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The Dark Knight Rises [Blu-ray]


(Christopher Nolan, 2012)


Also available in The Dark Knight Trilogy Limited Edition Giftset (Batman Begins / The Dark Knight / The Dark Knight Rises)


Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Warner

Video: Warner Home Video



Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 2:57:28.970

Disc Size: 40,246,144,146 bytes

Feature Size: 39,772,299,264 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.01 Mbps

Chapters: 45

Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase

Release date: December 4th, 2012



Aspect ratio: 1:78 and 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 3725 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3725 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround



English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish, none



Explore Gotham: Second Screen: The Dark Knight Rises app for IOS 5.0 or higher compatible devices including iPhone and iPad

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The Batmobile (58:17)

• Ending the Knight (Production) Prologue: the High Altitude Hijacking - 7:42, Return to the  Batcave - 3:37, Beneath Gotham - 2:34, The Bat - 11:08, Batman vs. Bane - 6:07, Armory Accepted - 3:19, Gameday Destruction - 6:44, Demolishing a City Street - 4:15, The Pit - 3:04, The Chant - 5:19, The War on Wall Street - 6:40, Race to the Reactor - 7:52,  Characters) The Journey of Bruce Wayne - 8:53, Gotham's Reckoning - 10:05, A Girl's Gotta Eat - 9:26 Reflections) Shadow and Light in Large Format - 5:37, The End of a Legend - 9:04

• Trailer Archive (4 trailers - 8:36)

• Print Campaign and Art Gallery


DVD of the Feature / Leaflet with Code to activate Ultra-Violet - Instantly stream and download films to compatible devices





Description: It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.



The Film:

Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy concludes with this Warner Brothers release that finds The Dark Knight pitted against Bane, an unstoppable foe possessed of tremendous physical and intellectual strength. Nearly a decade after taking the fall for Harvey Dent's death and disappearing into the darkness, a fugitive Batman (Christian Bale) watches from the shadows as the Dent Act keeps the streets of Gotham City crime free. Meanwhile, an elusive cat burglar seizes the chance to strike, and a masked anarchist plots a devastating series of attacks designed to lure Bruce Wayne out of the shadows. Determined not to abandon the people who he once risked his life to protect, The Dark Knight emerges from his self-imposed exile ready to fight. But Bane (Tom Hardy) is ready, too, and once Batman is within his grasp, he will do everything in his power to break Gotham City's shadowy savior. Oscar-winner Michael Caine and Gary Oldman return in a sequel also starring Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.


If this image of violent revolt resonates strongly, it’s due to Mr. Nolan’s kinetic filmmaking in a scene that pulses with realism and to the primal fear that the people could at any moment, as in the French Revolution, become the mob that drags the rest of us into chaos. Yet little is what it first seems in “The Dark Knight Rises,” whether masked men or raging rhetoric. Mr. Nolan isn’t overtly siding with or taking aim at any group (the wily Bane only talks a good people’s revolution), but as he has done before, he is suggesting a third way. Like Steven Soderbergh in “Contagion,” a science-fiction freak-out in which the heroes are government workers, Mr. Nolan doesn’t advocate burning down the world, but fixing it.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

Image:    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray from Warner supports all its deserved anticipation.  The image quality varies in aspect ratio has the 1.78 (from 1.44 in IMAX version) for the majority and some scenes in 2.35: 1.  It looks flawless with rich contrast, tame and realistic colors and impressive detail in the infrequent close-ups. There is nothing to make issue with here - we have a highly pleasing dual-layered 1080P transfer. The 3-hour film is carried adeptly by the Blu-ray disc with consistent visuals that never expose any CGI (Nolan is noted for disliking its superficial impressions). The Dark Knight Rises uses a cornucopia of Camera types and Cinematographic process' - what a mind-blowing production scale. There is a slight subtle thickness to the image which connotes an intense theatrical feel. This Blu-ray looks as pristine and projects the grandeur of the filmmakers creation wonderfully.




















Audio :

Hans Zimmer's amazing score is such an integral part of the film presentation and frequently sounds incredible (especially the conclusion) via the DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at 3725 kbps. Effects are mostly in the form of Bat-devices and Bat-vehicles which export significant depth and power in lossless. Range has a few crisp separations which add dynamic flavor to the action. Impressive audio indeed. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.


Extras :

I'm only through about 1/2 of the Special Features disc (a second Blu-ray). It is dominant in production details and Nolan is interviewed in most segments. A commentary would be less feasible with the film's length but so many details of production are covered in about 1 hour's worth of short video pieces divided into 3 major headings. "The Batmobile" documentary lasts an hour and covers all five Batmobiles through the evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon. There is also a Trailer Archive (4 trailers - 8:36) and a Print Campaign and Art Gallery Section. The Feature disc has an Explore Gotham: Second Screen where The Dark Knight Rises app is available for IOS 5.0 or higher compatible devices including iPhone and iPad. There is also a DVD of the feature included and the package has a leaflet with a Code to activate Ultra-Violet - instant streaming and download films to compatible devices. Whew.



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What makes comic-book 'hero' adventures believable are the vulnerabilities of the protagonist. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby figured this out a long time ago. This trilogy-complete Batman epic is easily the best of the series in my opinion. The production reaches fantastic proportions of set design, costume and art direction. That alone is worth the price but the story is an impactful conclusion. I wasn't prepared to like this as much as I did. I think this is an amazing Blu-ray package that we can strongly endorse to any who are, even remotely, keen! 

Gary Tooze

November 20th, 2012

Also available in The Dark Knight Trilogy Limited Edition Giftset (Batman Begins / The Dark Knight / The Dark Knight Rises)


About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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