Robert Pattinson’s new film The Batman is officially available to own on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.
In the age of streaming, many often claim it as the better option over collecting physical media due to the fact that it’s convenient. And given that studios are going all-in on investing into their own streaming services, its understandable why it seems to be prioritized for at-home viewing experiences, with so much new content being released. However, for films like Robert Pattinson’s The Batman, although the opportunity to steam it on HBO Max over a month later following its release in theaters was great, nothing beats being able to collect it on physical media – especially on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.
In theaters, The Batman as a visual feast for the eyes. Matt Reeves certainly knows how to direct a moody film, with his take on Gotham City being a contender for more the most visually stimulating big screen adaptation to date. Much of the film’s brilliant visuals are thanks to cinematographer Greig Fraser, who recently won an Academy Award for his work on Dune.
Back in 2020, Shazam! director David F. Sandberg perfectly encapsulated why any standard Blu-ray is superior to any 4K stream on his Twitter, which he cites as due to the fact that bitrate leads to superior visual presentation over resolution, as he exhibited from these screenshot comparisons:
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is a pitch-perfect visual transfer. The distinct display of the film’s many colors, such as its striking reds and blacks, along with its eerie lighting makes the film feel just as visually stimulating as it did in an IMAX theater, thanks to its 2160p Ultra High Definition Resolution.
Sequences such as Bruce Wayne’s opening narration on Halloween night, any scene in The Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge, Batman’s first flight over Gotham City, the Batmobile chase, and the film’s Election Night climax are perfect examples of the visual presentation that is demo-worthy to showcase the capabilities of what 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray can boast over any streamer.
While Robert Pattinson’s The Batman was a visual feast for the eyes, part of what made Matt Reeves’ take on Gotham City so immersive was its impeccable use of sound. Just like it was in theaters, this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release is yet another showcase of the brilliant sound design. With even simple moments such as The Riddler’s use of duct tape in the opening scene, every single one of Batman’s punches against any of his opponents in combat, or of course, the sound of the Batmobile engine revving up, the Dolby Atmos – TrueHD presentation is nothing short of remarkable.
But as great as the sound design for the film is, it is how Michael Giacchino’s career-best score really pulsates through one’s surround sound system so stunningly. Whether it’s the official theme for Robert Pattinson’s The Batman, The Riddler’s Theme – which is a twisted take on Ave Maria, or Catwoman’s Theme, the score alone is worth buying the film on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray just to hear it through one’s speakers as its set to the stunning cinematography of Greig Fraser.
This 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Robert Pattinson’s The Batman boasts over two hours of Special Features. On a special separate disc, we get featurettes that include the following descriptions:
Looking For Vengeance (4:57) – The fighting style of Batman and the training needed to make it realistic. Fight Choreographer Rob Alonzo, along with Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson, expand upon the ‘street-fighting’ style and give insight into the reason for Batman’s rage.
The Batman: Genesis (6:09) – Matt Reeves’ journey to find Batman led him to Robert Pattinson. We explore Matt and Rob’s inspirations and collaboration on The Batman to create a Bruce Wayne that we haven’t seen before: a younger Batman that is “still beocoming.”
Vengeance Meets Justice (8:04) – Batman and The Riddler represent Vengeance and Justice. This piece offers insight from Robert Pattinson, Paul Dano, and Matt Reeves on the character connection and how both Batman and The Riddler came to understand they are two sides of the same coin.
Becoming Catwoman (8:36) – Not yet Catwoman, Selina Kyle has developed her own brand of heroism against the corruption of Gotham. Zoe Kravitz reveals insights into her backstory, and what it was like on set playing the iconic character committed to her own form of justice.
The Batmobile (10:51) – The Batmobile is one of the most iconic vehicles in cinematic history, and Matt Reeves’ version continues the tradition. In this extensive documentary, we’ll show you how the crew brought this new iteration of Batman’s ride to life.
Anatomy Of The Car Chase (6:08) – Hard rain, roaring engines, live traffic, peel outs and explosions set the scene as the filmmakers break down for us in step-by-step fashion all of the plans, details and testing it took to create the thrilling Batman and Penguin car chase.
Anatomy Of The Wingsuit Jump (6:29) – A signature stunt and one of the coolest gadgets in Batman’s arsenal, we look at the creation of the wing suit from idea to execution. Cutting-edge drone photography and LED-based virtual production bring the entire sequence to life.
Vengeance In The Making (53:41) – Matt Reeves returns to Batman’s detective roots with a new take on an 80-year-old tale. This main documentary explores how Reeves and his cast and crew brought one of the biggest productions of the Caped Crusader to life.
Unpacking The Icons (5:47) – A piece about craft, and a portrait of each of our main characters through the props and costume details that define them. Fans get an extensive look at gadgets, weapons and tools used by our favorite characters in the world of The Batman.
A Transformation: The Penguin (7:59) – Witness the incredible transformation of Colin Farrell into the iconic Penguin. This piece reveals the make-up process and how the look created the character. Colin also shares how the prosthetics helped him find the voice and personality of Oz.
Deleted Scenes (with and without Commentary)
Scene 52 Joker/Arkham (5:53): Batman visits an unnamed prisoner in Arkham Asylum.
Scene 56 Selina Gets 44 Below Keycard (1:53): Selina gets a brief rendezvous with Oz.
Overall, Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is certainly one of the best films of 2022 so far, and the top contender for the best comic book movie of the year as well. Given the film’s overall quality on its own, it’s already necessary to add it to anyone’s movie collection, especially if you’re a big DC Movie fan.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment really knocked it out of the park with this release. They continue to stand out amongst the rest of their competition when it comes to quality 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray releases, not just in their consistent picture quality and surround sound, but also in its array of special features. Although hardcore fans would perhaps like even more hours of content on the bonus disc, the fact that we still receive over two hours of behind-the-scenes material is quite satisfying in an age where it feels like studios are starting to pivot away from special features.
Overall, this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is a must-own for anyone in 2022. If nothing else, you will be adding one of the best comic book films of the last several years into your collection, and this will help keep you excited before the HBO Max original series The Penguin premieres sometime in the future.
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