Batman Begins (Blu-ray)

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on 4/1/2012

This was the beginning of the Dark Knight and I am surprised this movies doesn't get as much attention as it's sequel, but if it weren't for Batman Begins, the Dark Knight wouldn't have existed (obviously). Great story and creation of the superhero character.

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by Dilip on 5/10/2012

This is first part of batman and really good

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This explores the origins of the batman legend and the dark knight's emergence as a force for good in gotham. In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir bruce wayne travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful.


Studio Warner
SKU 207932479
UPC 085391115212
UPC 14 00085391115212
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/18/2014
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Genius of mystery and intrigue Christopher Nolan (MEMENTO, FOLLOWING, INSOMNIA) helms this prequel to the Batman films based on the DC Comics series, explaining how Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale)--the billionaire prince of Gotham whose parents were killed in an alleyway mugging--transformed into the crime-fighting superhero. With flashbacks to his privileged childhood, young Master Wayne, as he is called by the butler Alfred (Michael Caine), develops a terrible fear of bats when he falls through the backyard garden into a hidden cave. As a young adult, Wayne lives among the League of Shadows, a martial arts group in the mountains of Asia. His leaders Ra's al Ghul (Ken Watanabe) and Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson) teach him strength, endurance, and--unfortunately--evil, against which he naturally rebels. Returning to Gotham and reinstating himself as a dapper socialite and the rightful heir to his parents' enterprise, Wayne quickly devises his secret identity, commanding help from the gadgetry expert Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman). With one eye on his childhood playmate Rachel (Katie Holmes)--now a beautiful woman and dedicated lawyer--and the other on his mission to save Gotham from criminal corruption, Batman makes his fledgling debut. But when the blue-blooded mastermind Dr. Crane (Cillian Murphy)--who steals every scene with chilling menace--taints the water system with a hallucinatory substance, Batman realizes he has met his first true opponent. An attitude of grave seriousness elevates BATMAN BEGINS above more cartoony Batman movies, as Nolan crafts a dark drama that thrives on sci-fi intrigue. Bale strides into the role with grace, adding refinement that is seldom seen in action-oriented films. And while the action scenes explode with high-tech glitz and fast-moving thrills, they are evenly placed among sequences of plot and character development, making for a complex and satisfying viewing experience.
Entertainment Weekly "[A] triumph -- a confidently original, engrossing interpretation, with a seriously thought-through aesthetic point of view..." 06/24/2005 p.137-138
New York Times "[T]his tense, effective iteration of Bob Kane's original comic book owes its power and pleasures to a director who takes his material seriously and to a star who shoulders that seriousness with ease." 06/15/2005 p.E1
USA Today "Christian Bale makes the best Bruce Wayne/Batman since Warner Bros. revived the franchise in 1989." 06/17/2005 p.9E
Sight and Sound "[I]t's the flair of the set pieces that really impresses....The film delivers a pleasingly robust sense of spectacle....It is a welcome new beginning." 08/01/2005 p.40-41
Uncut "This intimate, brooding resurrection brings the Caped Crusader back to life by sending him back to his roots." 08/01/2005 p.126,Ranked #7 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "Nolan's vision of Gotham is a hellhole straight out of Hieronymus Bosch." 01/01/2006 p.82-83
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Lined with wry humor, the film addresses questions of corporate greed..." 11/03/2005 p.108,Ranked #4 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "Gotham looks lived in, not art-directed, and Bale creates a hero of haunted fire." 12/01/2005 p.92
Film Comment "[B]rooding, carefully crafted, and comparatively low-tech....Mr. Bale brings true gravity and pathos to the task at hand." 11/01/2005 p.78
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "Nolan's Year One reinvention of the franchise is largely about ambiance and mood....A more sober study in psychology..." 08/01/2007 p.90
Christopher Nolan
Morgan Freeman
Katie Holmes
Cillian Murphy
Christian Bale
Cast & Crew
Benjamin Melniker - Executive Producer
Bob Kane - Based On Characters Created By
Christian Bale - Actor
Christopher Nolan - Screenplay
Christopher Nolan - Director
Cillian Murphy - Actor
David S. Goyer - Screenplay
Gary Oldman - Actor
Hans Zimmer - Original Music By
James Newton Howard - Original Music By
Katie Holmes - Actor
Ken Watanabe - Actor
Larry J. Franco - Producer
Lee Smith - Editor
Liam Neeson - Actor
Linus Roache - Actor
Michael Caine - Actor
Morgan Freeman - Actor
Nathan Crowley - Production Designer
Paul Kirby, et. al. - Art Director
Rutger Hauer - Actor
Sara Stewart - Actor
Tom Wilkinson - Actor
Wally Pfister - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 1000021452
UPC 00085391115212
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Nominee (2006) British Academy Awards, Janek Sirrs, et. al., Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects,British Academy Awards, Nathan Crowley, Best Production Design,British Academy Awards, David Evans, et. al., Best Sound,MTV Award, Batman Begins, Best Movie,MTV Award, Cillian Murphy, Best Villain,Oscar, Wally Pfister, Best Achievement in Cinematography,People's Choice, Batman Begins, Favorite Movie,People's Choice, Batman Begins, Favorite Movie Drama
Winner (2006) MTV Award, Christian Bale, Best Hero
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review With Batman Begins, director Christopher Nolan has gone back to basics, jettisoning both the silliness of the TV incarnation and the gothic and fetishist elements of the '90s version. This is a hard-core, down-and-gritty origin story - the tale of, as one might reasonably expect, how Batman begins. It isn't intended as a "prequel" to the 1989 film - not only is Gotham City a completely different place, but key events of the Batman chronology are re-spun. Batman Begins is designed as the start of a new life, a reboot for the franchise. In the process, Nolan has not only crafted the best Batman movie, but arguably the second-best motion picture superhero narrative (topped only by the linked duo of Superman and Superman II)...Of the five well-known actors to don the cape and cowl (Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale), there's little doubt that Bale is the most talented and the most effective. We believe him as both Bruce Wayne and Batman and, while in the latter role, he seems more than just a face behind the mask...Batman Begins is a strong re-start to a franchise that deserves better than it has often been accorded. The ending provides a direct lead-in to another Batman movie, and Nolan is on the record as saying he envisions making a trilogy.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Batman Begins" at last penetrates to the dark and troubled depths of the Batman legend, creating a superhero who, if not plausible, is at least persuasive as a man driven to dress like a bat and become a vigilante. The movie doesn't simply supply Batman's beginnings in the tradition of a comic book origin story, but explores the tortured path that led Bruce Wayne from a parentless childhood to a friendless adult existence. The movie is not realistic, because how could it be, but it acts as if it is...This is at last the Batman movie I've been waiting for. The character resonates more deeply with me than the other comic superheroes, perhaps because when I discovered him as a child, he seemed darker and more grown-up than the cheerful Superman. He has secrets...Bale is just right for this emerging version of Batman. It's strange to see him muscular and toned, after his cadaverous appearance in "The Machinist," but he suggests an inward quality that suits the character...I said this is the Batman movie I've been waiting for; more correctly, this is the movie I did not realize I was waiting for, because I didn't realize that more emphasis on story and character and less emphasis on high-tech action was just what was needed. The movie works dramatically in addition to being an entertainment. There's something to it.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
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Joel Siegel, Good Morning America Without question the best Batman ever.
Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club ...rousing, reverent, often brilliant...Batman is at home in the 21st century as he was in the 20th.
Kyle Smith, New York Post A great movie, period. It's great because it's so real.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly A confidently original, engrossing interpretation.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle Fantastic. Emotional. Genuinely gripping.
Nev Pierce, BBC Online A bold and brilliant superhero movie, Batman Begins is the best outing ever for the Caped Crusader.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe ...Bale gives us the best Bruce Wayne that has ever graced the screen.

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