Batman (Blu-Ray)

Directed By: Tim Burton Starring: Jack Nicholson Michael Keaton

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on 1/3/2013

With all the current hype surrounding Batman Begins now, fans seem to forget all the excitment they had when Tim Burton's version of Batman was released in 1989. Of course, die-hard fans allways knew the true Batman was a dark and sophisticated character, but in the public eye, Batman was Adam West in that goofy outfit who shouted campy one-liners at villains like Burgess Merideth and Julie Newmar.

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on 5/27/2013

I believe I watched this movie six times in one week after it's release. I had always enjoyed Michael Keaton in comedic roles ( MR. MOM, and especially BEETLEJUICE ), and was curious to see what he'd do with a serious role. His low-key, brooding, portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman was excellent, and Jack Nicholson as the Joker was phenomenal, however I was even more impressed with Tim Burton's use of darkly operatic sets, and atmospheric shadows to heighten suspense. Danny Elfman's score ( with the use of only 6 minute's of Prince's songs ) added greatly to the mood of this classic.

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Product Overview

The dark knight of gotham city begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal joker.


Studio Warner
SKU 214519976
UPC 883929107018
UPC 14 00883929107018
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/18/2014
Rating Rating
Big City
Character Study
Comic Book
Essential Cinema
Editors Note
Note Tim Burton's BATMAN, inspired by Frank Miller's graphic novel THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, is a Gothic, Wagnerian treatment of the Batman mythos that explains the origins of Batman (Michael Keaton) and his nemesis, the maniacal Joker (a ripe Jack Nicholson).^Gotham City is a sunless, ominous haven for criminals, held in the corrupt grip of crime boss Carl Grissom (the ever-magnetic Jack Palance), and terrorized by a sadistic vandal and murderer known as The Joker. But it isn't long before a dark, mysterious caped crusader, who goes by the name of BATMAN, is on their trail and trying to thwart their evil doings. In this darkly entertaining retelling of the Marvel comic classic, ace photojournalist Vicki Vale (warmly and sympathetically played by Kim Basinger) is also on the trail--she wants to find out who Batman really is. Based on the popular comic book character created by Bob Kane for DC Comics; the story and tone have nothing in common with the popular TV series of the 1960s. Imaginative special effects and imposing, Gothic architectural sets dominate this visually graphic, stylish film. Keaton gives a brooding performance as the Caped Crusader and his interestingly understated alter-ego Bruce Wane. But is it Nicholson's Joker that steals the show, with his unnerving, brilliantly maniacal portrayal, especially in the context of his twisted relationship with Grissom's gal Alicia (a lanky, disquieting Jerry Hall).
Plot Summary
Summary In gloomy Gotham City the caped crusader must engage in a battle-to-the-death with the villainous Joker--a madman orchestrating a wave of crime and murder that has paralyzed the town. During the course of the struggle, Batman learns the truth about his own mysterious past, and the role played by the Joker in shaping his life when he was a boy.
Los Angeles Times "...Nicholson keeps things moving higher and higher..." 06/23/1989 p.C1
Tim Burton
Jack Nicholson
Michael Keaton
Cast & Crew
Jack Palance - Star
Jerry Hall - Star
Michael Gough - Star
Pat Hingle - Star
Robert Wuhl - Star
Jack Nicholson - Star
Tracey Walter - Star
Michael Keaton - Star
Kim Basinger - Star
Billy Dee Williams - Star
Danny Elfman - Composer
Anton Furst - Production Designer
Tim Burton - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00883929107018
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 126 minutes
No Longer Produced
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Video Format Blu-Ray

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