Review: The Dark Knight Rises above everyday Blu-ray experiences

Best Selling RPGs - Available Now @ DriveThruRPG.com
Current D&D Campaign Adventures - Mythic Odysseys of Theros
Springs Hosting
Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis eBooks - Available Now @ DriveThruFiction.com
Create Your Own Eberron D&D Adventures @ Dungeon Masters Guild
Samurai Comics
Current D&D Campaign Adventures - Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden

The Dark Knight Rises is available this week in Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and download.

The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray combo pack (Warner Bros.)

It’s hard to say anything Nerdvana’s resident movie critic, Bob Leeper, hasn’t already, so I’ll steer clear from the narrative content for the most part and mainly address the home video presentation. I will say that I feel The Dark Knight Rises is a satisfying conclusion to Christopher’s Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy — since we have to live with the fact that it is concluded. Yes, it’s preachy at times and way over the top, straining the limits of credibility that Batman Begins and The Dark Knight worked so hard to establish. But it’s also a fun ride that begs to be seen more than once.

That’s where the Blu-ray special features come to the rescue.

For many years I remember “DVD extras” were scaled back dramatically, in part because cast and crew wanted more money for the time and effort that went into making them memorable. We were lucky if we got some production diaries, audio commentary and a few lame Flash games. But with the rise of mobile devices as “second screens” that can interact with movies and make you more than just a spectator, and the explosion of application development for smartphones and tablets as well as online social networking, studios have been returning to the concept with a vengeance.

The second-screen experience is still pretty new for many people — including myself — but if ever there was a movie made for exploring this way, it’s an action-packed showoff between order and chaos like The Dark Knight Rises. This can mean just watching a movie while surfing the net on your iPad, as I often do and often find myself looking up details about cast and crew on IMDb and Wikipedia until I’ve reached some obscure point that makes me wonder how I got there. Or it can be so much more with some thoughtful design and planning.

The Dark Knight Rises is an example of how this experience can be integrated and directed, almost as if the filmmakers are guiding your hand as you tap and swipe. A free app for iOS devices syncs with many Blu-ray players to unlock bonus content, including filming locations, Gotham City maps, movie trivia, photo galleries and behind-the-scenes featurettes — no need to unlock special websites. You can also use the app to control Blu-ray playback. The special features add a personal touch that lets you insert yourself into Batman’s camouflage Tumbler or the movie’s iconic “RISE” poster via photo applications, or even become Gotham’s most wanted by adding a Batman, Catwoman or Bane mask to your photos. You can even have the Tumbler vehicle drive through your own personal videos.

The Dark Knight Rises represents a new dimension in special features and interactivity for hardcore fans of franchise fiction.

Warner Bros. provided a Blu-ray combo pack of The Dark Knight Rises for review.

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER

Subscribe for free updates!

Newsletters

View previous campaigns.

Powered by MailChimp

Nerdvana Media will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. Please let us know all the ways you would like to hear from us:

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at news@nerdvanamedia.com. We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

About the author

Avatar

Jayson Peters

Digital, social and print media pro. Nerdvana's founder, curator and editor.

Add Comment

Post a comment...

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Samurai Comics