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Batman - The Movie DVD

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Batman: The Movie carries the high camp absurdity of the 1960s TV show to gleeful new heights. Shark Repellent Batspray, costume-removing Batpoles, a contraption that dehydrates political figures into coloured powder, and endless childishly easy conundrums. Bringing the primary-coloured show to the big screen was a natural move, since sets, costume and casting were all in place. But what elevates the movie above the series? Is it the wonderful new toys--the Batcopter, Batboat and Batbike? Is it the OTT direction, taking the Dynamic Duo on location far more than usual? Or is it the electrifying one-upmanship between Burgess Meredith (Penguin), Cesar Romero (Joker), Frank Gorshin (Riddler) and Lee Meriwether (a new Catwoman since regular Julie Newmar was busy elsewhere)? As Commissioner Gordon says, "The sum of the angles of that rectangle is too monstrous to contemplate!" Really, the best of the movie's magic is to be found in the sheer glee Adam West and Burt Ward exhibit in playing for the big screen. This was the most exciting event in their careers. And it shows in their colourful, zestful performances. On the DVD: Batman: The Movie on disc includes an affectionate commentary from the two stars ("Oh lookee!" says West repeatedly), after which the duo are heavily involved in the wealth of additional material, even recording dialogue for the interactive animated menus. Seeing them on screen in the 16-minute featurette might be a shock, though. In the restored 1.85:1 film print they look much better! Additionally there's a five-minute "Batmobile Revealed" featurette with designer George Barris, a trailer page with some very humorous inclusions and two large galleries of behind-the-scenes photos.--Paul Tonks

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Philanthropic entrepreneur Bruce Wayne (Adam West) and his youthful ward Dick Grayson (Burt Ward) lead a double life they are the Caped Crusaders crime-fighting duo Batman and Robin A secret Batpole in the Wayne mansion leads to the Batcave where Police Commissioner Gordon calls the fearless duo on the Batphone with the latest emergency threatening Gotham City Racing to the scene of the crime in the Batmobile Batman and Robin must (with the help of trusty Bat-Gadgets) thwart the efforts of a variety of master criminals The dastardly deeds begin when The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) uses his flipper-powered submarine to steal a super-dehydrator which extracts all moisture from humans and reduces them to particles of dust But the Antarctic Anarchist is not working alone gentle reader! No a plot this size requires the combined evil thinking caps of four costumed criminals The Penguin himself The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) The Joker (Cesar Romero) and Catwoman (Lee Meriwether) And as Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton) puts it "The sum of the angles of that rectangle is too monstrous to contemplate!" Using the super dehydrator the United Underworld (as they dub themselves) suck the moisture out of the nine-member United Nations Security Council leaving nine multicolored piles of dust Can no one stop this blueprint of badness? This design of devilry? Two men can (well one man and one boy wonder) with the help of their trusty butler Alfred (Alan Napier) But first they&39;ll have to defeat a ticking time bomb an exploding octopus and a shark with a six-foot vertical leap Can the Dynamic Duo stop the fearsome foursome in time? Will Bruce Wayne fall under the spell of lovely Miss Kitka exotic correspondent for the Moscow Bugle who happens to be Catwoman in disguise? Can the man-eating shark be stopped with Batman&39;s Shark-Repellent Bat-Spray? Will Commissioner Gordon decipher the Riddler&39;s criminal conundrums? Actors Adam West Burt Ward Lee Meriwether Cesar Romero Frank Gorshin Burgess Meredith Alan napier Niel Hamilton & Gil Perkins Director Leslie H Martinson Certificate Universal Suitable for All Year 1966 Screen Widescreen 1851 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (20) Stereo Duration 1 hour and 42 minutes (approx)

A spin-off from the cult 1960s TV series in which Batman (Adam West) and his youthful sidekick Robin (Burt Ward) must defend not just Gotham City but the world, as his four arch enemies hold the planet to ransom with a dehydration machine which turns people to dust. The Joker (Cesar Romero), the Penguin (Burgess Meredith), Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), and the Riddler (Frank Gorshin) are the diabolical villains.

  • Average Rating for Batman - The Movie [1966] - 4 out of 5


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  • Batman - The Movie [1966]
    Erin Britton

    "Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman!". This film was originally intended to be the pilot for the 1960s high camp Batman series starring Adam West and Burt Ward but, following the success of the first series of the TV show, was re-jigged and given a high budget (to pay for all the fantastic Bat-gadgets) for a cinema release. "Some days you just can"t get rid of a bomb!". The four most prolific villains from the series - Cesar Romero as the Joker, Burgess Meredith as the Penguin, Frank Gorshin as the Riddler, and Lee Meriwether (Julie Newmar being otherwise engaged) as Catwoman - have teamed up to form The United Criminal Underworld and are intent on achieving world domination through an ingenious plan to dehydrate the United World Security Council. Can the Dynamic Duo stop the dastardly machinations of the four most deadly villains the world has ever seen? Can anyone truly comprehend the nobility of the almost-human porpoise? Can Batman"s tights get any tighter?

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