Batman- The Dark Knight (Special Edition)

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AMAZING MOVIE. Even if you aren't a superhero-movie fan.

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AMAZING MOVIE. Even if you aren't a superhero-movie fan.

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Special edition includes the digital copy


Studio Warner
SKU 209724007
UPC 085391176589
UPC 14 00085391176589
Format DVD
Release Date 9/8/2009
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 1774
Good Vs. Evil
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Editors Note
Note To say that Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT is the best comic book adaptation does the film a bit of a disservice. It may be a Batman film, but this isn't a kid-friendly action movie full of the bams and pows of the original series. This is a pitch-black thriller with enough drama and tragedy to please even William Shakespeare, but it will certainly keep both comics fans and uninitiated audiences equally happy. THE DARK KNIGHT starts in the wake of BATMAN BEGINS: with the appearance of Batman (Christian Bale), Gotham City's criminal underworld is unnerved. They're also plagued by the new D.A., Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), who, in his quest for justice, remains above the city's corruption. Enter a new villain, the Joker (Heath Ledger), who wants to unite the criminals for a common purpose: to kill Batman.^THE DARK KNIGHT is one of the most hyped movies to date, and a lesser film would be crushed under the weight of all that expectation. Some of the publicity stems from the early death of Ledger, who turns in an excellent performance. He provides moments of humor, but this Joker is terrifying, sharing more with classic villains such as Hannibal Lechter than with his comic book predecessors. Eckhart is equally good as Dent, and Maggie Gyllenhaal deserves praise for taking over the role of Rachel Dawes from Katie Holmes. Though there's more emphasis on plot and character development than in most comic book adaptations, that doesn't mean Nolan has skimped on any of the action sequences. Each set piece is done perfectly, leaving the audience breathless. THE DARK KNIGHT is filmmaking at its best; its subject matter may be dark and depressing, but it's tough not to feel exhilarated by its artistry when the credits begin to roll.
USA Today 4 stars out of 4 -- "THE DARK KNIGHT is a more thrilling, intelligent, morally complex and masterfully crafted film than any summer blockbuster in recent years. It's probably the best superhero movie to date." 07/18/2008
Los Angeles Times "Always a consummate professional, Ledger threw himself into a role he clearly relished, giving a transfixing performance..." 07/17/2008
New York Times "Pitched at the divide between art and industry, poetry and entertainment, it goes darker and deeper than any Hollywood movie of its comic-book kind..." 07/18/2008
Entertainment Weekly "[T]he movie exudes a predatory glamour that makes the comic-book films that have come before it look all the more like kid stuff." -- Grade: A- 07/25/2008 p.46-47,Included in Entertainment Weekly's 2008 Films Of The Year -- "[A] triumph of comic-book relevance, starring Christian Bale as a superhero uneasy with his calling in a city anesthetized to matter-of-fact evil..." 12/26/2008
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n anarchic, malevolent fury of a movie....Ledger's Joker is pure, powerful, immense..." 09/01/2008 p.56
Premiere "[A] sleek detective story....Bale and Eckhart centralize the movie's thematic concerns, causing the Joker's outrageousness to stand out." 07/18/2008
Sight and Sound "This last development is a fine example of Nolan's flair for multivalent plot points....Nolan is aided by strong performances. Bale is focused, intense and committed to being terrifying..." 10/01/2008 p.59-60
Film Comment "Working from Michael Mann's visual template and seemingly indebted to the hard-nosed savagery of THE DEPARTED, Christopher Nolan's second BATMAN installment has some thrilling moments..." 11/01/2008 p.76-77
Chicago Sun-Times "The best of all the Batmans, Christopher Nolan's haunted film leaps beyond its origins and becomes an engrossing tragedy." 12/05/2008
Rolling Stone Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's 'Movies Of The Year' -- "[A] Batman movie that offers enough moral relativism to give you knightmares." 01/08/2008 p.116
Christopher Nolan
Christian Bale
Heath Ledger
Cast & Crew
Michael Jai White - Star
Eric Roberts - Star
Aaron Eckhart - Star
William Fichtner - Star
Morgan Freeman - Star
Michael Caine - Star
Nestor Carbonell - Star
Christian Bale - Star
Gary Oldman - Star
Heath Ledger - Star
Anthony Michael Hall - Star
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Star
Lindy Hemming - Costume Designer
Christopher Nolan - Producer
Nathan Crowley - Production Designer
Michael Uslan - Executive Producer
Hans Zimmer - Composer
David S. Goyer - Story
Wally Pfister - Director of Photography
Kevin De La Noy - Executive Producer
Lee Smith - Editor
Thomas Tull - Executive Producer
Jonathan Nolan - Screenwriter
Christopher Nolan - Screenwriter
Benjamin Melniker - Executive Producer
Emma Thomas - Producer
James Newton Howard - Composer
Christopher Nolan - Story
Charles Roven - Producer
Christopher Nolan - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 1000026388
UPC 00085391176589
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 153 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Name Heath Ledger
Award Category Best Supporting Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 2009
Award Giver Academy Awards
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Consequences. In real life, these ramifications emanate from every action like ripples from a stone thrown into a pond. Often in movies, especially those that feature characters who don't play by the rules, such penalties are suspended. However, in Christopher Nolan's Batman universe, decisions and actions have consequences. The Dark Knight, arguably the moodiest and most adult superhero motion picture ever to reach the screen, illustrates this lesson in ways that are startling and painful. This is a tough, uncompromising motion picture - one that defies the common notions of what is expected from a "superhero" film. While there are plenty of action sequences and instances of derring-do, The Dark Knight's subtext has a tragic underpinning that would intrigue Shakespeare or the Greeks. It's about power and impotence, sanity and madness, image and reality, selfishness and sacrifice, and - yes - consequences...2008 may be the year that the superhero movie comes of age. Iron Man represents the best screen adventure of a Marvel hero. Now, D.C. has answered with The Dark Knight, a film so impressive in every significant facet that it makes one wonder why it took so long for the genre to reach this high level. Christopher Nolan has provided movie-goers with the best superhero movie to-date, outclassing previous titles both mediocre and excellent, and giving this franchise its The Empire Strikes Back.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Batman" isn't a comic book anymore. Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" is a haunted film that leaps beyond its origins and becomes an engrossing tragedy. It creates characters we come to care about. That's because of the performances, because of the direction, because of the writing, and because of the superlative technical quality of the entire production. This film, and to a lesser degree "Iron Man," redefine the possibilities of the "comic-book movie"..."The Dark Knight" is not a simplistic tale of good and evil. Batman is good, yes, The Joker is evil, yes. But Batman poses a more complex puzzle than usual: The citizens of Gotham City are in an uproar, calling him a vigilante and blaming him for the deaths of policemen and others. And the Joker is more than a villain. He's a Mephistopheles whose actions are fiendishly designed to pose moral dilemmas for his enemies...Something fundamental seems to be happening in the upper realms of the comic-book movie. "Spider-Man II" (2004) may have defined the high point of the traditional film based on comic-book heroes. A movie like the new "Hellboy II" allows its director free rein for his fantastical visions. But now "Iron Man" and even more so "The Dark Knight" move the genre into deeper waters. They realize, as some comic-book readers instinctively do, that these stories touch on deep fears, traumas, fantasies and hopes. And the Batman legend, with its origins in film noir, is the most fruitful one for exploration.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
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Claudia Puig, USA Today It's probably the best superhero movie to date.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News Twisted, tortured, terrifying - and terrific.
Justin Chang, Variety Enthralling...An ambitious, full-bodied crime epic of gratifying scope and moral complexity...
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter Bale again brilliantly personifies all the deep traumas and misgivings of Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne. A bit of Hamlet is in this Batman.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination...Prepare to be wowed.
Richard Corliss, Time "Batman Begins," the 2005 film that launched Nolan's series, was a mere five-finger exercise. This is the full symphony.
Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood A haunting, masterful epic that's full of surprises!

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