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My take: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:20 PM   #1
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Title: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc / 3 Disc Set
Video: 1080p / AVC
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 / 1.78:1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, and Portuguese
Run time: 165 minutes
Studio: Warner Brothers
Rating: PG-13
Region Coding: Region Free

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne
Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon
Tom Hardy as Bane
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Blake
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle
Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate
Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox
Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth
Matthew Modine as Chief Foley
Alon Aboutboul as Dr. Pavel
Ben Mendelsohn as Daggett
Directed by Christopher Nolan

In 2005 Christopher Nolan brought Batman Begins to the world and while it was a good film I never expected that we would see two phenomenal sequels like we have seen in the last four years. With The Dark Knight in 2008 and now The Dark Knight Rises this year it's been quite a ride for Batman and DC comics.

Set seven years after the events of The Dark Knight the viewer learns that Bruce Wayne has been a recluse in his home ever since the night that he took the wrap for Harvey Dent's death. After having his mother's pearls stolen by Selina Kyle, Bruce Wayne discovers that a Wayne Enterprises board member named Daggett is intent on taking over his company, Gotham City, and ridding it of Bruce Wayne once and for all. To accomplish this Daggett has allied himself with a career criminal known only as Bane, but this is just the surface as Bane has his own plan, which is already in motion.

After meeting with Commissioner Gordon and doing his own research Bruce realizes that Batman must return and stop the Bane's hostile takeover of the city. What Bruce doesn't know is that Bane is much stronger and intelligent than he wants to give him credit for. At the same time Alfred is bent on not seeing the last of the Wayne family die in vain as he wants Bruce to have a real life with an actual family. Will Batman be able to stop Bane and his army of followers? Will Gotham City finally see Batman as a hero? You surely don't want to miss this one.

I was extremely impressed with the third installment in the franchise from Nolan and other fans shouldn't be disappointed. Filled with a flawless script, fantastic performances, and top notch special effects The Dark Knight Rises is sure to impress. Due to violence this one is not suitable for younger children

If you may recall The Dark Knight was shot predominately on 35mm with a small portion being shot in IMAX 70mm. However, for The Dark Knight Rises Nolan has done exactly the opposite with a majority of the film shot in IMAX. These IMAX scenes look absolutely fantastic with absolutely no complaints from my eyes. The 35mm scenes did not bode as well though. There are few sequences where grain borders on noise and there are many shots that look downright soft. Now, these irregularities may have been intentional, but I am forced to dock a point since the IMAX scenes look so perfect. Still, the 35mm sequences are still largely impressive with well saturated colors and many sharper shots. I honestly would have preferred the entire film to be shot in IMAX, but that's just my opinion. At least we are given the proper shifting aspect ratios to reflect each type of film, but don't be discouraged the film still shines more often than not.

My own screen captures from The Dark Knight Rises can be found below.














The Dark Knight Rises flies to Blu-ray with a absolutely reference DTS-HD Master Audio track and you'd better be prepared for this one. This track has more bass attached to it than two average films combined. Dialogue is still well prioritized in the center channel and is always easy to comprehend even during the film's action scenes. The surrounds are used consistently for various louder and softer effects and as I noted above your sub will be working overtime for this one. Do not hesitate to crank this one up. You will thank me later.

The Dark Knight Rises comes to Blu-ray with a nice assortment of extras. Disc 1 contains only the Second Screen Experience where the viewer can download exclusive content onto their portable device while watching the film. Disc 2 contains the meat of the extras is packed full of goodies. It is made up of four making-of features entitled: Production (68 minutes), Characters (28 minutes), Reflections (15 minutes), and The Batmobile 58 minutes. Everything you can possibly think of concerning the film's production is covered in these pieces and deserve at least a single viewing. Also included are the film's four theatrical trailers. Everything above is presented in 1080p. There's also a DVD copy of the film as well as an Ultraviolet Digital Copy.

Movie: 9/10
PQ: 9/10
AQ: 10/10
Supplements: 7/10
Final Word: A Must Own
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I'm in complete agreement it wasn't a TDK but then again it wasn't supposed to be, I found it interesting and I completely agree as far as PQ and AQ once again an exxcellent review Thanks for your input.
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I figured the AQ and PQ would be top notch, I just cant get over the sloppy story. Maybe I expected too much, but at the end of the day its my money
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Thanks Goofnut.

I'd pre-ordered this from Amazon and I'm about to put it in.
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I had this for about a week before it's release, I enjoyed it only drawback was it was too long, it could've been edited somewhat.
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Thank you one of my favorite movie...
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I agree the PQ and AQ is tops, but i found the movie boring. 2 EACH ITS OWN
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He is so weak when he took off the mask.................
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