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Batman (1989)

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NOTE: This commentary is only on the October 2005 2-disc special edition. Prior DVD releases did not have commentaries.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Tim Burton Rating:7.5/10 (19 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Kram Sacul on October 31st, 2005:Find all reviews by Kram Sacul
This one is kind of strange. In the begining you're led to believe it's going to be a real commentary but then it just ends up being a lot of stuff that's covered in interviews in the docs on disc 2. Some of it is quite good though and Burton is a really interesting guy to hear talk, but it should be obvious by now that a Tim Burton commentary really needs two people to make it work. His commentary on Pee Wee's Big Adventure w/Paul Reubin's was excellent. The one on Big Fish was also decent. The one on Edward Scissorhands: horrible. This one falls somewhere in between.
Reviewed by The Cubist on November 29th, 2005:Find all reviews by The Cubist
While I agree with the previous review that there is some overlap from the docs on the second disc, there is still much to recommend on this track. Burton kicks things off by addressing the criticism fans had back in the day that given his background he would make a movie closer to the goofy 60s T.V. show. He loved the show but wanted to go back to the original comic book and place an emphasis on the scary psychology of Batman. This is a really strong track with one highlight being an amusing anecdote that Burton recounts of shooting his first scene with Jack Palance and how scared he was of the veteran actor. The filmmaker covers all the bases including the challenges of dealing with the studio and problems with the script.
Reviewed by MonkeeJuice on December 10th, 2007:Find all reviews by MonkeeJuice
Tim Burton does it again in a commentary for his 3rd feature Batman. He really understands the personallity of the main character of Batman.
Reviewed by miklovelka on August 3rd, 2008:Find all reviews by miklovelka
Awesome commentary from Burton where he pretty much talks nonstop and seems really proud of the film.
Reviewed by robmanley311 on June 15th, 2014:Find all reviews by robmanley311
For Batman fans this is good. Not fantastic but not terrible. Burton is an emo guy so once you understand that you'll enjoy it more. Now for laughs and knowledge of Batman I suggest all living things to go to Kevin Smith's podcast Fatman On Batman, there on show #46&47 you can sync up your ipod or whatever and enjoy a far superior commentary by the King of commentaries,Sir Kevin Smith,the sultan of verbal swat!
Fatman on Batman can be found on itunes or smodcast.com
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on July 22nd, 2015:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
I approached this commentary with a level of apprehension. After the Burton snore fest that was Sleepy Hollow - one of the dullest tracks I have ever heard - I was expecting the same.
While Burton remains painfully 'whiney' sounding throughout, this commentary is leaps and bounds above Sleepy Hollow.
I'm not sure if commentary was recorded in one session or is comprised of a recording session and additional interview pieces edited together? I suspect it's edited as is sounds as if Burton is responding to specific questions.
Either way, it's a good solid track that reveals a great deal of information about the production, Burtons decision making process, how he loved the British craftsmanship, how the studio left him pretty much to it etc etc
A must for any fans of Batman '89.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on September 19th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
Not as bad as I feared it might be. Burton's a low-energy kind of guy, so I was honestly expecting a pretty dry, boring snooze-fest. But I was surprised. Aside from a few minutes of dead air sprinkled throughout, Burton does his best to fill the time with tidbits and anecdotes. He goes into a lot of detail regarding the changes he made to the franchise, the criticisms, and most importantly, his mindset with how he approached the character and casting. Those parts were definitely the highlight.

Highly recommended for any Batman fan.