Batman 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray Release Delayed Until December -- Except at Best Buy

The November 11 release of a Blu-ray special edition celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's Batman has been pushed back to December 9, Warner Bros. announced today.

Except at Best Buy.

The big box retailer will be able to sell the movie on November 11 as previously announced, but Warners says that other "e-tailers and retailers" will have to wait, implying that, unlike most major releases in the current home entertainment market, Batman will not be made available digitally in advance of the formal release date.

Below is the original statement on the release, including a suggested retail price.

To help mark Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment’s milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ popular Batman character, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will release Batman 25th Anniversary Two-Disc Edition, a new Blu-ray™ edition debuting December 9 (at $24.98 SRP) in the studio’s distinctive new sleek Diamond Luxe collector-style packaging. With its state-of-the-art sophisticated and durable design, the new packaging is perfect for those wishing to add this edition to their home libraries. Also included is Batman: The Birth of the Modern Blockbuster -- a look at the phenomenal marketing, extensive merchandising and franchise foresight that set the template for the next 25 years of tentpole pictures.