Batman Returns

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Dark Batman Movie

on 6/4/2012

This Batman movie might be even darker than the more recent ones. This was definately the Batman movie that was closest to Tim Burton's visions. I really enjoyed this one, particularly the dynamic between Batman and Catwoman. Michelle Pfeiffer is very good here. Read More

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Product Overview

When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque penguin plot to take control of gotham city, only batman can stop them, while the catwoman has her own agenda.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 204364770
UPC 085391163008
UPC 14 00085391163008
Format DVD
Release Date 3/5/2013
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Big City
Blockbuster
Comic Book
Fantasy
Superheroes
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In director Tim Burton's sequel to his successful BATMAN (1989), the Caped Crusador (Michael Keaton) is pitted against the demented, ravenous Penguin (Danny DeVito), a pitiful, orphaned psychopathic freak who once went on a baby-killing spree, and a "power" hungry capitalist villain Max Shreck (Christopher Walken). As the two criminals plot to gain domination over Gotham City, BATMAN must plot to stop them.^In the highly stylized BATMAN RETURNS--complete with dark, Gothic architecture and moody lighting--Batman (and his alter-ego Bruce Wayne) is thrown a third enemy, a terrible distraction: Cat Woman (fearlessly and fabulously played by Michelle Pfeiffer). She is the slinky, sharp-clawed alter-ego of Shreck's secretary Selina. Batman must overcome his own dark past, and his present love entanglements, to rid Gotham of it's evil enemies, this time with even more intricately designed sets and tongue-in-cheek humor, making BATMAN RETURNS an action-packed, but darkly fun adventure.
Plot Summary
Summary Gotham City is once again under siege, this time by the sinister Penguin. A malformed baby thrown into the sewers to drown, The Penguin survived and decided to exact revenge against the hated metropolis during its grand Christmas celebration. Batman must stop the madman and his band of furry, but deadly, little penguins. To complicate matters, the caped crusader also has to contend with a sexy new vigilante whose moral stance is slightly more ambiguous than his own -- the cruel and sexy Catwoman.
Reviews
New York Times "...Sprightly....Burton creates a wicked world of misfits..." 06/19/1992 p.C1
USA Today "...As Catwoman, terrific Michelle Pfeiffer goes from mousy secretary to liberated lionness. As flipper-fingered Penguin, Danny DeVito is an orchestra of evil intentions..." 06/19/1992 p.1D
Entertainment Weekly "...The runaway star here is Pfeiffer, whose performance is a sexy, comic triumph..." 06/26/1992 p.90
Los Angeles Times "...[Burton's] dark, melancholy vision is undeniably something to see....[An] always visually inventive film..." 06/19/1992 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...A most intriguing movie, great to look at, fun to talk about..." 06/19/1992 p.43
Directors
Tim Burton
Actors
Michael Keaton
Michelle Pfeiffer
Cast & Crew
Bo Welch - Production Designer
Bob Badami - Editor
Bob Kane - Based On Characters Created By
Chris Lebenzon - Editor
Christopher Walken - Actor
Daniel Waters - Screenplay
Danny DeVito - Actor
Danny Elfman - Original Music By
Michael Keaton - Actor
Michelle Pfeiffer - Actor
Peter Guber - Executive Producer
Rick Heinrichs - Art Director
Sam Hamm - Based On Story By
Stefan Czapsky - Cinematographer
Tim Burton - Producer
Tim Burton - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1992
Catalog ID 116300
UPC 00085391163008
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Nominee (1993) British Academy Awards, Ve Neill, Stan Winston, Best Make Up Artist,British Academy Awards, Michael L. Fink, et. al., Best Special Effects,Oscar, Michael L. Fink, et. al., Best Effects, Visual Effects,Oscar, Ve Neill, et. al., Best Makeup
MTV Award (1993) Danny DeVito, Nominee, Best Villain,Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Nominee, Best Kiss,Michelle Pfeiffer, Nominee, Most Desirable Female
British Academy Awards (1993) Michael L. Fink, et. al., Nominee, Best Special Effects,Ve Neill, Stan Winston, Nominee, Best Make Up Artist
Oscar (1993) Michael L. Fink, et. al., Nominee, Best Effects, Visual Effects,Ve Neill, et. al., Nominee, Best Makeup
Reviews
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review Batman Returns is, in my opinion, the Dark Knight's best representation on the silver screen. His tortured soul is laid bare, and the thin line that separates him from the villains he pursues is clearly shown...No one will ever bring Batman back to the screen like Tim Burton. Burton's visual and storytelling styles are ideally suited to these stories. It's obvious that Burton understands that Batman isn't a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde split-personality situation. Batman isn't the mask or the alter ego. From the moment his parents were killed, Bruce Wayne ceased to exist. His life was replaced by an unwavering desire for justice and revenge, personified by Batman...Even if Jack Nicholson's performance in Batman set the standard by which all other on-screen comic book villains would be judged, I still prefer Batman Returns. How can you resist a movie with rocket-toting penguins or a poodle that's the scariest thing in the movie?
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Reviewer Mike Jackson
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review "Batman Returns" matches up the Caped Crusader with Catwoman. Wait'll you get a load of Michelle Pfeiffer's ravishing kitten with a whip. "How could you -- I'm a woman," she says to Batman when he slugs her, meeting his apology with a kick in the groin. Meow, indeed. Though her lusty licking of Batman's face may arouse kinky thoughts, Catwoman is no bimbo in black leather. Pfeiffer gives this feminist avenger a tough core of intelligence and wit; she's a classic dazzler...The follow-up to the blockbuster of summer '89 is faster and funnier, but that's not always a plus. To keep this astounding fun house humming with frenzied action, director Tim Burton spends less time investigating the Dark Knight's dark side...Still, the gifted Burton hasn't lost his subversive spirit, and the script, by Daniel Waters ("Heathers"), puts a sharp edge on the fun. Michael Keaton's manic-depressive hero remains a remarkably rich creation. And Danny De Vito's mutant Penguin -- a balloon-bellied Richard III with a kingdom of sewer freaks -- is as hilariously warped as Jack Nicholson's Joker and even quicker with the quips...Still, the movie's heart resides in two creatures who feel uneasy in their normal skins. Keaton plays Bruce Wayne, Batman's alter ego, as a moody playboy. And Pfeiffer brings the same discontent to Selina Kyle, the mousy assistant to corrupt Gotham City tycoon Max Shreck (a fiendishly funny Christopher Walken)...To the crashing chords of Danny Elfman's score, Burton trots out every gimmick, from a Batskiboat to a Penguin umbrella-copter. But the best gimmick is neurosis: Everyone has one. Batman and Catwoman, unable to function without dressing up their psychic wounds in fantasy, are a dysfunctional Romeo and Juliet. Burton uses the summer's most explosively entertaining movie to lead us back into the liberating darkness of dreams.
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Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The gloomy undertone of the Batman movies is like a tow line, holding the movie back, keeping it from springing free into the wind...Tim Burton's "Batman Returns," even more than the original "Batman," is a dark, brooding film, filled with hurt and fear, childhood wounds and festering adult resentments. It is also a most intriguing movie, great to look at, fun to talk about. There is no doubt Burton is a gifted director, but is he the right director for Batman? The film opens in cruelty and shame, as the parents of a deformed baby put him into his bassinet and drop him into the river on a cold, snowy Christmas night. The frail little craft floats downstream and into the sewers of Gotham City, where the infant is rescued and raised by the penguins who luckily happen to live there...It is a common theory that when you have a hero, like James Bond, Superman or Batman, in a continuing series, it's the villain that gives each movie its flavor. "Batman" had the Joker, played by Jack Nicholson, to lend it energy, but the Penguin is a curiously meager and depressing creature; I pitied him, but did not fear him or find him funny. The genius of Danny DeVito is all but swallowed up in the paraphernalia of the role. "Batman Returns" is odd and sad, but not exhilarating...I give the movie a negative review, and yet I don't think it's a bad movie; it's more of a misguided one, made with great creativity, but denying us what we more or less deserve from a Batman story. Looking back over both films, I think Burton has a vision here and is trying to shape it to the material, but it just won't fit. No matter how hard you try, superheroes and film noir don't go together; the very essence of noir is that there are no more heroes. I had a feeling by the end of this film that Batman was beginning to get the idea.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Chris Hicks, Deseret News Darker, more brooding and weirder than the first...also funnier and layered with more texture.
Desson Howe, Washington Post Even more than before, this cartoon opera...bathes exultantly in moody blues, gothic music and a symphony of character tragedy...
Geoff Andrew, Time Out Bigger, louder, more relentlessly action-packed than its predecessor...
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America Wow! Absolutely riveting. Better than the first.
Michael Dequina, Mr. Brown's Movies A fast, funny, exciting assault on the senses that outshines the overrated original.
David Ansen, Newsweek Funny, wild, imaginative. A visual marvel!
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