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Batman Begins (Steelbook)
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Mar 30, 2011 By: Mathew Plale
Batman Begins (Steelbook) order
Director:
Christopher Nolan

Actors:
Christian Bale
Katie Holmes
Cillian Murphy

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Christopher Nolan's origin story of Bruce Wayne, who uses his alter ego Batman to tackle his inner demons and the crime that has infested Gotham City.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
After Joel Schumachers one-two slap of Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (97), Batfans were owed reparations. Most agree they came when Christopher Nolan signed on to direct Batman Begins.

Few others, like myself, an admittedly casual fan, find it littered with flaws.

One of the biggest draws of a Batman movie is the villains. Most of the rogues in the six previous installments have been villains whose names--The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, Two-Face, The Riddler--would immediately ring a cry of Batman! Here, Nolan employs crime boss Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson), Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) and Ras al Ghul (Liam Neeson), three cartoons that may have most asking, Who?

The main problem with Batman Begins is the same with most origin stories: nobody but the fanboys truly gives a damn where the hero came from. Plot and character development are important, but remember how Tim Burton covered Bruce Wayne/Batmans beginnings: a mugger kills his parents. The next scene, Batman is atop a building in full costume. It takes about one minute. It takes about 15 for Nolan to cover the murder and another 30--weighed down with a stint in prison, his training in the League of Shadows and even some swordplay--to finally show viewers the familiar Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) they paid to see. It takes until the one hour point (more than 40 % of the film) before Batman, in his signature suit, hits the streets of Gotham City.

The movie does occasionally pick up some steam once Michael Caine chimes in as the loyal Alfred Pennyworth and Scarecrow unveils his plan to exploit the fears of Gothams citizens (namely love Rachel Dawes, played by the stiff Katie Holmes), a point that leads to plenty of explosions and gadget-play, both a portion of the films justified $150 million budget.

But whats the point of it all? Did the Batman movie need a jumpstart? Absolutely. Did it need to strip itself so bare that it forgot what the non-fanboys wanted? Debatable. But if Nolan so badly wanted to call his film Batman Begins then he should have began it with Batman and not a scruffy Bruce Wayne wasting away in a Bhutanese prison.
THE EXTRAS
Note: All of the special features from both the 2005 DVD and the 2008 Blu-rays have been recycled for this 2011 SteelBook. For a more in-depth look at these supplements, you can read Sturdys review of the Limited Edition Gift Set.

The In-Movie Experience offers an in-depth and in-context look at Batman Begins with comics, commentary and more!

The Dark Knight IMAX Prologue (6:37)

Additional Footage: Three segments are housed here: Reflection on Writing, Digital Batman and Batman Begins Stunts. The first has co-writer David S. Goyer discussing the screenplay, the second goes into the CGI used in the film and the third offers behind-the-scenes footage of stuntmen working on making the action scenes thrilling for the audience.

Behind the Story collects 11 featurettes, which clock in a little under two hours They are: Tankman Begins, The Journey Begins, Shaping Mind and Body, Gotham City Rises, Cape and Cowl, Batman - The Tumbler, Path to Discovery, Saving Gotham City, Genesis of the Bat, Stills Gallery, and Confidential Files. Everything that a fan would want to know about Batman Begins is collected here, including informative looks at Christian Bales training, the creation of both the Batsuit and the Batmobile, filming the action sequences, and more.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Like Warner Home Videos new releases of Goodfellas and 2001: A Space Odyssey (both of which I also reviewed), this SteelBook Blu-ray of Batman Begins is just a repackaged edition of the previous BD, released in 2008, with no transfer upgrades or additional special features. Again, this is just a weak cash-in from Warner Bros. that will appeal to no one except diehard fans.
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8:28AM on 03/30/2011
wow talk about a review to hate just for hating, i mean i woulda respected this review more if he actually took apart the pacing, or the acting, hell even the soundtrack. but all he says is that only fanboys wanted to see the origin tale, apparently not. i mean the numbers alone teel the tale, i'm willing to admit a good portion were fanboys. but even non-fans, enjoyed the movie and appreciated having villians that are not the big names, having said that while i am impressed by nolans
wow talk about a review to hate just for hating, i mean i woulda respected this review more if he actually took apart the pacing, or the acting, hell even the soundtrack. but all he says is that only fanboys wanted to see the origin tale, apparently not. i mean the numbers alone teel the tale, i'm willing to admit a good portion were fanboys. but even non-fans, enjoyed the movie and appreciated having villians that are not the big names, having said that while i am impressed by nolans adaptation. I tend to think i would love to see a Batman movie where Batman is set and ready to fight gothams villians. so i can't wait to see another batman less miller and more bob kane
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11:44AM on 03/30/2011
I actually didn't read your full comment before I wrote mine. Yeah, Plale saying "nobody but fanboys" care about the hero's backstory is a pretty stupid statement. Talk about foot-in-mouth.
I actually didn't read your full comment before I wrote mine. Yeah, Plale saying "nobody but fanboys" care about the hero's backstory is a pretty stupid statement. Talk about foot-in-mouth.
10:35AM on 03/30/2011
I pretty much agree with Falock. Why have someone who hates this film try to review it? Nothing that was said was constructive criticism either, just "not enough Batman, no need story, only Batman hitting people".
I pretty much agree with Falock. Why have someone who hates this film try to review it? Nothing that was said was constructive criticism either, just "not enough Batman, no need story, only Batman hitting people".
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10:38AM on 03/30/2011

Also wrote this

The only thing in the review that was decent was letting people know that the extras were not worth the buy here. (Got cut off from post)
The only thing in the review that was decent was letting people know that the extras were not worth the buy here. (Got cut off from post)
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11:37AM on 03/30/2011
I agree with you guys, what's the point of bringing out some guy to give BATMAN BEGINS a negative review at this late date? And to address a few of Plale's points, Nolan picked the villains he did because from the beginning he wanted to set his Bat universe in a more "realistic" world. And as for the statement of "nobody but fanboys" care about Batman's origins: the box office figures and overall reception by the critics and general public beg to differ, sir.
I agree with you guys, what's the point of bringing out some guy to give BATMAN BEGINS a negative review at this late date? And to address a few of Plale's points, Nolan picked the villains he did because from the beginning he wanted to set his Bat universe in a more "realistic" world. And as for the statement of "nobody but fanboys" care about Batman's origins: the box office figures and overall reception by the critics and general public beg to differ, sir.
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12:01AM on 03/31/2011

ummm.

Yeah, this "review" was littered with more "flaws" than the ones BB supposedly has. It isn't a perfect flick by any means but its a hell of a lot better than how you described it.
Yeah, this "review" was littered with more "flaws" than the ones BB supposedly has. It isn't a perfect flick by any means but its a hell of a lot better than how you described it.
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3:37PM on 03/30/2011
Wow. Its ok. I once read a five star review of "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" from these people. The downfall of this site has always been its reviews.
Wow. Its ok. I once read a five star review of "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" from these people. The downfall of this site has always been its reviews.
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8:39PM on 03/30/2011
Right on... these people who give Batman a low rating and shit like mama Mia a 10 need to be slapped with a sock full of door knobs. Period.
Right on... these people who give Batman a low rating and shit like mama Mia a 10 need to be slapped with a sock full of door knobs. Period.
2:54PM on 03/30/2011

Stupid...

...Stupid review and stupid reveiwer...it was more like reading the Un-popular opinion....
...Stupid review and stupid reveiwer...it was more like reading the Un-popular opinion....
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9:58PM on 03/30/2011
If I wanted to see Batman go straight into the bat suit 2 minutes into the movie I would have just watched the original Batman. I, like many others, wanted to see Batman's transformation handled with greater depth than even the comics ever covered.
If I wanted to see Batman go straight into the bat suit 2 minutes into the movie I would have just watched the original Batman. I, like many others, wanted to see Batman's transformation handled with greater depth than even the comics ever covered.
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12:38PM on 03/30/2011
I kinda like the movie but I agree with the reviewer as to the film itself. It takes the subject matter seriously which is good, but the story itself is slow and the villains are like "who?"
I kinda like the movie but I agree with the reviewer as to the film itself. It takes the subject matter seriously which is good, but the story itself is slow and the villains are like "who?"
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