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The Dark Knight The Dark Knight
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Christian Bale
Heath Ledger
Morgan Freeman
Michael Caine
Gary Oldman
Aaron Eckhart
Maggie Gyllenhaal

Special Features:
Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene: How Christopher Nolan and His Team Developed the New Bat-suit and the Amazing Bat-pod, and Composer Hans Zimmer on Musically Characterizing 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: Prologue, Hong Kong, Armored Car Chase, Lamborghini Crash, Prewitt Building and Final Montage
Gotham Tonight: 6 Episodes of Gotham Cable's Premier News Program
The Galleries: Poster Art, Production Stills, Trailers

Other Info:
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 153 min
Rating: PG-13

Synopsis from DVD Cover:
The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman set out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective. But soon the three find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Heath Ledger stars as archvillain The Joker, and Aaron Eckhart plays Dent. Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast as Rachel Dawes. Returning From Batman Begins are Gary Oldman as Gordon, Michael Caine as Alfred and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

Quick Review:
"The Dark Knight" is a wild ride from beginning to end, and it offers up exactly what you want from a superhero film-action and romance and character development and a spectacular villain. Sadly, no one could miss the hype around the film after the death of Heath Ledger, and when the movie finally made its way to the screen, the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of this generation's Joker threatened to overshadow the movie itself. Well, it kind of did, in a way, but that's not to say the film is bad; I'm just not sure it ever got the chance to stand on its own and may have suffered a bit from overblown expectations.

Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is still trying to decide if he wants to be a hero, but when crime keeps mucking up Gotham, the city wants its Batman. In the meantime, District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) is engaged to Wayne's beloved Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and both men, in their own way, try to clean up the city from its most dangerous threat so far - the Joker (Heath Ledger) - a demented clown bent on wreaking destructive chaos wherever he goes.

It goes without saying, though I'm going to say it, that the effects in "The Dark Knight" are spectacular, and the story itself offers the unique insights into the dark holes of the human psyche that the best superhero movies do best. But what everyone cares about are the performances. Even without Ledger's untimely demise, his portrayal of the Joker would have still been lauded as brilliant. He's menacing and mean, yet there's something twistedly charming ... even vaguely admirable ... in his dedication to inciting panic. In the supporting roles, I actually really like Gyllenhaal as Rachel a lot more than Katie Holmes, and Eckhart covers his bases from heroic to ... well ... the opposite ... in a role that was actually a foundation of the whole plot, though not nearly as showy as the guy in makeup. Bale, on the other hand, bugged me - I think I prefer an angry rant at an incompetent DP over his impersonation of Rolf the Dog that he uses to disguise his voice when he's the Big Bat.

The two-disc Special Edition is a nice addition to the collection of any fan. "Gotham Uncovered" shows the making and development director Christopher Nolan and his team used on the latest Bat-suit and Bat-pod, and we find out more about composer Hans Zimmer and his scoring for the Joker. "The Dark Knight IMAX Scenes" shows the six IMAX scenes kind of like they would be if your TV was an IMAX theater. "Gotham Tonight" re-creates six episodes of the city's news show. There are also some good-looking galleries and a digital copy of the whole film.

In Conclusion:
Probably one of the most highly anticipated movie releases in recent memory, "The Dark Knight" is, indeed, very good and very entertaining, but I'm not sure it deserved an Oscar nom for Best Picture like all the fanboys claimed. Still an exhilarating watch all the way through, though, and well deserving of a spot on any Bat-fan's shelf, even if Batman's in a perpetually bad mood, even for Batman.

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