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Batman Returns

Improves on everything from the first film to make one of the best sequels ever.

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Batman Returns is one of those rare sequels that tops and improves on everything from the original film and then some, giving us in essence what a true sequel is supposed to be. Once again it features an all-star cast that turn in great performances with their characters, as though they were born for them, and the dark and gloomy setting that only Tim Burton could give us along with Danny Elfman’s perfect musical score is back in action in the Batman Returns 4K Blu-ray. This is without a doubt one sequel you’ll want to return to again and again.

Picking up not long after the events from the first film, Gotham City is looking to celebrate the holiday season with the help of businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) who seems to be doing good for everyone in the city, but is secretly planning to take it over with a dangerous power plant. Things go from bad to worse when the Penguin (Danny DeVito) arrives and looks to get rid off all of Gotham’s first born children, so they can feel the pain he did when he was discarded as a child, but ends up teaming with Max to run for mayor.

Then there’s Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) who used to work for Max Shreck as the meek Selina Kyle until he pushed her off a building and left her for dead, but was somehow brought back to life by a group of cats (don’t ask) and now has a darker, more confidant personality. With all of these baddies lining up, it falls on Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton) to take up the cloak and cowl once more as Batman and put a stop to all of the insanity. But will he be able to fight off Catwoman and her advances when he’s Batman, and resist her as Selina Kyle when he’s Bruce, and somehow stop both Max and the Penguin?

You’ll have to check it out and see for yourself, but we already know it won’t be easy for our caped crusader as there’s also plenty of circus gang members he’ll have to fight his way through to get to the big bads. As stated earlier, this sequel improves on the original in every way, as you can easily see how Tim Burton wanted to top himself here. Everything screams bigger, from the budget and top-notch actors, and to the amazing sets and filming locations used.

As if that wasn’t awesome enough, the 4K HDR transfer with Dolby HD audio looks and sounds even better than what they did for the first movie. I’m not joking when I say this film looks as though it were made recently and not nearly thirty years ago, as the visuals and audio are super clean and detailed.

There’s also a few special features to go over after the credits, but they’re presented in standard definition as they come from previous home video releases. These extras go behind the scenes of the making of the film, casting the villains, and going deeper into the Batman mythos that’s sure to entertain and inform.

Sequels rarely reach the status that Batman Returns does, and is easily a must-have for fans or those who enjoy great movies. The film is already great enough on its own thanks to a stellar cast and bigger and better everything, but thanks to a stunning 4K HDR release, this is one amazing movie you’ll be returning to quite often.

About the Author: Chris Mitchell