It is a swell release, but if you think that transfer (which was the same across all HD releases of Batman, be they physical or digital) is sweet, you must see the 4K edition.
Nothing tops the theatrical presentation, as the resolution of film vastly outdoes that of all home video formats, but the 4K release comes pretty close.
While I love Batman, Batman Forever is the reigning champ when it comes to the 4K releases of the Burton/Schumacher quadrilogy. Its simply a stunning, reference-quality presentation from start to finish.
SN: I don’t have an in-home Dolby Atmos set-up, but if I did, Batman would likely be the first movie I go to, so as to hear the Keatonwing soar overhead as it descends into Gotham.
During my latest re-watch of Batman, I pondered something that hadn’t come to mind in nearly 34 years of my familiarity with the movie:
Where are the GCPD while Joker and his men “party” with the Gotham citizenry?
They’re nowhere to be seen as Joker comes down the street, nor are they anywhere to be seen when the Smilex is dispersed.
In fact, you don’t see any Gotham PD until after Gordon and some officers arrive at the wreckage of the Batwing.
Where were they during Joker’s “party”?
He was a known killer and criminal, so its not like the police didn’t know what Joker was all about.
He stole the float and balloons, so he and his men could have been arrested for that…let alone just showing up and tossing cash out to the public, especially when he broadcast he was going to do that on TV days prior (and I don’t think he had a permit for public gatherings, either ).
Alas, no GCPD are readily noticeable until, again, after the Batwing has crashed.
I know Gotham isn’t known for the quality of its police force, but holy legally-deputized peacekeepers Batman, they’re just gone while Joker has his way with the cash-hungry citizens.