Friday, August 22, 2008

Batman (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Both of my favorite Batman films feature The Joker as a villain, and Jack Nicholson plays the part oh so well. Combined with an epic and eerie score by none other than Danny Elfman, this movie was an instant classic.

"Thanks to the ambitious vision of director Tim Burton, the blockbuster hit of 1989 delivers the goods despite an occasionally spotty script, giving the caped crusader a thorough overhaul in keeping with the crime fighter's evolution in DC Comics. Michael Keaton strikes just the right mood as the brooding "Dark Knight" of Gotham City; Kim Basinger plays Gotham's intrepid reporter Vicki Vale; and Jack Nicholson goes wild as the maniacal and scene-stealing Joker, who plots a takeover of the city with his lethal Smilex gas. Triumphant Oscar-winning production design by the late Anton Furst turns Batman into a visual feast, and Burton brilliantly establishes a darkly mythic approach to Batman's legacy. Danny Elfman's now-classic score propels the action with bold, muscular verve." (Jeff Shannon)

» Batman (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Batman Begins (Two Disc Special Edition)

If you've seen Christian Bale's performance alongside Heath Ledger's in the new Batman film, The Dark Knight, you know this DVD is a must have! I'm really glad they disregarded the story lines of the previous four Batman movies, they really cast Batman in the right light this time. Don't get me wrong, Tim Burton's Batman is still one of my favorite movies of all time!

"Batman Begins discards the previous four films in the series and recasts the Caped Crusader as a fearsome avenging angel. That's good news, because the series, which had gotten off to a rousing start under Tim Burton, had gradually dissolved into self-parody by 1997's Batman & Robin. As the title implies, Batman Begins tells the story anew, when Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) flees Western civilization following the murder of his parents. He is taken in by a mysterious instructor named Ducard (Liam Neeson in another mentor role) and urged to become a ninja in the League of Shadows, but he instead returns to his native Gotham City resolved to end the mob rule that is strangling it. But are there forces even more sinister at hand?" (David Horiuchi)

While you're waiting for The Dark Knight to come out on DVD, or before you go see it in theatres, order and watch Batman Begins (Two Disc Special Edition) beforehand, and watch Batman serve justice to the Scarecrow!

If you want to one up your friends, you might opt for either of the deluxe editions, which include a 72 page comic book.

» Batman Begins (Two Disc Special Edition) (Deluxe Edition)
» Batman Begins (Two Disc Special Edition) (Deluxe Edition with Lenticular Cover)