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The Dark Knight Rises

by Kevin Taft
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Tuesday Dec 4, 2012
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While I was not a huge fan of Christopher Nolan’s "I’m a superhero movie embarrassed to be a superhero movie" take on the Batman legend, I am in the minority and therefore, won’t list the reasons it didn’t work for me. Because there is no point, especially when the over three hours of bonus features on the Blu-ray will satiate the lovers of this incarnation of the bat-man.

For the uninitiated, "The Dark Knight Rises" is the final chapter in Nolan’s version of the seminal comic-book hero which began with "Batman Begins" and continued with the acclaimed "The Dark Knight." The villain here is a brute named Bane (Tom Hardy) whose surround sound voice seems as disembodied from his, er, body as are his nefarious motivations. (Why nuke the city you live in? What was up with the Wall Street thing?) We get a cool Catwoman courtesy of lithe Anne Hathaway (although she’s never called Catwoman because that would be too uncool to do in a movie based on a comic book villain that is actually called Catwoman.... errrr... ) And the film does look pretty spectacular. On Blu-ray that vision is starkly realized and the sound is pretty awesome as well. But again... it’s all about the special features which Bat-fans can sink their Bat-teeth into. They include:

"The Batmobile" hour-long documentary gives a full history of the many incarnations of the famous car.

"Ending the Knight" which includes three sections about the making of the film that feature a number of short featurettes:

  • "Production" which includes 12 subsections including features on the Batcave, the Armory, and the Pit.
  • "Characters" looks individually at Bruce Wayne, Bane, and Selina Kyle.
  • "Reflections" delves into the making of the film’s IMAX sections, as well as a final look back at ending the Nolan trilogy.

    In addition there is a collection of all four trailers, Art Galleries, and an Ultra Violet copy.


    "The Dark Knight Rises"
    Blu-ray Combo Pack
    $35.99
    www.wbshop.com

  • Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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