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Old 09-10-2008, 13:21   #81
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Good to see that some of the extras are in HD, unlike Batman Begins. I suppose it was expected though.
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Old 09-10-2008, 14:31   #82
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a "focus points" version of the film containing behind-the-scenes vignettes with director Christopher Nolan and his team discussing the planning of the film, the use of IMAX photography, the stunts, and more.
Ta! And yes I was probably a little bit lazy in finding that out myself.
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Has anyone else noticed the price of the Batpod edition recently? It's sky rocketing. The two sites I check now have it listed at £39.99. When it was first announced it was only around £27.
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Old 13-11-2008, 21:44   #84
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Has anyone else noticed the price of the Batpod edition recently? It's sky rocketing. The two sites I check now have it listed at £39.99. When it was first announced it was only around £27.
The exchange rates have dropped through the floor.
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Is there definate confirmation that the BluRay will contain

"The Dark Knight IMAX® scenes: view these 6 action-packed sequences " ??

See this listed for the DVD version but seems not to get a full mention for BluRay...
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Old 14-11-2008, 13:17   #86
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there is a special version coming out in Germany with a batpod glass etched block special thingy.



looks v nice, but not cheap at amazon.de, with delivery it comes in at over £40
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Old 14-11-2008, 13:23   #87
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there is a special version coming out in Germany with a batpod glass etched block special thingy.



looks v nice, but not cheap at amazon.de, with delivery it comes in at over £40
All the wording is in English, so I have a feeling that this may not be something exclusive to Germany.
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i noticed that, was hoping one of our retailers would be doing it, but not seen it advertised anywhere else apart from Germany, will keep eyes peeled though
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Old 16-11-2008, 10:38   #89
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First review found is up now here
apart from praising the disc as expected, it confirms the changing aspect ratio
will be really interested to see this happening in action
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First review found is up now here
apart from praising the disc as expected, it confirms the changing aspect ratio
will be really interested to see this happening in action
Thanks for the link, Sam!

It might be worth pointing out to people, myself included, who haven't seen the film yet that there are very minor spoilers in that review...



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sorry m8 - not seen it myself yet
wanted to catch it at the IMAX, but Birm or London bit far to go since the Bristol one shut!
skimmed actual film details (always do in an advance review) and went mainly to PQ and SQ sections for confirmation of aspect ratios

So sorry all!
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So the IMAX scenes switch to 1.78:1? Think I can live with that.
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Is there definate confirmation that the BluRay will contain

"The Dark Knight IMAX® scenes: view these 6 action-packed sequences " ??

See this listed for the DVD version but seems not to get a full mention for BluRay...
Now getting concerned with my pre-order.. BluRay seems to be missing the IMAX scenes...

from amazon.com

BluRay:-
Movie with Focus Points (picture in picture)
BD Live
Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene: Director Christopher Nolan and creative collaborators unmask the incredible detail and planning behind the film, including stunt staging, filming in IMAX®, and the new Bat-suit and Bat-pod.
Batman Tech: The incredible gadgets and tools (in HD)
Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of The Dark Knight: Delve into the psyche of Bruce Wayne and the world of Batman through real-world psychotherapy (in HD)
Gotham Tonight: 6 episodes of Gotham Cable's premier news program
The Galleries: The Joker cards, concept art, poster art, production stills, trailers and TV spots
Digital Copy of the feature film

DVD version:-
Gotham Uncovered: How Christopher Nolan and his team developed the new Bat-suit and Bat-pod and composer Hans Zimmer musically characterized the Joker’s reign of chaos.
The Dark Knight IMAX® Scenes: View these 6 action-packed sequences--shot on the largest format possible--in their original IMAX framing, just as they were intended
Gotham Tonight: 6 episodes of Gotham Cable's premier news program
The Galleries: Poster art and production stills
Digital Copy of the feature film
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If the IMAX scenes are included in the actual film on the bluray version, what's the point of them as an extra? There will, presumably, be the option of watching them altogether, if you wanted to?

Isnt it better than the DVD version, which would mean watching them out of sequence in SD, unless I'm missing the point somewhere. They're on the bluray, just not as an extra.

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The real highpoint though is the 1.78:1 IMAX footage. As anybody who caught the film at an IMAX screening will know, Nolan shot a number of scenes in this higher resolution 70mm film format. Surprisingly you quickly start to forget all about the shifts between aspect ratio as the movie jumps from 35mm to 70mm content, and it soon starts to feel like a natural way of opening up the impact of the film's cityscapes and action scenes.

As expected, the IMAX footage looks absolutely phenomenal on Blu-ray - the pin-sharp textures and deep blacks ensure that this material jumps off the screen with incredible vibrancy.
Can't wait for this now..

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Can't wait for this now..
Ok, you convinced me... I will keep the faith.
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as KRW says above, I think the difference is that on DVD, the IMAX scenes are kept in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio (or 2.40:1) that the rest of the film was in, so they don't 'stand out', hence having an extra to see them in 1.78:1
As on the BD they open out to 1.78:1 in the film itself, theres no need for an extra like that as you miss out on nothing
Hope this makes sense
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I think a lot of people were hoping for seamless branching. This would allow you to watch the film with the IMAX segments in their "full screen" format or be matted to 2.40:1 like the rest of the film.

I sure I read somewhere that being forced to watch the full screen IMAX scenes is the directors intent and I'm happy to go along with that. The aspect ratio switching didn't bother me at all when I saw it at the IMAX earlier this year.

People on other forums aren't so happy though,

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OK, now the aspect switching has been confirmed it's SD-DVD for me on this one. They didn't ask the cinemas to install new screens so they could aspect switch, and the SD-DVD is going to be one aspect so the print is out there and that's the one I'm interested in. As I said in a much earlier post I've just about convinced my better half that the black bars top and bottom are a necessary evil. If we then sit down to watch this and the bars come and go, all I'll get is an hour or more of: "if the bars are necessary, why doesn't this bit of the film need them?" and "they can't be that necessary then" and even "is it broke?"
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as KRW says above, I think the difference is that on DVD, the IMAX scenes are kept in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio (or 2.40:1) that the rest of the film was in, so they don't 'stand out', hence having an extra to see them in 1.78:1
As on the BD they open out to 1.78:1 in the film itself, theres no need for an extra like that as you miss out on nothing
Hope this makes sense
Dunno what I think about this in all honesty.

I think it'll be 'novel' but I suspect when I show people it I'll have to answer a lot of "Why are the top and bottom keep getting cropped off?" type of questions
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OK, now the aspect switching has been confirmed it's SD-DVD for me on this one. They didn't ask the cinemas to install new screens so they could aspect switch, and the SD-DVD is going to be one aspect so the print is out there and that's the one I'm interested in. As I said in a much earlier post I've just about convinced my better half that the black bars top and bottom are a necessary evil. If we then sit down to watch this and the bars come and go, all I'll get is an hour or more of: "if the bars are necessary, why doesn't this bit of the film need them?" and "they can't be that necessary then" and even "is it broke?"

I bet his DVD collect has absolutely no 1.78:1 or 1.85:1 titles in it.... just so he doesn't have to explain or argue about different aspect ratios.

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