Batman Forever

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Batman must battle two-face and the riddler with help of an amourous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, robin.

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Studio Warner
SKU 210629271
UPC 883929053353
UPC 14 00883929053353
Format DVD
Release Date 3/5/2013
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Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Oscar (1996) Donald O. Mitchell, et. al., Nominee, Best Sound,John Leveque, Bruce Stambler, Nominee, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing,Stephen Goldblatt, Nominee, Best Cinematography
Grammy (1996) Elliot Goldenthal, Nominee, Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
MTV Award (1996) Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee Jones, Nominee, Best Villain,Nicole Kidman, Nominee, Most Desirable Female,U2 ("Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"), Seal ("Kiss From a Rose"), Nominee, Best Movie Song,Val Kilmer, Nominee, Most Desirable Male
Golden Globe (1996) U2, Bono ("Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"), Nominee, Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It's lighter, brighter, funnier, faster-paced, and a whole lot more colorful than before. There's a new actor underneath the cape, a new girlfriend on his arm, and a new partner by his side. The director is different and the composer has changed. The villains -- Jim Carrey decked out in a neon question-mark jacket and Tommy Lee Jones with a face out of The Elephant Man -- are making their debuts. Yet somehow, perhaps because of the costume, it still feels like the same Batman we've gotten to know in two previous films. The same, yet different -- and much better...There's a lot going on in Batman Forever -- probably much more than in either Batman or Batman Returns -- yet Joel Schumacher keeps things on an even keel, moving swiftly without creating such a strong undertow that the viewer loses his or her footing. The film is a blast and, ultimately, a very quick two hours. In a relatively short time, we get a solid action/adventure story, an odd romantic triangle (Chase is attracted to Batman; Bruce Wayne is attracted to Chase -- it kind of recalls the old Lois Lane/Clark Kent/Superman thing from the first two movies about that superhero), and the most detailed exploration of Batman's character to date. All-in-all, this is a very full motion picture...Given Hollywood's poor track record with second sequels -- take the third installments of Superman, Star Wars, Alien, Lethal Weapon, and Die Hard as examples -- it's understandable if a viewer approaches Batman Forever with a measure of skepticism. In this case, however, the trepidation can be put aside. The latest Batman proves it's entirely possible for a big-budget, overcommercialized blockbuster sequel to offer even the most cynical viewer a wholly enjoyable time at the movies.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review A question has been nagging at me ever since the first Batman movie, and "Batman Forever" makes it inescapable: Would Bruce Wayne continue his keen interest in crime fighting if he didn't get to wear the Batman costume? The opening scene plays like a commercial for a rubberwear shop, and throughout the movie, the dominant images are of fetishistic gear: The belt buckles, boots, gloves, capes, masks, and of course, the cute little dime-sized nipples on Batman's and Robin's chests. When Batman tries on his new prototype costume late in the movie, and there's a closeup of its gleaming buttocks, the audience chuckles knowingly...Val Kilmer is a completely acceptable substitute for Michael Keaton in the title role, but in all three of the movies, Batman remains shadowy and undefined. The movies exist for their villains, who this time both seem to be playing the same note; the Riddler and Two-Face alternate in overacting, until the pace grows wearying. There is no rhythm to the movie, no ebb and flow; it's all flat-out spectacle...Is the movie better entertainment? Well, it's great bubble gum for the eyes. And younger children will be able to process it more easily (some kids were led bawling from "Batman Returns," where the PG-13 rating was a joke)...I liked the look of the movie and Schumacher's general irreverence toward the material. But the great Batman movie still remains to be made. Here is the most complex and intriguing of classic comic superheroes, inhabiting the most visually interesting world, but somehow a story hasn't been found to do him justice. A story - with a beginning, a middle and an end, and a Batman at its center who emerges as more than a collection of costumes and postures.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Special Edition
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Video Format DVD
Quotes
Christine James, Box Office Magazine The third installment...is the best to date.
Hal Hinson, The Washington Post Satisfying, thrilling.
Matt Zoller Seitz, Dallas Observer ...better paced and more consistently entertaining [than Batman and Batman Returns]...
Pat Collins, WWOR-TV The best Batman yet.
Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today Bigger, battier and better.

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