on June 24, 2016
I'm a Batman fan and a Christopher Nolan fan. Got this boxset for the price of a single Blu-Ray. I don't honestly care for the little cars/toys included, but the overall package is impressive and it's at the top of my collection. Those movies are special, and althouth widely respected as some of the best superhero ones, I personaly think they're all a lot deeper and complex than most people will understand.
This standard size 11.5 x 8 x 3 inch cardboard box set (similar size to other sets like Singing in The Rain, Sound of Music, etc) opens from the top. This set is part of limited edition (total 141,500).
1 A message from Christopher Nolan.
2 There are five 11.5 x 8 inch Mondo art prints by artist Jock, featuring his unique renditions of the trilogy’s villains: Scarecrow, Ra’s al Ghul, Two-Face, Joker, and Bane. Very well done. Be careful not to put your fingerprints on them. The Joker miniposter is my favourite.
3 There is a 48-page hardcover book “The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy,” containing behind-the-scenes with production stills and behind the scenes images from all three movies. But it was pared down from its 300-or-so pages coffee table edition. Nevertheless, it was very well done.
4 There are 6 blu-ray discs, housed in a large hardcover book which features art from all three movies and it is very well put together.
(1) Disc 1: Batman Begins (movie and special features)
(2) Disc 2: The Dark Knight (movie)
(3) Disc 3: The Dark Knight (special features)
(4) Disc 4: The Dark Knight Rises (movie)
(5) Disc 5: The Dark Knight Rises (special features)
(6) Disc 6: The Dark Knight Trilogy (special features)*new
Please note that the above movies are NOT newly-remastered versions, simply reboot from before. Very disappointing for such an elegant box. Warner Bros., you could have done better.
The star and the most exciting aspect belongs to all new Special Features on disc 6 for the Dark Knight Trilogy. This 76 minute documentary is the “main event” and includes interviews with Christopher Nolan, Guillermo Del Toro, Damon Lindelof, Michael Mann, Richard Roeper, Zack Snyder and many other Warner Bros. executives and producers. It’s split up into several chapters and there’s tons of behind-the-scenes footage. For the first time ever, the IMAX scenes from The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises are available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio. It is quite a different experience from that in the movie when the picture was cropped to fill the screen.
5 Three Mattel Hot Wheel Vehicles: Batmobile, the Batpod and the Tumbler. The Batmobile even comes with a little stand so you can display it to look like its hovering in the air. Very cute and quite fragile. A little too small for my liking. Definitely not as elegant as the larger size Batpod that came with the Dark Knight Rises box set. And also, why is the Batpod coloured gold? Nevertheless, they will all be displayed on top of my various equipments in the Lee’s Theatre. Of course, they are all made in China.
Although I already have the three movies in this trilogy, I still bought this box set. I waited until the price dropped down to $29.99 on a One-Day Special. This nice looking box set will be proudly displayed next to my many other similar sized box sets outside my theatre. The Special Features for the Dark Knight Trilogy has new materials and very well done. If you don’t own the above movies, this set is an ideal way to introduce you to the Dark Knight. To get the best price on Amazon, you have to scan the price regularly, especially looking for “Specials.” Good luck!
on August 28, 2015
This box set it pretty cool. I mainly bought it because I didn't own any of the movies so I thought I'd just get all of them and some nice extras. The box itself is really nice and sturdy. The book that the blurays come in is nice as well but for some awful reason, they decided to not put any tabs on the edge of the disc holders. You'll definitely have trouble getting the discs out.
The hot wheels that come with it are ok I guess but they're just hot wheels, not really anything unique about them either. The art book is mostly pictures of scenes in the movie so it's not that great either but these things are just minor to what the set is really about .The 5 prints you get however are actually really nice and I think I will frame them.
The movies are all so good on bluray. The picture and audio are top notch and are the only way you should watch it unless you can watch it in imax. The special features that come with the dark knight and dark knight rises are plentyful. I highly recommend checking out the dark knight rises special features because of how much of the movie is actually happening and is not cgi. The specials made me respect christopher Nolan alot more to just see how much effort and care he puts into every scene.
If you don't own these movies on bluray, I'd say get this set. It's a nice box and it defintely feels worth the price.
We are in a golden age of comic book movies right now. No movies show that as perfectly as Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight Trilogy" -- three movies that explore the formative years of the legendary superhero Batman, from the beginning of his crusade for justice to the explosive climax. Even people who aren't into capes and tights can appreciate this story.
"Batman Begins": After his parents' murderer is paroled, young bazillionaire Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) vanishes on an aimless journey across the world. He's taken under the wing of the mysterious Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), who offers to train him to be a member of the League of Shadows. But then Bruce learns that the League plans to annihilate Gotham, his home city.
Gotham has become rotten to the core with mobs, crooked cops and a fear-inducing shrink. Using the company's discarded prototypes, Bruce fashions an armored bodysuit and tanklike vehicle, and uses them to fight crime wherever he finds it. But the League still has plans to destroy Gotham, and the only one who can stop them is Batman.
"The Dark Knight" is feeling pretty good about his battle against crime, 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. Even worse, he has the ultimate way of blackmailing Batman into doing what he wants: holding all of Gotham hostage.
"The Dark Knight rises picks up eight years later -- crime is almost gone, Batman has vanished, and Bruce Wayne is a recluse. But then a terrifying masked man named Bane arrives in Gotham, attacking Batman as revenge for the League's destruction. He will turn Gotham into a living nightmare, unless the Dark Knight can rise again...
Most directors would have given these 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 Trilogy" 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.
But since this is a comic-book movie, Nolan peppers them with kinetic action, high-speed chases and massive explosions. 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.
The most striking part of these movies is Nolan's delving into morality, and the darker side of human nature. He heaps more tragedy and trauma on Batman than just his parents' death, and delicately traces the moral boundaries -- or lack of them -- between Batman and his foes.
Christian Bale is simply brilliant as Bruce Wayne/Batman -- sure, his growly voice can get a bit silly at times, but he perfectly conveys the strength, pain and determination of a man who will sacrifice everything to save others. Michael Caine is awesome as his faithful butler/father figure, and there are solid backing performances by Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman.
And the performances of the villain actors are absolutely brilliant. Everybody knows of the late Heath Ledger's spellbindingly chilling performance as the Joker, a casually corrosive creature who believes himself to be the yin to Batman's yang. But Tom Hardy and Liam Neeson are also brilliant as cunning, clever people who are determined to destroy Gotham.
The biggest problem is that Nolan isn't very good at casting women. Maggie Gyllenhaal and the pouty Katie Holmes are both hideously miscast as the cruel, manipulative Rachel Dawes, who treats Bruce's heart like a toy. Anne Hathaway is the best of the bunch -- a pretty baffling choice as Catwoman, but she does a decent job.
"The Dark Knight Trilogy" contains some of the best superhero movies ever made -- a dark, gritty, richly-imagined tale of one man's quest against chaos and evil.
on January 28, 2014
If you don't already own these, and it's available on sale this is a no brainer. The packaging of the discs themselves is a pretty brilliant art book style. The extras I could take or leave, but they are a nice addition if you're into that kind of thing.
If you're going to own these movies anyway, this is the way to go. If you're a collector who likes the accoutrament, then this is also the way to go. However, if this is at full price, and all you're interested in are the movies themselves, you could skip buying this package and still sleep soundly at night.