Villains beware… Batman finally comes to DVD in Special Editions

It has been years that fans have been waiting and clamoring for decent Special Editions of the Batman movies but finally Warner Home Video has taken the time to do so.

Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology is a DVD set containing 2-disc Special Editions of the first four Batman movies, just in time for the DVD release of the latest blockbuster, “Batman Begins.” Each one of the four films will also be sold separately as a Sepcial Edition for fans who want to select individual films only.

Finally fans will have the chance to see Tim Burton’s masterpieces “Batman” and “Batman Returns” in their full glory with new transfers and a sparkling image, complete with hours of bonus materials. And finally fans can also revisit “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin” also with hours of bonus materials and crystal clear presentations.

In the Tim Burton-directed “Batman” Jack Nicholson is the Joker, who emerged from a horrible accident as a maniacal criminal. Michael Keaton is the Caped Crusader, who emerged from a childhood trauma to become a masked crimefighter. Kim Basinger is Vicki Vale, the talented photojournalist desired by both men. The release features a Commentary Track by Tim Burton and a selection of Documentaries suc has “Legends of the Dark Knight” and “Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Parts 1-3.” Also included is the “Beyond Batman” Documentary Gallery and a Featurette on Bob Kane as well as the “Batman: The Heroes and Villains” Gallery. The release is rounded out by the Prince Music Videos “Partyman,” “Batdance” and “Scandalous” as well as the movie’s Trailer.

In the dazzling “Batman Returns” Gotham City faces two monstrous criminal menaces: the bizarre, sinister Penguin (Danny DeVito) and the slinky, mysterious Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). Can Batman (Michael Keaton) battle two formidable foes at once? Especially when one wants to be mayor and the other is romantically attracted to Bruce Wayne? This Special Edition includes the Documentaries “The Cinematic Saga of Batman” and “Shadows of the Bat Part 4” as well as the Documentary Gallery “Beyond Batman” and the Featurette “The Heroes and Villains Profile Galleries.” Also included are Interviews and the Souixsie and the Bashees Music Video “Face to Face.”

In “Batman Forever” Val Kilmer dons the bat costume and faces new opponents in the person of Tommy Lee Jones (Two-Face) and Jim Carrey (the Riddler), while Nicole Kidman (Dr. Chase Meridian) and Chris O’Donnell (Robin) also enter the ring of superheroes. This Special Edition contains Additional Scenes and a Commentary Track by Joel Schumacher. A selection of Documentaris and Galleries are also included, as well as Heroes and Villains Profiles and Seal’s Music Video for the song “Kiss.

“Batman And Robin” introduces George Clooney as the Dark Knight, facing his deadliest threat yet: cold-hearted Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and venomous Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman). Batman has more than Gotham City to protect: the youthful eagerness of crimefighting comrades Robin (Chris O’Donnell) and Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone) puts them frequently in harm’s way. The Special Edition contains a Commentary Track also, as well as Documentaries and Featurettes as well as Music Videos for “The End is the Beginning is the End” by the Smashing Pumpkins, “Foolish Games” by Jewel, “Gotham City” by R. Kelly and “Look into My Eyes” by Bone THugs-N-Harmony.

The “Batman Anthology” is coming to DVD on October 22 and carries a $79.95 price tag. Each Special Edition is also sold individually for $26.99.

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