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Batman, a review by Tom


     Batman (1989/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Warner Home Video (United Kingdom)
Director:Tim Burton
Writing:Bob Kane (Original Characters By), Sam Hamm (Screenwriter), Warren Skaaren (Screenwriter), Sam Hamm (Story By)
Length:126 min.
Video:Widescreen 1.78
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, German: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Italian: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Catalonian: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 1, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles:Catalonian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish

Stars:
Michael Keaton as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Jack Nicholson as Joker/Jack Napier
Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale
Robert Wuhl as Alexander Knox
Pat Hingle as Commissioner Gordon

Plot:
Gotham City: dark, dangerous, 'protected' only by a mostly corrupt police department. Despite the best efforts of D.A. Harvey Dent and police commissioner Jim Gordon, the city becomes increasingly unsafe...until a Dark Knight arises. We all know criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot...so his disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. He becomes a bat. Enter Vicky Vale, a prize-winning photo journalist who wants to uncover the secret of the mysterious "bat-man". And enter Jack Napier, one-time enforcer for Boss Grissom, horribly disfigured after a firefight in a chemical factory...who, devoid of the last vestiges of sanity, seizes control of Gotham's underworld as the psychotic, unpredictable Clown Prince of Crime...the Joker. Gotham's only hope, it seems, lies in this dark, brooding vigilante. And just how does billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne fit into all of this?

Awards:
Won:
Academy Award (1989)  Best Art Direction (Anton Furst (Art Direction); Peter Young (Set Decoration))
ASCAP Awards (1990)  Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures ("Partyman": Prince)
BMI Film & TV Music Awards (1990)  BMI Film Music Award (Danny Elfman)
Saturn (1990)  President's Award
Nominated:
AFI (1989)  100 Years... 100 Movies (1998)
AFI (1989)  100 Years... 100 Thrills (2001)
AFI (1989)  100 Years... 25 Scores (2005) ("Composer": Danny Elfman)
BAFTA (1989)  Achievement In Special Visual Effects (Derek Meddings, John Evans)
BAFTA (1989)  Actor In A Supporting Role (Jack Nicholson)
BAFTA (1989)  Costume Design (Bob Ringwood)
BAFTA (1989)  Make-Up Artist (Paul Engelen, Nick Dudman)
BAFTA (1989)  Production Design (Anton Furst)
BAFTA (1989)  Sound (Don Sharpe, Tony Dawe, Bill Rowe)
Golden Globe (1989)  Actor in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy (Jack Nicholson)
Grammy Awards (1990)  Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television (Danny Elfman)
Grammy Awards (1990)  Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television ("Partyman": Prince)
Hugo Award (1990)  Dramatic Presentation
Saturn (1990)  Best Actor (Jack Nicholson)
Saturn (1990)  Best Costumes (Bob Ringwood)
Saturn (1990)  Best Fantasy Film
Saturn (1990)  Best Makeup (Paul Engelen, Lynda Armstrong, Nick Dudman)
Saturn (1990)  Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger)
Young Artist Awards (1990)  Best Family Motion Picture – Musical or Fantasy

Extras:
  • Commentary
  • Featurettes
  • Music Videos
  • Photo Gallery
  • Scene Access
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Trailers


My Thoughts:
Growing up, Tim Burton's Batman had shown me for the first time the more serious Batman. Before this I only knew the 60s Batman (which I loved to watch).
Michael Keaton doesn't seem like the obvious choice to play Batman, but he did a great job. Though I still think he doesn't have the physique to really be believable as a tough Batman. But he got the mannerism down.
Jack Nicholson as the Joker was for a long time the definitive Joker until Heath Ledger came along. But I think we should not forget Nicholson's portrayal of him.
I still can't believe how fast Alfred decided to "rat" Bruce Wayne's secret out to Vicki Vale.
This disc is part of the Blu-ray collection of the first four films. It is a double-dip for me. I owned it previously on DVD. I hesitated for awhile, because I was not sure if it was worth it. But I got the set for £9.99 which made the choice easy. Also my old set was a bare bones release. In this Blu-ray set, all four movies have a lot of bonus material.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on November 30th, 2011)

Member's Reviews

The Parent Trap 2, a review by addicted2dvd


     The Parent Trap 2 (1986/United States)
IMDb |Wikipedia |
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Director:Ronald F. Maxwell
Writing:Stuart Krieger (Writer), Erich Kästner [Eric Kästner] (Original Material By)
Length:81 min.
Rating:NR
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles:

Stars:
Hayley Mills as Sharon Ferris/Susan
Tom Skerritt as Bill Grand
Carrie Kei Heim as Nikki Ferris
Bridgette Andersen as Mary Grand
Alex Harvey as Brian
Gloria Cromwell as Florence

Plot:
First time on DVD! In the full-length sequel The Parent Trap II, Hayley Mills returns to reprise her roles as identical twins Sharon and Susan. Now all grown up, Sharon is a single mom whose 11-year-old daughter Nikki is just as mischievous as she was! During summer school Nikki and her new friend Mary turn into scheming matchmakers when they try to get Sharon and Mary's widowed father together. Not quite able to make it happen, they turn to the one person who can really help -- Sharon's twin Susan!

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Music Videos
  • Interviews
  • Closed Captioned


My Thoughts:
Going by the plot for this one I will admit I was a bit concerned. But I have to say... I enjoyed every minute of it! I really enjoyed the story... and it had several laugh out loud moments for me. I was glad to see this one being Sharon and Susan grown up and getting involved with switching instead of them trying to do the same (or similar) thing with their kids this time. I also liked that they were able to get the same actress to play Sharon and Susan. I also liked that Tom Skerritt is in this movie. I have slowly become a fan of his over the last few years. It is a pleasant surprise that I liked this one almost... if not as much as the first part.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From What Movies I Been Watching on July 21st, 2013)

Member's TV Reviews

Birthday Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd



I Love Lucy: Season 6
Lucy and Superman
Lucy promises Little Ricky that Superman (George Reeves) will be at his birthda party, but when it looks like he can't make it, she tries to fill the bill herself.

My Thoughts:
I Normally like to watch my DVD sets in order... but I decided to make an exception to this one since I have already seen every episode of I Love Lucy ever made. This has always been one of my favorite episodes of I Love Lucy. I guess this is because I also always been a fan of Adventures of Superman. It really is a hilarious episode. My favorite line in this episode...

Ricky: In all the 15 years we been married this is the craziest stunt you ever pulled!
Superman: Wait a minute, you been married to her for 15 years?
Ricky: Yeah, 15 years!
Superman: And they call me Superman!

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5



(From Birthday Marathon on May 25th, 2009)