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Batman: The Dark Knight (Blu-ray)

Released on 08 December 2008

Featuring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger & Morgan Freeman

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 12 years & over

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Following on from Batman Begins, director Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale reunite for The Dark Knight.

With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and newly appointed District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker.

  • Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene - Director Christopher Nolan and creative collaborators unmask the incredible detail and planning behind the film, including stunt staging, filming in IMAX®, and the new Bat-suit and Bat-pod.
  • Batman Tech - The incredible gadgets and tools (in HD)
  • Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of The Dark Knight - Delve into the psyche of Bruce Wayne and the world of Batman through real-world psychotherapy (in HD)
  • Gotham Tonight - 6 episodes of Gotham Cable's premier news program
  • The Galleries - The Joker cards, concept art, poster art, production stills, trailers and TV spots

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 The best film of the year

| | See all Royley's reviews (15)

This is not just the best superhero film I have seen, this is one of the best films I have seen. This is an incredibly complex drama involving 3 main characters - Batman, the Joker and Harvey Dent. Christian Bale is in my opinion, the best Batman we've ever seen, he gives the impression of being bound to doing what he does by the memories of his parents deaths, but wanting to find a way out. He plays the millionaire playboy fool as Bruce Wayne and is able to portray a believable nocturnal vigilante as Batman. Another thing that makes Bale so great, is that he refuses to be upstaged by his villains - always a problem for previous Batmans, but Bale is far too good an actor for that.
Heath Ledger give a stellar performance as the Joker, lots has been said about the performance, but it has to be seen to be believed. He is truly superb, chewing up the scenery in every scene, that he doesn't run away with the film completely is testament to the aforementioned Bale and Christopher Nolan being far too interested in all of the characters in his world to let him. The talk of a posthumous Oscar for Ledger just highlights what a sad loss he will be.
Aaron Eckhart as Harvey dent is the centrepoint of the whole film, his performance is also excellent and the journey he makes is the most interesting character development in the whole film.
excellent support too from the rest of the cast (especially Gary Oldman as Gordon) but the three leads and the direction of Nolan make this the years most outstanding film - 5 stars, just perfect

 This disc is abysmal. Gives Blu ray and even DVD a bad name!

| | See all Kretin's reviews (1)

Please pay attention to the fact that Play.com list this as Widescreen 2.40:1 ; Widescreen 1.78:1. This is not a different aspect ratio for the film and extras, this is the fact that the film is presented in different aspect ratios!

I don't know if this is unique to the Blu Ray or whether it affects the DVD as well. Also I have no idea how they showed this in the cinema. The only other film I have seen that had changing aspect ratios was Crocodile Hunter, where different complete scenes where shot in different aspect ratios. The Dark Knight had single scenes filmed in different aspects throughout!!

I found this very off putting and it wasted the whole film, which I'm certain would have been enjoyable if it had stuck to one or the other.

The 2.4:1 ratio seemed fine. It didn't look like 1.78 that had been cropped, it was all well framed. The 1.78 sections looked fine as well. I doubt they could have been cropped to 2.4:1 which makes me wonder how they showed this in the cinema. In fact the 1.78:1 sections looked as if someone had zoomed in on a 2.4:1 section, so I was left feeling my sides had been cut off!!

With the material I viewed I doubt they could have cropped the 1.78:1 scenes to 2.4:1 without cutting out heads etc. I think it may have been best to present the whole film in a 1.78:1 ratio.

Anyway I have not doubt the 1.78:1 scenes looked nice in an IMAX theatre but on a 50" Full HD TV the switch between the aspects was just distracting.

I'm not a purist that thinks everything has to be shown in the original aspect ratio (although it does help) but to swtich between aspects for any reason other than artistic is a big mistake and for that reason alone I would rate this disc as zero.

If you want to know how good the acting, story and extras are then please read other reviews. But the main presentation of this film is abysmal.

 Good but.......

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As a huge fan of the first Nolan film I had been waiting to see this for months. I have to say I came away a little disappointed. In comparison to Begins the film felt a little disjointed, overly long and lacked a stand out moment. I know Begins was all about establishing the Bruce Wayne/Batman character but even so I felt Christian Bale was under used and too peripheral. Ledger as the joker was excellent and undoubtedly provided the films best moments while Harvey Dent was believable up until the silly two face make up - he looked like an extra from an early Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode. Not getting Katie Holmes back to play Rachel Dawes was also a big mistake - there was just no chemistry between Gyllenhaal's character and Bruce or Dent. As a result I didn't care what happened to her. Don't get me wrong this isn't a bad film - far from it. The story and acting for the most part are good and some of the cinematography is breathtaking. Will definitely buy the disk when it comes out. Maybe with a second viewing and with out such grand expectations I will enjoy it more.

 Not sure what the fuss is about.

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I'm a huge batman fan and have been ever since watching the campy 60s show when i was about 4 (i know people call it but it certainly put batman back on the map, as did burtons first two).

Batman, batman returns and begins are the benchmarks which i would consider the best bat-films (batman & robin is better left forgotton. But this one just left me feeling, empty i guess. I know this goes against the majority of reviews on here,

Yes, heath ledgers performance was good, but not so much for all the praise being heaped on it. He was a menacing and creepy joker yes, but as a movie watcher i was actually sat there waiting for the joker to actually do something other than smack his lips (without spoiling things, i did think things picked up a bit from the hospital part).

Bales batman, sorry to say, was awful. He was so good in begins, but then that film focused more on the bruce wayne side of the character. To me that was the problem between that and this, there wasn't really any focus on anything.

The fight scenes with batman weren't fantastic, the scenes with wayne were awkward.

One thing i did like was harvey dent. To me he was the most interesting factor in this installment as he seemed to get the most character development out of everyone. Same goes for gordon, i found myself wanting to see more of him than i did wayne.

The picture quality on the blu-ray is up there with the best, its picture quality like this which should give hd a good name.

Haven't had time to go through any of the extras yet though, so can't comment.

Well here's to the next one, though not sure who they'll choose to be the villan (think the most obvious choice would be catwoman, though i would never have guessed ra's al ghul would have been the choice for begins, so maybe there'll be a surprise in store).

 A little bit over hyped because of Heath Ledger tragic death

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The Dark Knight is 2 hours and 33 mins long which I felt was too long for my likely. For some strange reason the movie is filmed in three different widescreen ratios which are 16x9, 2.4:1 and 1.78:1. This I found to be off putting at times as the picture keeps jumping around to different sizes. If you look at the back of your Blu-ray case under main feature video you will see this to be true. Heath Ledger is crazy and creepy as the Joker and it's very sad that he died because he came across as a nice person in his interviews. Christian Bale for me is the best Batman because he is dark, brooding and the bad guys don't steal show like they did in the older films. Gary Oldmen puts in a fine performance as Lt. Jim Gordon but I do prefer him playing a villain. Aaron Eckhart is Harvey Dent and maybe this was not needed and made the film to long because I felt myself wanting to see more of the Joker tormenting Batmen. The brilliant Morgan Freeman is still working hard and going strong with all the films he has been in this year. The Dark Knight like all new Blu-ray releases has a great picture and like the Joker says why so serious because, this is the most serious Batman film yet maybe a bit too serious for some.

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ActorsChristian Bale, Heath Ledger, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Eric Roberts, Anthony Michael Hall, Nestor Carbonell, Melinda McGraw, Nathan Gamble & Michael Jai White
DirectorChristopher Nolan
Certificate12 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 2.40:1 ; Widescreen 1.78:1
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby TrueHD (5.1)
Additional LanguagesPortugese ; Spanish ; French ; German ; Italian
SubtitlesCatalan ; Dutch ; English ; Spanish ; French ; German ; Italian ; Korean ; Portuguese ; Chinese ; Danish ; Norwegian ; Swedish ; Finnish