Happy Birthday, Batman 1989 VHS Tape

Batman symbol from the 1989 batman movie

Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film was the shit. I’ve often written about how in the summer of 1989 my life completely transformed into Batman. I had been a Star Wars kid for years, but once Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film came out, that’s all I could think about. There’s not much else in my life that I’ve been obsessed with, except for perhaps boobs, and even then I don’t think I’ve thought about them as much as I did Batman 1989.

The Batman VHS tape was a seminal moment in my Batman 1989 obsession. My memory was that it came out either on my birthday or very close to it. It was like a gift from the almighty that I could watch and re-watch my favorite movie on my birthday that year. This is when movies were a lot less accessible, so having the ability to do this was still fairly newish in the grand scheme of things.

The dude that runs Batman1989.com confirmed that the VHS tape was released on November 15th, 1989. That was just 3 days before my 11th birthday and today it marks the 24th birthday of the Batman VHS tape. Wow, that’s incredibly depressing.

I clearly remember my Dad picking it up on release day from Shopko (that’s a Midwestern reference for sure). What I can’t remember is if they made me wait until my actual birthday before I could watch it, but I don’t think they were that cruel.

I still own that VHS tape too. At one point my Dad taped the cardboard sleeve together because it was getting a bit ragged. And the quality of the tape is pretty horrible from all the re-watchings. I’ll never get rid of it, though. In fact I’ll probably have it buried with me along with my Starcom Starmax Bomber and my mistress.

To celebrate the birthday of the Batman 1989 VHS tape, why don’t you pop in your copy of the movie and watch it? On VHS of course. Everyone owns a VCR and a copy of Batman 1989 on VHS right?

Fun Links: Batman1989.com, Batman 1989 Facebook Page

  • William Bruce West

    I was recently talking about this on Twitter. As much of a Batman fan that I am, I somehow completely missed this movie coming out in theaters. I remember black guys getting the symbol shaved into their hair, and assorted other Batmania, but I was only 9. When my mom gave it to me for Christmas, I couldn’t believe that I had somehow missed that masterpiece up until then.

  • Huh, I don’t know how you missed it! That’s cool that your Mom got it for you, though.

    This was one of the few movies I saw twice in the theater. It might have been the only one, back then.

  • Ben Rollier

    That’s awesome! I had no idea it was the anniversary of it’s release. I just happened to locate my copy (in great shape) a couple weeks ago.

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  • montewilliams

    Returns is better. Also, you should really give me your Hot Toys Keaton Batman.

  • Batman Returns is better? What?!

  • montewilliams

    First, let the record show: there was no protest when I suggested your Hot Toys Keaton Batman is mine.

    Second, I elaborate at great length here:


    But the gist is this: Returns has characterization. The first film does not.

  • I just so shocked at the assertion. I like it… sort of… I think it could have used a little more editing and restraint and it would have been way better than what it is. Now I can watch it with the aid of a fast forward button.