Batman Begins (2008)
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Studio:Warner Home Video
Rated:Suitable for 12 years and over
Date Added:2011-07-15
Genre:Action & Adventure
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:16:9 - 2.40:1
Languages:French, German, Italian
Summary: In retrospect, "Batman Begins" is perhaps even more of a towering achievement than we first realised. Arriving eight years after the franchise-killing "Batman & Robin", it managed to not only shine fresh light on the "Batman" franchise, but also emerge as a template for what a top notch comic book movie should be.
Much of the credit, of course, should go to the pairing of Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan. Bale steps where the likes of Michael Keaton, Adam West and George Clooney have stepped before, and yet his Batman is darker and more complex than any of them.
Behind the camera is perhaps "Batman Begins"’ secret weapon, as Nolan--previously responsible for "Memento" among others--rewards the gamble to give him the job in the first place. His film is packed full of memorable characters, and he draws together a staggering cast, yet none of them are shortchanged. From Rutger Hauer’s brief cameo as head of Wayne Enterprises through to Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson and Liam Neeson, it’s the finest cast in a film of this ilk since the first "Superman".
The film’s belated Blu-ray debut has, fortunately, been worth the wait, with the reference-quality 1080p image simply sparkling on any screen that can handle the resolution. Backed up with a thumping surround sound mix, this is superb work, and it’s fitting that it should be used on a film of this quality. Now? We just need "The Dark Knight" to join it in high definition. "That’s" what you’d call a double bill...-"Jon Foster"