Studio Synopsis ~ It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.
Studio: Warner Bros.
Running Time: 165 minutes
Number of Disks: 3
– The Batmobile Documentary
– Ending The Knight
– Production Focus Features:
*The Prologue: High Altitude Hijacking
*Return to the Batcave
*Batman vs Bane
*Demolishing a City Street
*The War on Wall Street
*Race to the Reactor
*The Journey of Bruce Wayne
*A Girl’s Gotta Eat
*Shadows & Light in Large Format
*The End of A Legend
– Art Gallery
– The Dark Knight Rises: Second Screen feature: Used in tandem with The Dark Knight Rises FX app
– Includes UltraViolet™ so you can enjoy the film on many different compatible devices.
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It seems that every blockbuster franchise is perpetually footnoting their latest film inception as the last film the franchise will ever see – take for example the continual ends of the “Terminator”, “Transformers”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises, and yes, even this latest Batman franchise had its “The Legend Ends” tagline – but if they keep the caped crusader’s films as captivating and action elating as “The Dark Knight Rises”, then there appears to be nothing but bright white light ahead for the man in black.
Nolan struck pay-dirt with his taming of the Dark Knight’s reigns in 2005, adding a grittier, more grounded, more realistic telling of the well-known Wayne tale. And his latest creation sees these same elements executed and elevated once more. Yes, Bale’s Batman still sounds like a throaty chain-smoker at times and Catwoman still remains an adolescent conjuring of kitty-clad sex, but Bale has grown to fit the cape well over the past seven years and Hathaway’s Catwoman is the best we’ve seen since Pfeiffer purred her last twenty years ago…sorry Halle.
Hardy gives great presence and power to his baddy Bane – booming Sean Connery-esque carnival-barker voice and all – and veteran performances by Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman plant three additional feathers in Nolan’s already top-heavy cap. Complimenting the film, the extras menu is additionally a fan’s dream, but perhaps just the condensed version, equipped with extensive histories on Batman favorites such as the Batmobile, the Batcave, the city of Gotham and the film’s bag of captivating characters.
There’s no director’s commentary to speak of this go around, but Nolan does chime in enough on the focus features and throughout the extras that this small slight is hardly noticed. Wally Pfister’s cinematic command is highlighted in “Shadows & Light in Large Format,” giving the cinematographer some well deserved – albeit brief – exposure, and Nolan runs down a short but striking list of production points in “The End of A Legend,” touching upon how he and his crew wrapped the conclusion of the Dark Knight Trilogy.
The Dark Knight Rises FX app adds additional content via a free downloadable app for your phone or tablet, and an impressive Art Gallery and cache of the film’s four trailers close out this notable chapter.
So with break-neck action throughout that will quicken your pulse and leave your heart throbbin’, while burning questions at the end are left for both Batman and Robin, “The Dark Knight Rises” may hint “The Legend Ends”, but if the cowl-clad crime-fighter has taught us anything, it’s to strap in again and again.
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Central Cast: Christian Bale | Gary Oldman | Tom Hardy | Morgan Freeman | Michael Caine | Anne Hathaway | Joseph Gordon-Levitt | Marion Cotillard | Matthew Modine
Director: Christopher Nolan
Central Writers: Jonathan Nolan | Christopher Nolan
Theatrical Release: July 20, 2012
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: December 4, 2012
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE