The following 4K was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Finally A Batman movie I loved. Yes, I can admit that the Burton ones looked great, but as I stated they were boring and had pretty much no action. Well that changed when Joel Schumacher took over the directing chair in 1995 with Batman Forever. Michael Keaton did not return so Val Kilmer has taken over as Batman / Bruce Wayne. He is joined by Robin / Dick Grayson played by Chris O’Donnell as they battle Two Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and The Riddler (Jim Carrey). The love interest in this film is Dr Chase Meridian played by Nicole Kidman. So as you can see this was an all star cast as all of these actors were red hot at the time.
Batman Forever starts out with a bang as Batman must thwart a robbery being pulled off by Two-Face and his gang. He dispatches of the gang members but after a thrilling escape from a vault that is hooked to a helicopter Two-Face is able to escape. During this ordeal we are introduced to Dr. Chase Meridian. She’s a psychiatrist who is in town researching Batman, which we later find out is due to her sexual attraction to him. We meet our other villain the next day in the form of Jim Carrey as Edward Nygma. He works at Wayne Enterprises and has developed a device that can transmit television directly into people minds. Bruce Wayne isn’t really big on mind control so when he doesn’t greenlight the project Ed goes a little nuts and decides to kill his supervisor and stat not only his own company, but to become the evil villain known as The Riddler.
With all the bad guys out there Bruce decides to take in the circus when Two Face and his gang show up to rob the place. The plant a bomb during the Flying Grayson trapeze act. They Grayson’s decide to be heroes so Dick Grayson grabs the bomb and does manages to get rid of it. Unfortunately the rest of his family is murder in the process. Bruce, just like in the comic takes Dick into his home, and after finding out Bruce Wayne is really The Batman convinces him to become his partner aka Robin. And Batman will need his help as Two Face and The Riddler have teamed up.
I love this film. It manages to keep the industrial look of Burtons films (The only good quality) and add an almost comic book like feel to them. The action is ramped up as this film features multiple fight sequences and car chases. With Carrey and Jones both hamming it up like villains from the 1966 version the film also offers many laughs. This is hands down my favorite Batman film. Kilmer does a great job, as do everyone for that matter. This truly is a movie that fans young and old will enjoy. It was definitely a series that an action director needed to take the reins on and Joel Schumacher did a fantastic job with this one (and the next one to follow). The look of the costumes was a great mix of old and new and to me everything just clicked.
Now as for the transfer. This is another amazing 4K transfer from Warner Brothers. All of these Batman films have looked amazing. This one really shows off the color schemes as it’s a brighter film. You can see every aspect of green in The Riddler’s mind machine. Just as you can see the shine and sometimes smudges on the Batman costume. One thing I really noticed more in 4K was the make up effect on Two-Face. It really makes it op out with the pink and red shaded scarred half of his face. The Riddler costume is so defined in this transfer you can see every line and stretch mark in it.. This hands down is a great looking transfer. The audio is great as well. This is a loud action packed movie with plenty of gun shots and you can hear all of those bullets fly through your speakers. From the fantastic score to all the explosions and crashed this sounds and looks better then when I saw it in the theater. It’s, like the others, loaded with Special Features. Trailers, Commentary Track, Featurettes, the works.
Hands down this is my favorite Batman Film so far. Action packed and fun. I enjoyed it so much, and it was so refreshing to finally see a Batman film that not only had a lot of comic book action, but that actually had Batman in it. This is one that I still enjoy to this day. And I can’t recommend it enough. Add this one to the collection today
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars for the Film!
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars for the transfer!