■■ Just a Heads-Up, Amazon has merged reviews for The Dark Knight Trilogy, and the Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector's Edition (UCE). This is a review for just the Dark Knight Trilogy. I also have a review for the UCE which can also be found here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3SINGTZGPMNK1/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00DUCXFUC&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag= -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disregard all the naysayers claiming this is a money grab. No, it's called having a choice. Not everyone wants the Super Duper Ultra Rare Limited Collector's Edition, that's often filled with a bunch of useless physical items. Some people just want to have the trilogy and nothing more. For $30 (currently), you get just that, and even a little bit more.
You get the following in the Blu-ray edition:
Disc 1: Batman Begins Feature Film Disc 2: The Dark Knight Feature Film Disc 3: The Dark Knight Special Features Disc 4: The Dark Knight Rises Feature Film Disc 5: The Dark Knight Rises Special Features
That is tremendous bang for your buck! Not only with the movies, but there are hours and hours of special features included too, including a documentary about the Batmobile. The Ultimate Collector's Edition, which won't be released for another year will no doubt cost at least twice as much. The only thing I have a problem with here is the cover art. It just doesn't look anything like Nolan's Batman.
The DVD version of the Trilogy is a 3-disc set and lacks many of the extras found in the Blu-ray set, but it does look nicer. It has a lenticular cover featuring the Batman sign from all 3 movies. It looks really cool compared to the cover used for the Blu-ray edition.
All in all, this is a wonderful set to get if you don't own any of the movies yet. Heck, even if you do, it's still a great value if you just want The Dark Knight Rises. Consider TDKR sells for around $20-25, for just a few bucks more you get the 2 preceding films, and a book. You really can't go wrong here!
Here is a list of the Special Features that included. The list may not be all-inclusive. The set has no exclusive features, but rather, the same ones that come with the individual releases
BATMAN BEGINS SPECIAL FEATURES
■ In-Movie Experience: Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, and others reveal the movie's backstory as you watch ■ The Dark Knight IMAX Prologue (in high definition) ■ Tankman Begins: A Batman Begins spoof ■ Batman: The Journey Begins: Concept, design, and development of the film as well as the casting of Batman himself ■ Shaping Mind and Body: Observe Christian Bale's transformation into Batman ■ Gotham City Rises: Witness the creation of Gotham City the Batcave, Wayne Manor, and more ■ Cape and Cowl: The development of the new Batsuit ■ Batman: The Tumbler: The reinvention of the Batmobile ■ Path to Discovery: A look at the first week filming on rugged and remote Iceland locations ■ Saving Gotham City: The development of miniatures, CGI, and effects for the Monorail chase scene ■ Genesis of the Bat: A look at the Dark Knight's incarnation and influences on the film ■ Reflections on Writing Batman Begins: with David S. Goyer ■ Digital Batman: The effects you might have missed ■ Batman Begins Stunts: Confidential Files: Discover facts and story points not in the film ■ Stills gallery ■ Theatrical trailer
THE DARK KNIGHT SPECIAL FEATURES
■ Movie with Focus Points (picture in picture) ■ Explore your favorite movies through BD-Live(tm), an interactive gateway to exclusive content- ■ Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene: Director Christopher Nolan and creative collaborators unmask the incredible detail and planning behind the film, including stunt staging, filming in IMAX®, and the new Bat-suit and Bat-pod ■ Batman Tech: The incredible gadgets and tools (in high-def) ■ Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of The Dark Knight: Delve into the psyche of Bruce Wayne and the world of Batman through real-world psychotherapy (in high-def)- ■ Gotham Tonight: 6 episodes of Gotham Cable's premier news program ■ The Galleries: The Joker cards, concept art, poster art, production stills, trailers and TV spots
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES SPECIAL FEATURES
■ THE BATMOBILE" DOCUMENTARY: Witness all five Batmobiles together for the first time in history. Dive deep into every aspect of the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman's arsenal as you journey through the birth and evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon. (01:00)
■ ENDING THE KNIGHT: A comprehensive look into how Director Christopher Nolan and his production team made "The Dark Knight Rises" the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight legend. - The Prologue: High-Altitude Hijacking - Return to the Batcave - Beneath Gotham - The Bat - Batman vs Bane - Armory Accepted - Gameday Destruction - Demolishing a City Street - The Pit - The Chant - The War on Wall Street - Race to the Reactor - The Journey of Bruce Wayne - Gotham's Reckoning - A Girls Gotta Eat - Shadows & Light in Large Format - The End of A Legend ■ Trailers ■ Art Galleries