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'The Dark Knight Rises' Combo Pack Blu-ray + DVD + Ultraviolet Review

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The Dark Knight Rises Combo Pack
One of the best trilogies in movie history came to a close with the theatrical release of The Dark Knight Rises on June 20, 2012. The film opened to overwhelmingly positive reviews from both critics and fans, and went on to become the seventh highest grossing movie of all time (The Dark Knight holds the #4 spot on the Top 10 list). Filmmaker Christopher Nolan sent his Batman series out on a high note, answering questions posed over the course of the two previous films and tying up nearly every loose end. It's a near-perfect ending to a series that will go down as one of the best film trilogies of all time.

And on December 4, 2012, Warner Bros Pictures released The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray and DVD - just in time for holiday gift-giving. The Dark Knight Rises arrives in multiple formats, including a Blu-ray + DVD + Ultraviolet Combo Pack, the single DVD, and digital download, and we've got all the details and a review of the Combo Pack's bonus features.

The Bonus Material

The Prologue - High Altitude Hijacking - Just how real was that opening sequence on the plane? Very, very real, as demonstrated in this behind-the-scenes video.

Return to the Batcave - Designing the look of the Batcave and how they attempted to make it look organically realistic.

Beneath Gotham - Every major city has an underground tunnel system, and with The Dark Knight Rises the tunnels were used to add a menacing quality to the action.

The Bat - The design of the new flying vehicle and how it resembles an "aggressive flying tank."

Batman vs Bane - Why Bane was the perfect villain, staging the pivotal fights, knowing this film would represent a time when Batman was actually physically bested, and the rehearsal process.

Armory Accepted - A look at how Bruce Wayne's armory was constructed.

Game Day Destruction - How did they pull off the destruction of the football stadium? That's explored in this video which also shows how the extras were staged to make it look like a packed stadium and how they used real Steelers to represent some of Gotham's football team.

Demolishing a City Street - Much, much more complicated than it appears on film.

The Pit - Learn all about where the concept and design of the pit came from.

The Chant - Director Christopher Nolan was initially worried about using human voices, but Hans Zimmer made it all work out for the best.

War on Wall Street - Nolan increased the scale of the scene by packing in literally thousands of extras, something that hadn't been done for a fight scene in decades.

Race to the Reactor - Inside the staging of the major chase sequence through the streets.

The Journey of Bruce Wayne - An examination of Bruce Wayne throughout the films, taking a look at the consequences of his actions as well as the impact they have on his mental, physical, and emotional states. Also, an examination of what motivates and drives him to be the Batman.

Gotham's Reckoning - A featurette on the casting of Tom Hardy and his physical preparation for the role of Bane. Also, a look at the design of his costume including that crucial mask.

A Girl's Gotta Eat - Catwoman returns to the Batman franchise, this time as played by Anne Hathaway. See how the design of the costume - and the ears - came about as well as what Hathaway did to get in touch with her feline side and kick some serious butt.

Shadows and Light in Large Format - Featurette on the scope of the story, expanding the genre, locations, lighting, and the scale of the project.

The End of a Legend - A look back at the trilogy and how it was brought to a close with The Dark Knight Rises. And Christian Bale talks about his time spent as Batman.

The Batmobile - A one hour video on the transformation of one of the key Batman vehicles over the years.

Equally as compelling on home video, the transfer is crisp, losing very little in the transition from big screen to high-def Blu-ray. The bonus features are worthy of devoting a few hours to check out, and the inclusion of an UltraViolet copy allows you to take The Dark Knight Rises with you on mobile devices.

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Also, check out Warner Bros' The Dark Knight Rises app on iTunes which allows you to have a Camo Tumbler drive through your video, put a Camo Tumbler in your photo or put yourself in the 'Rise' poster, or insert a mask from Bane, Batman, or Catwoman on a subject in a photo.

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