Wow...I can't believe it's been 20 years since the release of BATMAN
No point in going on a Bat-History rant at this point, as we know that it’s one of the classics of the comic book movie genre, right?
We’re here today to decide whether or not Batman Nation -- or the "Average Joe" should buy BATMAN: THE MOVIE 20th ANNIVERSARY Blu-ray.
Frankly, there’s nothing new on this release other than the packaging. Granted, it’s sort of cool as it’s packaged as a mini-book and includes original pages from the script, excerpts from BATMAN: THE OFFICIAL BOOK OF THE MOVIE, and a portion from DC Comics’ comic book adaptation of movie. It also includes a digital copy of the film, which seems to be a standard on these Blu-ray releases nowadays. Other than that, everything else -- the Tim Burton commentary, the “making of” documentaries, the theatrical trailer, the “Robin” storyboards, etc. -- can be found on the “Special Edition” of BATMAN released back in 2005.
In my opinion, here are the folks who should definitely look into buying BATMAN: THE MOVIE 20th ANNIVERSARY Blu-ray:
* Batman fans who own a Blu-ray player and don’t have the “Special Edition” Blu-ray version of B89.
* Die-hard B89 fans.
* Serious Batman collectors.
* Blu-ray owners wanting to add to their collection.
* Someone who has never seen BATMAN '89. (Is that possible?!)
If you don’t fall into one of those categories, I can’t honestly recommend BATMAN: THE MOVIE 20th ANNIVERSARY Blu-ray to you. I’ve got a feeling that B89 fans will be disappointed that Warner Bros. didn’t do anything “special” to mark the 20th anniversary of this film. I certainly get that sentiment as I would have liked to see some new “extras” included on this release. But honestly, what else is there to include? The extras featured are really fabulous and if you haven’t seen them, you should.
All in all, BATMAN: THE MOVIE 20th ANNIVERSARY Blu-ray is going to be received quite differently by fans depending on their situation. Ones that are just now getting B89 on Blu-ray and/or have never seen the included extras, are probably going to be quite happy. On the other hand, folks who already have the “Special Edition” and/or B89 on Blu-ray will likely be disappointed.