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Warner Slates Earlier ‘Batman’ Films For Blu-ray

7 Jan, 2009 By: John Latchem

Warner Home Video will release Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 on Blu-ray Disc March 10 (prebook Feb. 3) at $129.95.

The set includes the two “Batman” films directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton — 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns — as well as the sequels directed by Joel Schumacher — 1995’s Batman Forever, with Val Kilmer in the title role, and 1997’s Batman & Robin, starring George Clooney.

The Blu-ray versions are available only in the collection.

The five-disc Blu-ray set includes a bonus digital copy of the original film for an iPod or PC. More than 18 hours of extras from the previously released DVD special editions of the films also will be included.

In addition to the Blu-ray release, Warner will re-promote the earlier films on DVD at $12.97 each, $26.99 per two-disc special edition, and $79.92 for the collection.

The recent “Batman” films, 2005’s Batman Begins and 2008’s The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, proved to be huge sellers on Blu-ray, with The Dark Knight becoming the all-time Blu-ray bestseller its first week in stores.

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