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The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray Review

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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard
  • Written By: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan
  • Directed By: Christopher Nolan
  • Distributor: Warner Home Entertainment
  • Original Year or Release: 2012
  • Extras: See Below
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The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray Review


By Kimberly McCall     December 03, 2012

With the first subtle thunder of Hans Zimmer's notes, it feels as through not even a second has passed since we were last in the world of Christopher Nolan's Batman. In reality, it has been four years since The Dark Knight film, itself, and eight years in Gotham since the night of Harvey Dent's death. The Dark Knight Rises hurls its faithful audience right back in without so much as a second for speculation. The Blu-ray arrives just in time for the holiday season. After all, what better gift to give a super fan than the final chapter of one of the few most successful trilogies in moviemaking history?

In addition to the beloved regulars, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman, one must give due credit to the new Batman faces. Tom Hardy has taken the character of Bane out of the comic book side-character ashes and into the limelight with a more obscure, less brutish performance. On the other hand, Anne Hathaway delivered a fairly typical femme fatal Catwoman. I'm not knocking the fantastic cat suit by any means, it might have just been nice to see the character go a different direction. Marion Cotillard has proven her ability to costar in multiple American blockbusters, this time as a debutante with an ulterior plan. Finally, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a refreshing addition and gives us the best darn Batman and Robin movie we've seen, yet (even if we didn't know it until the last five minutes).

Unlike The Dark Knight Blu-ray, which received waves of criticism, The Dark Knight Rises transfer looks great. There are no halo beams of light where they shouldn't be, and the 1080p doesn't kill the shadows at all. The caves and catacombs are dark and murky. The daylight snow is crisp and white. Nothing appears over-exposed as was so complained about in the last installment.

The audio quality is even more spectacular. Ever rustle of paper, drop of water, and breaking of bone rings out with crystal clarity. The only thing that is not crystal clear is Bane's voice, which still has the same muffle it did in the theater. However, the guy is wearing a breathing mask and, although difficult to understand at times, the muffle adds an element of reality to the character and experience.

Perhaps the most intriguing bit of The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray is the second disk containing a treasure trove of special features. Granted, they are particularly difficult to navigate. “The Batmobile” is a documentary which focuses on every incarnation of the beloved vehicle from the earliest comics, to TV, to movies, and to the tumbler. “Ending the Knight” is a collection of featurettes from production to characters, to reflections. The production featurette was extremely refreshing as it demonstrated every practical effect used in the film (more than I ever knew). It was a joy to see Batman's newest flying “Bat” really “flying” through city streets atop a crane. It was also a treat to hear Hans Zimmer talk about how he took his incredible score and journeyed to morph it into Bane's music. Finally, the “Reflections” segment takes us inside the lives of all the cast and crew who have more or less lived Batman for the last eight years. The special features also contain Print Campaign Art Galleries, which show off 31 pieces of promotional poster art.

This Blu-ray marks the end of an era. It is the final chapter in the Nolan Batman franchise. Where the caped crusader will venture next, no one knows. In the meantime, we can all enjoy The Dark Knight Rises in near perfect visual and audio preservation forever. Well, until the next box set release, anyway.

The Dark Knight Rises available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and for download 12/4.

“THE BATMOBILE” DOCUMENTARY: Witness all five Batmobiles together for the first time in history.  Dive deep into every aspect of the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman’s arsenal as you journey through the birth and evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon. (01:00)
ENDING THE KNIGHT: A comprehensive look into how Director Christopher Nolan and his production team made “The Dark Knight Rises” the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend.
The Prologue: High-Altitude Hijacking
Return to the Batcave
Beneath Gotham
The Bat
Batman vs Bane
Armory Accepted
Gameday Destruction
Demolishing a City Street
The Pit
The Chant
The War on Wall Street
Race to the Reactor

The Journey of Bruce Wayne
Gotham's Reckoning
A Girls Gotta Eat
Shadows & Light in Large Format
The End of A Legend
Art Galleries
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The Journey of Bruce Wayne 



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Wes1970 12/3/2012 5:09:56 AM

 Ahh how ironic that the video clip shows cops running to thier doom...haha. True WW1 era strategy for Gotham's Finest.  God this movie sucked on so many levels its pathetic the only reason to buy it is to check out the evolution of the na not really lol

littlemikey979 12/3/2012 6:42:12 AM

Well, I sure hope to see this blu-ray wrapped and under the Christmas tree come Christmas morning. I think I dropped enough hints to the wife by now. I am looking forward to seeing this again and watching youtube clips just doesn't cut it. As with most of Nolan's movies, they get better with every viewing and the Batman trio are no exceptions. It is kind of sad that this is an actual conculsion to almost the entire cast and team that made these great movies for us.

But I still don't like the ultravoliet b.s.

hanso 12/3/2012 6:57:50 AM

 2morrow it shall be mine and my collection shall be complete.  Marathon viewing of the trilogy will follow.

littleMikey, i agree.  Ultraviolet is balls, i have no clue wtf that is about.  I just want an Itunes copy.

DarthBob 12/3/2012 7:09:34 AM

Seeing this turd once was enough for me, I'll pass

ddiaz28 12/3/2012 7:16:45 AM
I agree about the UV crap. Just give me a digital copy I can throw on my iPad! Why would I want to stream it all the time? I saw this "turd" twice in the theater and can't wait to check it out again on blu-ray. I'm gonna wait for a sweet box set of all three before I pick this up though.
moonsunne 12/3/2012 7:36:29 AM

 Some Studios have smartened up and now provide a Digital version in addition to the Ultraviolet crap.

redhairs99 12/3/2012 7:46:53 AM

 I actually haven't tried those UV digital copies yet.  What the hell is the point if you're not downloading a copy to your harddrive?  That is BS.  Guess I'll just have to resort back to my usual ripping to MPEG2 (of movies I own) on my desktop.

wish 12/3/2012 7:58:24 AM

Ditto on the marathon trilogy viewing, no work for me on Tuesday!!  One of the best series of films ever made!  Nolan's crew is amazing, can't wait to see what they do next!!!

jedibanner 12/3/2012 8:30:47 AM

Stupid question here but, what is ultravilet? Here up in the north, usually BR comes with DVD and digital copy.

moonsunne 12/3/2012 12:21:15 PM

 Ultraviolet is what a few of the studios were trying to put in place to compete with itunes for storing and viewing your digital library. It can be run through Flixster so you can stream any of your movies anytime.

One interesting thing is you can set up your library as a household so everyone in the house can watch instead of the specific rights that an Itunes account has.

It was half of an idea poorly executed.

Pretty much sucks

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