Prometheus and Other Blu Ray News

Its that time of year when all of the summer blockbusters start to announce when they will be available on DVD/Blu Ray – in other words, its a great time of year.

We’ve already seen or will so see a long line of classics finally released on BluRay, including JAWS, the Indiana Jones series of movies, the entire Harry Potter collection and even the long awaited E.T.

The Summer of 2012 brought on a good list of great movies and already you can get your hands on the biggest box office winner, The Avengers, and even what is maybe still my favorite movie of the year, “Cabin in the Woods”.  The latter is a fantastic flick for anyone who is a fan of horror, sci-fi or just interested in an awesomely different take on the normal torture-porn genre of movies.  There is a moment towards the end that will forever be one of my favorite movie scenes of all time (if you don’t know after seeing, ask, I won’t mock you too much).

But soon we will also get our hands on “The Dark Knight Rises”.  While I am excited to see this movie again, I was disappointed to find out that there will not be, not yet at least, a “Director’s Cut” of the movie in this edition.  There has been lots of talk about deleted scenes or a longer version of an already long movie.  Instead what we’re getting on Dec 4th is a blu ray combo pack that will marry the 72 minutes of IMAX footage with the 35mm and a whole litany of “2nd screen features” and stuff tied to apps.  Oh, yes, if you really are into it, there will be a collector’s edition (see above) with a copy of Batman’s broken cowl.

Prometheus may go down as the summer’s most controversial movie, leaving people with more questions than answers and the blu-ray release promises that “Questions Will Be Answered” and will provide alternate beginnings and endings.  There is also a long list of 2nd screen features and an app that you sync to the movie and over seven hours of additional material for anyone that really wants a deep dive into the ALIENS mythology.

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Catching You Up On The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight Rises starts this Friday and is certain to be a massive success at the box office.  But it has been four years since the last Christopher Nolan movie, The Dark Knight, and even longer since the first of the trilogy, Batman Begins, so for those of you that ain’t going to go back and watch them this week (something I am doing), here’s a primer.

You know that Bruce Wayne’s parents are killed in a mugging outside a theater, but in this version of the story it is due to Bruce’s fear of bats.  When the opera he and his parents are attending stage a scene with bats he his frightened because of the movie’s opening scene where he falls down a well.  The well is attached to a cave where bats live, they attack the young boy and he is scarred for life.  He goes on to try and teach himself to fight by traveling the world and diving into the criminal element where he is finally found in a prison by a man named Ducard.  Wayne goes thru Ducard’s training process for something called, “The League of Shadows” which is a group allegedly determined to rid the world of corruption, even if it means destroying entire cities.  When Wayne realizes that Ducard, who actually is the character Ra Al Ghul, is intent on dismantling Gotham he flees the group, but not before blowing up their compound.

Returning to Gotham, Wayne finds his families company under the control of others, works to build his Batman persona and begins the process of bringing down the main mob figure.  During this he is also working to protect his childhood love Rachel Dawes (Katy Holmes), but because his need to hide the fact he is Batman his public persona is one of the drunken, nutty, billionaire playboy – hence pushing Dawes away.

Wayne comes to find that a plot to destroy the city is actually the continued work of Al Ghul, with the help of the villain Scarecrow, and an epic final scene is set as Batman covers a lot of ground and busting a lot of stuff with his new vechile, The Tumbler.  Included in the distraction is Wayne Manor – burned to the ground.  He ends up saving the city, killing Al Ghul and Dawes finds out that Batman is Wayne.  Batman is a hero to Gotham, but a stranger to Dawes who has no interest in a relationship with the new Wayne and what he is doing.

(Side note:  In re-watching the movie I was shocked to realize the kid that Dawes rescues is actually the same kid that plays King Joffery in Game of Thrones (Jack Gleeson-right).  He has to be the best actor, ever, because I hate King Joffery SO much that even seeing his face, as a much younger kid, in a different movie, I want to punch that little fucker in the face.)

Batman’s vigilantism lead us to The Dark Knight where not only is there rampant crime, but Batman is being imitated by other, less able people.  There is also a new crime boss in town, The Joker (hinted at in the end of the first movie) and the movie opens with a bank robbery scene (shot in real IMAX format) that is now a icon Hollywood scene.    The Joker puts Batman in the position of having to chose between saving Dawes or the city’s DA Harvey Richard Dent.  Dawes dies, Dent survives, but is disfigured creating the “Two-Face” character.  The movie is a continuous series of moves between Batman and the Joker, the latter creating chaos across the city just for the pure love of chaos.  In the end Dent is killed and Batman takes the blame for it to help preserve the public’s perception of the man and his legacy and to help give the city a leader to look up to.  The Joker is also, presumably, killed captured by the police and taken into custody but Batman has to disappear knowing that the public blames him for the death of their beloved Richard Harvey Dent.

The Dark Knight Rises will begin seven years after the fact with the public not having seen Batman since the death of Dent and still holding him to it.  But a new, bigger, badder criminal is coming to town to shake up the newly found peace and prosperity that has befallen the upper half of Gotham’s society.  Bane.  This is a movie that isn’t going to result in a happy ending.  In the comic the character Bane actually breaks Batman’s back and almost kills him.  I suspect that this movie will have a terrific ending, but as with anything Nolan directed, don’t expect a tidy, ‘ride off in the sunset’ ending.

After you see it, please come back here and put your review in the comments!