Batman Forever
Warner Bros. / 1995 / 122 Mins / Rated PG


MOVIE
Batman Forever is the third movie in the Batman and also marks the downward spiral of the franchise. The directing helm for the these last 2 movies was so disappointingly  taken over by Joel Schumacher who promptly turned these wonderfully dark movies into a shockingly camp rendition of our superhero, heck if I wanted to see that I would watch the 60's series on cable!

The movie basically has Batman fighting the forces of evil yet again, this time he must pit his wits against Harvey "Two Face" Dent (Tommy Lee Jones) and Edward "The Riddler" Nygma (Jim Carrey). We are also introduced to Batman's new found ally Dick Grayson, better known as Robin. There is not really anything to say about this movie in fact the only thing appealing about it is Nicole Kidman.

VIDEO
This is a crap transfer, plain and simple. 

The transfer is very soft, colors were under saturated and muted and look nothing like the effect that the director was trying to achieve, in fact I have no idea what the hell he was trying to achieve. 

Film artifacts were present throughout which was annoying and is unacceptable considering this movie is only 5 years old.

On the positive side there were no MPEG artifacts.

Batman Forever is framed at 1:85:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single-sided, single layer disc.

AUDIO

The audio is really the only shining star on this disc. Batman Forever is encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1 and it is quite a good mix.

Surround channels are used very effectively to create a sensational and immersive sound field with excellent separation.

The .1 was used to good effect and used quite frequently to underscore music and on screen action.

Dialog was always easy to hear.

EXTRAS

There case says there are production notes but there isn't. So no extras then.

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Closed Captioned

FINAL THOUGHTS
An awful entry into the Batman franchise on a woeful disc. Avoid.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 07 Oct 2000 00:35:33 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating PG
Running Time: 122 Mins
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 10/5/1999
Catalog Number: 15100
List Price: $29.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 39
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: None
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: None
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