DVD REVIEW: The Dark Knight (Two-Disc Special Edition)
December 12, 2008
So you’re a Dark Knight nerd like me and you’re wondering if the Two-Disc Special Edition is worth it. Well, I would say that depends on your level of nerdiness. First of all, there are no commentary tracks for the film, as Nolan reportedly dislikes them. The behind-the-scenes featurettes on the second disc are fairly brief, totaling about half an hour, and cover in detail the evolution of Han Zimmer’s eerie and unsettling Joker theme, and some in-depth looks at the evolution of the Bat suit created for the movie, as well as how they created a working Batpod, the super cool motorbike Batman rides during a crucial scene. There’s also some brief commentary on the challenges of the action scenes, and how they employed IMAX cameras during the shoot. (Nolan contemplated doing a whole film with the IMAX cameras, but they are apparently so noisy while they’re operating that they’re not practical to shoot dialogue heavy scenes with.) There are no cast interviews, unfortunately: I was hoping that there would be some material on Heath Ledger’s development of his take on the Joker, but apart from some film clips and production stills, Ledger is largely absent from the featurettes, but then so is the rest of the cast. The highlight, at least for a Dark Knight nerd like me, is the presentation of all the major action scenes in the fullscreen IMAX format. Obviously, it’s not even close to the same experience, but I was still glad to have the opportunity to see them in that fashion. There’s also six episodes of the news program, Gotham Tonight, featured in the movie, which was a bit too nerdy an inclusion for me, and a digital copy of the movie, for those of you who hate IMAX and want to go in the furthest possible opposite direction short of watching a flea circus rendition of The Dark Knight. So there you have it, the contents of the Two-Disc Special Edition. If you’re a nerd like me, you’ll want it, otherwise you may do just as well to pass and buy the single disc version.