WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Batman Returns
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Michael Keaton, Danny De Vito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, Michael Murphy

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 15000
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 126
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 10/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Tim Burton
(Screenplay/Written By): Daniel Walters
(Story): Daniel Walters & Sam Hamm
(Music): Danny Elfman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bo Welch
(Visual Effects): Boss Film Studios, matte World & The Chandler Group
(Costume Designer): Bob Ringwood & Mary Vogt
(Editor): Chris Lebenzon
(Supervising Sound Editors): Richard L. Anderson, MPSE David Stone, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Jon Peters, Peter Guber, Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan
(Co-Producers): Larry Franco
(Producers): Denise Di Novi & Tim Burton

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The stars have multiplied as the sequel to Tim Burtonís Batman brings the hero face-to-face with not one, but two villains. Keaton reprises his role as Batman and Bruce Wayne, protecting the citizens of Gotham from The Penguin (De Vito) and Catwoman (Pfeiffer), both of whom deem society as the evil that brought out their evil deeds. Walken costars as the vile tycoon Max Shreck.

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): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(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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