Batman Begins [Blu-ray]

MPN: 085391115212
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Description
Genius of mystery and intrigue Christopher Nolan (MEMENTO, FOLLOWING, INSOMNIA) helms this prequel to the Batman films based on the DC Comics series, explaining how Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale)--the billionaire prince of Gotham whose parents were killed in an alleyway mugging--transformed into the crime-fighting superhero. With flashbacks to his privileged childhood, young Master Wayne, as he is called by the butler Alfred (Michael Caine), develops a terrible fear of bats when he falls through the backyard garden into a hidden cave. As a young adult, Wayne lives among the League of Shadows, a martial arts group in the mountains of Asia. His leaders Ra's al Ghul (Ken Watanabe) and Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson) teach him strength, endurance, and--unfortunately--evil, against which he naturally rebels. Returning to Gotham and reinstating himself as a dapper socialite and the rightful heir to his parents' enterprise, Wayne quickly devises his secret identity, commanding help from the gadgetry expert Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman). With one eye on his childhood playmate Rachel (Katie Holmes)--now a beautiful woman and dedicated lawyer--and the other on his mission to save Gotham from criminal corruption, Batman makes his fledgling debut. But when the blue-blooded mastermind Dr. Crane (Cillian Murphy)--who steals every scene with chilling menace--taints the water system with a hallucinatory substance, Batman realizes he has met his first true opponent. An attitude of grave seriousness elevates BATMAN BEGINS above more cartoony Batman movies, as Nolan crafts a dark drama that thrives on sci-fi intrigue. Bale strides into the role with grace, adding refinement that is seldom seen in action-oriented films. And while the action scenes explode with high-tech glitz and fast-moving thrills, they are evenly placed among sequences of plot and character development, making for a complex and satisfying viewing experience.
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Media Format Blu-ray
Genre Fantasy, Science Fiction (Sci Fi)
User Reviews
5 Star Review   By member danielle101282 - Aug 29, 2008   

Good movie. I like this one cause it tell you how everything began, hence the name.

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5 Star Review   By member cyqing - Nov 10, 2007   

One of my favorite movies of all-time. Completely changed my opinion on Batman. Far away the greatest superhero movie EVER. Christian Bale is amazing as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The rest of the cast is incredible...Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman...wow. YOU GOTTA LOVE IT. Oh yeah and Christopher Nolan is an absolute GENIUS. And that car chase sequence is INSANE.

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5 Star Review   By member zuchinibut - Nov 10, 2007   

Great action combined with a film that went deep inside the mind of Batman/Bruce Wayne. This was much better than the cartoonish Batman's of the 90's.

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3 Star Review   By member SerpentSmasher - Sep 24, 2007   

better than the previous Batman films, but still missed the mark. where is Batman the master detective? Batman, the master of discuise? Etc... Liam Nieson seemed a little too Quigon in this

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4 Star Review   By member Victor83 - Jul 19, 2007   

This one and the original 1989 film were good. The rest, garbage aimed at an 8 year old audience.

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5 Star Review   By member fluffytuffy - Jun 28, 2007   

First, I could not watch ONE of the previous Batman movies, I watched about 20 minutes of each and just turned them off, they were horrible IMO.   But this movie was EXCELLENT!  The best by far.  It actually had a story behind it and you actually started caring for Batman as a person, no small thanks to Bale as an actor, he was excellent, and hot too--LOL  The story was a bit more grim and gritty than the others which were more cartoonish.   I think Bale is a rather under-rated actor, maybe because he is so handsome, but he can act very well and I was glad to hear he has started shooting another Batman movie.   I hope Katie Holmes is left out of the next movie as she was the only weak point in this movie, she looked way too young and just did not have the acting chops the rest of the cast did.

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5 Star Review   By member sfalconer - Apr 26, 2007   

Best Batman movie by far. It had an interesting plot and it played to a more adult audience. Batman or Bruce Wayne was in most of the scenes unlike the past attempts at making a Batman movie. An 75% of it was not shot in the dark which was a much welcomed change.

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4 Star Review   By member Triped - Apr 26, 2007   

The Saving of the franchise. Did Bates do it? Well, it was a good prequel to the series/movies, and was well executed by Bates through his acting. Action packed, super hero living, and the usual nice DC Comics infused storyline money can buy. I just hope the producers keep producing well done films like this, specially for the fans of the caped crusader.

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5 Star Review   By member linemanrt60 - Apr 18, 2007   

Christian Bale does an  excellent job in bring Batman to life for a younger generation.  Definately a great movie and comparable if not better than the earlier movies.  Deeper plot than earlier titles and (finally) a real life account of Bruce Wayne's history.

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4 Star Review   By member bell017 - Apr 10, 2007   

Great story, excellent acting, but the cinematography during the action scenes made me feel disoriented and, at times, sick.

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Product Details
Description
Genius of mystery and intrigue Christopher Nolan (MEMENTO, FOLLOWING, INSOMNIA) helms this prequel to the Batman films based on the DC Comics series, explaining how Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale)--the billionaire prince of Gotham whose parents were killed in an alleyway mugging--transformed into the crime-fighting superhero. With flashbacks to his privileged childhood, young Master Wayne, as he is called by the butler Alfred (Michael Caine), develops a terrible fear of bats when he falls through the backyard garden into a hidden cave. As a young adult, Wayne lives among the League of Shadows, a martial arts group in the mountains of Asia. His leaders Ra's al Ghul (Ken Watanabe) and Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson) teach him strength, endurance, and--unfortunately--evil, against which he naturally rebels. Returning to Gotham and reinstating himself as a dapper socialite and the rightful heir to his parents' enterprise, Wayne quickly devises his secret identity, commanding help from the gadgetry expert Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman). With one eye on his childhood playmate Rachel (Katie Holmes)--now a beautiful woman and dedicated lawyer--and the other on his mission to save Gotham from criminal corruption, Batman makes his fledgling debut. But when the blue-blooded mastermind Dr. Crane (Cillian Murphy)--who steals every scene with chilling menace--taints the water system with a hallucinatory substance, Batman realizes he has met his first true opponent. An attitude of grave seriousness elevates BATMAN BEGINS above more cartoony Batman movies, as Nolan crafts a dark drama that thrives on sci-fi intrigue. Bale strides into the role with grace, adding refinement that is seldom seen in action-oriented films. And while the action scenes explode with high-tech glitz and fast-moving thrills, they are evenly placed among sequences of plot and character development, making for a complex and satisfying viewing experience.
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Media Format Blu-ray
Genre Fantasy, Science Fiction (Sci Fi)
Summary
Product Title Batman Begins [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer Anderson
Power Score 4.2 | 26 Reviews
General
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction (Sci Fi)
Media Format: Blu-ray
User Reviews
5 Star Review   By member danielle101282 - Aug 29, 2008   

Good movie. I like this one cause it tell you how everything began, hence the name.

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5 Star Review   By member cyqing - Nov 10, 2007   

One of my favorite movies of all-time. Completely changed my opinion on Batman. Far away the greatest superhero movie EVER. Christian Bale is amazing as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The rest of the cast is incredible...Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman...wow. YOU GOTTA LOVE IT. Oh yeah and Christopher Nolan is an absolute GENIUS. And that car chase sequence is INSANE.

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5 Star Review   By member zuchinibut - Nov 10, 2007   

Great action combined with a film that went deep inside the mind of Batman/Bruce Wayne. This was much better than the cartoonish Batman's of the 90's.

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3 Star Review   By member SerpentSmasher - Sep 24, 2007   

better than the previous Batman films, but still missed the mark. where is Batman the master detective? Batman, the master of discuise? Etc... Liam Nieson seemed a little too Quigon in this

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4 Star Review   By member Victor83 - Jul 19, 2007   

This one and the original 1989 film were good. The rest, garbage aimed at an 8 year old audience.

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5 Star Review   By member fluffytuffy - Jun 28, 2007   

First, I could not watch ONE of the previous Batman movies, I watched about 20 minutes of each and just turned them off, they were horrible IMO.   But this movie was EXCELLENT!  The best by far.  It actually had a story behind it and you actually started caring for Batman as a person, no small thanks to Bale as an actor, he was excellent, and hot too--LOL  The story was a bit more grim and gritty than the others which were more cartoonish.   I think Bale is a rather under-rated actor, maybe because he is so handsome, but he can act very well and I was glad to hear he has started shooting another Batman movie.   I hope Katie Holmes is left out of the next movie as she was the only weak point in this movie, she looked way too young and just did not have the acting chops the rest of the cast did.

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5 Star Review   By member sfalconer - Apr 26, 2007   

Best Batman movie by far. It had an interesting plot and it played to a more adult audience. Batman or Bruce Wayne was in most of the scenes unlike the past attempts at making a Batman movie. An 75% of it was not shot in the dark which was a much welcomed change.

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4 Star Review   By member Triped - Apr 26, 2007   

The Saving of the franchise. Did Bates do it? Well, it was a good prequel to the series/movies, and was well executed by Bates through his acting. Action packed, super hero living, and the usual nice DC Comics infused storyline money can buy. I just hope the producers keep producing well done films like this, specially for the fans of the caped crusader.

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5 Star Review   By member linemanrt60 - Apr 18, 2007   

Christian Bale does an  excellent job in bring Batman to life for a younger generation.  Definately a great movie and comparable if not better than the earlier movies.  Deeper plot than earlier titles and (finally) a real life account of Bruce Wayne's history.

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4 Star Review   By member bell017 - Apr 10, 2007   

Great story, excellent acting, but the cinematography during the action scenes made me feel disoriented and, at times, sick.

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5 Star Review   By member numbah16tdhaha - Feb 18, 2007   

They finally made good a Batman again.

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5 Star Review   By member RunsWithWhiteWolves - Feb 18, 2007   

a veary good movie one of the best batman movies out there cant wait for the next one.

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5 Star Review   By member shroomy soup - Jun 12, 2006   

After this movie hit the theaters, the Batman franchise was officially re-born. Before it came out, I was excited to see Christopher Nolan ("Memento" and "Insomnia") directing this. He surpassed even my highest expectations. This movie starts the Batman story from the very beginning with a dark atmosphere, in a world similar today's society. You feel as if Batman could really exist today. The acting all around is perfect with Christian Bale leading the way as a very believeable Bruce Wayne/Batman (no Mr. George Clooney, playing yourself does not make you Batman!). The writing may be the best for any comic book film, and it should have been nominated for Best Screenplay at the Oscars. In fact, the writing is so good, you may have to watch the movie at least two times to truly appreciate it. The music is also very good, and it really helps the final climatic action sequence. This is far and away the best comic book film released to date, and I can't wait for the sequel in 2008!

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5 Star Review   By member swangmaster8 - Apr 8, 2006   

all i can say about this film is it blew all the other cheesey ass batman movies away and left me wanting to be a super hero again just like when i was litle.

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5 Star Review   By member forgotten hero - Mar 25, 2006   

I was relieved to see the Batman franchise be successfully resurrected almost a decade after the cheesy horror that was "Batman and Robin". Puns were traded in for dry sarcasm and the bat-nipples were left out entirely. Christian Bale did an outstanding job juggling the dual personas of both Batman as well as Bruce Wayne. This Batman was dark and a little creepy with a sense of animosity. The supporting cast was also excellent except I really didn't care about what happened to Katie Holmes. But I'm glad that the walking piece of tabloid fodder failed to drag this movie down. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a film version of the dark knight returns. But Frank Miller might be busy with the sin city sequels for a while.

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3 Star Review   By member Redoedo - Feb 5, 2006   

Not a bad film, but I generally am not fond of sequels (or in this case, prequels), that essentially disregard the storylines presented in previous films. Standing alone, this is a good film, but really only stands as mediocre in my book because of its inconsistency with the first four films.

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4 Star Review   By member CanadaSucks - Feb 5, 2006   

This was a pleasant listing I hit by accident. . .love this movie. . .the other Batman movies were Hollywood slop. .. this one has a brain. Terrific supporting cast- Micheal Caine AND Morgan Freeman?!

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4 Star Review   By member Drummond - Feb 5, 2006   

Well, Redoedo, it's not really in the universe of the first four films. It's a completely different interpretation of the comic book. Don't related this movie to the Burton films anymore than you'd relate the Burton films to the 60s series. Completely different animals.

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4 Star Review   By member Nightbird - Feb 4, 2006   

It was a very tyght movie! All most every characters stayed true to themselves. The villians made an odd combo but Were good. I liked the way Ras Al Ghul was in the "death" scene because many Bat-Fans know he doesn't die easy. I'll bet that his assassins guild took his body to the Lasurus Pit moments after. I have one major issue about it though, it was the part when Bruce goes tries to kill hes parents murderer Bruce would NEVER EVER use a gun. I don't care if it was his parents killer it is not true to his character to use a weapon on ment for killing humans. That one ther cost my rating a star, sadly. On a minor note I thought Alfred's character came off pretty lame, I think the other film's Alfred was much better. But that aside perfect addaptatation.

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4 Star Review   By member TuxedoMask - Feb 4, 2006   

It was a very tyght movie! All most every characters stayed true to themselves. The villians made an odd combo but Were good. I liked the way Ras Al Ghul was in the "death" scene because many Bat-Fans know he doesn't die easy. I'll bet that his assassins guild took his body to the Lasurus Pit moments after. I have one major issue about it though, it was the part when Bruce goes tries to kill hes parents murderer Bruce would NEVER EVER use a gun. I don't care if it was his parents killer it is not true to his character to use a weapon on ment for killing humans. That one ther cost my rating a star, sadly. On a minor note I thought Alfred's character came off pretty lame, I think the other film's Alfred was much better. But that aside perfect addaptatation.

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3 Star Review   By member Imperator - Jan 14, 2006   

One of the more realistic batman movies I suppose, but I found it rather irratating to watch. Christian Bale was pretty annoying, but especially so when he got in the bat suit. I never quite understood why he would lower his voice when he was batman...at any rate, I didn't find it very scary. Katie Holmes was nothing but eye-candy throughout the film, never adding anything pertinent to the plot. However, I thought scarecrow was an excellent villian, and they depicted him in a really cool way. His evil scheme to pollute the waterways though, was not exactly original. Overall this movie is ok, one I might watch again, but definitely not purchase.

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4 Star Review   By member casapulla - Jan 12, 2006   

A true surprise of a movie -- just when you think you'd had enough of these lazy superhero movies where bad writing, dialogue, production, editing, acting is disguised in "it's a comic book" excuses... Bam! Wham! Pow! Here comes a thoughtful, inspection of the beginnings that will impress Batman fans and movie fans. You get lost in the beginning. The Gotham scenes are more ordinary. But, this IS the best Batman film by a longshot. In fact, if Jack played the Joker here... and was incorporated into the last 30-minutes -- over the weaker stretched plot of tainted 'crazy water'... you would have had the BEST superhero film of all time.

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3 Star Review   By member oscargamblesfro - Dec 21, 2005   

Good, though the first half of it was better than the 2nd. Caine , Oldman and Freeman, excellent actors all, were good as usual, and Bale did a better job than the simply miscast Michael Keaton, Kilmer, or Clooney did before him. The guy who played The Scarecrow, who I think did a fantastic job, Cillian Murphy, is a terrific actor whose talent is being wasted in horror films and thrillers. He's one to keep an eye on in the future, as his potential is enormous, though he's in danger of becoming typecast.

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4 Star Review   By member Blue Orchid - Dec 14, 2005   

No idea why but I seemed to like the villain immensely. Sure, he looked odd but he played a good 'mad character' persona.

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3 Star Review   By member INOitALL - Oct 29, 2005   

Not as good as all the hype but light years better than the '90's version. Would rather have seen the Frank Miller's Dark Knight returns.

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4 Star Review   By member kamylienne - Jun 19, 2005   

This is what “Batman” should have been all along. “Batman Begins” abandoned its cheesy, campy predecessors (like any of the ones that had Robin in it, and the crappy one-liners, and seriously, why did they put nipples on the Bat costume? Really . . . ) and goes for the darker, brooding Batman that fans actually LIKE. (Well, some at least; I’ve read a few reviews here and there that complain that the movie isn’t “fun”, and that “you don’t get to see him as Batman until halfway through the movie” . . . well, I could only assume that they didn’t read the TITLE of the film before entering the theater). Christian Bale is an excellent choice for a young Bruce Wayne and a new Batman, who is trying to figure out himself (while clumsily trying to figure out how to go about balancing his new hobby and playing a multi-millionaire playboy at the same time.) Haunted by the tragedy that brought him into his new line of work, “Batman Begins” sets Wayne off, lost, angry and confused, until he finds a mentor (played by Liam Neeson). He later returns to Gotham to face his first challenge as Batman. Butler Alfred and Lucius Fox (Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman) both provide some lightheartedness without drowning out the mood. And they don’t draw out any sappy love stories, either, which is always a plus. I think I speak for a lot of Batman fans when I say this: It's about freaking time they did this right!

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