Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Dark Knight Rises

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Warner

In the 2012 action-crime thriller The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” Gotham City is threatened by the masked terrorist Bane, forcing Batman to return from an eight-year absence and fight for his city one more time.

Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan, the PG-13-rated  film stars Christian Bale (The Fighter) in the the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, a character he portrayed in the trilogy’s  first two installments, Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008). The all-star cast also includes Tom Hardy (Inception) as Bane and Anne Hathaway (Love & Other Drugs) as Selina Kyle, The Catwoman, along with Marion Cotillard (Contagion), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Hesher), Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Morgan Freeman (Red).

The Dark Knight Rises movie scene

Tom Hardy's Bane (l.) and Christian Bale's Batman go at it in The Dark Knight Rises.

The Dark Knight Rises was lauded by critics and audiences upon its theatrical across the globe in July, 2012. The positive vibes translated into a $450 million box office gross in the U.S. and an international box office take of more than $1 billion. Yeash!

The Blu-ray and DVD for this baby are sure to be the stocking stuffers for the 2012 holiday season…

On Dec. 4, Warner will also release The Dark Knight Trilogy Limited Edition Giftset on Blu-ray and DVD, featuring all three of Nolan’s Batman movies: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Along with the discs’ existing bonus features, the giftset edition  will also include a premium book exclusive to the collection. Warner also plans to release The Dark Knight Trilogy Ultimate Collector’s Edition in 2013.

The Dark Knight Rises will be available for download from online digital retailers including iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon, Vudu and CinemaNow on the same date as the Blu-ray and DVD release.

Also arriving will be the free “The Dark Knight Rises” app for IOS 5.0 or higher compatible devices including iPhone and iPad, and Samsung Galaxy devices including S2, S3, Note, Nexus and Tab (operating system requirements vary by device). Building upon the already available “TDKR: Gotham City’s Most Wanted” app, “The Dark Knight Rises” app will be updated in two phases. The first update, which will be available in late October, will include several interactive activities such as a photo application that will allow users to put themselves into a Tumbler, a video application that will allow users to insert a Tumbler into their personal videos, and more. The second update, which will be available on December 4, will integrate second screen functionality into the app. It will allow users to sync compatible mobile devices with the Blu-ray disc via BD-Live enabled Blu-ray players connected to the same Local Area Network to access exclusive bonus content. The bonus content will include film location information, Gotham City maps, film trivia, photo galleries and making of featurettes. In addition, the second screen app controls playback of the film on your TV via Blu-ray player. “The Dark Knight Rises” app will be available through the iTunes store and Google Play.

The Blu-ray and DVD include the following 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.

– 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.

– Production
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

– Characters
The Journey of Bruce Wayne
Gotham’s Reckoning
A Girls Gotta Eat

– Reflections
Shadows & Light in Large Format
The End of A Legend

– Trailers
– Art Galleries
– UltraViolet: Instantly stream and download films to compatible devices

– The Journey of Bruce Wayne
– UltraViolet: Instantly stream and download films to compatible devices


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.