Batman Returns
Warner Bros. / 1992 / 126 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE

As is usually the case, sequels are not as good as the the first movie and in Batman Returns case this is true. It is a consolation that this sequel is far superior than the next 2 sequels directed by Joel Schmacher. 

Batman Returns continues the story of Bruce Wayne/Batman (Michael Keaton). This time he must now stop Penguin (Danny DeVito) from becoming Mayor of Gotham City and from killing the first born children of the privileged socialites of Gotham. When Penguin joins forces with Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), Batman's life becomes even more complicated as he is falling in love with Catwoman.

Batman Returns is a worthy sequel, very dark much like the original and is well directed by Tim Burton yet again. It's just missing something that the original had, not sure what.

VIDEO
The video transfer on Batman Returns is quite disappointing. The transfer is very soft and not as sharp as it should be, Shadow detail is also sadly lacking.

There were no MPEG artifacts seen but there were quite a few numerous film artifacts throughout, couldn't they have cleaned this up a bit?

This is really quite disappointing.

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

This is a single-sided, single layer disc.

AUDIO

While the video is somewhat lacking the sound isn't. Batman Returns was the first movie to be released theatrically with Dolby Digital sound and it shows with an almost reference quality soundtrack. 

This disc has a very immersive soundtrack with wonderful surround integration and separation. The .1 channel was used frequently to underscore sound effects and music.

Dialog was always easy to hear.

EXTRAS

There are no extras on this disc.

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

FINAL THOUGHTS
Fun movie on a good disc. Well worth adding to the collection.

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: 25 Sep 2000 23:42:21 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 126 Mins
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 10/5/1999
Catalog Number: 15000
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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