Movie Review: BATMAN FOREVER (4K UHD Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

BATMAN FOREVER is based on characters from DC Comics. The movie was directed by Joel Schumacher from a screenplay by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler and Akiva Goldsman and stars Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Chris O’Donnell, Drew Barrymore, Debi Mazar, René Auberjonois, Michael Gough and Pat Hingle. The music was composed by Elliot Goldenthal.

Batman (Val Kilmer) faces off against two foes: the schizophrenic, horribly scarred former District Attorney Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), and the Riddler (Jim Carrey), a disgruntled ex-Wayne Enterprises inventor seeking revenge against his former employer by unleashing his brain-sucking weapon on Gotham City’s residents. As the caped crusader also deals with tortured memories of his parents’ murder, he has a new romance, with psychologist Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman).

Bruce Wayne is haunted by his past and he’s in a personal identity battle with Batman. The movie has some flashbacks that go back to Bruce’s childhood and it all plays an important part to the story. To make matters worse, Two-Face is terrorizing Gotham and then he’s joined by Riddler who wants to get revenge for being blown off by Bruce Wayne. The movie starts out with Two-Face as the main villain but as it plays out Riddler definitely becomes a serious threat as he’s slowly brain draining the citizens of Gotham and becoming a mentally unhinged monster.

Bruce Wayne meets Chase Meridian, a beautiful psychologist who ends up helping him decide who he needs to be. There’s a brief period where Bruce decides to hang it up as Batman but thankfully he finds a way to be both. There’s also Dick Grayson who wants to get revenge for the death of his family so he has a lot in common with Bruce Wayne – more than he realizes at first. He wants to join Batman who’s used to working alone. Batman doesn’t want a partner but as things slowly come together, or fall apart, and Two-Face and Riddler prove to be a major threat, the Caped Crusader teams up with Dick, who becomes Robin, and the Dynamic Duo take on the enemy to ultimately save Gotham.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. This release includes collectible packaging with new art designed in stunning glossy retro colors reminiscent of the 1980’s and 1990’s era when the films were originally released in theaters. Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray discs feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this upgrade and were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Batman Forever went in a different direction that Tim Burton’s first two Batman movies and lightened things up a bit. This third entry served as a reintroduction for the Caped Crusader and it came with a new director, star and sidekick. This one ended up being a big box office hit as well as a merchandise monster but it’s not the best of the bunch by any means. It’s still a fun movie with an interesting story that deals with Bruce Wayne’s past that has left him haunted as well as juggling his other identity. Bruce Wayne has a close connection to several of the characters because Two-Face is dealing with the same issues of which side should take over, Chase Meridian just happens to be a psychologist, Dick Grayson’s parents were murdered by a psychopath and Riddler is, well he’s just Riddler. The cast did a great job with their characters and Val Kilmer proved he could carry the bat torch since Michael Keaton decided not to come back once Tim Burton wasn’t going to direct the third one. This movie went even bigger with the suits, sets and special effects and it shows. It even has bigger sex appeal thanks to Nicole Kidman as well as Drew Barrymore and Debi Mazar who have cameos as Sugar and Spice. Joel Schumacher is definitely a visualist and a much different storyteller than his predecessor because this movie is full of lights and bright colors unlike Burton’s dark gothic world. I thought this movie was epic when I was younger but as I get older the campy factor really shows but it’s still a fun watch. Batman Forever will be available on a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) on June 4th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 121 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K UHD Video: 2160p Ultra High-Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

4K UHD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16X9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: There’s hours of previously released extras that include some audio commentary, making of and behind-the-scenes featurettes, character featurettes, seven deleted scenes, a music video, the original theatrical trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary with Director Joel Schumacher
  • Riddle Me This: Why is Batman Forever? (23:27)
  • Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Pt. 5-Reinventing a Hero (28:32)
  • Batman Forever: The Heroes (09:38)
  • Batman Forever: The Villains (06:51)
  • Beyond Batman – A 5-part making of documentary
  1. Out of the Shadows: The Production Design of Batman Forever (12:41)
  2. The Many Faces of Gotham City (13:45)
  3. Knight Moves: The Stunts of Batman Forever (05:45)
  4. Imagining Forever: The Visual Effects of Batman Forever (07:08)
  5. Scoring Forever: The Music of Batman Forever (06:29)
  • Deleted Scenes (13:33)
  • Music Video “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal (03:55)
  • Theatrical Trailer (03:31)
  • Digital Copy
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