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Batman Movie Anthology SE (R1) in October - Boxset Artwork added

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of BATMAN: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 for 18th October 2005. Consisting of brand new two-disc Special Editions of the first four Batman movies available both individually ($26.99 SRP each) and as a special edition gift set ($79.92 SRP). The new "Two-Disc Special Edition" DVDs of Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin feature all-new digital transfers and more than 18 hours of never-seen bonus features, including director commentaries by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher, cast and crew interviews, new documentaries, making-of featurettes, and nine music videos from Prince, Seal, and the Smashing Pumpkins.

In 1989, director Tim Burton breathed new life into one of the most complex and intriguing characters in popular culture. With his modern vision of Batman, Burton cast off the 1960s camp depiction of the Dark Knight and launched one of the most successful comic book film series ever. Starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Academy Award(R)-winner Jack Nicholson as The Joker, "Batman" was the top grossing movie of 1989, with a box-office total of more than $250 million. Burton and Keaton returned for the second installment, "Batman Returns," joined by Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman and Danny DeVito as The Penguin.

In 1995, Burton passed the reins to Schumacher, who injected the franchise with his unique style and included even more star power and action. Schumacher's "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin" features Val Kilmer and George Clooney, respectively, as the Caped Crusader and included all-star casts with Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tommy Lee Jones, and Uma Thurman.

All four movies boast new digital transfers with Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround audio. Languages available are English and French, with English, French and Spanish subtitles. There are no extended cuts as previously rumoured, while bonus features across the set are as follows...

Batman

  • Audio Commentary by director Tim Burton
  • On the Set With Bob Kane
  • Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman – The Batman comic book saga as reinvented and reinterpreted over nearly 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
  • Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery
    • 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
    • Nocturnal Overtures: The Music of Batman
  • Music videos by Prince: Batdance, Partyman and Scandalous
  • The Heroes and The Villains Profile Galleries
  • Batman: The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence
  • Theatrical trailer

Batman Returns
  • Audio Commentary by director Tim Burton
  • The Bat, the Cat and the Penguin – Cast and crew members recall the making of this equally spectacular sequel
  • Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight
    • Part 4: The Dark Side of the Knight
  • Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery
    • Gotham City Revisited: The Production Design of Batman Returns
    • Sleek, Sexy and Sinister: The Costumes of Batman Returns
    • Making up the Penguin
    • Assembling the Arctic Army
    • Bats, Mattes and Dark Nights: The Visual Effects of Batman
    Face to Face Music Video by Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • The Heroes and The Villains Profile Galleries
  • Theatrical trailer

Batman Forever
  • Audio Commentary by director Joel Schumacher
  • Additional scenes
  • Riddle Me This: Why is Batman Forever? – How a new director and cast created a new version of Gotham’s classic good and bad guys
  • Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight
    • Part 5: Reinventing a Hero
  • Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery
    • Out of the Shadows: The Production Design of Batman Forever
    • The Many Faces of Gotham City
    • Knight Moves: The Stunts of Batman Forever
    • Imaging Forever: The Visual Effects of Batman Forever
    • Scoring Forever: The Music of Batman Forever
  • Kiss from a Rose Music Video by Seal
  • The Heroes and The Villains Profile Galleries
  • Theatrical trailer

Batman & Robin
  • Audio Commentary by director Joel Schumacher
  • Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight
    • Part 6: Batman Unbound
  • Additional scene “Alfred’s Lost Love”
  • Beyond Batman documentary gallery
    • Bigger, Bolder, Brighter: The Production Design of Batman & Robin
    • Maximum Overdrive: The Vehicles of Batman & Robin
    • Dressed to Thrill: The Costumes of Batman & Robin
    • Frozen Freaks and Femme Fatales: The Makeup of Batman & Robin
    • Freeze Frame: The Visual Effects of Batman & Robin
  • Four music videos
    • The End is the Beginning is the End by the Smashing Pumpkins
    • Foolish Games by Jewel
    • Gotham City by R. Kelly
    • Look into My Eyes by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  • The Heroes and The Villains Profile Galleries
  • Theatrical trailer





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