17 August 2005

Invasion Of The Batmen!

Hey guys, it's Donnie...I'm currently counting down the days to October 18th, at which point I'm gonna go on a Batman DVD binge. But first things first...

This past weekend, Batman Begins cleared the $200 million mark thus making it not only the second highest grossing Batman film ever but the 3rd highest grossing film of the year, behind only Revenge Of The Sith and War Of The Worlds, and I have a feeling that it'll pass WOTW sometime soon. Not only that, but the IMAX version just set the record as the highest grossing digitally re-mastered 2-D IMAX release ever. The record was previously held by Matrix Reloaded, which grossed just over $14 million in 22 weeks. Batman Begins has now hit $14.5 million in just under nine weeks. Last weekend alone took in $203,000, which is an increase of 8% from the week before. I'm gonna check it out this weekend hopefully, as it finally hit my local IMAX theater. Not only does this bode well for the impending sequel, (once Warners can get Chris Nolan to sign on the dotted line...) but this has gotta bode well for Superman Returns. I know that Bryan Singer has been debating whether or not to do an IMAX release because he's worried about the image transfer, but I'm sure that Batman's ticket sales will have the Warners folks "encouraging" him to do an IMAX release.

Anyway, back the October 18th, which is the magic day for Batman fans. That is the day that the planets will align and we'll get the release of SIX Batman movies for a total of ELEVEN DVDs to choose from. Here's how it breaks down:

First you'll get Batman Begins. You can choose either a single-disc edition with almost no special features, or a 2 disc version that is CHOCK FULL of documentaries and featurettes. Personally, I'm going for the 2 disc, but then again I almost ALWAYS go for the specialist of the special editions. Click it here for artwork and special features.

Next you'll get 2 disc Digitally Remastered Special Editions of all the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher movies: Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. You can choose to purcahse these movies seperately or as one big ole box set. We all know that Batman and Robin is utter shite and after rewatching Batman Forever recently, I've decided that, while Kilmer certainly kicks Clooney's ass, it's still pretty bad. But I love the Burton movies, so I'll split it down the middle and snag Burton and leave Shumacher to rot on the shelves. Click it here for artwork and special features. I'd like to note that Warners totally dropped the ball on the artwork on these puppies. I think it was a monumentally bad choice to just rehash the floating head original artwork with a new font for the title. They had the opportunity to do something so much cooler, and I know this for a fact because you can click it here to see the vastly superior Region 2 artwork. How bad ass is that? It almost makes me forget how much I dislike the second two. Almost.

Finally, what I think just may be the coolest of the cool, you can also pick up The Complete Batman 1943 Movie Serial Collection. These are all 15 short episodes of one Batman adventure. They were shown, one episode a week, in movie theaters in 1943, right in between the cartoon short and the news reel. Expect silly villians, campy costumes, and hilarious fight scenes. Click it here for the artwork and special features. I think this has the coolest artwork of all Batman discs getting released that day. And if you like that, click it here to check out The Complete Batman and Robin 1949 Movie Serial Collection, which hit shelves this past March. I'll certainly be getting both of those.

October will certainly be a good month for fans of The Batman, and the 18th seriously cannot get here fast enough. I plan on having the many permutations of Batman continuously playing on my TV straight through to Halloween...


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