Batman B+, A
US/1989/Color/Widescreen, Anamorphic 1.85:1/Stereo
Surround, DD/126 minutes/Directed by Tim Burton/Starring Michael Keaton, Jack
The shadowy world of the dark knight is a perfect marriage
for the clarity of DVD. Director Tim Burtons malevolent comic book portrait comes to
brilliant life in Batman. This first new vision of Batman is by far the best. The
imaginative set designs of Anton Furst, the haunting music of Danny Elfman and the roving
camera of Roger Pratt come together brilliantly under Burtons eccentric eye.
The visual highlight of the Batman DVD has to be the scenes in which the Joker
defaces the artworks of Gotham Museum. While this outrageous defilement borders on
disgusting, the colors of paint splattered over the artworks are dynamically realized on
DVD. The Joker himself is wonderful visually in green face with bloody red lips.
Batmans black body suit of armor never showed off the contours as
Elfmans combines splendidly with the surround information for an exciting
soundtrack. Batmans images are as sharp as can been and free of any obvious
artifacts. Shadow detail reveals every nuance of Tim Burtons twisted
Anamorphic DVD is simply splendid. Batman is an example of a film where every bit of
detail is significant. Its a great shame that movie studios are not delivering every
widescreen movie anamorphic. It appears that this is an economic consideration. They
simply do not want to make another transfer for a film already in the can.