The Dark Knight Rises Review

The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR), the last of the most recent Batman movie interpretation, is available on December 4th. Christopher Nolan has done an amazing job revisiting the most popular DC Comics movie character. Yes, I believe Batman beats Superman. The Dark Knight Rises was an amazing finish. Today in our review we will cover all the usual options Amazon Instant, Blu-ray, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu.

Buy from Amazon Instant

The Dark Knight Rises on Amazon Instant

Amazon has to be joking. The Dark Knight Rises from Amazon Instant offers only the movie in stereo (maybe we should be grateful, it could come in mono). You will be able to watch it nearly everywhere except for Android phones and tablets. Here is the death knell, Amazon charges $19.99. Fail.


Buy TDKR on Blu-ray

The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray

All of the Blu-ray options out there are all iterations of the same Blu-ray/DVD Combo+UltraViolet Digital Copy. If you want to dive in and buy the trilogy, you will get a few nice extras, but would not be fair to the other options in the review today.
The Blu-ray Combo boast three hours of bonus features. You get the The Batmobile, an extra showing all five Batmobiles at once; Ending The Knight Nolan and his team commenting on the making of The Dark Knight and much more. Check the comparison list below. The price for this set at Amazon is $18.99. This option is hard to beat at that price.


Google Play

The Dark Knight Rises on Google Play

Will update once the option becomes available. They may think there is no reason to offer an early view if their offering of TDKR is like all other Google Play movies, nothing more than the film at the same price as the competition. Google needs this option to float Android as a media consumption platform. It does help, but when Apple, in both hardware and extras, continues to dominate Google Play, it makes it difficult to take it seriously as a media outlet. UPDATE: TDKR is only available for rent from Google Play. There is not an option to buy. Sorry Android fans.


TDKR on iTunes

The Dark Knight Rises on iTunes

The Dark Knight Rises is Director Christopher Nolan’s last film in his Batman Trilogy. Nolan’s films were definitely the best of the many renditions of Batman we’ve seen on film in my opinion (even with Bane’s horrible voice)…although lets face it, there wasn’t much competition out there. Remember The Governator playing Mr Freeze? Although this is the last we will see of Nolan’s Dark Knight, we are sure to see the Caped Crusader again in the reboot and possibly in The Justice League.
The Dark Knight Rises is available for preorder in HD on iTunes for $19.99. The download comes in 1080p and Dolby Digital 5.1.

                        

The iTunes version lists 3 main special features:

  • Beneath Gotham: Christopher Nolan and production designers
    discuss the design and build of Bane’s lair.
  • Batman vs. Bane: How the cast and crew planned and filmed
    the fight sequence between Batman and Bane.
  • End of a Legend: Filmmakers give their final thoughts on
    working on the The Dark Knight Rises.
 

The 3 special features sound very intriguing and should give a good behind the scenes look at the film…..just don’t look at the list of special features that will come with the Blu-Ray version. As typical, the Blu-Ray versions of films offer much more special features than their digital download counterparts but the list of what is being offered for this film on Blu-Ray makes the iTunes list depressing.


TDKR on Vudu

The Dark Knight Rises on Vudu

Wow. Vudu is a serious contender. JR Sanchez, may have thought that iTunes had the silver medal in this review, but Vudu brings one extra more iTunes. Like Amazon Instant, Vudu can be accessed from everywhere (except Android devices). Vudu continues to improve upon its service. Pricing is not yet available, but it will most likely be inline with the other digital download options.

 

  BR iTUNES VUDU GP AI
Price $18.99 $19.99 TBA TBA $19.99
Ways To Watch 2D Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, Mac and PC, iPad and iPhone Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, iPod or PC PS3, Xbox 360, Roku, Smart Blu-ray players, Smart TV’s, iPad, iPhone, Mac and PC, Roku Android tablets and   phones, Google TV, Mac and PC PS3, Xbox 360, Roku, Smart Blu-ray players, Smart TV’s, iPad,Kindle Fire (HD), Roku, Mac and PC
Max Resolution On TV 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p
Digital Copy Max Resolution 853 x 478 1080p Standard Definition for mobile devices 1080p 1080p
Audio 5.1 DTS-HD Dolby Digital 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Stereo Stereo

 

 

Special Features BR iTUNES VUDU GP AI
Second Screen Experience Yes Yes Yes (audio sych) Yes (audio sych) Yes (audio sych)
The Prologue: High-Altitude, Hijacking Yes No No No No
Return to the Batcave Yes No No No No
Beneath Gotham Yes Yes Yes No No
The Bat Yes No No No No
Batman vs. Bane Yes Yes Yes No No
Armory Accepted Yes No No No No
Gameday Destruction Yes No No No No
Demolishing a City Street Yes No No No No
The Pit Yes No No No No
The Chant Yes No No No No
The War on Wall Street Yes No No No No
Race to the Reactor Yes No No No No
The Journey of Bruce Wayne Yes No No No No
Bane and Selina Kyle Yes No No No No
Shadows and Light in Large Format Yes No No No No
The End of a Legend Yes Yes Yes No No
The Batmobile Yes No Yes No No
Trailer Archive Yes No No No No

 

Wrap Up of The Dark Knight Rises

Did you see the chart above? There is no contest. It is as Warner Brothers prefers for us to buy the Blu-ray set instead of downloading it digitally. The Blu-ray set has the most for the cheapest price. Nuff said.


Written by: Lawrence Stansberry and JR Sanchez

The iPad Mini Review: The Best Small Tablet for Watching Movies, Top Five Reasons

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For many years people have accused Apple of being closed and limiting their customer’s options. Even though I am a Mac user, I often agreed with this assessment. But when it comes to movies on the iPad Mini this is actually not true.

Here are my top five reasons why the iPad Mini is the best small tablet for movie lovers.

The iPad Mini has the Most Video Options

Of all small tablet options, including tablets from Amazon, Samsung and Google, the iPad Mini actually can access the most video. Amazon only allows its Kindle tablets to buy from Amazon Instant Video.  And Google and Samsung can only buy movies from Google Play. The iPad Mini can use purchased movies from Amazon Instant, Vudu, and, of course, the iTunes store.

The iPad Mini has the Best Downloadable Movie Option, iTunes

When it comes to digital downloadable content the iPad Mini is the only small tablet that has access to extras, like director’s commentary and deleted scenes. This is true because it can get video from iTunes and Vudu the only digital download options that offer movie extras. Amazon Instant and Google Play do not offer any extras.

The iPad Mini has the Best Battery Life

The reviews are in, and they all agree, this device stands up to the test of time when it comes to watching movies. You get 12 hours of movie watching, 20 percent better than the closest competition.

The iPad Mini is the Best for Shooting and Editing Your Own Video

Shooting and editing your own video on this device is solid. With a 1080p camera and iMovie you are set the make you own family movie.

AirPlay

And the fifth reason why the iPad Mini is the best small tablet for watching movies is simply AirPlay. Any thing that you can play on the device will play on an Apple TV. It is simple and easy. Currently, Google and Amazon do not have anything that competes.

So, there are my top five reasons. Do you agree? Android users, do you want to push a contender? What do you think? Comment on our Youtube channel or below.

iPad Mini Unboxing on an Airplane

We are bringing you the unboxing of the iPad Mini from our flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles. We picked up our FedEx deliver on our way to the airport.

Remember this is the iPad Mini that we are going to giveaway. Check out the contest rules on our other iPad Mini video on our Youtube Channel.

 

WaysToWatch.com iPad Mini Giveaway Contest!

iPad Mini Black & Slate

This week Apple announced their new iPad Mini, the newest member of their iPad family. They are promising a full iPad experience on this smaller device. Apple promises 10 hours of battery life. With this device Apple took a different approach from other competitors. The iPad Mini’s screen is  7.9 inches instead of the typical 7inches. Since the mini keeps the same aspect ratio as the full size iPad all of the nearly 300,000 iPad apps should work well on the new device. Any one who owns digital content from the iTunes store will enjoy the same seamless experience.  The design will help the mini stand out from the pack. It is only 7.2 mm thick and weighs only 0.68 lbs. This new iPad fills in the gap between the size of the iPod Touch and the iPad. Starting at $329 it is a premium price compared to Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The iPad Mini will definitely increase the pressure on the competition. Stay tuned for the WaysToWatch.com unboxing of the iPad Mini.

iPad Mini Giveaway Contest

Now here are the rules for the WaysToWatch.com iPad Mini Giveaway Contest. To be eligible for the contest you must be  an United States resident, a subscriber to our Youtube Channel, Youtube.com/Waystowatchcom and follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/waystowatchcom. For the contest to go into action we will need to have 5000 subscribers to our Youtube Channel. If we hit our goal of 5000 subscribers by November 9th, 2012 we will randomly select a winner from our subscribers. If you win you will be notified by email. If you do not reply within 3 days a new winner will be randomly selected. So, if you want to win a new iPad Mini remember you will need to subscribe to our youtube channel and follow us on twitter. Good luck!