The Dark Knight DVD news
Well, I think this news is a bit ridiculous. “The Dark Knight” won’t even be in theaters for ten more days, but already we’re hearing stuff about the DVD release. The bad news — no deleted/extra footage. The good news — it appears as though there doesn’t have to be any deleted footage because, well, all the good stuff made it into the movie (honestly, how much extra content can you hope for when the movie is clocked at over two and a half hours long?).
At iF Magazine, they’re so excited for this movie that they personally sought out Christopher Nolan at the press junket to ask him about potential DVD details. Here’s what they found out.
Nolan and Thomas both brought up the anticipated Blu-ray version and its capabilities. Nolan summed it up by saying, “The Blu-ray, in particular, will be able to actually use the shifted aspect ratios as it appears on the IMAX screen because the 16:9 aspect ratio is sufficiently different from the 2:4 that you’ll actually see a shift on the Blu-ray. The resolution on the Blu-ray is clear enough that you can actually see difference in grain structure and sharpness. So I think it will be quite spectacular.”
There are a couple of elements that fans will not be seeing. Thomas said that it’s “unlikely” that the DVD will contain alternate takes of Heath Ledger as the Joker [during the junket, the filmmakers and fellow cast members mentioned how Ledger would occasionally riff or improvise some of his dialogue], but pointed out that they have not decided anything for sure yet.
Another popular feature that THE DARK KNIGHT DVD won’t have according to Roven: deleted scenes.
“We know there won’t be any deleted scenes because there never are,” says Roven, noting director Nolan puts everything of importance in the actual movie. “There weren’t any on BATMAN BEGINS and there weren’t any on this one.”
Apart from that, Nolan promised us some “very interesting extras”. The man hasn’t failed us thus far, so we’ll be waiting in excited anticipation.
My initial feeling are mixed. The Blu-ray stuff sounds amazing. I’m glad to see that directors are catering towards the Blu-ray’s potential for awesomeness. Adjusting the aspect ratios just for Blu-ray will make the movie look amazing when it finally plays in your living room.
But I’m upset that they’re ruling out the possibility of using Heath Ledger’s extra footage on the DVD. If his performance is as good as everyone says it is, I’m going to want to see as much of it as possible. It would be very interesting to see these improvised tangents he took as The Joker. Apparently, he really got into his character — I would be interested to see how far he took it.