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The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray: Bonus Product Pick

By December 6, 2012

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The Dark Knight Rises is now available on Blu-ray with a stunning video transfer and great surround track. The film is available in both Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and as part of a Batman Trilogy package that includes the previous films in the series, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

The Blu-ray features an excellent 1080p transfer that is definitely demo worthy. Daytime detail and color is precise. Color is correctly saturated, with just the correct amount of gray scale shading that provides and expansive color palette. In addition, the night scenes were incredible, boasting deep blacks, but without loss of detail, especially in an extensive night "bat-chase" scene. Also, a significant portion of the film was shot in IMAX, and the transitions from the widescreen to IMAX aspect ratios are kept in the Blu-ray Disc presentation.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is definitely well-executed with perfect balance between the main and surround channels, which are very actively employed, especially when gunplay was involved. The soundtrack is also appropriately loud during the action scenes, and your subwoofer definitely gets a workout, but does not overwhelm the other elements of the film.

The only complaints I had with the audio portion of the film include one scene inside Wayne Manor where Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Alfred (his caretaker) are having a key conservation and the dialog is just to low and too soft (I had to stop eating my popcorn to hear it). Also, the main villain of the film, Bane, wears a mask that definitely muffles his voice. For most part, he is understandable. However, there were several times where his dialog was just too muffled, and I did have to go back a few seconds to hear the dialog again to make sure I heard what he was saying correctly.

A host of bonus features are included in the package. My favorite: The Batmobile Documentary included on some editions (see San Diego Comic-Con promo clip).

The Dark Knight Rises deserves to be a part of your Blu-ray disc collection.

For an additional perspective, more details on the bonus features, and pricing information on the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, read the The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray Disc Review by Rebecca Murray, About.com Guide for Hollywood Movies

Be sure to also check out my listings of Best Blu-ray Disc Movies for Home Theater Viewing and Best 3D Blu-ray Disc Movies. Photo Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook Edition Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

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