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The Dark Knight (2 Discs) [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Directors: Christopher Nolan
  • Writers: Christopher Nolan, Bob Kane, David S. Goyer, Jonathan Nolan
  • Producers: Christopher Nolan, Benjamin Melniker, Charles Roven
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Spanish
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • 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 (1,007 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CEE1WG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,901 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Director Christopher Nolan (The Prestige) returns to Gotham City with this sequel to the critically-acclaimed fan favourite, Batman Begins. In The Dark Knight, Batman (Christian Bale, – American Psycho) squares off against a new, completely psychotic foe: the Joker (Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain). However, the Dark Knight finds himself fighting a battle on two fronts when he learns that a prominent political figure named Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart, Thank You For Smoking) is concealing a dastardly alter-ego known as Two Face.

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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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Format: DVD
It is not often the case that the sequel is as good as, if not better than the original, but "The Dark Knight." is definitely a worthy successor to "Batman Begins". Words of warning though, pay attention to the certificate! Don't be one of those parents that let their eight-year-old watch this film and is then surprised that their child has nightmares. This is a very dark tale! Heath Ledger's well-deserved posthumous multiple awards, for his portrayal of The Joker, creates memorable and disturbing scenes, suggestive of deeply cruel violence; stealing every scene he is in. Christian Bale, as Batman, takes the story of our hero from triumph to tragedy; supported by excellent performances from Michael Cane and Morgan Freeman amongst others. But, of course, this is much more than intense drama. The special effects are stunning and the action will leave you breathless. The filmmakers have paid attention to every detail of the visuals and soundtrack to make this DVD worth watching many times over to pick up on everything that they achieved. If that is not enough for you, the second disk of features will probably give you all the information you could wish for about the making of the film. This two-disk release is well worth adding to your collection.
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Format: Blu-ray
The film's great, blah blah, nothing new.

This is really to comment on the Blu-Ray variable aspect ratio that is featured on this BD. As a film purist, I was VERY sceptical about the idea of moving from letterbox to full-screen aspect ratios during such a brilliant film. I was so worried that it would look cheap and gimmicky that I rented the BD before buying to make up my mind. At the worst, I would get the DVD and get the whole thing in letterbox format, I thought.

Looking back, I am glad I checked, because it really could have been awful, but honestly? I'm not sure how I could imagine that such a landmark film would be the object of cheap gimmicks...

The switching from letterbox to full screen is so subtly integrated that my wife didn't even notice it(and she's just as film savvy as I am - I knew about the VAR so I was looking out for the switches)

Here's the verdict: I found that it actually added to the film.

The opening bank heist and the lorry vs bike scene (don't pretend you don't know the one...) both get the full screen treatment. Obviously, they are two amazing set pieces that really benefit from the involving appeal of the full-screen experience. They are also two scenes that must have been intentionally shot with no important info on the sides, so you really do lose nothing you would have wanted to keep and you gain immersion and pixel-perfect definition. This is not Channel 5 cutting of the sides of your favourite movies just to get rid of the black stripes. When the black stripes go, it's because it really is best that way. And then when they come back, it's integrated into dark scenes so that you don't even realise it.
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Format: Blu-ray
Oh My! Has it really been four years (at the time of writing) since this was released? The quick answer is 'Yes it has'. Just that, to me, it still only feels like yesterday.

Anyhow, onto business, I don't want to talk about the plot (a well-constructed review either here or over the net can help you there, better than I could). I shall tell you my opinion of the BD transfer.

Picture: 9.5/10. This film is absolutely superb in HD, a real improvement over its' DVD counterpart. I was initially sceptical about making the purchase and put it off for months, but eventually gave in and bought it, along with Batman Begins... review on that to come! The picture works really well in HD; the opening bank heist scene, Wow! Also, shots of the city, both Gotham and Hong Kong, look beautiful in stunning HD. The fight scenes and explosions look gorgeous. A real improvement over the standard DVD's picture, I must say.
However, as I often state with Blu Ray reviews, dark/scenes set at night don't really work in HD. At least, in my eyes, they look quite the same as the DVD (character's faces look a little brighter in HD in dark scenes here, but that's about it, I'm afraid).

Audio: 9/10. The sound has definitely improved over the DVD counterpart. Fight scenes, explosions and the film's score (masterfully conducted by Hans Zimmer, the genius that is!) are now a joy to watch and hear in stunning HD.

Overall, I do recommend buying this over the DVD. It is a definite improvement. One drawback is the lack of 'new' Special Features. Many reviewers have felt that this was a problem (they are the same as the standard edition), and I am no exception. They should have given the Blu Ray release a little more. Oh, well...

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Format: Blu-ray
Bruce Wayne and his masked alter-ego don't actually feature in this film as much as you'd think, instead the focus is on the other characters. We don't see a great deal of Bruce Wayne, but when we do Bale excels - there are times when his Patrick Bateman from American Psycho seems to shine through as he gives the impression of being a carefree playboy yuppie. We are aware that in order to live his double-life, he must sacrifice his own image and popularity.

It's great that the film makes an effort to build up the characters who will become Batman's nemeses - often in comic-action films the baddies are 2-dimensional larger-than-life beasts who appear, cause a bit of hassle, and then get obliterated by the hero. Batman is famed for its outrageous bad-guys, but in Dark Knight they have a grittiness which grounds them in reality - this makes them seem far more sinister. Instead of almost cartoon-like caricatures they feel eerily like the product of a broken society.

It's difficult to discuss this film without gushing praise to Heath Ledger for his performance as The Joker, it's all justified - his performance was sublime and The Joker comes across as a unhinged sociopath hell-bent on causing destruction for a very personal motive. He doesn't crave money, not even power - and it is his unpredictability which makes him so creepy. But through it all there's always sympathy for him, he might be a evil lunatic who kills with no emotional regard - but behind the make-up he's a damaged soul. He stands as a message to us all, the scariest realisation is that Gotham City produced this monster.

Helping to reel the film into plausibility are the answers to many of the questions an action hero film naturally produces: What do ordinary folk think of Batman?
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