The Batman Anthology, a collection of the four previous Batman movies, now out of print on DVD, has been announced for March 10. They’re pushing the announcement that this will be the first time the movies are available on Blu-ray, but the regular editions will be coming back into print as well.
Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin will be available in a Blu-ray box set. Also included will be “over 18 hours of special features, including documentaries from directors Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher, deleted scenes, and music videos”, plus a digital copy of Batman (The Movie) suitable for download to computer or iPod. (Note: I’m assuming that means the first film in the set, not the 60s campy version, but I might be wrong.) On Blu-ray, these films are only available as a set at a list price of $130 US. (If you only want the good ones, wait a bit. I’m sure individual discs will follow.)
However, on regular DVD, you have a lot more choices. You can get single-disk editions of each movie for $13 or two-disc special editions at $27 apiece. Those are coming out on February 10, with a Collection following on March 10 for $80.
This announcement struck me as more evidence of how hard studios are pushing Blu-ray now. That’s the focus of the piece, with the other discs mentioned as an afterthought, with no specific information on their content or special features. And looking at the prices, you can understand why — $50 more for an enhanced picture? I’m not interested, thanks.
It’s a shame that they didn’t do a fancy tin box with plenty of extras, like Superman got. Maybe that’s down the road for next holiday season.