Batman Forever (1995)
|Category||Action||Biographies-Cast & Crew|
|Year Of Production||1995|
|Running Time||116:39 (Case: 122)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Joel Schumacher|
Warner Home Video
Tommy Lee Jones
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
In the green corner, representing the bad guys we have: The Riddler/Edward Nygma (Jim Carrey), and Harvey Two Face/Harvey Dent (Tommy Lee Jones).
Aaaannnnd in the black corner, representing the good guys we have: Batman/Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer) and Robin/Dick Grayson (Chris O'Donnell).
Also featuring: Nicole Kidman as the seriously hot Chase Meridian, who definitely catches the eye of Batman and Drew Barrymore, as the beautiful Sugar.
Let the battle begin.
Overall the picture is a little soft, but it is clear and sharp for foreground objects. The picture usually lacks background detail, which makes it appear blurry on many occasions. Surprisingly, this does not overly detract from the movie. No low-level noise was noted, and the shadow detail was very good. Only one scene seemed to be just a bit on the dark side, which is probably a director's choice and not a transfer problem.
There is some trivial edge enhancement at 30:37 and 57:51, which I doubt that you will notice if you are actually watching the movie.
The colours are well saturated and natural looking, with perfect skin tones. There are many scenes that contain vibrant colours that stand out amongst the dark scenery - the back-street alley night fight is a perfect example of this. However, colour is still not as lush or vibrant as some of the more recent films that I have seen, such as Bicentennial Man.
The background suffers from an almost constant grain, which is not overly distracting, but there are a couple of occasions where it spills over into the foreground, such as at 87:16 and 110:33. For TV owners, this grain should hardly be noticeable.
Film artefacts are very rare and are always small and unobtrusive. This transfer is alias-free except for one trivial occurrence at 47:34. Moiré effects are limited to two deliberate cinematic occurrences at 35:44 and 78:23 - 78:27, but there really is nothing to complain about here.
This movie is on a single layer disc, which is surprising considering the movies’ running time.
The dialogue was extremely clear and easy to understand throughout the entire movie.
Audio sync was not a problem at all with this transfer, and was completely spot on. There are a couple of occurrences of looping or dialogue replacement. These are noticeable, but inconsequential.
Elliot Goldenthal's musical score suits the movie well.
The surround channels are very aggressively used for ambience, music and lots of special effects. Directional effects and sound placement within the sound field are very good, which puts you in amongst the action.
The subwoofer is continually being used to add bass to most scenes and is highly active during the dramatic sequences, which there are plenty of.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The picture quality is very good, with only some grain and softness slightly spoiling the image.
This is an excellent audio transfer, and is of reference quality (just).
The extras are limited.
|DVD||Sony DVP-725, using Component output|
|Display||Sony Projector VPH-G70 (No Line Doubler), Technics Da-Lite matt screen with gain of 1.0 (229cm). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Fronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)|