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- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- 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: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Surround 5.1 Engliah
- Dolby Surround 5.1 French
- DVD-ROM Features:
- Batman Begins Mobile Game Demo & Weblinks
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Christian Bale, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson & Gary Oldman|
|Performer:||Lucy Russell, Sara Stewart & Ken Watanabe|
|Directed by||Christopher Nolan|
|Edited by||Lee Smith|
|Screenwriting by||Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer|
|Composition by||James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer|
|Created by||Bob Kane & Bill Finger|
|Produced by||Charles Roven, Emma Thomas & Larry J. Franco|
|Director of Photography:||Wally Pfister|
With a phenomenal cast, technical work that is beyond reproach and attention to detail that is generally only seen in works by Spielberg or Lucas, Batman Begins is a perfect way to begin the summer movie season. Full Review
Behind The Lens
Christian Bale makes the best Bruce Wayne/Batman since Warner Bros. revived the franchise in 1989.
Rating: B+ -- I like that it embraces comic book sensibilities a little bit more than other Nolan films. Definitely a bit too long but a good origin story Full Review
3.5 stars out of 5 -- Lined with wry humor, the film addresses questions of corporate greed...
Nolan takes an admirable stab at developing a character-driven drama, only to give in to generic action-movie conventions with a blinding, deafening, explosion-laden finale that could have capped off any number of interchangeable Jerry Bruckheimer flicks. Full Review
Ranked #7 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- Nolan's vision of Gotham is a hellhole straight out of Hieronymus Bosch.
Batman Begins summons up moments of great eloquence and power. If only its cast of characters was as fully inhabited as its turbulent city. Full Review
Wall Street Journal
Description by OLDIES.com:
In Batman Begins, acclaimed director Christopher Nolan explores the origins of the legendary Dark Knight. 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. With the help of his trusted butler Alfred (Michael Caine), detective Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and his ally Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), Wayne returns to Gotham City and unleashes 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.
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: 42,812
- UPC: 012569594159
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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