It just hit me on so many levels. As an action film it delivered in spades, with the opening hijacking being a standout. Granted, on Blu-ray, no matter how big your TV is it loses something, with nothing comparing to the visceral thrill of IMAX- especially as shot by Nolan and his DP Wally Pfister. Still, at home, and on repeated viewings it’s easier to appreciate some of the less bombastic joys of Nolan’s film.
Christian Bale gives one of his best performances as Wayne/Batman, after taking a bit of a backseat to Heath Ledger in THE DARK KNIGHT. Tom Hardy- while no Ledger (and he never tries to be) makes a thoroughly compelling villain. Anne Hathaway easily matches, and maybe (maybe) exceeds Michelle Pfeiffer’s iconic performance as Catwoman in BATMAN RETURNS, while Joseph Gordon Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman all do superlative work in their respective roles. And the score by Hans Zimmer- MY GOD!
The rest of the special features are divided into four sections. The first Production is over an hour of featurettes dissection the production. The next characters goes about a half hour, spending time on the evolving natures of Batman, Gotham, and Catwoman. Reflections is probably the most interesting, detailing the IMAX shooting, and reflecting on the series as a whole. Finally, there’s an hour long doc on The Batmobile .
The trailers round out the extras- and everything is in HD. Depending on the version you pick up, there’s probably also a DVD copy and ultraviolet digital copy.