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Batman Begins (Limited Edition Gift Set) by Christopher Nolan (Director)
Review by Charles Mohapel
Warner Home Video DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B0017HPHBM
Date: 01 August 2008 List Price $39.92 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

This limited-edition gift set provides full value for your money – and then some. A must have for the serious Batman collector.

Disc 1:
The first thing that comes to mind is the fact that each and every time I watch Batman Begins, I'm consciously picking up subtle nuances that I either missed before or only my subconscious mind noticed. This movie gets better with every viewing.

MTV's Tankman Begins
If you're a fan of Jimmy Fallon and/or Napoleon Dynamite, you'll enjoy the sophomoric hijinks of this spoof of Batman Begins, created to promote the 2005 MTV Movie Awards.

I enjoyed the Theatrical Trailer so much, it made me want to go see it on the Big Screen - again.

While I can't speak for anyone playing the additional features on a PC running Windows XP, I can tell you that the InterActual Player included on Disc 1 didn't work all that well on my PC running Windows Vista Home Premium. After much frustration, I was finally able to access the added features, only to find myself quite unimpressed with the Mobile Game Demo, Special Events, and Latest DVDs. In addition, technical problems somewhere between my PC and the WB server made it impossible to access Visit Website on more than one occasion. Rather than try to pin the blame on Vista, my PC, or Warner Home Video, I wish all of you better luck than I had.

Disc 2:
In my opinion, other than the fact that Disc 1 has the movie and the Theatrical Trailer, the true value in this 2-disc set lies in all the great features on Disc 2.

Inner Demons Comic: Explore the Special Features through an exclusive Interactive Comic Book.

    Interactive yes, but it worked in an erratic manner on my Vista PC, sometimes requiring more than one attempt to access the next screen. On the other hand, it worked fine in my DVD player, allowing me to access all the Special Features below. Now you know.
Batman - The Journey Begins: Concept, design, and development of the film as well as the casting of Batman himself
    In my opinion, this was one of the best bonus features as it provides wonderful insights into the genesis of Batman Begins, as visualized by Director/Co-Writer Christopher Nolan, Co-Writer David S. Goyer, and Production Designer Nathan Crowley, as they worked closely in Christopher Nolan's office in his garage in LA.
Shaping Mind and Body: Observe Christian Bale's transformation into Batman.
    While I had never even head of the Keysi Fighting Method (KFM) before this feature, I can well understand why it was chosen as Batman's fighting style. Choosing a martial art that emphasizes an efficiency that sometimes crosses over into the brutal over the flashy styles prevalent in most movies and TV shows, Keysi was founded by two certified instructors of Jeet Kune Do ("Way of the Intercepting Fist"), the fighting style created by the late Bruce Lee and also a style which emphasized functionality over flash.
Gotham City Rises: Witness the creation of Gotham City, the Batcave, Wayne Manor, and more
    Rather than use entirely CGI, Gotham City is a really amazing scaled down set, as well as a miniature in front of greenscreen, but their visual effects utilized more than 1 million real photographs as their source material.
Cape and Cowl: Creating the Costume
    They used custom molded latex for the Batsuit and this in depth feature is ideal for would-be costume designers.
Batman - The Tumbler: The reinvention of the Batmobile
Path to Discovery
    Following Bruce Wayne's path from the mountains in Bhutan to his metamorphosis into the Batman, this provides an excellent insight into the processes that molded Bruce Wayne. Interestingly enough Iceland served as a stand-in for Bhutan.
Saving Gotham City: The development of miniatures, CGI, and effects for the Monorail chase scene
    Way Cool!
Let me conclude by saying that even without the Movie Money ticket, this limited-edition gift set provides full value for your money – and then some. A must have for the serious Batman collector.

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