WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Batman
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, Jack Palance

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12000A/B
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 126
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1989
(LD Release Date): 12/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Tim Burton
(Screenplay/Written By): Sam Hamm & Warren Skaaren
(Story): Sam Hamm
(Music): Danny Elfman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Anton Furst
(Visual Effects): The Meddings Magic Camera Company
(Costume Designer): Bob Ringwood & Linda Henrikson
(Editor): Ray Lovejoy
(Supervising Sound Editors): Don Sharpe
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan
(Co-Producers): Chris Kenny
(Producers): Jon Peters & Peter Guber

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.78:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Tim Burtonís Batman is filled with nonstop comic book action and Hollywood star power and started a series of much-anticipated sequels. Keaton stars as Batman/millionaire Bruce Wayne, who must save the distinctive Gotham City from The Joker (Nicholson), a constantly grimacing villain exacting murder and fear among Gothamís citizens. Basinger stars as Vicki Vale, the beautiful photographer who poses as Batmanís love interest.

LaserDisc Picture:
This is a spectacular transfer, completely noise-free and extremely sharp. The dark foreboding night scenes are perfectly contrasted with excellent detail and definition in the shadows. The more open look over the more darkly set character of the theatrical versions was decided to protect the home video cassette viewer. The scenes were in fact intended to be darker. This is an example of the filmmaker deliberately altering the look on home video from that of the theatrical look. This was accomplished to the credit of telecine colorist, Lou Levinson.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is world-class, very dynamic with excellent bass extension.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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