Batman Begins

Batman Begins

Director: Christopher Nolan Cast: Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes

Blu-ray (Wide Screen)

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Overview

The origins of the Caped Crusader of Gotham City are finally brought to the big screen in this new adaptation of the perennially popular comic-book series. The young Bruce Wayne (Gus Lewis) leads a privileged life as the son of wealthy, philanthropist parents, both of whom stress their commitment to improving the lives of the citizens of crime-ridden Gotham City. After his mother and father are murdered by a mugger, however, Wayne grows into an impudent young man (Christian Bale), full of rage and bent on retribution until encouraged by his childhood sweetheart, Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes), to search for answers beyond his own personal vendettas. Wayne eventually finds discipline in the Far East under the tutelage of Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), a member of the mysterious League of Shadows who guides him in the study of martial arts -- and the ways in which an ordinary man can hone his senses to an almost superhuman acuity. After seven years away from Gotham, Wayne returns, determined to bring peace and safety back to the city. With the help of his faithful manservant, Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine), and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a scientist at his late father's corporation, Wayne develops a secret identity as Batman, a masked fighter for justice. But when a shady psychiatrist (Cillian Murphy) joins forces with the criminal underworld, Wayne realizes that putting an end to their nefarious plans will be very difficult indeed. Batman Begins also features Gary Oldman as Lt. James Gordon and Tom Wilkinson as the crime boss Carmine Falcone.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2008
UPC: 0085391115212
Original Release: 2005
Rating: PG-13
Source: Warner Home Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:20:00
Sales rank: 9,080

Special Features

The Dark Night Prologue [in High Definition]; Tankman Begins: A Batman Begins spoof; Batman - The Journey Begins: Concept, design and development of the film as well as the casting of Batman himself; ; Shaping Mind and Body: Observe Christian Bale's transformation into Batman; ; Gotham City Rises: Witness the creation of Gotham City, the Batcave, Wayne Manor ; ; Cape and Cowl: The development of the new Batsuit; ; Batman - The Tumbler: The reinvention of the Batmobile; ; Path to Discovery: A look at the first week filming on rugged and remote Iceland locations; ; Saving Gotham City: The development of miniatures, CGI and effects for the Monorali Chase scene; ; Genesis of the Bat: A look at the Dark Knight's incarnation and influences on the film; ; Reflections on Writing Batman Begins with David S. Goyer; ; Digital Batman: The effects you may have missed; ; Batman Begins Stunts/Confidential Files: Discover facts and story points not in the film; ; Stills Gallery; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Bale Batman/Bruce Wayne
Liam Neeson Henri Ducard
Katie Holmes Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman Jim Gordon
Cillian Murphy Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
Tom Wilkinson Carmine Falcone
Rutger Hauer Earle
Ken Watanabe Ra's Al Ghul
Mark Boone Flass
Linus Roache Thomas Wayne
Morgan Freeman Lucius Fox
Gus Lewis Bruce Wayne (age 8)
Michael Caine Alfred Pennyworth
Larry Holden D.A. Fisk
Sara Stewart Martha Wayne
Richard Brake Joe Chill

Technical Credits
Christopher Nolan Director,Screenwriter
Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Nathan Crowley Production Designer
Peter Francis Art Director
Larry Franco Producer
David S. Goyer Original Story,Screenwriter
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Paul Kirby Art Director
Cliff Lanning Asst. Director
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
Dominic Masters Art Director
Benjamin Melniker Executive Producer
John Papsidera Casting
Wally Pfister Cinematographer
Charles Roven Producer
Lee Smith Editor
Lucinda Syson Casting
Emma Thomas Producer
Cheryl A. Tkach Associate Producer
Michael E. Uslan Executive Producer
Su Whitaker Art Director
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Batman Begins 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
Holy Reboot Batman! This is the best Batman movie ever. After the disappointed movie of Batman and Robin, Christopher Nolan did an excellent job in writing and directing this movie. Christian Bale did an excellent job performance as Batman. i love Batman and I'm a big fan of the Dark Knight.
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DannyAlabaster More than 1 year ago
Good script, acting, cinematography, direction--Christopher Nolan is great. Bought it as soon as it came out.
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TheReturnOfStryker More than 1 year ago
amazing movie from begining to end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Hands down the best movie of the year in my opinion. Beautiful cinematography. Great acting. Great story. This is how Batman should be done! I saw the movie four times in theatres and can't tell you how many times I've watched my DVD already and have loved every minute of it! Can't wait till 2008 for the sequel! Hopefully Nolan and Co. will outdo themselves again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely the best Batman movie I've ever seen. Bale is also the finest actor to ever wear the suit. All other Batman movies pale in comparison to this version. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie.
Sherlock_Holmes More than 1 year ago
Rating: 98% Although it may not live up to the Dark Knight, Batman Begins is still an exciting and unforgettable adventure filled with excellent performances and intense scenes of action.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, let me just say that I loved Tim Burton's two Batman films. I loved his vision of Gotham City being dark and gritty, much like the people who inhabit it. Loving these movies so much, I was just a bit skeptical of this movie directed by Christopher Nolan. I knew that he was a great independent filmmaker who specialized in great character studies and terrific atmospheres, but that might not translate into a great action movie. However, he turned out to be just the man for the job. He not only provided thrill seekers with incredible action scenes, but he also gave people a real inside look into Bruce Wayne's psychology. The film was appropriately dark, just like a comic book. Christian Bale proved himself to be the best Bruce Wayne/Batman combination ever to grace the screen, and the supporting cast was excellent. Ultimately, this was a fantastic experience that proved a hit with fans of action, comic books, Batman, and fine film alike. I'll definitely be picking this up on DVD. The deluxe edition, though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is visually stunning, the actors very well chosen. Haven seen Michael Caine as Alfred he has become indispensable as Alfred. Christian Bale was fabulous as well. And the plot did not insult anyone's intelligence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit, when I first saw advertisements for this movie I did not want to see it. I loved Spiderman and Superman, but at Batman I drew the line. However, I went to see it with a friend and was surprised. Surprised that it was AWESOME that is! It wasn't all based on his high-tech gadjets, though there were some good ones, but on Batman himself, how he grew and how he changed. It was perfect. A great film. Perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie made me a fan of comic books and of movies made from them. I have seen parts of batman movies and was never interested, but this one was awesome. Cillian Murphy made this movie....didn't know he could be so cruel..... I loved it!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't help but go to see this movie in the theater a second time to make sure it was as good as it seemed the first time around (it was). It's a superhero movie that even non-fans will enjoy, since the characters are so well sketched out by a terrific script and a killer all-star cast. The movie's contemporary setting and realism take the Batman story into the realm of near-plausibility. The director, Christopher Nolan, clearly took these characters and the story very seriously and has a sincere respect for them to which audiences really respond. There are also several great, unexpected moments of tenderness and wit. Overall, one of the top three superhero movies of all time (the other two appear below)!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Batman? Check (Christian Bale). Good Director? Check (Chris Nolan). Good Villan? Yep (Liam Neeson and Cillian Murphy). This was a great film! Christian Bale was the first good Batman since Michael Keaton. Michael Caine was a great Alfred. This was a fantastic film! After you see this film, go see The Dark Knight, a direct sequel! It was 10 times better than this film, and that is hard to come by!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The key to Batman's longevity has always been his ability to strike fear in the hearts and minds of all criminals and someone finally got it right. What a great job by Christian Bale and for that matter the rest of the cast. This is the only Batman flick where "I" was afraid of Batman. Key scene- what I call the Cop Yo-Yo. The intensity on Bale's face made me a believer as I had publicly disagreed with a Brit playing the role of Batman. It's like asking an American to play James Bond, but I digress. Even friends of mine who don't like comics enjoyed this film immensely. Can't wait to see Batman go up against the Joker next time around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is how movies should be made depending on the genre of course. When I found out the Scarecrow was going to be in it I was so excited and that Cillian Murphy was in it as well (he was just amazing in Red Eye). This is like a prequel where it tells on how Bruce became Batman and meets Henri Ducard. Bale does make a pretty good Batman and had no idea that Gary Oldman was in the film playing Detective Gordon. The pace is great as well as the suspense. Totally recommend it and check out the animated series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish they had more stars because this movie deserves a 10! Bale protrayed the character of Bruce Wayne and Batman with conviction, mostly the Batman character. I loved this movie.I love the fact that the storyline is not about the Joker or the Pengiun or Catwoman but about how Bruce becomes Batman.I love the scene when Batman had the Police Officer dangling in the rain and the way that Bale protrayed Batman's hate of criminals was unbelievable. I loved Batman,and Batman Returns,but this movie tops both of them. I also loved the fact that you never see that he really uses the grapling gun to hoist himself in the air he just bolts straight up. It gaves the Batman character more of an awe experience from the criminals. A must see even if your not a Batman fan.