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'Dark Knight Rises' Due Dec. 4

28 Sep, 2012 By: John Latchem

Warner Home Video Dec. 4 releases the DVD and Blu-ray of The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion to director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Picking up eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the film finds Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) retired from protecting Gotham City as Batman, when the city is threatened by the menace of the terrorist leader known as Bane (Tom Hardy). To save Gotham, Batman must join forces once again with Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and newcomers Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) and John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

The Dark Knight Rises has grossed $443.6 million in U.S. theaters and $1.07 billion worldwide.

The film will be available as a Blu-ray combo pack at $35.99 and a single-disc DVD at $28.99, as well as part of trilogy DVD ($38.99) and Blu-ray ($52.99) sets. Fans can also get a Blu-ray collector’s set of the film packaged in a bat cowl diorama at $39.99.

All versions include an UltraViolet copy of the film.

The Blu-ray includes an hour-long The Batmobile documentary, about the evolution of Batman’s famous vehicles throughout film and TV history. Also included is “Ending the Knight,” a series of featurettes about the making of the film. The DVD will include just a “Journey of Bruce Wayne” character featurette.

Also available is the free The Dark Knight Rises app for IOS 5.0 or higher compatible devices, including iPhone and iPad and Samsung Galaxy devices. Building upon the TDKR: Gotham City’s Most Wanted app, the Dark Knight Rises app will be updated in two phases. The first, in late October, will include several activities such as a photo application that will allow users to put themselves into a Tumbler, a video application that will allow users to insert a Tumbler into their personal videos, and more. The second update, which will be available Dec. 4, will integrate second-screen functionality into the app, with such bonus content as film location information, Gotham City maps, film trivia, photo galleries and making-of featurettes. The app also will control playback of the film via the Blu-ray player.

A special Ultimate Collector’s Edition of Nolan’s trilogy will be released in 2013.

In addition, Best Buy will offer copies of The Dark Knight Rises in steelbook packaging with the exclusive documentary The Dark Knight Reborn. The program uses previously unreleased footage and interviews with the cast and crew of all three films to track the origin-to-screen journey of the “Dark Knight” trilogy.


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