The Dark Knight Trilogy is one of those series we’ll argue about endlessly. Was “The Dark Knight Rises” disappointing? Was it just impossible to follow up a movie that so carefully and accurately reflected our social anxieties like “The Dark Knight”? Also, man, “Batman Begins” was really more of a warm-up movie, huh?
We’ll be able to debate all this, and more, using our fancy new six-disc Blu-Ray set Warner Brothers is putting out, because it’s dripping with features, and also stuff that you don’t actually need and will wind up in a box in your back closet, but will be really cool for five minutes.
The discs themselves are beefy. All three movies come with it, of course, although “Batman Begins” is the ugly stepchild here: “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” get two discs apiece, with one for the film and one for the special features, while “Batman Begins” only gets one. The bad news is that the special features aren’t new for this edition; they’re just the same features that you got if you already bought the Blu-Rays separately.
But that’s five of the six discs. The sixth is dedicated to two features. One is a long-form documentary that essentially consists of people like Guillermo Del Toro and Michael Mann talking about how great the trilogy is, which will wind up entire classes of film snob and is something we’re all for. The second is a conversation between Christopher Nolan and Richard Donner, who you might remember directed “Superman”, about making superhero movies.
You also get some gorgeous new art prints from Mondo, a 48-page artbook, and tiny little Batvehicles courtesy of Mattel, the aforementioned toys you’ll stick in a back closet, but they sure do look neat. No word yet on technical specifications, or price, but the set arrives September 24th.