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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing PQ
Picture Quality: 10/10
Audio Quality: 10/10
Note: you only receive one disk. That is, the special features on disk 2 on other non-steelbook editions is not included. However, disk one contains a bit of hd features related to the making of certain scenes. This was very good.
The picture quality is perfect. Many scenes are shown as full screen...
Published on Jan. 12 2011 by Reon Tigaldo
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars let`s forget about the movie for a moment...
...and let`s talk specifically about the DVD
I love the movie and i would pretty much buy any cool merchandise about it, but that`s not the case
I got this 2 disc special edition, and i can say i feel pretty ripped off
This is sure 2 disc, but in no way "special" or collector driven
They`re selling the bluray and the DVD as the same thing, with...
Published on Dec 11 2008 by Hugo Dourado
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best SuperHero Movie You Can't Miss in HD,
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This movie is not only and amazing Comic book hero movie. Its a great movie for all audiences. And a must see on Blu Ray.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Knight,
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4.0 out of 5 stars wow for action,
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Film, Terrific Blu-Ray,
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman has no limits,
This review is from: The Dark Knight / Le Chevalier noir (Bilingual) (Widescreen) (DVD)In "Batman Begins," Christopher Nolan managed to do what few directors could do -- create a dark, gritty atmosphere around an all-too-human Batman, who fights for the oppressed with quiet intensity.
That moody murk is only intensified in the breathtaking, harrowing "Dark Knight," which fills itself with blasts of action, psychological twists and a shocking tragedy. Nolan pulls no punches for our dark knight or his ever-endangered Gotham City, but brilliant acting of the hero and villains is what truly elevates the second of Nolan's Batman movies to a work of cinematic art.
Bruce Wayne/Batman (Christian Bale) is continuing to fight the good fight for Gotham, even when he gets hurt in a fight against Scarecrow and some Batman impersonators.
So unsurprisingly, he's is feeling fairly in his crimefighting abilities, especially since the new DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) is a morally-upright good-guy. But Batman isn't prepared for the Joker (Heath Ledger) a mad clownish psychopath who has hired himself out to the mob to destroy their worst enemy, the Dark Knight. He starts blackmailing Batman by killing Gotham citizens, and saying he won't stop until Batman turns himself in.
But even when captured, the Joker has an ace up his sleep -- Dent and Rachel Dawes' (Maggie Gyllenhaal) lives. And after a devastating loss, Batman finds himself dealing with the Joker taking all of Gotham hostage, and the maddened and disfigured Dent bringing vigilante justice to all those whom he thinks have wronged him. Only Batman has a chance of stopping even one of them -- let alone both -- but doing so may tarnish the Dark Knight forever.
Most directors would have given this movie a distinctly comic-book, slick pop-culture feel. But no matter how hard you search, there's not a single hint in "The Dark Knight" that anything kitschy or campy came before it, or that it was originally a comic book. Instead Christopher Nolan creates a movie as dark, tightly-wound and intense as Batman himself.
And Nolan's skills are even more polished this time around -- lots of kinetic action, vicious dogs and car chases, including the rather silly-looking Batpod and the tanklike Batmobile. The dialogue is drizzled with dry humor ("That isn't exactly what I had in mind when I said I wanted to inspire people"," Batman says, looking at a bunch of impersonators), mostly to temper the overhanging sense of horror and apprehension.
This is especially true whenever the Joker's corrosive presence is onscreen, since he's all too happy to stick pointy objects in people -- he's creepier than a thousand boogeymen. And Nolan is not afraid to further darken the storyline by inflicting yet another personal tragedy on Batman. His direction is painfully delicate as he explores Wayne's sorrow and guilt.
But the most striking aspect of "The Dark Knight" is Nolan's delvings into morality -- The Joker has none and Dent's becomes horribly perverted, but we're reminded that there are some who will not be corrupted even if they lose what is most precious. It's almost a doom'n'gloom movie, but the faint hints of optimism and hope keep it from being TOO overwhelmingly dark.
Christian Bale is simply perfection as Bruce Wayne/Batman, using his handsomely chiseled face and piercing eyes to best advantage -- even in the most tragic scenes, where you can practically see Wayne's soul bleeding. And he has a difficult character to wrangle with -- not only does he have to expose Batman's pain and struggles, but also his inner incorruptibility.
On the flipside, the late Heath Ledger is blindingly brilliant as the sadistic, creepy, gleefully malign Joker, and he chews the scenery as few actors could. He's pretty spine-chilling, actually -- the Joker is a true "agent of chaos," whose intent is to seize Gotham, and corrupt Batman's soul along the way.
There's also a solid (and underrated) supporting cast -- Eckhart is outstanding as an upstanding DA whose morality becomes horribly perverted (along with his handsome face), Gyllenhaal has a solid role that she plays well, and Michael Caine is a quiet, steady flame as the ever-faithful, dryly sardonic Alfred.
"The Dark Knight" is suffused with darkness and some truly ghastly villains, but the magnificent acting and dryly witty script are what really make this a masterpiece. Utterly astounding -- and promises better yet to come.
38 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Better Class of Criminal,
And if you're thinking all the hype surrounding Heath Ledger's performance is only because he died young and suddenly from a drug `overdose' (mixed dose, really) then you are also mistaken; Ledger gives a performance every iota as powerful and disturbing as Malcolm McDowell's performance in "A Clockwork Orange" and yet as dramatically believable as Anthony Hopkins in "Silence of the Lambs." And he does this while delving deeper into an already heavily explored character, expanding his world and even giving him a witty mock Chicago accent. Ledger leapt into the well-developed Joker version of the Nolan brothers' sensational script, and simply brought it to life with a powerful presence which shook actors and crewmen alike to dominate the film in every way possible. It is by far Ledger's best acting performance, and in my opinion one of the great acting performances in the history of cinema. Again, this isn't hype talking, it's fact.
So what is this film then if it's not merely a superhero-ish blockbuster? It's a dark mystery, a legal drama, an edge-of-your-seat thriller, a horror film and a sharp political commentary. It's everything you loved in graphic novels like "Watchmen" but never believed you'd see on the big screen. It's also a sequel to "Batman Begins", the film which began Nolan's take on the Batman saga, retelling it the way he thought it should be told. "Batman Begins" isn't a necessary watch before this one, if you are at least somewhat familiar with the central characters and Gotham city. But it would be a wise choice, since this one picks up where the last one left off; with Gotham in shambles, Scarecrow on the loose and a new serial killer in town with a "taste for the theatrics."
Excellence shines through this dark gem at every turn; its solid writing, directing, acting, costume design, set design, lighting and shadowing, cinema photography (some scenes shot by Imax camera), music and sound, and the little adlib moments that stay with you long after the film's end. Don't be troubled by its length (roughly two and a half hours) because it goes by so fast you barely notice, and the final sequences are more than worth the extra space. It's difficult to talk about this film without raving, it's simply a fantastic story, excellently executed, capable of taking you by surprise at every twist and turn, and afterwards leaving you wanting to savour the experience again, and again.
Needless to say, on DVD it will also break records.
But this is not a film for the kids, or for the faint of heart, and if I haven't made it clear yet I'll say it now; it's more intense than most R-rated movies out there, so be warned.
Can't wait to watch it again...
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best superhero movie ever made,
Action, Crime, Drama, 152 minutes
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart
I don't like superhero movies as a rule and only watched The Dark Knight so that I could confirm my belief that all the hype was unjustified. To my surprise, I ended up loving the experience.
There are a number of reasons why I don't usually watch the genre. The characters are often shallow and we don't know their true origin and motivations. Acting is cheesy and deliberately over the top. The need for humor means that I'm likely to be assaulted by childish jokes. The plot is there as an excuse for cool special effects and a lot of action. In short, I don't believe in the characters or the world in which they live.
The Dark Knight overcomes all of those problems and delivers something special.
The characters are far from shallow. After seeing the movie, I made a point of seeing Batman Begins, in which Nolan shows us how Bruce Wayne became Batman. We see the training that allows him to fight criminals. His wealth enables him to develop weapons, vehicles and protective clothing that could actually exist. The acting is superb and many of the cast are Oscar-winners or nominees. Instead of making The Joker an unbelievable character such as the one depicted by Jack Nicholson in 1989, Nolan and Ledger invent a character who could be walking around in New York or anywhere else. He's psychotic, but we understand his twisted logic. When he makes a threat, we believe that it's possible and that he could pull it off.
Nolan's world is totally logical and could easily exist in reality.
The Dark Knight has enough thrills and action to satisfy fans of the genre, but it's much more than that. It works as a character study and as a police procedural. It's also a thriller, with elements of romance.
If there's one movie that transcends the genre, The Dark Knight is it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nolan's Noir Caped Crusader,
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The Dark Knight (2-Disc Special Edition) (Bilingual) by Christian Bale (DVD - 2008)
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