It's out! I have it! You don't! Suck it, you!
What's the point. I mean, honestly, do I have to? Fine! In case you have suffered the misfortune of being trapped under a tree in the middle of a deserted forest for the last 5 months, I'm here to tell you that The Dark Knight was indeed good. And, not just good, but my favorite movie of 2008 and maybe even of all time. Now, after seeing it twice in theaters and once in the comfort of my own home, I can finally say that the movie is just as good the third time around. The transition from theatrical to DVD format is fantastic. Granted, it's nothing compared to the big screen, but I found that at home I was able to pay closer attention to both plot and characters. I even found an editing goof which I never realized in theaters. As important as the visuals is the sound which is absolutely superb. I cranked the volume up all the way while watching this and for two and a half hours I was in Gotham. But, in all truth, it wouldn't matter if Warner Brothers distributed this in black and white. I'd still get it. Wouldn't you?
Now, I don't know if this is just me, but I found that my case was broken in two places directly after I bought it. Again, it just might be that Blockbuster is run by a bunch of stoner douchebags who aren't careful with their shipments. But, the hell do I know anyways. My problems aside, it's a 'seemingly' durable DVD case with a shiny cardboard slip. The slip has the poster of Batman on his Batpod flying though debris filled air. The case itself has the poster of the Joker on the front with his silly writings obscuring the back of the box. Pretty clever. Not the most Imaginative DVD to have on your shelf but nothing to be embarrassed over.
Extras and Commentary:
Wow, did this DVD drop the ball when it came to extras. I finished everything there was to be seen in less than hour. That's about two fifths the length of the feature. Was it really necessary to have a second disc? Oh that's right, the second disc contains a digital copy for my computer as well. Problem with that is that I can't watch the dvd while the digital copy is loading so it's like, what's the point? What little extras you get include Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene, The Dark Knight IMAX Scenes, Gotham Tonight, and Galleries. Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene never actually takes you through the creation of a scene. Instead, it shows Dark Knight composer, Hans Zimmer, describing his process in creating the film's score. In addition, the crew, including Nolan, discuss how they came up with the redesigned Batsuit and Batpod. It's for the most part very uninteresting and feels like it was put together a week before the DVD release. But, I suppose it's at least half way decent for those hardcore composer groupies out there. You know who you are. The Dark Knight IMAX Scenes. Well, guess what mother fucker, I'm not watching in fucking IMAX. I'm watching this on my 39" TV set in my living room. If anything you're taking away a huge chunk of the screen so don't even try to pull this off as a fucking extra! Gotham Tonight was a promo before the film even came out and I can find production stills on RottenTomatoes if I damn well please so yeah, these aren't fucking extras either. For shame DVD maker guy. For shame. If I may disappoint you more, there's no director commentary to speak of. This is extremely annoying, especially after finding this
online. Read what it says under Special Features. See that? Now, those are some God damn DVD extras. I don't know what this shit is that I'm reviewing?
In conclusion, skip this Special Edition DVD and get the single disc version. In a year or so, there will be really nice Dark Knight DVDs with fancy casing, real extras, and everything. So, enjoy your Dark Knight for now fellas and I'll be back in a year to review the New Special Edition. Goodnight Everyone!