The book is divided into five parts--historical influence, comparisons and contrasts, writing, directing, and acting--with interludes by major artists whose work and words have shaped the development of theater and film. A comprehensive bibliography and filmography support further work in this area.
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Industry Reviews "Robert Knopf's timely and unique anthology gathers together some of the most important essays that bridge theater and film theory.
Prelude : the director as superstar p. All Rights Reserved. Kim Basinger is Vicki Vale, the talented photojournalist desired by both men. Can Batman Michael Keaton battle two formidable foes at once? Especially when one wants to be mayor and the other is romantically attracted to Bruce Wayne? Like the groundbreaking original, Batman Returns is directed by the wizardly Tim Burton.
And like the first blockbuster, it's a dazzling adventure that leaves you breathless. Batman Forever - Riddle me this, riddle me that, you'll find adventure on the wings of a bat! Joel Schumacher directs and Tim Burton co-produces this thrill-ride of a movie that thunders along on Batmobile, Batwing, Batboat, Batsub and bold heroics. Hang on! Batman has more than Gotham City to protect: the youthful eagerness of crimefighting comrades Robin Chris O'Donnell and Batgirl Alicia Silverstone puts them frequently in harm's way.
New special effects include a wild sky-surfing sequence and Mr. Freeze's outrageous arsenal of ice-blasting weapons. Joel Schumacher directs. Leave A Comment. Batman Ironically, perhaps, the first and some still say, best of the Batman films has, comparatively, the weakest transfer.
Batman Again, like the video, I found this is the weakest of the 'Batman Anthology' bunch. All Discs Documentary: "Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight" SD, minutes -- The centerpiece of the 'Batman' anthology, this extensive documentary runs easily over two hours, and culls together quite an impressive roster of talent. Though there is a ton of archival interview footage to make up for the missing cast, this is a very well-edited and thorough doc.
There were really no questions left unanswered, and few punches pulled. Add to that some pretty good making-of footage there is more material on the first two Batmans than I expected , and you have a very good, very comprehensive doc.
Note: The six sections of "Shadows of the Bat" are spread across the four discs. Though there is some good stuff here, it's a bit quick given the short runtime of each clip. But put together, its a pretty good overview. I only wish Warner could have somehow made use of Blu-ray's interactive capabilities, and given us a picture-in-picture track for each film -- I really got sick of all the button-pushing after a while.
Theatrical Trailers SD - Rounding out the disc-consistent features are each film's respective theatrical trailer. Batman Audio Commentary - Tim Burton kicks things off with a solo track. I've always liked his commentaries, because he doesn't blow smoke up his own ass and freely admits to his films failings. He does a good job here of discussing his initial reservations on taking on the Dark Knight, his controversial choices in casting, his love of Jack Nicholson even though he could be "difficult to communicate with" and Prince, and what he sees as the shortcomings of 'Batman. A very solid track.
Featurette Gallery: "Beyond Batman" SD, 44 minutes - Beginning with 'Batman,' each Blu-ray gets its own additional gallery of new production featurettes, which delve much more deeply into the production design, art and costume direction, and stunts of each film. Less controversial or surprisingly, they are nevertheless nicely done, and culled from the same batch of new and archival interview material as the "Shadows of the Bat" doc. It's also nice to see Danny Elfman getting some love here, as he really isn't represented anywhere else on this set. Featurette: "Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman" SD, 18 minutes - Perhaps my favorite featurette here, this is a very informative retrospective on seven decades of Batman.
Second only to Superman in terms of sheer history and comic incarnations, I found "Legends" fascinating, if only because I knew so little about the character beyond the movies. A must-watch, I'd say. Storyboard Sequence SD - Also included is a storyboard sequence, though it comes as a single video clip. Which means if you want to investigate any specific storyboard more closely, your relegated to using your remote's "Pause" button only.
A more Blu-ray-friendly, interactive upgrade would have been nice. Burton again goes solo, and again does a very fine job of balancing the creative decision-making process and story and character concerns, with technical information. For my money, perhaps even more than Christopher Nolan, it is Burton in 'Batman Returns' that realizes what a fractured persona Bruce Wayne is, and realized he needed villains to match.
This is a strong commentary, and the only one of the bunch I could really get jazzed about listening to. Featurette: "The Bat, the Cat and the Penguin" SD, 22 minutes - This is a fairly fluffy promotional featurette made at the time of the film's production. It's where the interviews with Keaton and Pfeiffer came from, though it has some decent behind-the-scenes clips. Otherwise, it's pretty surface, and largely skippable. Featurette Gallery: "Beyond Batman " SD, 42 minutes - The next batch includes another breakdown of the production, art and costume design.
“Robert Knopf's timely and unique anthology gathers some of the most important essays that bridge theater and film theory. It will prove to be an essential text on. This is the first book in more than twenty-five years to examine the complex historical, cultural, and aesthetic relationship between theater and film, and the effect.
Most fun is Catwoman, whose outfit was so damn tight they had to sew Michelle Pfeiffer into it. Still, pretty darn hot. Batman Forever Audio Commentary - Joel Schumacher goes solo here for the first of his two commentaries. It's not a bad track, though I found that for 'Batman Forever' I had to pry my eyes open with toothpicks just to stay awake, and that's only having sampled parts of this track. But Schumacher is likable and engaging guy and -- rare for a Hollywood director -- even humble.
He does cop to recasting Batman with Kilmer and how it was greeted, plus his more garish approach to Batman and desire to totally go for a "comic book tone. Featurette Gallery: "Beyond Batman" SD, 44 minutes - Here's another round of smaller featurettes, all concentrating on the production aspects. Again, this is drier stuff, and though it probably has the best of the behind-the-scenes footage on any of the four discs.
It's about as fluffy and promotional as you can get, and plays like the glorified commercial it is. However, it does cover all of the then-three Batman films as well as the comic origins, so it at least aims for substance. But I'm just not a big fan of O'Donnell, either so this was punishing. Whatever, Bono Deleted Scenes SD, 22 minutes - Perhaps most interesting of all the extras here are these seven deleted scenes including an alternate ending involving Two-Face.
There have long been rumors of a darker 'Batman Forever' director's cut, though that never seemed to come to fruition. Instead, here we have most of that suggested material, which largely involves Kilmer in the Batcave, and flashbacks to his dark past. It certainly would have helped counterbalance the more overt humor in the movie, even if for me, Kilmer is a pretty dire Batman. Turns out he nearly won me over -- he is well aware of the distaste for his film, but passionate and funny about the choices he made. I give him props for admitting the weaknesses, including too many characters and too much of a concession to his garish, toy-line sensibilities.
He also calls the Alfred subplot what he's "most proud of" in the film. This may be the best commentary I've ever heard for a film this bad.
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