Batman Forever (1995) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Joel Schumacher
Starring: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey
Rated: PG-13/Region O/1:85/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Warner Bros.
Riddle me this, riddle me that, you’ll find adventure on the wings of a bat! Brace for excitement as Val Kilmer (Batman), Tommy Lee Jones (Two-Face), Jim Carrey (the Riddler), Nicole Kidman (Dr. Chase Meridian) and Chris O’Donnell (Robin) star in the third spectacular film in Warner Bros.’ Batman series. Joel Schumacher directs and Tim Burton co-produces this thrill-ride of a movie that thunders along on Batmobile, Batwing, Batboat, Batsub and bold heroics. Hang on!
Batman Forever is a big sharp curve from the first two Batman movies. Here we have a different actor playing Batman, as Val Kilmer is taking over the role. We also have a change in tone as Joel Schumacher is now directing instead of Tim Burton and the change shows. This might be a Batman movie that is mostly known for the soundtrack and the fact that the Batman suit now has nipples on it than the actual movie. It also has Jim Carey eating up the scenes he’s in as The Riddler. A character that he is playing to the degree that it’s also silly. The character of Harvey Dent is also here but now he’s white and played by Tommy Lee Jones as he becomes Two-Face. You get all of that plus Chris O’Donnell as Robin and Nicole Kidman as the love interest of our hero. It might just be a case of too much being tossed in at too fast a pace for it to matter and the movie becomes a bit of a mess.
The movie still looks amazing in 4K. So you will at least now be able to see the awful Bat nipples in the best possible way they could look. So that side of this release is great. Everything else about the movie seems a bit more questionable. Maybe it isn’t the worst one of the bunch (that one is probably next) but I still think the change in actors and tone from the first movie is what hurts this one. This version of Batman needs Michael Keaton and this type of Batman movie for the ’90s needed Tim Burton. It’ll go down as a very good release here from Warner Brothers, but there really isn’t much you can do to polish up the actual enjoyment of the film for me here. It isn’t the weakest but it’s a bad spot to follow what the first two movies were for a lot of people.
– Audio Commentary: Director Joel Schumacher
– Riddle Me This? Why is Batman Forever?
– Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Pt. 5 – Reinventing a Hero
– Batman Forever: The Heroes
– Batman Forever: The Villains
– Beyond Batman
– Deleted Scenes
– Music Video: “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal.
– Theatrical Trailer
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 100%