Christian Bale might be finished with the role of Batman, but fans can see him as Gotham’s protector once again when Warner Bros. releases The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray on Sept. 24. Not only will Bat-geeks get to re-watch the caped crusader’s epic battles against Scarecrow, Ra’s al-Gul, the Joker, Two-Face, and Bane, but the six-disc set will feature two new featurettes.
Click below for Warner Bros.’ descriptions of the bonus features:
Disc 1 – Batman Begins Feature and Special Features
Disc 2 – The Dark Knight Feature
Disc 3 – The Dark Knight Special Features
Disc 4 – The Dark Knight Rises Feature
Disc 5 – The Dark Knight Rises Special Features
Disc 6 – Bonus Disc of New Special Features (details follow)
“The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy” — The inside perspective on the fascinating story behind the creation of one of the most celebrated franchises and how it changed the scope of movie making… forever. Full of never-before-seen footage, rare moments, and exclusive interviews with Guillermo Del Toro, Damon Lindelof, Michael Mann, Richard Roeper, Zack Snyder, and others.
“Christopher Nolan & Richard Donner: A Conversation” — For the first time, directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Donner (Superman) sit down to discuss the trials and triumphs involved in bringing the two most iconic superheroes of all time to the big screen, and how Superman influenced Nolan when developing Batman Begins.
In 2013, it’s difficult to remember just how different in tone Batman Begins was from the conventional superhero movie in 2005 (when Spider-Man and X-Men were the box-office gold standard). Nolan was handed the franchise after making Insomnia with Al Pacino and Robin Williams, and given relative carte blanche to rebuild Bruce Wayne and his caped alter ego into anything that would make fans forget Joel Schumacher’s campy and colorful version of Gotham. Though The Dark Knight would be the most heralded of the three, Batman Begins was a bold reset, not only for the franchise, but for the whole genre. It’s also Bale’s best performance as Bruce/Batman because the character(s) really go places psychologically and emotionally, and Bale takes us with him.
The Dark Knight is quite simply The Godfather of comic-book movies; no superhero movie has ever been hailed as an immediate classic in the way that Nolan’s follow-up was in 2008. Heath Ledger’s performance was rightfully placed in the pantheon of delicious villains, but it was the post-9/11 residue that haunted every frame that made the movie meaningful and undeniably great.
The Dark Knight Rises suffered in comparison to its predecessor, which was inevitable, but it’s a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy that closes the circle from Bruce’s beginnings with the League of Shadows while introducing the most fascinating female superhero-movie character since… Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns? There’s definitely a sense that Nolan & Co. tried to stuff a little too much into their grand finale, but we should be so lucky if all directors of hero-pulp were as ambitious.
The new Blu-ray set also features some special memorabilia and is priced at $99.97.
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