Batman (1989) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review: The Basics
Batman 4K Blu-ray
30th Anniversary Edition / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray
Warner Bros. | 1989 | 126 min | Rated PG-13 | Jun 04, 2019
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: 4K (2160p)
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
English: Dolby Atmos
French (Canadian): Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
English SDH, French (Canadian), Spanish
Two-disc set (1 BD-66, 1 BD-50)
4K Ultra HD (UHD)
Batman (1989) 4K Story: The Basics
After a young boy witnesses his parents’ murder on the streets of Gotham City, he grows up to become the Batman, a mysterious figure in the eyes of Gotham’s citizens, who takes crime-fighting into his own hands. He first emerges out of the shadows when the Joker appears – a horribly disfigured individual who is out for revenge on his former employer and generally likes to have a good time, but the identity of the `bat’ is unknown. Perhaps millionaire Bruce Wayne and photographer Vicki Vale have a good chance of finding out?
Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Sam Hamm, Warren Skaaren, Bob Kane
Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Michael Gough
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Batman (1989) 4K Video: The Basics
Well, my first impression wasn’t that good of Batman, the first 30 seconds looked a little rough, I guess I was just getting used to the age of the movie itself. Luckily, the image for me got much better very quickly and to be honest I was quite impressed with what Warner Bros. have done with this 4k Ultra HD release. No edge enhancement was present which is great for me because I dislike anything digital and extras added. The picture at times was soft and it must have been hard not to try and add edge to sharpen things up, but they didn’t, so thats nice. The uptick in resolution vs the Blu-ray or anything that I’ve seen before is actually quite big. The disc is mostly sharp with some occasional soft shots. Film grain is not consistent, some shots have excellent and tight film grain and others are muffled, but I’m guessing thats the best source material they had. After a little rocky start to the disc, I thing overall this disc looks quite good, and I’m impressed with what Warners have done, nice job.
VIDEO SCORE = 4 out of 5
HD MOVIE SOURCE – Impressive Transfer
Batman (1989) 4K Audio: The Basics
The sound for Batman on 4K UHD is Dolby Atmos and is very good in my opinion. One thing to note is the smoothness of the sound, for movies this old I was expecting a harsh sound but no, it is very smooth. The center channel has excellent and clear dialogue. The use of Atmos height speakers is also very good with planes and helicopters going over me, I felt really immersed in the sound. The use of surrounds and bass is great, the bass drum is nice from most of Prince’s songs on the movie soundtrack and was just enough bass for me, very nice.
This is the best this movie has looked and sounded, it’s very impressive and well worth a listen and view. If you are a fan of this Batman movie then you have to purchase this movie.
AUDIO SCORE = 4.5 out of 5
HD MOVIE SOURCE – Recommend
How I Review: The Basics
I just write what I see, nothing super in depth, just what I see. Do I see noise in the blacks? Edge enhancement? Digital Issues? Scaling Problem? I will let you know if I see any errors in the discs, and how good they really look. Same with the audio, super basic, if its good I’ll let you know. My reviews will not get a reference certificate unless its flawless, I will not be giving out 10/10 video and audio without merit. I’m going to keep this really simple, and I hope you enjoy that side of my Reviews. Thank you.
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DENON – X6300H
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OPPO – UDP-203 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY PLAYER
VIZIO – P75C1 – ISF CALIBRATED – DOLBY VISION
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