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The Dark Knight (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008]


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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Directors: Christopher Nolan
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, English, Italian, Hebrew, Icelandic, Greek
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (743 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CEE1W6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,114 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Director Christopher Nolan's sequel to his own 'Batman Begins' sees Gotham's avenging angel squaring-up to a new kid on the block - psychotic prankster, the Joker (Heath Ledger, in the role that won him a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor). In the space of a year, Batman (Christian Bale), aided by Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and new District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), has managed to rid Gotham's streets of the organised crime gangs that once ravaged the city. Things seem to be looking up, although on the personal front, Bruce Wayne discovers he has a rival in his affections for main squeeze Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) in the shape of the new D.A., who, as a political climber, likes to keep his cards close to his chest. But just when the authorities think they're finally making progress in their fight against crime, the appearance on the streets of a sinister new figure, with a demented grin and a passion for chaos, causes panic among the good people of Gotham, and leads to a battle of wits between Batman and the Joker which threatens to get extremely personal.

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The Dark Knight arrives with tremendous hype (best superhero movie ever? posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger?), and incredibly, it lives up to all of it. But calling it the best superhero movie ever seems like faint praise, since part of what makes the movie great--in addition to pitch-perfect casting, outstanding writing, and a compelling vision--is that it bypasses the normal fantasy element of the superhero genre and makes it all terrifyingly real. Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) is Gotham City's new district attorney, charged with cleaning up the crime rings that have paralysed the city. He enters an uneasy alliance with the young police lieutenant, Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), and Batman (Christian Bale), the caped vigilante who seems to trust only Gordon--and whom only Gordon seems to trust. They make progress until a psychotic and deadly new player enters the game: the Joker (Heath Ledger), who offers the crime bosses a solution--kill the Batman. Further complicating matters is that Dent is now dating Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal, after Katie Holmes turned down the chance to reprise her role), the longtime love of Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne.

In his last completed role before his tragic death, Ledger is fantastic as the Joker, a volcanic, truly frightening force of evil. And he sets the tone of the movie: the world is a dark, dangerous place where there are no easy choices. Eckhart and Oldman also shine, but as good as Bale is, his character turns out rather bland in comparison (not uncommon for heroes facing more colorful villains). Director/co-writer Christopher Nolan (Memento) follows his critically acclaimed Batman Begins with an even better sequel that sets itself apart from notable superhero movies like Spider-Man 2 and Iron Man because of its sheer emotional impact and striking sense of realism--there are no suspension-of-disbelief superpowers here. At 152 minutes, it's a shade too long, and it's much too intense for kids. But for most movie fans--and not just superhero fans--The Dark Knight is a film for the ages. --David Horiuchi

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 6 Aug 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This is a film so good that I don't feel it can be fully taken in on first viewing. This was an issue I found with The Matrix as well. Both films are so loaded with ideas, so complex in the painstakingly loving creation of an alternative universe, that on first viewing it's easy to become overwhelmed and fail to absorb a large chunk of it all. That was my experience at the cinema, and as a result I thought the Dark Knight was just 'pretty good'. On seeing it again on Blu-Ray it's clear that it's actually 'Phenomenal' in every way.
The Batman world has evolved from the first film, as it should in every good sequel. Christian Bale is back and excellent once again, now finding himself battling imitators as well as bad guys. Ex-girlfriend Rachel is now dating hotshot star DA Harvey Dent, played by a tough and likeable Aaron Eckhart, and Heath Ledger truly deserved that Oscar as the Joker. His character must have been worked on for months. He comes across as a completely authentic human being, full of tics, personality and insanity and is utterly captivating when on screen. The script's plot is artfully written and shows off a terrific range of character arcs, stunning Bat technology, and bad guy shenanigans. Bale also gets to wheel out more emotion than before and faces harder choices in his actions. The photography is stunning, glitteringly clear on Blu-Ray and showing the film off to its full potential.
All of the actions taken throughout the film feel like they fit the story properly and service the script, not the other way around which is the case in so many superhero movies. In fact, it's hard to imagine how they came up with something so tightly written.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Jan 2009
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I found this to be a very intelligent piece of 'comic book' film-making, accomplishing the difficult feat of having Batman appear to be a strangely normal part of the real world. The action sequences are impressive, all the more so for being live action rather than CGI, and the performances credible. Aaron Eckhardt is particularly notable as Harvey Dent, his zeal always bordering on the manic even as a good guy. Gary Oldman is wonderfully understated and Michael Caine is, well, Michael Caine. I was left wondering if Gyllenhaal's character might return as Catwoman if there is a sequel. But of course the buzz was all about Heath Ledger. He is astonishing in his portrayal of the Joker. Regardless of his untimely death and the hype that surrounded this film as a result, this performance really does deserve a nod at Oscar time as he simply gobbles up the screen whenever he appears.
I give the DVD 4 stars rather than 5 as I was a bit disappointed by the extras in what is supposed to be a 2-disc edition. I thought the 'news' items a bit pointless and there was too much emphasis on the Imax sequences. I did not expect a morbid Heath-fest but I did expect some kind of mention, even if only to go into more depth about his approach to the character of the Joker. I like to hear the actors talk about their characters and the process of making the film and there is little of that to be found here. So from that point of view I found this a disappointing buy and would probably have gone for the single disc edition if given the choice again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Silent Bob on 5 Sep 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I admit, I came to the new batman films with a somewhat preconceived notion that they would be typical comic book films, glossy and boring, but nevertheless an agreeable way to spend two hours or so. However, I was very wrong, whilst in opinion, it is not quite te masterpiece that some claim, it is nevertheless a brilliant film, the plot is genuinely compelling and the setting genuinely dark. Christopher Nolan has finally got the full potential out of the Batman world not only that but there is some stellar acting on show, not just with Heath Ledger but from Micheal Caine and from Morgan Freeman as well.

Now onto the Blu-ray conversion, which has been the subject of some controversy in the reviews below. My view is that so long as you watch it without purposefully looking for the aspect ratio changes, you won't notice them too much and they won't annoy you. What you will notice is that the film envelops you in the world of Gotham City.

Overall personally I like the fact that they filmed some of it in IMAX it adds to the film, rather than taking away, in my opinion. I also loved the film, it is fun and not totally serious, but it's still great nevertheless.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John M. Osullivan on 29 Aug 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Dark Knight is outstanding!!I bought the film on triple play so it had the blu ray,special features and the dvd.I loved the blu ray picture quality.Its one of the best blu ray picture qualitys i've ever seen on a blu ray!I am going to give the picture quality an a+.Now on to the story.The joker wants Batman to reveall who he is and if Batman says no he he will kill people of gotham.I don't want to tell you any more of the story or otherwise I will spoil it fore you.The story is nice and easy to understand but I think the film makers should of thought of a more exciting storyline.The actors in the film are fantastic!Especially heath ledger as the joker.He makes the film very very exciting because when he puts on an expresion on his face it makes you wonder what he planning to do.Christian Bale returns as Batman and he does a great job in the film overall the actors in the movie make it feel as if its a true story.So i am going to give the cast an a+.Now on to the special features.There are quite a few.

Special Features:Gotham Uncovered creation of a scene-director christopher nolan creative callaborators.umask the incredible detail and planning behind the film,Including stunt gaging.Filming in IMAX,the new batsuit and bat-pod.Batman tech-the incredible gadgets and tools in HD.Gotham Tonight-6 episodes of gotham cable's premier news program.The galleries-the joker cards,concept art,poster art,production stills,traliers and Tv sports.
The special features are very intresting to watch.So i am going to give it an A+.so overall the dark knight triple play gets an A-.I hope you enjoyed my review.
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