Batman Begins (Blu-ray)
Evil fears the knight.
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Format: Blu-ray (2 Discs)
item number: WHJ4
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: July 8, 2008
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Warner Home Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Christian Bale, Cillian Murphy, Katie Holmes & Morgan Freeman
|Ken Watanabe, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, Michael Caine, Lucy Russell & Sara Stewart
|David S. Goyer & Christopher Nolan
|Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
|Emma Thomas, Charles Roven & Larry J. Franco
|Director of Photography:
[A] triumph -- a confidently original, engrossing interpretation, with a seriously thought-through aesthetic point of view...
New York Magazine/Vulture
The psychological realism and the science-fiction villainy don't always mesh seamlessly. But unlike so many superheroic summer spectacles, this one actually has a soul behind the special effects. Full Review
Rating: B -- Bale provides the series with the best Batman thus far, with a dark and conflicted performance that easily matches Nolan's tone. Full Review
Bowling Green Daily News
This intimate, brooding resurrection brings the Caped Crusader back to life by sending him back to his roots.
Nolan takes an admirable stab at developing a character-driven drama, only to give in to generic action-movie conventions with a blinding, deafening, explosion-laden finale that could have capped off any number of interchangeable Jerry Bruckheimer flicks. Full Review
With a phenomenal cast, technical work that is beyond reproach and attention to detail that is generally only seen in works by Spielberg or Lucas, Batman Begins is a perfect way to begin the summer movie season. Full Review
Behind The Lens
Genius of mystery and intrigue Christopher Nolan (MEMENTO, FOLLOWING, INSOMNIA) helms this prequel to the Batman films based on the DC Comics series, explaining how Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale)--the billionaire prince of Gotham whose parents were killed in an alleyway mugging--transformed into the crime-fighting superhero. With flashbacks to his privileged childhood, young Master Wayne, as he is called by the butler Alfred (Michael Caine), develops a terrible fear of bats when he falls through the backyard garden into a hidden cave. As a young adult, Wayne lives among the League of Shadows, a martial arts group in the mountains of Asia. His leaders Ra's al Ghul (Ken Watanabe) and Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson) teach him strength, endurance, and--unfortunately--evil, against which he naturally rebels. Returning to Gotham and reinstating himself as a dapper socialite and the rightful heir to his parents' enterprise, Wayne quickly devises his secret identity, commanding help from the gadgetry expert Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman). With one eye on his childhood playmate Rachel (Katie Holmes)--now a beautiful woman and dedicated lawyer--and the other on his mission to save Gotham from criminal corruption, Batman makes his fledgling debut. But when the blue-blooded mastermind Dr. Crane (Cillian Murphy)--who steals every scene with chilling menace--taints the water system with a hallucinatory substance, Batman realizes he has met his first true opponent. An attitude of grave seriousness elevates BATMAN BEGINS above more cartoony Batman movies, as Nolan crafts a dark drama that thrives on sci-fi intrigue. Bale strides into the role with grace, adding refinement that is seldom seen in action-oriented films. And while the action scenes explode with high-tech glitz and fast-moving thrills, they are evenly placed among sequences of plot and character development, making for a complex and satisfying viewing experience.