Movie Review: BATMAN RETURNS (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 RETURNS is based on characters from DC Comics. The movie was directed by Tim Burton from a screenplay by Daniel Waters and stars Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christpher Walken, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle and Michael Murphy. The score is by Danny Elfman.

The monstrous Penguin (Danny DeVito), who lives in the sewers beneath Gotham, joins up with wicked shock-headed businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) to topple the Batman (Michael Keaton) once and for all. But when Shreck’s timid assistant, Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer), finds out, and Shreck tries to kill her, she is transformed into the sexy Catwoman. She teams up with the Penguin and Shreck to destroy Batman, but sparks fly unexpectedly when she confronts the caped crusader.

The Bat, the Cat, and the Penguin. This 1992 sequel takes place at Christmas and introduces the Penguin and Catwoman to the dark world of Gotham. Oswald Cobblepot was born to wealthy parents but he was also disfigured and they didn’t want him so he was abandoned where some penguins found the infant and adopted him. Selina Kyle works as a secretary for Max Schreck who pushes her out the window of his skyscraper when he becomes unhappy with her leaving her left for dead. Thankfully, some cats come to her rescue and they bring Selina back to life and changed forever.

Oswald Cobblepot has a sinister plan to win the people of Gotham over but there’s also an ulterior motive at the center of it. Selina decides to get revenge for her own murder and enters right back into Max’s life as a thorn in his side but she also meets Bruce Wayne who is the only person left who makes her feel human. What happens is, Batman has to go up against Penguin while he deals with his complicated relationship with Catwoman but there’s also Max Schreck who might not be a super villain but he’s as evil and sinister as they come.

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 Returns is my personal favorite out of all the Batman movies and I had a blast revisiting this 1992 superhero sequel with this new release. This time Batman has to go up against Penguin, Catwoman and the sinister Max Shreck who’s sort of to blame for the way the two super villains turn out. Shreck plays Penguin and Selina is a victimized anti-hero. She’s not really a true villain. Needless to say, Gotham is full of complex characters and Batman has his hands full but he’s also able to fit in a little romance with Selina Kyle. This sequel was larger in scale and it shows, from the amazing sets to the new toys and gadgets that Batman brings along with him when he goes into battle. Speaking of battle, there’s lots of action even though this movie is more of a character driven crime-thriller – just like the first one. There’s also some atmospheric cinematography to go along with Tim Burton’s directing. This would be the second and final time Michael Keaton would star as the Dark Knight and once again he delivered a fantastic performance. Keaton is still my favorite Batman! Danny DeVito definitely looked the part as Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer was purrrfect as Catwoman. There were also some familiar faces that returned from the first movie – like Alfred. All in all, Batman Returns is my all-time favorite Batman movie and it deserves a nice release like this plus there’s lots of extras included. Batman Returns will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) on June 4th and is a must have.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 126 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

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

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

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

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / French Dolby Digital 5.1 / 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, a music video, the original theatrical trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary with Director Tim Burton
  • The Bat, the Cat and the Penguin (21:54)
  • Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Pt. 4: The Dark Side of the Knight (30:19)
  • Batman Returns: The Heroes (07:08)
  • Batman Returns: The Villains (11:22)
  • Beyond Batman – A 6-part making of documentary
  1. Gotham City Revisited: The Production Design of Batman Returns (11:27)
  2. Sleek, Sexy and Sinister: The Costumes of Batman Returns (13:31)
  3. Making-up the Penguin (08:15)
  4. Assembling the Arctic Army (09:34)
  5. Bats, Mattes and Dark Knights: The Visual Effects of Batman Returns (11:37)
  6. Inside the Elfman Studios: The Music of Batman Returns (11:25)
  • Music Video “Face to Face” by Siouxse and the Banshees (04:21)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:35)
  • Digital Copy
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