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In Batman Begins, acclaimed director Christopher Nolan explores the origins of the legendary Dark Knight. In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. With the help of his trusted butler Alfred (Michael Caine), detective Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and his ally Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), Wayne returns to Gotham City and unleashes his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.


Studio Warner
SKU 207932510
UPC 085391183853
UPC 14 00085391183853
Format DVD
Release Date 7/8/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
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
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
DVD, Limited Edition, Gift Set, Box Set, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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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