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Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts
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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

78






Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 1966
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 105 Minutes
Genre: Action

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: MPEG-4 (AVC)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/French Mono
Subtitles:English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshin. Lee Meriwether
Directed by:Leslie H. Martinson
Music by: Neal Hefti
Written by: Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 1, 2008







"Holy high definition Batman!…"



Film Synopsis:



Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) get a tip that Commodore Schmidlapp (Reginald Denny) is in danger aboard his yacht they launch a rescue mission. But the tip is a set-up by four of the most powerful villains ever who seek to defeat the Dynamic Duo once and for all! Armed with a dehydrator that can turn humans into dust the fearsome foursome, Cat Woman, Joker, Penguin, and Riddler intend to take over the world!



My Take:

Like many of you who are reading this I was a fan of the Batman TV series from the first moment I heard its theme song. Who could forget, “ na na na na na na na na (short drum role) BATMAN !” Batman and Robin had some pretty cool gadgets, and lets not forget the Batmobile which is still even cool today. There was no question that seeing those characters brought to life along with some very inventive and at times menacing villains made the show seem larger than life to us kids. I must admit that even as a young viewer I found some of their dialogue to be corny but it was a small price to pay to watch them get into the extensive brawls (Pow ! Biff !) with the villainous henchmen. Watching the show as an adult I find that it definitely holds nostalgic value for me. Unfortunately it does not have the same impact in terms of its visuals, storylines, and peril. The dialogue is cheesier than ever and the special effects and gadgets are dated.

Having said that I think that is where Batman retains a lot of its charm and appeal even by today’s standards. Batman as a figure has undergone some pretty extensive changes since this film and the series aired. He has become a darker character and much more of a vigilante then the 60’s character would ever have been capable of. While we had our share of violence in the world back then things were much different than they are today. I think the light hearted nature of the show was more easily accepted then than it would be now. Still, there is something to be said of the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder who are honest to a fault and would never use strong language (Holy Heart failure!).

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The movie is silly, funny, outrageous, and fairly entertaining. There are some truly preposterous moments that are quite memorable. The scene with the shark and the Bat shark repellent, and the bomb with what has the be the longest fuse ever as Batman runs from place to place looking for a safe location to let it explode. These are just to name a few of course. Unlike the TV show the film had a larger budget which allowed the use of more Bat gadgetry. Viewers got to see not only the Batmobile but the Batcopter, Batcycle, and Batboat. The villains were every bit as “sinister” here as in the show. It is a tribute to Frank Gorshin, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, and Lee Meriwether. The three men were reprising their roles from the show however Meriwether was a last minute replacement for series regular Julie Newmar who was unavailable. She did a wonderful job as she was every bit as alluring and devious as any of the actresses who played Cat Woman.

The plot was your basic take over the world type and kept things nice and simple. In the end just as in the series The Dynamic Duo saves the day. It doesn’t get any better than that…


Parental Guide:

I suspect that the rating is for brief violence and peril. There is nothing contained here that would be inappropriate or younger viewers.






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 76



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Video: 80


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Batman The Movie comes to Blu-ray Disc featuring 1080p AVC encoded video with an average bitrate of 26 mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound with an average bitrate of 3 mbps.

I didn’t have high expectations for this presentation in either regard. After watching it I found that I was pleased with it overall. This is not what I consider to be sharp high definition video however its higher resolution brings out plenty of detail. This is more so the case in close up shots. Distant and panning sequences don’t have the depth and three dimensional feel of the better transfers in HD that I have seen. I will say that fidelity was fairly consistent throughout the duration of the film which was a plus. The wide range of colors used in the costumes and set pieces looked great and very reminiscent of the TV series. I thought that skin tones looked natural with good delineation and subtle texture among the cast (notable exception being The Joker  ). Blacks were not very deep however I didn’t find them objectionable. Grain was present (more so in the stock film footage of the rocket blasts) and appeared well preserved. This presentation reminded me very much of what the TV series looked like on my small color TV set back in the day. Considering that I am now watching it projected on a 96” screen that speaks volumes as the print seems to be in excellent shape.

The audio quality was on par with the video in that it exceeded my expectations. Dialogue was clearly rendered through the center channel and didn’t get lost amidst the other sounds included within the mix. The front three speakers carried the majority of the audio. Good left, center, right channel separation and clarity helped provide an open sound field within the front of the room. Dynamics were above average and lacked the realism and potency associated with today’s digital soundtracks. The mix made ample use of the LFE channel but the quality of the bass was questionable as it lacked precision and deep extension. That actually sounds worse than it was. I appreciated its presence as it had more of a positive impact on sound quality than a negative one. The surrounds were used minimally for discrete surround and ambient background detail. When combined the front and rear sound fields had the feeling of being less cohesive. This made front to back pans and explosive elements in the mix less realistic. In the end I was happy with this audio presentation. I thought that all things considered it sounded good.



Bonus Features:



The bonus supplements contained here are delightful and are sure to please fans. The inclusion of the 2001 featurette was a nice touch as it offers some insightful interviews with West and Ward. The Dynamic Legacy documentary was my favorite as it offers a wealth of information on the show, interviews with historians, cast members, and comic book writers. There are several selectable interactive features and trivia related pieces that play during the film which are fun and informative. The commentary track by Ward and West is interesting as is the short documentary with George Barris on the Batmobile. The Trailers and selectable photo galleries round things out quite nicely. There is lots here and its lots of fun. Enjoy!




  • Commentary by Adam West & Burt Ward

  • Commentary by Screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr.

  • Isolated score track in 5.1 DTS HD MA

  • (HD)Batman: A dynamic Legacy

  • (HD)Gotham City’s most wanted

  • 2001 Featurette

  • The Batmobile Revealed: with George Barris

  • The Batmobile interactive tour

  • Batman on location: Mapping the Movie

  • Holy Trivia Batman: Trivia pop up

  • Original Trailers – Teaser, Theatrical, Spanish

  • Photo galleries
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Final Thoughts:



I am happy to report that Batman The Movie has come to Blu-ray high definition wrapped in a respectable package that features good audio/video quality and superb bonus feature set. For me it was a fun walk down memory lane. I hope that it has the same nostalgic and entertaining appeal for you as well.







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lgans316's Avatar lgans316
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Excellent review Ralph. I hope that FOX didn't punish this transfer with excessive DNR.
JamesO's Avatar JamesO
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Thanks Ralph! I'm fighting myself on this, but I know I'm going to give in and get it. I watch this movie at least a couple of times every year, and long for the day that the television series will be released. At one point there was talk that there would be a 5000 piece limited edition with an 1/18th scale die cast Batmobile. Aside from a blurb on TVshowsonDVD, I can't seem to find any indication of whether they went through with it or not.
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This cover screams custom art work!

Great review though.

DJoel
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The Batmobile is so cheesy and fake looking... I love it
Could be taken straight out of a Mel Brooks picture.

Anyone remember the original "Flight of the Phoenix?" I just now smiled at the though of Jimmy Stewart as Batman and Richard Atenburough as Robin in full 1960's caped crusader regula.
Oliver Deplace's Avatar Oliver Deplace
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Richter View Post

The Batmobile is so cheesy and fake looking... I love it
Could be taken straight out of a Mel Brooks picture.

Anyone remember the original "Flight of the Phoenix?" I just now smiled at the though of Jimmy Stewart as Batman and Richard Atenburough as Robin in full 1960's caped crusader regula.

I'm not sure what you meant by "fake looking". It is an actual object in space, from "King" George Barris. IOW, a real, driveable car.

Batmobile

129" wheelbase, 206" long, "Holy overhang".
"Park it on the street, Batman, it won't make it up the driveway".
Richter's Avatar Richter
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Oliver Deplace View Post

I'm not sure what you meant by "fake looking". It is an actual object in space, from "King" George Barris. IOW, a real, driveable car.

Batmobile

129" wheelbase, 206" long, "Holy overhang".
"Park it on the street, Batman, it won't make it up the driveway".

You missunderstood because you are being over literal.

Do you really think they blew up the Death Star? Of course not.
The Death Star is fake. "The Death Star is not fake. It was a model you could see and touch."
Dave Vaughn's Avatar Dave Vaughn
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Ralph,

When did this one show up from Fox? I haven't gotten a copy yet... (Edit...just came in this morning..can't wait to watch it!)

Are you bribing someone with flowers or greenbacks?

Regards,
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WOW! The original Batman movie transformed into a high deaf special edition package. It's like showering ice cream sprinkles on a pile of sh!t. Holy blue-ray Batman!
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Trash the movie as you will but I always loved that Batmobile - a reconditioned 59 Thunderbird I believe, though with that "whine" I wonder if this wasn't one of those turbine powered prototype vehicles that were kicking around back then - minus the exhaust flames!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chazcdc54 View Post

Trash the movie as you will but I always loved that Batmobile - a reconditioned 59 Thunderbird I believe, though with that "whine" I wonder if this wasn't one of those turbine powered prototype vehicles that were kicking around back then - minus the exhaust flames!

The audible turbine whine was the basis for engine sounds of the M. Falcon some years later in "Star Wars."


I am just kidding but it would be funny if it were true.
Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Vaughn View Post

Ralph,

When did this one show up from Fox? I haven't gotten a copy yet... (Edit...just came in this morning..can't wait to watch it!)

Are you bribing someone with flowers or greenbacks?

Regards,

Greetings,

No flowers or greenbacks Dave.. It arrived early last week...

I look forward to your impressions old buddy.

Cheers,
Dave Vaughn's Avatar Dave Vaughn
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chazcdc54 View Post

Trash the movie as you will but I always loved that Batmobile - a reconditioned 59 Thunderbird I believe, though with that "whine" I wonder if this wasn't one of those turbine powered prototype vehicles that were kicking around back then - minus the exhaust flames!

It was actually a customized Ford Futura...a concept car that never was produced.
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Originally Posted by Dave Vaughn View Post

Ralph,

When did this one show up from Fox? I haven't gotten a copy yet... (Edit...just came in this morning..can't wait to watch it!)

Are you bribing someone with flowers or greenbacks?

Regards,

Perhaps Ralph is Batman. That's how he got his copy sooner than you. Think about it Dave; have you ever seen Batman and Ralph in a room at the same time?
Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts
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Perhaps Ralph is Batman. That's how he got his copy sooner than you. Think about it Dave; have you ever seen Batman and Ralph in a room at the same time?

Greetings,

Holy secret identity !! That is too funny Kroenen..


Cheers,
Dave Vaughn's Avatar Dave Vaughn
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Batman...don't fall for the trap.

Your's truly,

Robin
Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Vaughn View Post

Batman...don't fall for the trap.

Your's truly,

Robin


Greetings,

Never, Boy Wonder...


Regards,
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Thanks for the review.
In the format of The Spot.
Wish there was an uniformed web review layout/ratings.

Did you do a review of your Denon pre/pro??? ;-)
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I was pleasantly surprised by the PQ on this one.
Dave Vaughn's Avatar Dave Vaughn
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Ed,

Ralph didn't get the pre/pro, just the AVR. I am supposed to receive the Denon pre/pro and 10 channel amplifier soon for a review at Ultimate AV.

David
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Ed,

Ralph didn't get the pre/pro, just the AVR. I am supposed to receive the Denon pre/pro and 10 channel amplifier soon for a review at Ultimate AV.

David

You will be happy as an owner of the pre/pro its an amzing peice of unit.
Dave Vaughn's Avatar Dave Vaughn
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I own't be an owner...I'll just be doing a review on it. I will be able to keep it for 4-6 weeks though!
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