Batman Returns: Special Edition

Batman Returns: Special Edition

Director: Tim Burton Cast: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer

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Caped Crusader fans rejoice! Batman Returns makes a grand reentrance into the DVD world thanks to the timely release of Batman Begins into living rooms everywhere. This 2-Disc Special Edition is just what the doctor ordered, with a gorgeous presentation and bonus materials seemingly sent down from the DVD heavens. The first thing you'll notice is how good it looks. The widescreen image (16 x 9, 1.85:1) has a beautiful pop to the stark images that was severely lacking in the previous release. And how about that sound? DTS, for all you who have the pleasure of running it, and a slam-bang solid 5.1 track to immerse you in this crazy carnival ride right out of Tim Burton's head, which is cracked open for all to see with one of his usual dry audio commentaries. The track is full of Burtonesque scatter shots of ideas and memories, though it's interesting to hear his repeated reactions to the film's criticism. The real juice comes from the bonus materials, which are packed over two hours of documentaries and featurettes. Included is a made-for-TV special along with a continuation of the "Shadow of the Bat" documentary that flows through each of the four Batman film-series DVD reissues. Everything from Annette Bening's original casting to the lukewarm studio exec reception are discussed in a frank and rather refreshing way that only time can afford. With additional featurettes focusing more on the individual aspects of the production, including production design and a fascinating look at the re-creation of the batsuit, there's so much covered that you can't help but get sucked in. The funny thing is that the disc isn't even done yet -- you've still got a handful of smaller featurettes on the film's heroes and villains along with the Siouxsie and the Banshees "Face to Face" music video. It's nice to finally see this series getting the treatment it deserves, even if you're going to think twice about picking up the Schumacher installments (though the idea of those documentaries is definitely tantalizing). Whether it was worth the extended wait or not, there's too much grade-A material in this edition for people not to be drawn to it.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2005
UPC: 0012569432123
Original Release: 1992
Rating: PG-13
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:06:00
Sales rank: 55,248

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Tim Burton; "The Bat, the Cat and the Penguin" -- Cast and crew members recall the making of this equally spectacular sequel; "Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Part 4" -- "Dark Side of the Night"; Beyond Batman documentary gallery -- "Gotham City Revisited: The Production Design of Batman Returns," "Sleek, Sexy and Sinister: The Costumes of Batman Returns," "Making Up the Penguin," "Assembling the Arctic Army," "Bats, Mattes and Dark Nights: The Visual Effects of Batman," "Inside the Elfman Studio: The Music of Batman Returns"; "Face to Face" music video by Siouxsie and the Banshees; "The Heroes and the Villains" profile galleries; New digital transfer with both 5.1 Dolby and DTS Surround; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Keaton Batman / Bruce Wayne
Danny DeVito The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman/Selina Kyle
Christopher Walken Max Shreck
Michael Gough Alfred Pennyworth
Cristi Conaway Ice Princess
Michael Murphy The Mayor of Gotham
Pat Hingle Police Commissioner Gordon
Andrew Bryniarski Chip Shreck
Jan Hooks Jen
Paul Reubens Penguin's Father
Vincent Schiavelli Organ Grinder
Steve Witting Josh
Steven Brill Gothamite 1
Anna Katarina Poodle Lady
Marlon Wayans Actor
John Strong Sword Swallower
Rick Zumwalt Tattooed Strongman
Gregory Scott Cummins Acrobat Thug One
Travis McKenna Fat Clown
Doug Jones Thin Clown
Branscombe Richmond 1st Terrifying Clown
Diane Salinger Penguin's Mother
Stuart Lancaster Penguin's Doctor
Sean Whalen Paperboy
Erik Onate Aggressive Reporter
Joey de Pinto 1st Shreck Security Guard
Neal Lerner Gothamite 2
Ashley Tillman Gothamite 3
Elizabeth Sanders Gothamite 4
Henry Kingi Mugger
Joan Giammarco Female Victim
Lisa Coles Volunteer Bimbo
Frank di Elsi Security 1
Biff Yeager Security 2
Robert Gossett TV Anchorman
Margarita Fernandez Emperor Penguin
Felix Silla Emperor Penguin
Debbie Lee Carrington Emperor Penguins

Technical Credits
Tim Burton Director,Producer
John Bruno Special Effects
Ian Bryce Associate Producer,Production Manager
Cheryl Carasik Set Decoration/Design
Stefan Czapsky Cinematographer
Denise Di Novi Producer
Marion Dougherty Casting
Thomas A. Duffield Production Designer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Michael Fink Special Effects
Larry Franco Co-producer
Peter Guber Executive Producer
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Sam Hamm Original Story,Screenwriter
Rick Heinrichs Art Director
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Benjamin Melniker Executive Producer
Bob Mills Makeup
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Ve Neill Makeup
Greg Nelson Makeup
Optic Nerve Special Effects
Jon Peters Executive Producer
Debby Porter Stunts
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Dennis Skotak Special Effects
Ronnie Spector Makeup
Wesley Strick Screenwriter
Sally Thornton Set Decoration/Design
Michael E. Uslan Executive Producer
Mary Vogt Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel Waters Original Story,Screenwriter
Robert W. Welch Production Designer
Brad Wilder Makeup
Stan Winston Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Batman Returns: Widescreen
1. The Cobblepot Child [2:21]
2. Credits [3:07]
3. Tree Lighting [1:39]
4. Not Properly Housebroken [2:12]
5. Pandemonium in a Bow [3:25]
6. Batman Saves the Day [4:24]
7. Meeting of Monsters [5:58]
8. After Hours With Selina [2:07]
9. Not Like You Can Kill Me [3:11]
10. Catwoman Born [5:20]
11. Snatched and Recovered [6:35]
12. "I Have a Name" [2:37]
13. Hear Me Roar [1:08]
14. Gentlemen's Disagreement [4:18]
15. The Candidate [5:36]
16. Carnival of Chaos [1:39]
17. Cat at Play [2:11]
18. Creatures Threesome [1:44]
19. A Bitch: Life and I [2:31]
20. Mayoral Bid; Framed [5:31]
21. Kind of a Dark Side [2:14]
22. Gold-Plated and Lonely [3:06]
23. Dressing Up; Auto Disrepair [4:50]
24. Fall From Grace [2:43]
25. Don't Like You Anymore [1:47]
26. Driving School [4:14]
27. The Candidate Speaks [5:00]
28. "I Am an Animal" [2:02]
29. Tired of Wearing Masks [4:26]
30. Party Crasher [2:24]
31. Pied Penguin Action [2:05]
32. Addressing the Troops [1:24]
33. The Batskiboat [4:33]
34. Duel of Freaks [2:02]
35. "A Die for a Die" [3:10]
36. Kissing Anti-Claus [1:50]
37. Farewell Escort [2:35]
38. Good Will Toward All [2:28]
39. End Credits [5:38]

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Batman Returns 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a treat. It is about a sinister penguin man played by Danny De Vito who batman must stop as soon as possible. Then there is a young sexy secretery who becomes catwoman a evil but beautifull criminal who Bruce Wayne unknowingly falls in love with. Tim Burton does a great job making a dark nightmarish movie that Joel Shumacher destroyed. De Vito does an exellent job as the penguin and he is much more evil then Burgess Meridith who played him just like a stupid nut. SEE IT!
Walterama More than 1 year ago
Batman Returns as the Dark Knight battles two new villains who are about to destroy Gotham City on Christmas. Michael Keaton returns as the Cape Crusader. Michelle Pfeiffer is oh so sexy as Catwoman/ Selina Kyle, and Danny DeVito as the horrific Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot. Director Tim Burton and Composer Danny Elfman both return in the second Batman movie. Although this film may be frighten for small children, this sequel to the 1989 movie is an excellent movie. I love this movie and of course, BATMAN.
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The_Divine_Comedian More than 1 year ago
This film is the sequel to the burton film Batman, another great film. This is a well written film with all characters well portrayed by there respective actors. But some might say its to much burton, and I say this myself, if you dont like burton, dont buy this, the entire movie is him, this had his 100% control.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is the best Batman film in the whole series.Although much darker than the original, it gives off a unique atmosphere. Keaton is courageous(better than Val Kilmer). DeVito is scary,yet comical. And last,but not least is Pfhieffer's Catwoman. To make a long story short the story takes place at Christmas time.The end of the film leaves you in torturing wonder. I think anyone who likes Tim Burton films should definatly watch this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definally one of the better batman movies. It shows batmans dark mysterious personality really good, and Michele Phieffeir and Danny Devito do great as Catwoman and Peigiun. Like Batman Forever (its followup) it really brings Gotham City to life, and makes me think of the cartoon series. This is a great movie that comic book fans should not miss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked batman's black costum with more edges and curves .Unlike batman's stupid costumes in forever and b.and robin, batman's costume in part 2 added more mystriousness and strength to batman's appearance. I like also the darkeness that surrounded the movie scenes and took the samme track as batman 1, u ll be missin alot if u didnt see that movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim Burtons second film of Batman is just as good as the first one he made! First it was the great performance of Jack Nicholson and Micheal Keaton, then it was Danni Davito and Micheal Keaton again! Pick up this movie, you will like it, honest!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim Burton beat the sophomore jinx with this brilliant 1992 sequel to his 1989 masterpiece "Batman". Michael Keaton returns to play the titular title character in "Batman Returns", and this time he's up against two new villians: the grotesque Penguin (a perfectly cast Danny DeVito) and the sexy Catwoman (Mihcelle Pfeiffer), as well as corrupt businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken). Like the last one, everything is perfect. The plot is also much more disturbing and can be enjoyed by more people. Every castmember put in excellent performances, but Michelle Pfeiffer really stole the show. This film and the first one are highly recommened. Also, go see "Batman Begins".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Comic Book movies seem to be a new fad, and a quick dieing one at that! Since the recent box-office and critic flop of the Hulk and some others, comic movies may end up short lived. But I think that Batman Returns set an example for some, and should be used to set an example for more of these types of movies to come. Tim Burton reached high heights in giving the audience respect for all characters and keeping us wanting more. There wasn't blazing lights like in the unlikeable Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. But it kept to the script and characters, which more movies need to do. Which some have done like Spiderman and X2
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