Great action and superhero movie again, that ends this last trilogy in a good way.
Batman has been a steady part of my youth and I really like this new era, darker, less cartoon, and more realistic.
Bane is one scary and strong villain and was fairly new to me. I liked the hard duel between the two powerful men.
A great story line, keeping you on the edge, intense and fun.
If you like the signature, and have loved the first two of the trilogy, you need to see this. Enjoy!
on August 7, 2014
The Dark Knight Rises is excellent movie making. Make no mistake while this is an outstanding superhero genre film…it “rises” (pun intended) to become so much more. Like its predecessor 2008’s “The Dark Knight”…this is an Oscar worthy masterpiece. While the Marvel/Disney juggernaut has the market cornered on Superhero films, in particular the linking of storylines into phases, DC, via the inimitable Chris Nolan has the humanistic, palpable meatier storytelling. Chris Nolan has made a handsome billionaire the subject of the viewer’s sympathy and compassion. He on the surface has it all, wealth, fame and prestige….but this film demonstrates the enormous physical toll such heroics bring. You might admire the Batman/Bruce Wayne, but with all the physical abuse he endures, you would not want to be him.
The film comes at an apt time, when the 1 percent argument is powerfully present. When one has a lot, one can occasionally have a lot to lose. Conversely, it is rather foolish to think that so few can have so much without any form of social outcry. Enter Bane, Batman’s nemesis, played with utter brilliance and demonic panache by Tom Hardy. He too is one to watch, if only for his physical transformations (see Bronson and Rock N Rolla). It is hard to believe this GQ looking fellow could become the physical monster that is Bane. His performance is made all the more formidable when one considers his face is nearly completely covered except for his eyes, through which he conveys everthing from contempt to humor and enraged fury. Though some have mocked his “Conneryesque” accent/speech affecation, I would offer that is merely adds to his mystique and larger than life character. Nothing about this character is low key. He is first and foremost a terrorist and as such terrorizes, though many I spoke with found the stock exchange blow out strangely satisfying. His revolutionary entrance is only part of his story, however, as his history and an old Batman foe’s are inextricably linked.
Only Chris Nolan (along with brother Jonathan) could produce such a strong social commentary of the haves and have nots cloaked (again pun intended) in a superhero film. I haven’t mentioned Bale as honestly he is so damn incredible in every performance since “Empire of Sun”, his earliest performance. Though not yet 40, Christian Bale has such a diverse acting portfolio that he is hard to pin down or typecast. He is however, to this date and beyond, the best depiction of Batman, surpassing earlier efforts by Tim Burton which were great in their own regard. Bale is simply effortless in his performances. His fellow English compatriot, Gary Oldman (mind numbingly denied an Oscar after numerous noms) is Jim Gordon. No one else can fill his shoes. His depiction too is poured from the pages of the comics. Anne Hathaway is probably the most solid Catwoman thus far, bringing a smouldering sensuality and intelligence not before brought to this character. She is the veritable yin to Batman’s Yang, rival, enemy and ultimately ally…….Marion Cotillard, previously seen in Nolan’s mind bending “Inception”, ably plays the mysterious Victoria Tate with seductive aplomb. When Michael Caine was initially suggested as Alfred Pennyworth, Batman’s long-suffering butler, medic and father-figure, I didn’t see it. I am now a convert and see no one else in the role. Equally solid is Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Wayne Enterprises CEO and tech provider to the Dark Knight. His wry humor and wit prevent this role from becoming a cookie cutter support role. It is interesting to note that there are 4 Oscar winners for acting in this film, yet another mark of quality. Nolan freely surrounds himself with talent and it shows.
My wife and I have seen “Dark Knight Rises” 3 times in the theater, no mean feat considering the present economy, and have seen it countless times on DVD since. ıt is the veritable capper of the other two efforts. I would offer that it is every bit as good as “The Dark Knight” forever linked with everyone’s consciousness with Heath Ledger’s fantastically manic and unfortunately final performance. “The Dark Knight Rises” is solid, powerful and ultimately satisfying. Anyone taking over the franchise has their work cut out for them. I await with bated breath to see what Nolan can do as producer, creative force with “Man of Steel”, because if he can do for Superman what he did for Batman…..Marvel studios just might have something to worry about.
on September 9, 2014
A bold attempt to make a conclusion to a powerful franchise that falls short in places. Who is Selina Kyle/Catwoman in this film? "Smart and sexy" sure, but that's an outline for a character, not a description. She wasn't well developed and she barely has any background. Was she an orphan? With all hers skills why was she never able to make enough money to get settled into something less dangerous (which seems to be what she wants?) We saw what motivated Bruce into becoming Batman, so what made her into the best cat burglar in the city, and one so masterful in combat that she can fight confidently at Batman's side (taking down guys twice her size?) SPOILER: Likewise, as Bane's back story turns out to be Talia al Ghul's, he doesn't have much development either (he's just some lug who lovingly protected a young girl for reasons we aren't given.) Talia turns out to be the 'main villain' all along, but we spent too little time to get to know her, so we don't really care. Her brief love affair with Bruce wasn't that affective and added nothing to the story or to the characters. What good Bruce sees in Selina Kyle is beyond me. She protects a little kid for stealing an apple once, but besides that she's just a desperate-minded opportunist who just becomes good in the end because Bruce sees something in her, somehow. The Pit subplot just feels like filler; a way to keep Bruce/Batman distracted so he can then come and save it. It slows the pace at a time when it should be accelerating.
Overall though, it's still sophisticated cinema and was a good effort. The best part of this film was John Blake. I found him to be the most genuine and likeable character of the trilogy. When he discovers the Batcave I was actually interested to see him become Robin. More care should have gone into the writing, cutting out Talia completely and giving more time and development to Selina/Catwoman and her relationship to Bruce/Batman, and to give Bane the spotlight. I think he works fairly well as a villain if you don't compare him to The Joker.
The Dark Knight Rises arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40 and 1.78 (Imax sequence). A few words about its predecessor The Dark Knight: Although its transfer earned top marks, however, contrast was raised to detail-quashing extremes, colour boosted, and severe edge halos littered the image. Thankfully, the transfer of the Dark Knight Rises did not suffer the same fate. Cinematographer Wally Pfister's wind-swept Gotham palette is rich, satisfying and gorgeous. Warm hues adorn the decadent homes of the city's elite, dusty desert colours blanket Bruce's stint in prison, and crisp white snow falls on a captive Gotham. Colours are positively radiant at times. Black levels are deep and inky. Detail is nothing short of extraordinary. Edges are sharp and natural and fine textures are well resolved and revealing (particularly during the film's IMAX sequences). (5/5)
The real showpiece of The Dark Knight Rises is its sternum-splitting, rib-cracking, ground-pounding DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. While it obviously isn't as thunderous or jaw-dropping as its IMAX counterpart, it still boasts remarkable power, prowess and presence. The opening hijack scene is worth the cost of admission alone. Hans Zimmer's score is simply enveloping and invigorating. Dialogue is clear. It is a great soundtrack to enhance the video. (5/5)
Christopher Nolan and his creative inner circle -- co-writer David S. Goyer, co-writer Jonathan Nolan, producing partner Emma Thomas, cinematographer Wally Pfister, composer Hans Zimmer, and many more -- finally concludes their Batman saga. A journey begun nearly a decade ago, Batman Begins marked a new, dare we say, serious era of the super hero film. Grounded and ultra-real. The Dark Knight followed as a high concept crime drama. The Dark Knight Rises picks up some eight years after the previous film. Suffering from all his crime-fighting injuries, Bruce Wayne became a recluse, locked away in the east wing of his rebuilt manor. When a new terrorist -- the monstrous Bane, who has ties to the League of Shadows -- threatens Gotham City, Wayne, despite his wanted murderer status, will don his cape and cowl once more. This film really showed the human element and vulnerability of Bruce Wayne, being beaten soundly by the monstrous Bane. In the end, The Dark Knight Rises is a fun, larger-than-life movie and, in many ways, a fitting end to Mr. Nolan's trilogy. (movie: 4.5/5)
It has an estimated budget of $250 million, but earned $1,078 million worldwide. It is currently sitting at 7th place in the Worldwide Box Office Chart, behind Avatar, Titanic, The Avengers, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. This is quite an achievement.
This combo contains 2 blu ray (BD-50) discs: one for the Feature Film and the other Special Features. There is also a standard DVD, plus instructions to get the Dark Knight Rises FX App to sync with the blu ray disc and to unlock exclusive content!
When The Dark Knight Rises was first announced, the price was $27.99. Later, the price moved up to $34.99, but thankfully, as the release date drew nearer, the price miraculously dropped to $26.99, and finally $22.97!!!! A definite best-buy!
The Dark Knight Rises is an exciting, epic movie and, for the most part, a fitting end to the Nolan Batman era. In the past, I bought the Gift set of the Dark Knight mainly because of the toy: the two fat wheeled Bat-cycle. The Gift set for the Dark Knight Rises is not as appealing. I also do not recommend the Dark Knight Trilogy Limited Edition set because it contained only the three bare-bone movies. I am sure The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be released next year. But for this blu ray combo, with The Price of only $22.97 is definitely Right, and order the Dark Knight Rises now before the Price Rises after releases. Of course, the Dark Knight Rises is highly recommended.
I hope the above review is helpful to you.
on November 28, 2013
Listening to Nolan, the man sounds like he's more proud of what he did here than on The Dark Knight. Although there are inherent qualities here and there, TDKR overstays its welcome and loses itself in its own tale of vague good and evil fight. Many characters decide wrongly, have taken a turn for the worst and sometimes aren't even that fun anymore.
Sure the whole concept was the "downfall of society as we know it" in a way, but 165 minutes is a tad too long and over-explicative. Bane is a good character, but who wastes time talking about what he's actually doing. No mystery there. Batman is absent for almost 2 hours of the movie so you get to see only a few apparitions. What started as a great idea delved into a messy mish-mash of a fight and overly long diatribes of plot and character motivation we already knew or saw coming. A disappointing closure to our first real Batman trilogy.
As far as picture and sound do, they make great efforts and succeed to plunge us deep into the world of Gotham. Colors are nicely balanced, detail is rich all throughout and dark textures appear quite powerful. Once again, the special features department seems to lack much, weird considering there's close to 2 hours worth of behind the scenes footage. But alas, it seems like we'll have to wait a lot more years before Warner settles down and gives us a REAL ultimate edition (not that white box of un-remastered first two movies with only 90 more minutes of features).
If you're a completist, wait until the price is right. If you're a newcomer, better start with Batman Begins, see where it all started... and see how the mighty has fallen in TDKR.
This installment picks up 8 years after the previous film. Harvey Dent is still praised as a hero while Batman (Christian Bale) has gone into hiding as a criminal. Our new criminal is Bane (Tom Hardy). He wears a breather mask that makes him look like Hannibal Lechter, but sound like Darth Vader. He is huge and strong plus he has those fancy gizmos and loyal men who work for him. He is a seemingly impossible foe for ailing Batman who kept reminding me of Rocky V.
Anne Hathaway makes for an interesting Catwoman who freely walks the line between good and evil. She is perhaps the most complex character in the story. The film has an incredible amount of action with important plot points happening nearly all the time. You don't want to go out for popcorn during the feature, you will be lost when you return. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Blake, a police officer/detective who grew up in an orphanage...do you see it coming?
PARENTAL GUIDE: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
on December 5, 2014
My love of Batman knows no bounds. To all of you softhearted people who wanted Batman and Bane to be best friends and have a happy ending....read the comics!!! The movies are true to those, not the bubble gum happy spewed out by Hollywood. If you want happy then watch Iron Man. That is why DC is not owned by Disney and it shows.
on February 23, 2013
The cowl and display was small enough as to not intrude you're other collectibles, but big enough for details to the mask shattering effect. Amazing collector piece that any Batman fan. Only gripe I have about this is the case which houses the 3 blu-rays that came with this set. Although the casing itself is beautiful in its artwork and interesting way of incorporating itself into the base, it would've been nice to have an actual blu-ray case come with it, so I can add it to my movie collection. Instead of having to constantly go back to the display just to watch take it out of the base and watch the movie.
on December 19, 2013
Batman The Dark Knight Rises - Christian Bale - a True Classic!
PIcked it up pre xmas 2013 for a Song, give or take... Great Film
and even better in Blue Ray
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on April 5, 2013
The only reason that this doesn't get a "five star" rating is that nothing deserves an absolute perfect score in my opinion. Having said that there is very little wrong with this movie. Christian Bale's performance is terrific and the cinematography and effects are top notch. (4 1/2 stars)