some life back into the role.
Janet Maslin, The New York Times Big. Bold. Lavish. Outstanding visual mischief.
Mike Clark, USA Today [Clooney's] voice, bearing and dark cowl-friendly eyes make him the best Batman yet.
Pat Collins, WWOR-TV The best Batman yet!
Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope It is great film to look at. The movie in-jokes are quite good too.

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