Evil fears the knight.
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- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 18, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Surround 5.1 English
- Dolby Surround 5.1 French
- DVD-ROM Features:
- Batman Begins Mobile Game Demo & Weblinks
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Christian Bale, Cillian Murphy, Katie Holmes & Morgan Freeman|
|Performer:||Ken Watanabe, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, Michael Caine, Lucy Russell & Sara Stewart|
|Directed by||Christopher Nolan|
|Edited by||Lee Smith|
|Screenwriting by||David S. Goyer & Christopher Nolan|
|Composition by||Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard|
|Produced by||Emma Thomas, Charles Roven & Larry J. Franco|
|Director of Photography:||Wally Pfister|
Here's how any great franchise should start: with care, precision and delicately wrought atmosphere. Full Review
3.5 stars out of 5 -- Lined with wry humor, the film addresses questions of corporate greed...
[I]t's the flair of the set pieces that really impresses....The film delivers a pleasingly robust sense of spectacle....It is a welcome new beginning.
Sight and Sound
Ranked #4 in Rolling Stone's Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- Gotham looks lived in, not art-directed, and Bale creates a hero of haunted fire.
Rating: A -- It's not just the birth of Batman we're seeing in this triumphant interpretation, it's also the dawning of Gotham City's age of greed. Full Review
4 stars out of 5 -- Nolan's Year One reinvention of the franchise is largely about ambiance and mood....A more sober study in psychology...
[A] triumph -- a confidently original, engrossing interpretation, with a seriously thought-through aesthetic point of view...
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.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.
- Theatrical Release: June 15, 2005
- Sales Rank: 44,199
- UPC: 012569594142
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
- International Shipping: 1 item
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