Bringing to an end one of the best and most memorable trilogies of all time, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises lit up the box office this year, boldly crossing the bn. mark to enter that elusive club that has a very small membership.

It’s been by far one of my favourite films of the year, and with the film due out on Blu-ray/DVD in less than a month, Warner Bros. have released the second trailer for its home entertainment release.

One main thing that the release is missing that a lot of people were hoping for is a commentary from Nolan, but that of course won’t change the fact that I’ll be buying it the day it hits the shelves (or, pre-ordering it and hoping it will arrive a few days early).

“”The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.”

Christian Bale of course reprises his role as Bruce Wayne / Batman for one final outing, joined by one of the strongest casts in recent memory, headed up by Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, and Marion Cotillard.

As part of the Blu-ray release, we can look forward to the following special features:

  • The Batmobile- Witness all five Batmobiles together for the first time in history. Dive deep into every aspect of the most awe-inspiring pinnacle of technology as the most awe-inspiring weapon in Birth and evolution of this technological marvel and cultural icon.
  • The Prologue: High-Altitude Hijacking- Production – Ending the Knight- See how Christopher Nolan and his filmmaking team staged the film’s high-flying opening sequence
  • Return to the Batcave- Production – Witness the reconstruction of the Batcave with time-lapse photography
  • Beneath Gotham- Director Christopher Nolan and the production designers discuss the design and build of Bane’s lair.
  • The Bat Pod – Director Christopher Nolan gives Batman a new mode of transportation in The Dark Knight Rises.
  • Batman vs Bane- The filmmakers and actors reveal how they planned and shot the epic fight sequence between Batman and Bane.
  • Armory Accepted- See how special effects and a miniature unit were used to simulate the demolition drop of the Tumbler through the ceiling
  • Gameday Destruction -The filmmakers describe the production plan that went into executing the jaw-dropping demolition sequence at Gotham Stadium
  • Demolishing a City Street- Learn how a series of practical special effects were used to simulate the complete destruction of a city street
  • The Pit -The filmmakers explain the design and construction of two giant, vertical sets: the underground prison and the well
  • The Chant- Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer discuss the creation of the chant that formed the basis of the score’s
  • The War on Wall Street- Get a glimpse behind the coordination and production of the epic battle for Gotham City
  • Race to the Reactor – Watch how the filmmakers orchestrated the film’s climactic chase sequence with multiple Tumblers and the Batpod
  • The Journey of The Dark Knight- Get insight into story and thematic choices that structured the final chapter of Bruce Wayne’s journey as Batman. Supported by interviews with CN, Jonah Nolan, David Goyer
  • Gotham’s Reckoning- The filmmakers reflect on their reinvention of Bane and all the elements that went into making him Batman’s most lethal and his wardrobe.
  • A Girls Gotta Eat- The filmmakers discuss the challenge of bringing an iconic character to life, detailing the acting choices, fashion, training and her tactical-ego of Catwoman.
  • Shadows & Light in Large Format- Discover the philosophy and methodology of capturing The Dark Knight Rises on the grand canvas of ImaxTM film.
  • The End of A Legend- The filmmakers give their final thoughts on working on The Dark Knight Rises and what it was like to be a part of.
  • Trailer Archive

Which is a whole lot more than the DVD copy will get you.

The Dark Knight Rises will be released on Blu-ray/UltraViolet and DVD/UltraViolet in the UK on 3rd December, with the US release following a day later on 4th December (and also including a Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet combo). There are also a handful of special limited edition releases – the Bat Cowl edition is my personal favourite – that will likely sell out very quickly, so be sure to get your pre-orders in early.

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