Batman Returns (1992) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Tim Burton
Starring: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer
Rated: PG-13/Region O/1:85/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Warner Bros.
The city faces two monstrous criminal menaces: the bizarre, sinister Penguin (Danny DeVito) and the slinky, mysterious Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). Can Batman (Michael Keaton) battle two formidable foes at once? Especially when one wants to be mayor and the other is romantically attracted to Gotham’s hero? Like the 1989 groundbreaking original, Batman Returns is directed by the wizardly Tim Burton. And like the first blockbuster, it’s a dazzling adventure that leaves you breathless.
Tim Burton returns to the director’s chair for the solid as they come follow-up to the classic Batman with Batman Returns! This time it’s 1992 and we have Michael Keaton back as Batman but this time he’s doing battle with The Penguin (Danny DeVito) and Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer)! Had the original Batman movies ended here I don’t think anyone would have cared as all the stuff we loved about the first movie is mostly here beside Vicki and The Joker. Stepping in is some other major characters with some great actors playing them. The role of Catwoman is played by Michelle Pfeiffer and she brings to life the best version of the character we’ve seen to date in my opinion. She’s more of a tweener, Batman is the hero, and Penguin is the bad guy and the story that is told is a very fun one that comes with those Tim Burton tones and style that make it work very well.
Like the original Batman movie, the upgrade to 4K gives this one a great look and really brings to life what Burton was going for in the setting and tone. Gotham City has never looked as good as it does in these first two films. While the movie isn’t overall as good as the original, it is still a very solid one and one of the better overall movies you’ll find with Batman. It makes you wish we had gotten more of Keaton in the role and more of Pfeiffer as Catwoman. DeVito does good as well, but I’ll admit that Penguin personally for me was never one of my favorite characters. All in all, this is another solid Batman movie to hit 4K and I wish we could say it gets better from here, but I’m afraid this series has peaked with the first two movies and it’s a bit downhill from here. But Batman Returns is still a great movie for what it is.
– Audio Commentary: Director Tim Burton.
– The Bat, the Cat, and the Penguin
– Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Pt. 4 – Dark Side of the Knight
– Batman Returns: The Heroes
– Batman Returns: The Villains
– Beyond Batman
– Music Video: “Face to Face” by Siouxsie and the Banshees.
– Theatrical Trailer
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 100%