Batman Returns

 (5,084)7.02 h 6 min1992X-RayPG-13
Batman Caped Crusader is pitted against demented, ravenous Penguin, pitiful, orphaned, psychopathic freak and 'power' hungry capitalist villain, Max Shreck.
Directors
Tim Burton
Starring
Michael KeatonDanny DeVitoMichelle Pfeiffer
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Science FictionAction
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English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Christopher WalkenMichael GoughMichael MurphyPat Hingle
Producers
Denise Di NoviTim Burton
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WARNER BROS.
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Matthew BuffingtonReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully remastered version of one of Burton's best
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Sometimes it can be hard to argue if this is one of the best Batman films. In my opinion it certainly is, but even more than that it is one of Tim Burton's best films. Everything about this movie just screams Tim Burton, and in crystal clear 4K, it's hard not to feel as if this is a brand new film that came out this year.
A small note of somethign I found Hillarious though. There is a scene where Batman is watching Penguin on Television, and it is amazing how much you can tell that the TV has bad 90s news picture. It's one of those things that if I were to pull out my old VHS copy of this movie, I might not be able to tell the difference, but watching it in 4k, you can very clearly see that the TV that Bruce is watching is definitely 90s picture quality. Weird huh? That the picture within a picture stays dated. I thought that was an incredible little detail that I would never have noticed on a lower quality film.
14 people found this helpful
Beantown JimReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Rather unpleasant version of Batman
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This film is by far the grimmest and least likable of the Batman series. The 1st, and by far the best, Batman was a dark comedy and excellent. This is a very grim story of adversaries of Batman, played by Danny DeVito in a really dark rendition of a 'villain'. The scenes don't seem to make sense in a simple crime/superhero drama, as with the other Batman films. No, they seem to be psychological scenes which are not immediately clear and definitely not enjoyable to watch even once. Besides the female lead who is the only attractive and effective role, the film has nothing...
9 people found this helpful
T-ZER0Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best Batman films is in Hi-Def Blu-Ray!
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Firstly, I have to take off one star. Only because I ordered this on Prime Day and had to get a replacement because the one that arrived, the case was severely damaged.

Now, about the product. You get a hi-def version of the movie, and it’s a lot like those other Warner Bros. Blu-Ray’s, a basic menu that only appears after the movie is done or by pressing the MENU button, and a ton of warning messages at the end of the movie that are a mile long. The movie will immediately play like other Warner Bros. Blu-Ray’s like the Mask, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) etc.

I have to sort of criticize Warner Bros for having a removable part of the case (SEE IMAGES). The Blu-Ray logo at the top comes off and the movie description on the back with it. When the description is removed, you get cool image art, but I sort of wish the description was still there. Still, great price for a Blu-Ray steelbook and a great movie. Still, one star off for having to get it replaced Amazon.
5 people found this helpful
42 CogsReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great
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Always a great Batman story. It's one of those arcs where a comic fan doesn't really care that it's not canon and it's just a fun atmosphere to see Batman running around within. Given the feel of Tim Burton, when watching it again as an adult, I can't help but imagine how it could easily be a possibility for Edward Scissorhands or Jack Skeleton to step out from behind one of those city corners.

Love Devito as the penguin. Love Pfeiffer as catwoman. Keaton has always been one of my favorite versions of Batman. Only reason not for 5 stars is due to the "throw-away" origin stories of the two villains.
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SaraReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Best Batman
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So, before anyone flogs me for the title, while giving reasons for why Nolan's Batman is superior, allow me to explain:

Is Batman Returns true to the comics? Well, yes and no, but mostly no.

*possible spoilers*

Catwoman is not a thief, a blonde, and a little deranged; Christopher Walken's character Max is made up; Penguin's story is not cannon either. Not to mention that Tim Burton takes a really dark approach in this one--I would argue that this is perhaps the darkest Batman of any Batman, regardless of the franchise. So, why would I claim that this Batman is "the Best"?

Well, for multiple reasons, a few of which I will outline below:

(1) Batman is not really in this movie. I think one of the best aspects of the Burton Batman films is that Batman is almost a secondary character. As such, he remains mysterious as the Dark Knight should be. Also, the less Batman talks, the less we as an audience get annoyed with his self-righteousness and, in Bale's case, horrific voice acting. Micheal Keaton played the perfect Bruce Wayne, in my opinion.

(2) Micheal Pfeiffer. Okay, yes, Anne Hathaway did a decent job portraying the old comic book style Catwoman. That being said, Micheal Pfeiffer blew Catwoman out of the park and immortalized her in our (at least the children of the 90's) minds. Hathaway portrayed Catwoman--Pfeiffer IS Catwoman.

Which leads to (3): Pfeiffer and Keaton's chemistry BLOWS Bale's and Hathaway's chemistry out of the water. Seriously. That dance scene at the costume party was just pure genius on so many levels.

(4) The story was extremely dark and sexual. Most people knock this one because of these aforementioned characteristics, but you know what: I think that's what makes this one the most interesting. It is coy and seductive and I love it all the more for those reasons. Most of all, what is Batman if not entertaining? I would characterize Batman Returns as highly entertaining without being overly serious (Nolan) or overly absurd (Schumacher).

Burton, in my opinion, created the best Batman franchise, this one being my personal favorite of the two.

(That being said, I would like to give a brief nod to Nolan who saved Batman from the caricatured hades that Schumacher put him in and for creating the best villain of the franchise, in my opinion, with his Joker.)

I highly recommend this movie.
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Daniel MedinaReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Batman Certified!
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Definitely a Batman movie to have in your Batman collection. It's a shame that Burton was only able to make two Batman films because he really was the one to kind of push the comic book hero to the next level and help shape him to the modern type of Batman we have today. Michelle Pfeiffer's Selina Kyle and Catwoman is utterly gorgeous and a show stealer as well. Much darker than the first one, the movie keeps in theme with the whole nature of Batman (something parents have obviously not appreciated nor Warner Brothers, leading us to the clownly Schumaker films). Recommended for you 90s kids in particular!
18 people found this helpful
KGReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
More a Tim Burton film than a "Batman" film, which isn't necessarily a bad thing
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Re-watching the two Burton "Batman"s I was shocked to find I liked "Batman Returns" more than the 1st. True, the film has nothing to compare with the wonderful over-the-top craziness of Jack Nicholson as the Joker, but in some ways Nicholson so overpowered the 1st film that it felt out of balance. At the same time, and – for me – even more problematic were the very un-Tim Burton like touches (the Prince songs? the endless, not very exciting climactic battle, the weak CGI) that seemed grafted on to make some studio executive happy.

"Batman Returns" seems much more a Tim Burton film; weirder, more perverse, funnier and more unpredictable than its predecessor. While the film lacks Nicholson's magic, it gains a great, funny, and twistedly sexy performance by Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, her dark, dual personality mirroring Batman/Bruce Wayne's schizophrenic existence, and drawing these two "enemies" together like moths to flame.

Also fun and often fascinating are Danny DeVito's so pathetic you could almost like him, but so dark he's unredeemable Penguin. And Christopher Walken is a blast comparatively underplaying evil capitalist billionaire Max Schrek.

The film looks gorgeous, arguably better than the first. And if the production design can't match the grandeur of Anton Furst's sets for "Batman". these have a lot more Tim Burton surrealist fun-house/nightmare aesthetic.

What's missing is much of a clear plot, story elements coming and going a bit randomly. And, like the first film, "Batman" himself is made less interesting than the bad guys. But Burton has always been at his best exploring outsider characters, and creating nightmare dreamscapes, and he gets to do a lot more of that here. As one critic put it; this is a somewhat weaker "Batman" film, but a much better Tim Burton film.

The blu-ray image quality is very nice indeed.
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AlanaReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Batman at it's best!
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This movie is in my all time top 10! Batman Returns in my opinion truly grasps the real Batman vibe.
Such a dark film with so many little hidden gems in it that make it shine!

I absolutely love this movie, I grew up with it idolizing Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman!
The subtle details put into this film are signature moments from Tim Burton's creative genius.
One of my favorite moments is when Selina Kyle has been confronted by Max Shreck in his office and the light is shining on Selina's face... the shadow from her glasses creates the illusion of cats eyes which suggests upcoming future events ;)
"I Don't Know About You Miss Kitty But I'm Feeling...So Much Yummier." - Catwoman

Danny Devito is great too, he was made for this role as the Penguin. When he is walking down the spiral stairs and eating that fish... classic Devito moment! But it could be worse... his nose could be gushing blood ;)

I highly recommend this movie and I will forever be in love with it!
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