Batman goes solo

If purchasing the Batman Anthology for well over $100 on Blu-Ray was a little too steep for your taste, Warner Home Video will now also release Tim Burton’s original Batman as an individual release in its glorious 20th Anniversary Edition.

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. And Batman is the movie, the all-out spectacular directed by Tim Burton, set to songs by Prince and a music score by Danny Elfman, and an Academy Award winner* for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Anton Furst and Peter Young).

Arriving as a 2-disc Blu-Ray set, the release is crammed with bonus materials that will make your heart leap. Starting out with a Commentary Track by Director Tim Burton, the release also contains the Featurettes ”On the Set with Bob Kane,” “Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman,” “The Comic Book Saga as Reinvented and Reinterpreted over Seven Decades,” “Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Parts 1-3,” “The Road to Gotham City,” ”The Gathering Storm,” “The Legend Reborn” as well as the 6-part Documentary ”Beyond Batman”, consisting of the episodes “Visualizing Gotham: The Production Design of Batman,” “Building the Batmobile,” “Those Wonderful Toys: The Props and Gadgets of Batman,” “Designing the Batsuit,” “From Jack to the Joker” and “Nocturnal Overtures: The Music of Batman.”

The release also serves up the Prince Music Videos ”Batdance,” “Partyman” and ”Scandalous.”. The opulent release will be closed out by Photo Galleries and The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence as well as the movie’s Theatrical Trailer.

Well, that should keep you occupied for a little while. “Batman: 20th Anniversary Edition” will arrive as an individual Blu-Ray release on May 19 for $34.99.

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