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The Dark Knight Rises (+Ultraviolet Digital Copy) (2012)

Christian Bale , Michael Caine , Christopher Nolan  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy
  • Directors: Christopher Nolan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 4, 2014 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,666 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Of all the "most anticipated" movies ever claiming that title, it's hard to imagine one that has caused so much speculation and breathless expectation as Christopher Nolan's final chapter to his magnificently brooding Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Though it may not rise to the level of the mythic grandeur of its predecessor, The Dark Knight Rises is a truly magnificent work of cinematic brilliance that commandingly completes the cycle and is as heavy with literary resonance as it is of-the-moment insight into the political and social affairs unfolding on the world stage. That it is also a full-blown and fully realized epic crime drama packed with state-of-the-art action relying equally on immaculate CGI fakery and heart-stopping practical effects and stunt work makes its entrée into blockbuster history worthy of all the anticipation and more. It deserves all the accolades it will get for bringing an opulently baroque view of a comic book universe to life with sinister effectiveness.

Set eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, TDK Rises finds Bruce Wayne broken in spirit and body from his moral and physical battle with the Joker. Gotham City is at peace primarily because Batman took the fall for Harvey Dent's murder, allowing the former district attorney's memory to remain as a crime-fighting hero rather than the lunatic destructor he became as Two-Face. But that meant Batman's cape and cowl wound up in cold storage--perhaps for good--with only police commissioner Jim Gordon in possession of the truth. The threat that faces Gotham now is by no means new; as deployed by the intricate script that weaves themes first explored in Batman Begins, fundamental conflicts that predate his own origins are at the heart of the ultimate struggle that will leave Batman and his city either triumphant or in ashes. It is one of the movie's greatest achievements that we really don't know which way it will end up until its final exhilarating moments. Intricate may be an understatement in the construction of the script by Nolan and his brother Jonathan. The multilayered story includes a battle for control of Wayne Industries and the decimation of Bruce Wayne's personal wealth; a destructive yet potentially earth-saving clean energy source; a desolate prison colony on the other side of the globe; terrorist attacks against people, property, and the world's economic foundation; the redistribution of wealth to the 99 percent; and a virtuoso jewel thief who is identified in every way except name as Catwoman. Played with saucy fun and sexy danger by Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle is sort of the catalyst (!) for all the plot threads, especially when she whispers into Bruce's ear at a charity ball some prescient words about a coming storm that will tear Gotham asunder. As unpredictable as it is sometimes hard to follow, the winds of this storm blow in a raft of diverse and extremely compelling new characters (including Selina Kyle) who are all part of a dance that ends with the ballet of a cataclysmic denouement. Among the new faces are Marion Cotillard as a green-energy advocate and Wayne Industries board member and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a devoted Gotham cop who may lead Nolan into a new comic book franchise. The hulking monster Bane, played by Tom Hardy with powerful confidence even under a clawlike mask, is so much more than a villain (and the toughest match yet for Batman's prowess). Though he ends up being less important to the movie's moral themes and can't really match Heath Ledger's maniacal turn as Joker, his mesmerizing swagger and presence as demonic force personified are an affecting counterpoint to the moral battle that rages within Batman himself. Christian Bale gives his most dynamic performance yet as the tortured hero, and Michael Caine (Alfred), Gary Oldman (Gordon), and Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox) all return with more gravitas and emotional weight than ever before. Then there's the action. Punctuated by three or four magnificent set pieces, TDKR deftly mixes the cinematic process of providing information with punches of pow throughout (an airplane-to-airplane kidnap/rescue, an institutional terrorist assault and subsequent chase, and the choreographed crippling of an entire city are the above-mentioned highlights). The added impact of the movie's extensive Imax footage ups the wow factor, all of it kinetically controlled by Nolan and his top lieutenants Wally Pfister (cinematography), Hans Zimmer (composer), Lee Smith (editor), and Nathan Crowley and Kevin Kavanaugh (production designers). The best recommendation TDKR carries is that it does not leave one wanting for more. At 164 minutes, there's plenty of nonstop dramatic enthrallment for a single sitting. More important, there's a deep sense of satisfaction that The Dark Knight Rises leaves as the fulfilling conclusion to an absorbing saga that remains relevant, resonant, and above all thoroughly entertaining. --Ted Fry

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It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

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172 of 231 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic conclusion to Nolan's Batman trilogy December 7, 2012
Having been a huge fan of Chris Nolan's previous two Batman films, couldn't wait to watch this when it was released. And The Dark Knight Rises didn't disappoint. The conclusion to the trilogy is fitting for the franchise, for Batman, and for Bruce Wayne (though I have read rumors that Nolan might come back for another film in the series or maybe a Batman/Superman film - hope some of this is true!).

The film starts with a frail Bruce Wayne having pretty much retired and living a private life eight years after he eliminated the Joker. The peaceful Gotham City where police officers feel they will soon be "chasing overdue library books" is rocked by a series of events orchestrated by the ferocious and calculating villain, Bane.

The pace of this film is slightly slower (and heavier) compared to the previous two films, partly because there are a lot more characters in this film, and Nolan being the master storyteller that he is, gives each character enough time in the film. It could seem a bit lengthy at 3 hours of thereabout because of this. Lucius Fox and Alfred return in their usual roles of being Batman's brains and soul respectively. Michael Caine's performance as Alfred is simply remarkable even though his screen time is somewhat limited in the film. Christian Bale, as usual, has done a great job portraying the battles within Bruce Wayne - overcoming his hears and rising from being as good as dead to come back to save his beloved city. His character comes a full circle from the first film as Thomas Wayne's words "why do we fall down Bruce" echo through this film and Bruce seemingly understands their meaning here as he prepares to pick himself up and "rise".

New characters added a refreshing touch to the series. Anne Hathaway is brilliant in her role as Selina Kyle.
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168 of 232 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and engaging superhero epic July 21, 2012
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As someone of the unpopular minority who didn't like Christopher Nolan's previous Batman film 'The Dark Knight' (but really liked 'Batman Begins') I find 'The Dark Knight Rises' a pleasant surprise. It carries a lot of the elements of the first two films, especially TDK's darker tone but manages to off-set it's self-seriousness with a strong story, terrific action-scenes and characters I wanted to root for!

The story of 'The Dark Knight Rises' takes place eight years after the events of 'The Dark Knight' Gotham Ciy is seemingly crime free and the Batman hasn't been seen since (still wanted as a fugitive after the events of TDK). In steps Bane: a super-strong, methodical terrorist leader intent on destroying Gotham and ends up forcing Batman/Bruce Wayne out of retirement. There's a lot of elements at work in this dynamic story (taking obvious influences from the Batman comics Knightfall, No Man's Land and Dark Knight Returns) and the movie's almost 3-hour length is felt, but Nolan's strong directing and script manage to bring it all together and he keeps things moving at a brisk pace.

As much as I like the story in 'The Dark Knight Rises' it's the characters I found myself most vested in. Regular greats Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman return as Jim Gordan and Lucius Fox, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays honest cop John Blake and Anne Hathaway the thief Selina Kyle (each giving the film both an every-person to follow and moments of comic-relief). Marion Cotillard gives protagonist Bruce Wayne a business partner as well as a love-interest in Miranda Tate. Tom Hardy doesn't make Bane as memorable as Heath Ledger's Joker (no one could) but he's an imposing presence and a terrific foil to Batman in terms of strength and ingenuity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Nolan and Christian Bale Have Done It Again January 29, 2014
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Not before the release of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises did I once give a flying crap about Batman--other than when I would watch the cartoon on Saturday mornings as a kid. I adore this trilogy and how it so tightly mirrors our real world in so many ways, both good and ugly. The Dark Knight Rises is the darkest of the three films and I appreciate what it has to offer, especially in our current century, when so much is unbalanced and so many are without hope. Definitely a must-see. In fact, see it several times; you'll get more out of it with each viewing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt wait to add this to my collection!! November 26, 2012
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I have been a huge Batman fan since I was a kid. From the comics, to the movies, to the cartoons and the games, but I absolutely loved this series the most. This series really hit the darker side of Batman and gave it a little more of a realistic touch. Batman The Dark Knight Rises, in my opinion, made Bane one of the scariest, most intense villains in any super hero movie I've seen in 2012. I think this movie did a great job ending this specific series, and even still it left me wanting more, but I was very satisfied with the ending. It was intense, fun, and even amusing at times. All around I think its a great movie, a great series and for me it was a definite buy! Hope everyone else can enjoy this movie/series as much as I did.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Overwrought December 31, 2012
I must admit, I was not one of the fanboys that freaked over how amazing "The Dark Knight" was. I loved Heath ledger and that version of The Joker is absolutely one of the most iconic performances of all time, but I thought the film could have EASILY been 20 minutes shorter. "TDKR" was even more overblown and overwrought. I tend to judge a comic book film by how good the villain is, and in this case, Bane sucked. Comic book villains almost always have some murky "plan" that they want to exercise and their motivations are almost always very muddled. So, apparently Bane gets together a group of terrorists to first cut off Gotham from the rest of the world so they can let all the criminals out, trap the cops underground, kill all rich people and ultimately nuke the place? Umm okay.

The saving grace here is Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Joseph Gordon Levitt as good guy John Blake. I found Batman whiny and annoying through most of this film, when he wasn't flat on his back shrieking in pain.

I am of the opinion that a hero needs to "Rise" and stalk hoity-toity directors like Christopher Nolan. I call this dastardly foe THE EDITOR who will swoop in and slice extraneous plot developments and entire characters. THIS FILM WAS TOO LONG. Any impact it may have had was completely destroyed by the number of times I rolled my eyes and checked my watch. Sometimes, shorter is better.

The way it all wrapped up in the end was kinda neat, with the important people being clued in to the truth and Gotham getting an immortal, infallible hero to worship and the whole John Blake / Robin thing. But it was almost too little too late.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Nolan Batman movies are spot on in terms of ...
The Nolan Batman movies are spot on in terms of tone and atmosphere: this is the world of the Batman as imagined by fans of Batman Year 1 and The Dark Knight Returns. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another stroke of genius!
I bought this for my son. He says, Christian Nolan, the director, has had another stroke of genius with this third and final installment in the Batman trilogy. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Michelle McBeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
An absolutely wonderful movie! I recommend watching the other two movies in the series (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight), but this ends the triology very nicely. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars Baman 3
The portrayal of Bruce Wayne in this film kinda bothers me. I could deal with the jail fighter ninja thing in the first film, but the I'm-not-sure-if-he's-faking-the-knee-injury... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Yourbrokenoven
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great, but serious movie
It's a great, but serious movie. One wonders, when will the "comic" movies start to reflect a less dark society, take themselves less seriously, and bring us more levity?
Published 1 day ago by Gerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman man
The best batman series EVER!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the dark knight rises is one of Christopher Nolans best achevements...
The dark knight rises went out in style the way every movie should i mean this movie made millions of dollars at the box office it has bane has the villan in here plus catwoman and... Read more
Published 3 days ago by thomas henry
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They need to keep Christian Bale and continue this series. I love how in this one they never mention it, but Celine Kyles is cat woman (if you know the comic then you'll catch... Read more
Published 3 days ago by jinks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome. Must see
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i think the cover is stupid
Pretty lame. Imagine them using that for the poster. In fact, pick any of the teaser posters and it would make a better cover. Posters are better than the DVD covers 99% of the time anyway.

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Nov 7, 2012 by Panthalassa |  See all 3 posts
The corrupt judge in Dark Knight Rises .. is it the Scarecrow?
Yep. :) Cilian Murphy was in all three, and was the judge in the movie "exiling" people.
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I agree with Panthalassa. Reviews of the movie itself can found easily. Many consumers like me come to places like Amazon to purchase a product that isn't just about the movie - do I want to get the DVD, BluRay, DVD / BluRay combo pack, 2-disk, 3-disk, 4-disk, 3-D, etc. The movie itself isn't... Read More
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what is the *very* opening scene meant to represent?
To me it looks like ice cracking, just as the cracks make the Batman logo it pans to the film.
Dec 25, 2012 by C. Sienkiewicz |  See all 3 posts
See it.
Kind of in relation to this, don't let the tragedy in Colorado keep you from going to the theaters to see this or any movie. Bad things happen but we can't let those things keep us from living our lives.
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