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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.]]>
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.25 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 5.55 Ounces
- Item model number : BR1000026387
- Director : Christopher Nolan
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 32 minutes
- Release date : December 9, 2008
- Actors : Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B001GZ6QEC
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,991 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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There's nothing about this movie not to like. The returning and new actors are incredible - Heath Ledger as the Joker will make you crazy, but just enough so you can keep watching. Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent will leave you wondering, and his character is developed just enough to make his arc perfect - to keep you wondering but not shocked.
Bottom line: whether you're into superheroes or not, DC Comics or Marvel, whether you've watched every Batman movie and read every comic or haven't seen a single one, this movie is well worth watching. You're probably better off watching Batman Begins first (that is incredible as well) but I don't think it's necessary. You'll just find some of the information new, which is always fantastic.
And BTW, no pressure to watch The Dark Knight Rises after this. It's not a bad film but it kind of disappoints. See my review here: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3TKBV8CSCXFOE/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8
By J S on March 21, 2018
By Rob on January 12, 2018
The opening of The Dark Knight is iconic. It’s of a bank heist with the crooks all wearing clown masks which harkens back to Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing. As each member of the crew finishes his task the next criminal kills him. The last thief turns out to be the Joker. As he leave the bank he puts a grenade in the mouth of the mob bank manager that turns out to be a smoke grenade. He then makes his getaway in a school bus that joins a precession of other such vehicles being used in a big field trip. It’s the perfect heist scene that only lasts a few minutes.
The unintended consequences of Batman are two fold in this film. First is Harvey Dent as district attorney who was willing to take on the criminals in Gotham which was what Wayne always hoped for. He has a sin however which is being overzealous which will change him later on. The other is obviously the Joker. As Alfred tries to tell him every action, the creation fo Batman, has an equal reaction, and that was the Joker.
You really can’t capture how amazing a job Ledger did with the Joker. There are so many standout moments. For example you have the different stories he gives for the scares on his face which make up his clown smile make-up. There’s his speech to Dent about how everyone always has a plan and he has none because he represents the chaos to Batman’s call for order. Then he proceeds to blow up the hospital, but the last charge doesn’t go off. He shrugs and then it explodes.
Another standout performance was made by Michael Caine as Alfred. In Batman Begins he was also giving words of wisdom to Wayne and this release was no difference. For instance, one time he tells a story of hunting down a thief in Burma. One day he came across a child playing with a gigantic ruby because the bandit just threw them away. That’s because the thief wasn’t interested in wealth he just wanted the fun of the game. That’s the Joker, he wasn’t interested in the money from crime, he just wanted to see Gotham fall into anarchy.
There’s nothing really comparable in the long line of comic inspired movies to the Dark Knight. It had the characters. It had the action. It had the special effects. It had a great story.
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Nolan's inspiration for the film was the Joker's comic book debut in 1940, the 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke, and the 1996 series The Long Halloween, which retold Two-Face's origin. The nickname "the Dark Knight" was first applied to Batman in Batman #1 (1940), in a story written by Bill Finger. The Dark Knight was filmed primarily in Chicago, as well as in several other locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. Nolan used an IMAX camera to film some sequences, including the Joker's first appearance in the film. On January 22, 2008, some months after he had completed filming on The Dark Knight and six months before the film's release, Heath Ledger died from a toxic combination of prescription drugs, leading to intense attention from the press and movie-going public. Warner Bros. initially created a viral marketing campaign for The Dark Knight, developing promotional websites and trailers highlighting screenshots of Ledger as the Joker.
A co-production of the United States and the United Kingdom, The Dark Knight was released on July 16, 2008 in Australia, on July 18, 2008 in North America, and on July 24, 2008 in the United Kingdom. Considered by film critics to be one of the best films of the 2000s and one of the best superhero films ever, the film received highly positive reviews and set numerous records during its theatrical run. With over $1 billion in revenue worldwide, it is the 19th-highest-grossing film of all time, unadjusted for inflation. The film received eight Academy Award nominations; it won the award for Best Sound Editing and Ledger was posthumously awarded Best Supporting Actor. The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in the trilogy, was released on July 20, 2012.
Maggie Gyllenhaal is superb as Rachel Dawes, an admirer and political journalist, but one of the most striking aspects is Aaron Eckhart in the uncharacteristic role of a hardnosed good guy Senator Dent, who is horrifically burnt, and plays the final scenes with half of his face without skin, showing sinew and bones. There are a few character twists which give the film dramatic credibility, and Batman becomes anti-hero as the Dark Night is accused of betrayal.
We are never told how, in a world of such corruption and international deception, Bruce Wayne is the only one to make a fortune entirely honestly, but here he meets his match in the form of the psychopathic Joker, played by Heath Ledger. His twisted humour ranges from stealing enough money to fill a wharehouse, and burning a fellow con-man on top of it, to giving two ferry ships the choice of sacrificing themselves, or blowing up the other. One is full of so called decent Citizens, and the other full of Criminals. Which group will show the most humanity?
Although Heath Ledger plays the joker suffering from a childhood traumatic disturbance, like a malicious, murderous clown, with tremendous self defence skills, I think I prefer Jim Carey's over the top wacky characterisation in an earlier version of the Batman saga.
Torn betwen self interest and public image, Commissioner Gordon, is played convincingly by Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox gives Batman some High Tec Police assistance to locate the Joker by tracking on screens, every mobile phone in the city. Part of the dark ironic cynical humour, is that by eliminating several 'gangs' the Joker is a more effective crime fighter than Batman.
The second disc in this collection includes some interesting commentaries by director Christopher Nolan, gallery shots, and behind the scenes planning and staging.