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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|Batman vs. Bane||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Demolishing a City Street||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|
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