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Sorry batfans, there won't be an extended cut of Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises on blu-ray

Sep. 12, 2012by:

We reported on the possibility of there being an extended director's cut of Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT RISES on blu-ray/DVD, but it appears those rumors were just that.  Sources in Nolan's camp have confirmed that no such plan and no such cut exists.  True to his word, Nolan shoots and edits in a tight fashion, so as to trim the fat early without having a bunch of leftover scenes to deal with (or money wasted).  "I tend to try and weed things out on paper because it's crazy expensive to shoot things that aren't going to be in the film. It also takes up a lot of time and energy. Pretty much with all my films, there are very few deleted scenes, which always disappoints the DVD crowd," Nolan told MTV earlier this summer.

Does that mean that there aren't any deleted scenes?  Not necessarily.  Although there haven't been any official announcements about the blu-ray release, let alone extra scenes on it, costume designer Lindy Hemming (who hadn't seen the finished product at the time) told GQ about a scene that was shot focusing on Bane's origin, which revealed more about his mask and costume.

“If you look at the film, unless they've cut it—and I'm sure they haven't—there's a whole early section for Tom Hardy where he's fighting and being taunted by people,” Hemming said. “He's got chains on him, and he's standing on a wooden thing while people are attacking him. And in that scene, he's wearing a much more ragged, primitive version of the mask,” said Hemming.

When informed that the scene was not in the finished film, Hemming said, "Well that's an awful shame, but I suppose you have to cut things, I won't elaborate on it too much, because it isn't in the film, but there was another section that showed you why he had the mask and where it came from."

There were no deleted scenes on the home video versions of BATMAN BEGINS or THE DARK KNIGHT, so it's certainly possible THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will follow suit.  However, one can always hope that things may change and we'll see the above-mentioned scene.  But, don't hold your breath.

Expect an announcement for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES on blu-ray shortly, but in the meantime you can still catch it in most theaters.

Extra Tidbit: Does the inclusion of this deleted scene on blu-ray matter to you?

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12:07PM on 09/12/2012
That's too bad. I'm going to buy the Blu Ray of The Dark Knight Rises anyway. That "I'm Best Buy's reckoning" is hilarious!
That's too bad. I'm going to buy the Blu Ray of The Dark Knight Rises anyway. That "I'm Best Buy's reckoning" is hilarious!
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12:11PM on 09/12/2012
Questionable - if Nolan can sit and watch TDKR and be proud of himself after what he accomplished with TDK - then he's really losing something true and dear that he established in his early career.
Questionable - if Nolan can sit and watch TDKR and be proud of himself after what he accomplished with TDK - then he's really losing something true and dear that he established in his early career.
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12:15PM on 09/12/2012

okay, this is getting ridiculous

First of all, I never believed that a 30 minute longer cut existed in the first place. Scenes that were in the script would add maybe another 5-10 minutes. Max.
But... "sources close to the director" are basically as reliable as "anonymous sources", so I'd rather wait for a real OFFICIAL announcement. Let's stop taking insider rumors as facts and making them news and let's wait for a proper announcement.
First of all, I never believed that a 30 minute longer cut existed in the first place. Scenes that were in the script would add maybe another 5-10 minutes. Max.
But... "sources close to the director" are basically as reliable as "anonymous sources", so I'd rather wait for a real OFFICIAL announcement. Let's stop taking insider rumors as facts and making them news and let's wait for a proper announcement.
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12:18PM on 09/12/2012

Yes

That scene does matter to me. I think it would make the story even stronger.
That scene does matter to me. I think it would make the story even stronger.
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2:51PM on 09/12/2012
I would like to see everything possible. but oh well.
I would like to see everything possible. but oh well.
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3:08PM on 09/12/2012

i've said this b4

seems like even nolan himself is not interested in watching TDKR extended cut.actually the actual TDKR is an extended cut which needed trimming
seems like even nolan himself is not interested in watching TDKR extended cut.actually the actual TDKR is an extended cut which needed trimming
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6:42PM on 09/12/2012

Nolan Bat-Trilogy Box Set

We all know the drill here. Cash in on initial dvd/blu-ray release for holidays. Then release the "collector's edition box set" with expanded versions of originals, deleted scenes, trading cards, film lithos, ulra-violet key, some kind of batman toy collectable. WB has done this with Harry Potter (That box set is sic!!) and the Tim Burton collection. Good things come to those who wait. Also, what ever happen to Blu-ray live?
We all know the drill here. Cash in on initial dvd/blu-ray release for holidays. Then release the "collector's edition box set" with expanded versions of originals, deleted scenes, trading cards, film lithos, ulra-violet key, some kind of batman toy collectable. WB has done this with Harry Potter (That box set is sic!!) and the Tim Burton collection. Good things come to those who wait. Also, what ever happen to Blu-ray live?
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6:51PM on 09/12/2012

source?

where are the 'reports from people in Nolan's camp' or whatever? All I see here is a bunch of summaries of previous articles/reports, nothing new aside from that sentence... maybe I missed it, any help to clear the confusion would be great. thanks!
where are the 'reports from people in Nolan's camp' or whatever? All I see here is a bunch of summaries of previous articles/reports, nothing new aside from that sentence... maybe I missed it, any help to clear the confusion would be great. thanks!
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8:29PM on 09/12/2012

That picture is ridiculous! Everybody knows....

...that Bane should be playing drums.

Gotham City All Stars
Bane - Drums
Scarecrow - Keyboards
Commissioner Gordon - Rhythm Guitar
Joker - Lead Guitar
Catwoman - Bass
Ra's Al Ghul - Turntables
Batman - Vocals

Oh, and yes, bring the Bane scene back.
...that Bane should be playing drums.

Gotham City All Stars
Bane - Drums
Scarecrow - Keyboards
Commissioner Gordon - Rhythm Guitar
Joker - Lead Guitar
Catwoman - Bass
Ra's Al Ghul - Turntables
Batman - Vocals

Oh, and yes, bring the Bane scene back.
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12:22AM on 09/13/2012

This is a bit sad news

...and yet Kudos to you Paul for breaking this in a hilariously funny way. The images used are a riot! :-)
...and yet Kudos to you Paul for breaking this in a hilariously funny way. The images used are a riot! :-)
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