Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Dark Knight (DVD)

The Dark Knight

Hype can be a good thing. It can create so much excitement leading up to a film's release. The downside of too much hype is that it could leave you with expectations that are impossible to live up to. In the case of The Dark Knight, the most phenomenal film of 2008, hype worked in its favor. All the buzz surrounding the film and unfortunately, Heath Ledger’s tragic death made the film more intriguing. I feel that The Dark Knight truly deserved EVERY bit of praise it was given, especially Heath’s performance as Joker. (Sorry Jack Nicholson, but your Joker has been bumped off the top spot…) As important as everybody’s role was, this was really the Joker’s show. His presence was undeniable, whether he was physically there or not. Even in the scenes that he wasn’t in, you sure as hell couldn’t ignore his presence. He was the ghost that haunted Gotham and effectively paralyzed the people with fear. For me, one of the reasons the film was so good was the psychological aspect of it. You don’t just see a villain doing crazy things here. You actually go into the depth of the Joker’s psychotic mind. It’s effective because the film plays with your head the same way the Joker got to Batman through his psychological games. This film is loaded with so many themes, that it takes a couple viewings to really take it in. With the DVD out now, it’s the perfect time to experience this awesome film once again. I don’t think anything else can be said about it that hasn’t been already. All that really needs to be said is, “Get a copy now on DVD!” Whether you saw it 10 times in the theater or not, get this DVD. Watch it, and then watch it again. And then when you’re done with that, watch it one more time...

Features on the 2-Disc Special Edition include:

- 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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