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Warner to Debut Stand-Alone 'Batman' Blu-ray

Lee Stewart
03-18-2009, 07:16 AM
Warner to Debut Stand-Alone 'Batman' Blu-ray

Tue Mar 17, 2009 at 01:15 PM ET
Tags: Disc Announcements, Warner (all tags)

The bat's out of the box, with Warner announcing a stand-alone Blu-ray release for 'Batman: 20th Anniversary Edition,' due this May.

First released as part of the 'Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology - 1989-1997' Blu-ray box set (which also contained 'Batman Returns,' 'Batman Forever' and 'Batman & Robin'), the original 1989 Tim Burton blockbuster 'Batman' will receive its first solo next-gen release on May 19.

The disc appears identical to the version in the box set, with the film presented on a BD-50 dual-layer disc with 1080p/VC-1 video and English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround audio.

Extras also mirror the 'Anthology,' with 'Batman' receiving an audio commentary with Burton, the multi-part "Shadows of the Bat" documentary, additional featurettes, profile galleries, a trio of Prince music videos, and the theatrical trailer.

At press time, none of the other Batman films have been announced for a stand-alone Blu-ray release, but watch this space for any further updates.

Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray has been set at $28.95.

kamspy
03-18-2009, 08:20 AM
Good news for fans.

The movie didn't age well for me. Jack as the Joker dancing while destructing to a Prince song doesn't do it for me anymore:lol:

dsskid
03-18-2009, 09:20 AM
Excellent news! Thanks for the post Lee.

Nikopol
03-18-2009, 09:24 AM
Good news for fans.

The movie didn't age well for me. Jack as the Joker dancing while destructing to a Prince song doesn't do it for me anymore:lol:

I've decided to skip the early Batman movies altogether because of that. I tried watching the Burton Batmans a year ago and stopped in the middle. ;)

MikeRox
03-18-2009, 09:40 AM
How come the US is getting so far behind the UK on things like this? We got those films releases seperately first... then a boxed set :lol:

ClashFan
03-18-2009, 10:01 AM
Good news for fans.

The movie didn't age well for me. Jack as the Joker dancing while destructing to a Prince song doesn't do it for me anymore:lol:

Same here. The movie has not aged well.

I'll get it on Blu once it comes down to a bargain rate, mostly as a curiosity. It does have Kim Basinger in her prime, and Michael Keaton is decent as BW.

kamspy
03-18-2009, 12:23 PM
I think anytime you put distinct pop music from an era in a movie, it kinda locks it in that era and ages with it.

Sometimes it works: Ghostbusters
Sometimes it backfires: Batman

HD Goofnut
03-18-2009, 02:44 PM
I'd rather buy Batman and Batman Returns separately than buy the entire box set because I thought Batman Forever and Batman & Robin were rather crappy.

Lee Stewart
03-18-2009, 03:31 PM
I agree that the original film has not held up well as described above.

The opposite, IMO, is the case with Superman The Movie which has held up very well.