Batman (1989) (30th Anniversary Edition) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Tim Burton
Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger
Rated: PG-13/Region O/1:85/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Warner Bros.
After a young boy witnesses his parents’ murder on the streets of Gotham City, he grows up to become the Batman, a mysterious figure in the eyes of Gotham’s citizens, who takes crime-fighting into his own hands. He first emerges out of the shadows when the Joker appears – a horribly disfigured individual who is out for revenge on his former employer and generally likes to have a good time, but the identity of the `bat’ is unknown. Perhaps millionaire Bruce Wayne and photographer Vicki Vale have a good chance of finding out?
When talking about Batman it’s really hard to this day, even with the Christopher Nolan films, to say any version of the Dark Knight has been as good as Tim Burton’s original Batman movie. There’s magic in the air when you watch this movie and that magic is still there to this day as the film comes to 4K from Warner Brothers. Michael Keaton is Bruce Wayne, folks. There’s no other way to put it. Maybe casting him might not seem like the thing to do today but if you watch this movie you see how Bruce Wayne should be. And on the other end of that same talk, you can talk about how great Jack Nicolson is as The Joker. This was the man who’s Joker was once thought by many as the greatest version of this super villain of all-time. This movie has those great things going for it and that’s even before you bring out the plot and the Prince soundtrack.
So if you didn’t know already, Bruce Wayne saw his parents gunned down when he was a child by a man that could go on to become The Joker. Until he finds that out he himself has been dressing up as a giant bat in Gotham City and taking justice into his own hands. Throw in some Prince music, throw in some romantic elements, then mix it with action and the classic battle between comic book’s most fierce rivals and we have a classic in every sense of the term. You also have Tim Burton putting his strange twist on it making it just as visual as it is good. There are still some things about the end I’d have liked to have seen gone different, but other than that we have a near perfect movie and what might be the best Batman movie that was ever made.
– Audio Commentary: Director Tim Burton.
– On the Set with Bob Kane
– Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman
– Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight
– Batman: The Heroes
– Batman: The Villains
– Beyond Batman
– Batman: The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence
– Music Videos
– Theatrical Trailer
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 100%