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The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Edition box set: all 3 movies (no new master), 6 discs; 1 new special feature; lots of goodies.
on January 6, 2015
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!