The definitive version Batman returns on Blu-ray with Batman
Begins and stars Christian Bale as the tortured soul of Batman
as Bruce Wayne, Billionaire by day and masked vigilante at night.
Although the Michael Keaton version of Batman was met well with the
viewing audience, the follow-up movies that starred Val Kilmer and
George Clooney were met with mixed criticism.
Fortunately, Director Christopher Nolan re-launched the series from
the beginning that was based on the script by David Goyer, a former
comic writer who had a great grasp over the character. From there it
was almost as it was meant to be as it followed Bruce Wayne through
his journey to ultimating becoming the Batman.
Paying homage to the original comic, this version of Batman was
considerably darker than previous incarnations and the film
contained a star studded cast that include Michael Caine as Bruce
Wayne's Butler Alfred, Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane (The
Scarecrow) and Liam Neeson, a mysterious individual with a dark and
We learn that on the night Bruce Wayne's billionaire parents were
killed, he has become a tortured soul that led him around the world,
searching and struggling to accept this heinous incident. Walking
down the dark path of criminals in order to understand, he
eventually gets caught and is incarcerated in Asia, only to be taken
under the wing of a mysterious martial artist where he learns how to
strike fear into those who prey on the innocent and the weak.
As Bruce Wayne has been gone for a considerable amount of time, he
has been declared dead by Wayne Enterprises CEO Earle (Rutger Hauer)
who is forcing the company into unscrupulous deals and to compound
the situation for the denizens of Gotham City, Dr. Crane who is
working for the mobster Carmine Falkone (Tom Wilkinson) and also a
mysterious foreigner is attempting to poison the water supply of
Returning to Gotham City, Wayne is shocked to see the fall of Gotham
an through the assistance of Alfred and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman),
a scientist for Wayne Enterprises, he eventually takes the guise of
Batman in this entertaining action movie that truly set the
benchmark for comic book movies. The best aspect of Batman Begins is
that it can be watched over and over again due to the talents of the
actors and the almost perfect script.
The video quality of the Blu-Ray version of Batman Begins is quite
impressive and is exceptionally clear with extraordinary picture
quality and vibrant colours. The night scenes during the end contain
some great black levels and look great on our Plasma TV. As with the
video quality, the audio quality is brilliant and is presented in
Dolby TrueHD 5.1 that sounds majestic through our surround sound
system. A true movie-like experience from star to finish.
Where the disc or discs do shine is through the special features
that include a six-minute prologue of the The Dark Knight that was
filmed on IMAX which looks amazing and also introduces the next
aspect of the series. Match that with some great featurettes and
also a 16-page DC Comic book adaptation of the upcoming movie and
you have everything you need for an in-depth insight into one of the
world's greatest fictional super heroes.
conclusion, this is the ultimate Batman experience and is a must
have for all blu-ray owners!
Limited Edition Collectible
Exclusive The Dark Knight Prologue
- shot in IMAX, see the first six minutes of the film in the
highest resolution ever!
Exclusive 32-Page The Dark Knight
Concept Book including script pages, storyboards and unit
16-page DC comic book adaptation of
the prologue from The Dark Knight
In-Movie Experience - Christopher
Nolan, David S. Goyer and others reveal the movie's backstories
as you watch