The Dark Knight Blu-ray
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Directed by Christopher Nolan
Produced in 2008
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - American film
Milo Wakelin explains why The Dark Knight is no ordinary comic book adaptation.
Christopher Nolanís first foray into Gotham City was widely praised for taking the franchise in a more realistic direction, and with The Dark Knight, he has ditched the last few remaining comic book trappings to turn in an epic crime drama in the mould of Michael Mann or Martin Scorsese. Gone is the expressionism and shop-window-display gothic of Batmanís previous incarnations. In place of special-effects miniatures and stylised CGI, Nolan has taken his cameras onto the streets of Chicago. The Dark Knight is as much the story of a city as it is about any one of its inhabitants, and Nolan brings Gotham City to life as an intricate machine in which the police, led by Commissioner Gordon, the judiciary, led by DA Harvey Dent, and the criminal underworld all play their part.
As a result of Batmanís war on organised crime, this machine has been thrown out of balance, and into the breach swaggers a nameless terrorist known only as The Joker. Like Batman, The Jokerís methods are unconventional and his approach is single-minded; together the pair struggle for Gothamís sanity and its soul, emblemised by the cityís crusading new DA.
The Dark Knightís more realistic tone has succeeded in considerably upping the dramatic ante. Heath Ledgerís performance Ė the last he completed before his death Ė has justly received great praise, and his take on The Joker ditches any pretence of fun or flamboyance, depicting Batmanís nemesis as a crumpled, insouciant, unpredictable, scarily credible psychopath.
Unlike Mann, who used handheld digital cameras to capture the atmosphere of city nightlife in films such as Collateral (2004) and Miami Vice (2006), Nolan has rolled out the big guns: large portions of the film (including the major action sequences and external establishing shots) were shot in IMAX format, where the negative is run through the camera horizontally, exposing a greater area in each frame. This is a feature film first.
The Dark Knightís bravura cinematography is a perfect fit for the storyís epic scope. Gripping, thrilling and frequently terrifying, not since the days of David Lean has there been such a compelling argument for large-format filmmaking.
Milo Wakelin on 1st November 2008
Author of 105 reviews
The follow-up to the action hit 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 Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.
Spectacular entertainment, Dark Knight is pure adrenaline, and a stylish and exhilarating battle between good and evil. Prepare for a plenty of explosions, thrilling fight scenes, mid-air rescues and unbearably tense suspense. A darkly dazzling film.
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Length: 148 mins
Format: Blu-ray Colour
Released: 8th December 2008
Cat No: BDY24753
- Documentaries: 'Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene', Stunt Staging, 'Filming in IMAX', 'The New Bat Suit and Bat Pod', 'Batman Tech', 'Batman Unmasked', 'Gotham Tonight'
- Focus Points.