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Old 26-09-2008, 12:56   #1
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The Dark Knight on DVD

The Dark Knight will likely be the biggest DVD this Christmas (well maybe Mamma Mia will pip it in this country). Here's a thread to keep track of the various offers and editions floating around.

Looks like some of the various online stores are offering their own exclusive versions of The Dark Knight 2 disc version, out on 8th December 2008.

HMV version comes with a free comic for £11.99.



Play are giving away art cards, also at £11.99.



Amazon are doing a version that comes in a Batman mask case for £17.99(!).


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Old 26-09-2008, 13:48   #2
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The Hut have the current cheapest price:

[Price Searching]mfno1086382[/Price Searching]

The Blu-ray release is also available for under £15 in a few retailers:

[Price Searching]mfno1086467[/Price Searching]
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Old 26-09-2008, 13:59   #3
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I bet the supermarkets will run with it as a loss-leader.
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Old 26-09-2008, 15:25   #4
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Doesn't look like the blu ray had any of these snazzy extras though.
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Old 27-09-2008, 00:39   #5
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We don't get the cool versions that come with a model Batpod? Not even a steelbook case? Dammit!
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Old 28-09-2008, 23:25   #6
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The Hut have the current cheapest price:

[Price Searching]mfno1086382[/Price Searching]

The Blu-ray release is also available for under £15 in a few retailers:

[Price Searching]mfno1086467[/Price Searching]
I didn't realise the release price difference between DVD / Blu-ray were as close as that. Is this the usual price difference then? If so, I'm running out of excuses not to upgrade (and this could be the release which justifies the upgrade).
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Old 29-09-2008, 09:17   #7
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The digital bits now say they've got the full info for the dvd.

http://www.digitalbits.com/#mytwocents

Basically sounds like the main extra on the second is a documentary. There's the IMAX scenes as well, the news promos, and some art. Oh and a digital copy of the film. Blu-Ray gets a few more featurettes though.

I'm a little disappointed, although if the doc is good then that will be enough (The main extra on the Spider-man 2 dvd was a doc, and that pretty good IMO), but not that surprised. Can see Warner doing a Matrix sequels with this, e.g. pretty dull early releases and then a big box set later.

Does Nolan not do commentaries? He didn't for Begins or The Prestige, but I don't know if he did for the Memento SE's. They should get Jonathan Nolan to do one, his screenwriters podcast was brilliant.
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Old 29-09-2008, 13:14   #8
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Does Nolan not do commentaries? He didn't for Begins or The Prestige, but I don't know if he did for the Memento SE's. They should get Jonathan Nolan to do one, his screenwriters podcast was brilliant.
Chris Nolan did (excellent) commentaries for Following, Memento and Insomnia.

But it seems he's had a change of heart since then. I think it was in an interview about The Prestige that he said he feels that film production has become too over-exposed, and he'd like to retain a bit of mystique.

He might be wasting his breath as far as the studios' publicity process is concerned, and we're missing out on (what would no doubt be) some fascinating insight, but you have to admire his integrity...
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Old 29-09-2008, 13:23   #9
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I didn't realise the release price difference between DVD / Blu-ray were as close as that. Is this the usual price difference then? If so, I'm running out of excuses not to upgrade (and this could be the release which justifies the upgrade).
It's rarely this close, I imagine it's an exercise to intice more people to upgrade and judging by your response, it looks like it's working.
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Old 29-09-2008, 14:26   #10
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So regarding packaging - does anyone know if they'll be doing anything flash like they did with the Lenticular cover for Batman Begins. I have the Region 3 edition of that, came with a comic book. I see HMV (UK) are doing a comic book too, and Amazon doing some Batmask (good grief!) but I don't like PAL DVDs, so does anyone have any scoop on R1 or R3 special editions ?
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Old 29-09-2008, 15:15   #11
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CRB - check out the Digital Bits link in post 7 for pics of the Batpod special edition.

I'm sure a few of the US retailers will do their own versions, including the mask one we're getting. A steelbook is also fairly likely.
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Old 30-09-2008, 11:55   #12
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All-new oddness for the Blu-Ray release.

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a LOT of you have sent in e-mails asking how the aspect ratio is going to work on the DVD and Blu-ray Disc editions of The Dark Knight (due 12/9). I've just heard back from Warner Home Video on this, so here's the deal: The widescreen versions of the DVD will present the film in a 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio, reproducing the standard theatrical experience of the film. For the Blu-ray Disc however, while most of the film will also be presented in the 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen ratio, the scenes that were specifically shot in IMAX format will be presented at 1.78:1, which will fill the frame and will thus recreate the IMAX experience at home. So there you have it. Should be cool, and we obviously can't wait to get our hands on the discs.
How distracting is that going to be? It'll be like the POV sequences in Brainstorm. It might work on the big screen, but I can't imagine it'll look any good on dvd.
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Old 30-09-2008, 19:24   #13
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How distracting is that going to be? It'll be like the POV sequences in Brainstorm. It might work on the big screen, but I can't imagine it'll look any good on dvd.
That sucks. I'm glad the DVD preserves the 2.40:1 aspect ratio all the way through. Can't be doing with changing aspect ratios because the director wants to show off the IMAX bits in hi-def

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The stupidest part is that they're also including the IMAX segments as extras to watch seperately as well.

I'm in the camp that thinks it will be hugely distracting and rip you right out of film as well.
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The stupidest part is that they're also including the IMAX segments as extras to watch seperately as well.

I'm in the camp that thinks it will be hugely distracting and rip you right out of film as well.
Not sure if it can live up to the live experience.
Watching it at BFI IMAX was amazing, when they opened up to the massive floor to ceiling scenes in Imax format.

However surely something will still be cropped as the BD will show the Imax scenes as 1.78 so full screen on an HD TV. It looked more like 1.33 to me ?
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I haven't read the main Dark Knight discussion but having watched it recently I thought the editing (prehaps to get it be a 12A) almost ruined it.
I take it that the dvd will be an extended version?
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No its not, will be the same version as the cinema.

Also, despite all the talk that there will be many later versions of the discs, I doubt there will ever be an extended version. Can't see Nolan doing that.
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Also, despite all the talk that there will be many later versions of the discs, I doubt there will ever be an extended version. Can't see Nolan doing that.
In the Creative Screenwriting podcast, Jonathan Nolan says that there aren't really any deleted scenes anyway - "just moments".
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I haven't read the main Dark Knight discussion but having watched it recently I thought the editing (prehaps to get it be a 12A) almost ruined it.
I take it that the dvd will be an extended version?
There were no UK specific cuts, we got the global version, although there is a lot on its BBFC rating page to explain why the allowed at 12A rather than 15.

I guess then the editing was a deliberate decision by Nolan rather than from a need to hit the rating demands.
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I thought there was a release coming with a model of some sort too?

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