Once you see a movie you thoroughly enjoy in theatres, in some cases multiple times, chances are, you count down the days for the movie to be released on home video.
And, if you are anything like me, you go straight for the special features first.
The Nolan Batman films are perfect reasons why you want to buy the supreme version of the home video release loaded with every inch of extras. The amount of work that went into all three films was just phenomenal, so to see the behind the scenes features made me let out a nerd squeal.
First up the Batmobile documentary, it covers not only the all the films (from 1966 to current) but also the comics, the documentary features a look at each of the Batmobiles, it goes into the design, the construction, and a lot more. I spent the entire hour, sitting on my edge of my couch enthralled, with wide eyes loving every minute of what I watched. However with it only being an hour long, I left feeling I wanted a lot more. There is a book that goes along with the documentary, not having yet read it (Garrey says it has a lot of nice pictures), I am hopping it gives me my fill.
The next section Ending the Knight: is a series of short features on everything from set, story, music, and costume design, The Bat, the characters, and so much more.
I really enjoyed listening to the set designers talk about the process that went into each set, the detail that went into each set, it is the kind of thing that knowing what was all done and the amount of work involved makes you appreciate the sets in the film a lot more.
I am not a film buff by any means, but being a well round nerd I loved watching all the features; the feature on The Bat was good fun. It talks about the design, construction, and filming of the giant vehicle. If you loved, or even liked The Bat, this should be one of the first things you check out.
Watching the trailer library included in the disk, reminded me of the excitement I had for the film before it hit theatres.
Once you get through watching all the features, you have a whole new appreciation for the film, and the two that preceded it. There is just so much that if you aren’t well versed in the art of movie making, you just don’t have any idea of the scale of work and depth that went into the film.
All that is included in the special features disk of the Blu-Ray disk is really spectacular, which should please fans from all levels, but the same with Batmobile documentary, I was left wanting more. Don’t get me wrong the features were fantastic, and should please fans of the film, but for me it just gave me a taste, when I could easily gone for the whole plate, and then some.
The film its self looks fantastic, visually appealing films like this were made for Blu-Ray. While nothing can really replicate the IMAX experience watching the film, watching the film in the comfort of your own home is still pretty damn cool.
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