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'The Dark Knight Rises' Blu-ray Features Cowl Packaging, 17 Featurettes, Zero Commentary

by Joe Cunningham
September 28, 2012 9:45 AM
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The Dark Knight Rises, Bane

What’s the most anticipated Blu-ray release of the year? Think what you like about the relative merits of the likes of “Prometheus” and “The Avengers,” but the one everyone has been waiting for is “The Dark Knight Rises.” The conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s epic trilogy will be available to own at home from December 4th, and fans of limited edition packaging will be thrilled to learn that there will be a very special version of the film, which comes with a model of Batman’s shattered cowl sitting on top of a stand that contains the discs.

But for those of you less concerned with how good the packaging will look (but man, does it look good) we’ve also got word of the special features that will accompany the film, and some fans will inevitably be disappointed that yet again Christopher Nolan has not recorded a commentary. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has bought a Nolan Blu-ray before, and this old quote that Nolan gave to Scott Holleran at BoxOfficeMojo should explain why:

“I hate doing commentaries. I’ve done them on my other films because in each case they came up with a reason or an interesting way to do it. 'Insomnia' was in production. For 'Following,' I was just talking about how to make a film. As for talking about artistic interpretation, if you will, you can’t possibly do that until the film has had its wings—because the film is not complete until it’s had an audience. There’s nothing more mortifying than to watch these commentaries on movies they’ve done before the movie’s come out because you don’t [really] know what the movie was [and how it played before those it was created to serve]. The movie’s not finished until it’s in front of an audience.”

So, yeah, maybe a Nolan commentary on the inevitable anniversary edition twenty-five years from now? What this edition does promise though is a documentary about the Batmobile (which promises to bring “all five Batmobiles together for the first time”) and an impressive seventeen making-of featurettes, which include "The Journey of Bruce Wayne" and examinations of "Batman vs Bane" and "demolishing a city street." It all sounds pretty decent to us. [EW]

Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray Packaging
Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray Packaging
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  • The Dark Knight | December 4, 2012 12:31 PMReply

    I got this one! Just picked up the last one too!

  • Chris138 | September 28, 2012 11:56 AMReply

    Can't wait to pick this one up. I saw it twice in theaters (both times in IMAX) and it got better on a second viewing for me. I'll skip on the collectors edition, though. I have the first two films in their regular Blu-ray editions, and I'll do the same with this one.

  • Sam | September 28, 2012 7:21 PM

    same here with my second (IMAX) viewing. first time was spectacular to meh, but the second one went by in no time with no lag. nothing but fun.

  • KT | September 28, 2012 10:38 AMReply

    The first two movies have been played ad nausem and the third film was a mediocre letdown. I'll pass.

  • Mr. Jono | September 29, 2012 2:57 PM

    As usual, some asshole with nothing better to do but hate, chimes in with a worthless comment. Sorry peckerbreath, but a movie closing in on 1.1 Billion isn't mediocre letdown. Save such a description for you own life's achievements.

  • Joker | September 28, 2012 1:34 PM

    KT if the dark knight rises was mediocre please explain why your on this site checking out the dvd? hmmmmm?ya i thot so.oh and please pray tell your opinion on what was better this year at the theatres.

  • caro | September 28, 2012 9:47 AMReply

    if the bonus are as decent as in BATMAN BEGINS,it's ok for me

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