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Batman- The Dark Knight (Widescreen) (2008) - Golden GlobeĀ® & OscarĀ® Winner!

Director: Christopher Nolan     Starring: Christian Bale Heath Ledger
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Format: DVD
Sku: 209724008
UPC: 085391176428
UPC 14: 00085391176428
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Welcome to a World Without Rules.
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 sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective, but soon 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.

"It's probably the best superhero movie to date.  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Twisted, tortured, terrifying - and terrific.  Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Enthralling...An ambitious, full-bodied crime epic of gratifying scope and moral complexity...  Justin Chang, Variety
"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.  Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
"The haunting and visionary Dark Knight soars on the wings of untamed imagination...Prepare to be wowed.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
""Batman Begins," the 2005 film that launched Nolan's series, was a mere five-finger exercise. This is the full symphony.  Richard Corliss, Time
"A haunting, masterful epic that's full of surprises!  Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood

Editor's 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.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/1/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 153 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2008
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1000026372
Video UPC UPC: 00085391176428
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Michael Jai White
Video Cast Info Eric Roberts
Video Cast Info Aaron Eckhart
Video Cast Info William Fichtner
Video Cast Info Morgan Freeman
Video Cast Info Michael Caine
Video Cast Info Nestor Carbonell
Video Cast Info Christian Bale
Video Cast Info Gary Oldman
Video Cast Info Heath Ledger
Video Cast Info Anthony Michael Hall
Video Cast Info Maggie Gyllenhaal
Video Cast Info Lindy Hemming - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Christopher Nolan - Producer
Video Cast Info Nathan Crowley - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Michael Uslan - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Hans Zimmer - Composer
Video Cast Info David S. Goyer - Story
Video Cast Info Wally Pfister - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Kevin De La Noy - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Lee Smith - Editor
Video Cast Info Thomas Tull - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jonathan Nolan - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Christopher Nolan - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Benjamin Melniker - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Emma Thomas - Producer
Video Cast Info James Newton Howard - Composer
Video Cast Info Christopher Nolan - Story
Video Cast Info Charles Roven - Producer
Video Cast Info Christopher Nolan - Director

Professional Reviews

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

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

Entertainment Weekly
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

ReelViews 10 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
"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. - Roger Ebert

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