Movie Review: BATMAN & ROBIN (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 & ROBIN is based on characters from DC Comics. The movie was directed by Joel Schumacher from a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Elle Macpherson, Michael Gough and Pat Hingle. The music was composed by Elliot Goldenthal.

This superhero adventure finds Batman (George Clooney) and his partner, Robin (Chris O’Donnell), attempting to the foil the sinister schemes of a deranged set of new villains, most notably the melancholy Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who wants to make Gotham into an arctic region, and the sultry Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman), a plant-loving femme fatale. As the Dynamic Duo contends with these bad guys, a third hero, Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone), joins the ranks of the city’s crime-fighters.

Batman & Robin hit the ice when Mr. Freeze brings his cheesy one liners to the city of Gotham where he begins his chilling reign as the city’s newest super villain. There’s also Poison Ivy who enters the picture and has a personal vendetta against Bruce Wayne so she teams up with Mr. Freeze and brings the muscle-bound Bane along with her. Bane is supposed to be a freaking beast and wasn’t used properly in this movie and that’s a shame because here he’s just more of a masked henchman that does the heavy lifting for Poison Ivy.

The thing about Mr. Freeze is that he’s trying to save his wife from a death curse so there’s an important reason why he’s doing what he’s doing. He’s trying to save her! Poison Ivy on the other hand just wants revenge for what happened to her and how she was treated by certain people. She puts plants ahead of humans! Batman & Robin are joined by Alfred’s niece Barbara Wilson who takes up the mantle as Batgirl. By the way, Alfred isn’t doing so well in this movie and it plays a key part in the story because Mr. Freeze ends up helping him in the end. Batman, Robin and Batgirl take on Mr. Freeze, Poion Ivy and Bane where they ultimately save Gotham once again while they learn the meaning of family and trust while doing it.

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 & Robin is easily the worst of these four Batman movies for a number of reasons. The story was okay but the dialogue was so cheesy with all the bad one liners between the characters that it’s hard to watch at times. By the way, Arnold Schwarzenegger has lived in the U.S. for over 40 years so why can’t he speak better English? This is ridiculous! Also, George Clooney (and his wobbling head) as Batman was a terrible choice and he even admits it. Bad casting! I’d go as far to say that maybe this movie wasn’t a career killer but it sure didn’t help some of these actors. Joel Schumacher went even bigger this time as far as the suits, vehicles, sets, lights, colors and special effects all go. By the way, what’s up with the nipples on the suits? Anyway, as great as Batman & Robin looks and sounds as a movie, it sadly missed its mark because Hollywood doesn’t know when to slow down or even stop. They’ll burn something out in a second! This fourth and final entry in the Batman saga serves as a reminder why Warner Bros. had to take a break for a while and reboot the franchise in the 2000’s. I want to point out that the only two mainstays in the four movies were Michael Gough and Pat Hingle. Anyway, this one forgot about the adults that loved this franchise and went straight for the kiddos because it’s nothing more than a really long toy advertisement. Batman & Robin will be available on a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) on June 4th. If you pick up the first three on 4K you might as well grab this one to complete the set.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 125 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, a deleted scene, three music videos, the original theatrical trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary by Director Joel Schumacher
  • Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Pt. 6-Batman Unbound (27:04)
  • Batman & Robin: The Heroes (09:22)
  • Batman & Robin: The Villains (08:10)
  • Beyond Batman – A 5-part making of documentary
  1. Bigger, Bolder, Brighter: The Production Design of Batman & Robin (10:04)
  2. Maximum Overdrive: The Vehicles of Batman & Robin (09:57)
  3. Dressed to Thrill: The Costumes of Batman & Robin (12:16)
  4. Frozen Freaks and Femme Fatales: The Make-up of Batman & Robin (09:25)
  5. Freeze Frame: The Visual Effects of Batman & Robin (09:04)
  • Deleted Scene: Alfred’s Lost Love (00 :47)
  • Music Videos
  1. “The End is the Beginning is the End” by The Smashing Pumpkins (05:15)
  2. “Look Into My Eyes” by Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony (04:58)
  3. “Foolish Games” by Jewel (04:02)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:29)
  • Digital Copy
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