Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
My AV System
- Preamp, Processor or Receiver
- Yamaha TRS-7850 Atmos Receiver
- Other Amp
- Peavy IPR 3000 for subs
- Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
- Sony ubx800 4K UHD Player
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- Center Channel Speaker
- Cheap Thrills Center
- Surround Speakers
- Volt 10 Surrounds
- Surround Back Speakers
- Volt 10 Reach Surrounds
- Rear Height Speakers
- Volt 6 Overheads
- 2x Marty subs (full size with SI 18's)
- Video Display Device
- JVC RS-46 Projector
- Draper Cineperm M1300 119 inch Static Screen
Yup, we all knew how this wild ride through Batman history would end. A surging rush that would get us all excited, only to run into the train wreck that is the Joel Schumacher films, culminating in the single movie that killed Warner Brothers from releasing another Batman movie until Christopher Nolan’s newer take on an old subject. Batman & Robin is widely considered to be one of the worst blockbuster films of all time, and the single movie that nearly killed Batman films for a good decade. While it may not be the crown jewel of Warner’s Batman archives, they have gone back and giving it a loving restoration on the video front, a great Atmos track, and ported over all of the extras from the great Anthology box set for this individual release (which is soon to be a box set in September, but by all accounts appears to just be this release packaged in with the others in a box. There is no new additional material or features in the set)
Batman (George Clooney) is besieged by yet ANOTHER duo of enemies teaming up to take him down. This time it’s a pair of embittered villains who want Gotham to pay for what it has done to them. Victor Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is searching for a set of gems that will help power a freeze ray to turn all of Gotham into an ice world where the rest of the populace can live like he does, and the other is Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman), a ticked off biologist who loves nature just a LITTLE bit too much. She and Freeze hook up to take down Gotham and turn it into a cold natural paradise without the disease of humans, and only Batman and Robin (Chis O’Donnell) stand in their way. Well, with the addition of a shoehorned Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone).
Batman & Robin suffers from much of the same problems that Spiderman 3 did from the Sam Raimi franchise. It stuffs way too many characters into the film and it turns into a bloated mess. Having two villains worked in Batman Returns and Batman Forever, but not only do we get Freeze and Poison Ivy, but the powers that be decided to cram Bane into film as a mindless drone (with a horrible body suit and a complete butchery of his comic book character). Then on the hero side we get Chris O’Donnell’s whiny Robin, and someone got the bright idea to cram Batgirl into the film, and having Alicia Silverstone play her off as a 90s bad girl. The end result is a hilarious mess of a film that just exudes all of the problems of mid 90s pop culture.
Now while I bash the film for it’s painful script, horrible direction, miscasting and too many characters (not to mention the hilarious abuse of Dutch Angles) the movie DOES do a few things right. I originally thought that Forever was the superior film of the Schumacher debacles, but I really like Freeze’s character arc, and some of the darker aspects of the movie are handled with less goofiness. The film is still a wretch of a movie by all accounts, but Goldsman really tried to give his villains more depth in this one.
Rated PG-13 for strong stylized action and some innuendos
4K Video: Video:
• Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight pt. 6 - Batman Unbound
• Batman & Robin: The Heroes
• Batman & Robin: The Villains
• Beyond Batman
• Deleted Scene: Alfred's Lost Love
• Music Videos: "The End is the Beginning is the End" by The Smashing Pumpkins, "Look Into My Eyes" by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and "Foolish Games" by Jewel.
• Theatrical Trailer
Batman & Robin is generally considered one of the worst big budget movies of all time, but I think that it actually outclasses Batman Forever just a liiiiiitle bit. Sure, the movie is so bad that it’s legendary, and Clooney is widely considered the worst Batman of all time, but there are some seriously fun parts that have me rooting for it. Good old Arnie as Freeze is a highlight, and Uma Thurman just hams up Poison Ivy to epic proportions. The darker aspects of Freeze’s life are handled better than they were in Forever, and the crazy end battle is so ludicrious that it’s almost fun. Yeah, This is NOT a good movie, and most fans of Batman only watch it for the comedy, but as a completionist I’m still forced to get it. The audio and video remasters are just about perfection and HUGE upgrades over the old Anthology set singles from 10 years ago (and I mean HUGE upgrades). While the movie can’t be recommended at all on a serious note, Batman & Robin is watchable as an MST3K type of scenario or as a “so bad it’s almost good” type of watch.
Starring: George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Chris O'Donnell, Alicia Silverstone, Uma Thurman, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, John Glover
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Written by: Bob Kane, Akiva Goldsman
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 HEVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core), English, French, German, Italian, Spanish (Castilian), Hungarian, Russian, Polish, Thai DD 5.1, Spanish (Latin), Czech DD 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, French, German SDH, Italian SDH, Spanish, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional), Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Thai
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 126 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: Own Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack on June 4. Own the Four Film Collection on September 17.
Recommendation: Goofy Watch