Within days of ‘The Dark Knight Rises” release last Summer, fans of Christopher Nolan‘s revisionist take on Batman have wondered when Warner Brothers would give in and turn the trilogy (including ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight’) into a massive Blu-ray box set. After all, it’s a home video given, like Disney dragging out its “classics” for re-release every few years. Well, the wait is over.
Collider.com has a look at the new six disc set heading for stores on September 24th and it is indeed impressive. Dubbed the “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” by the studio (we think it’s time to come up with some new labels for such releases), it will offer all three films, complete with their previous extras, a new disc offering two brand new featurettes, and some interesting memorabilia (Hot Wheels cars, villain art cards, a 48 page booklet).
For many, the highlight will be the new added content. One of the featurettes will focus on the trials and tribulations of bringing the superhero genre to life. It will offer Nolan as well as ‘Superman”s Richard Donner discussing the challenges involved. There is also a look at the impact the ‘Dark Knight‘ films had on the genre, featuring input from directors such as Guillermo Del Toro, Zack Snyder, and Michael Mann. With a list price of $99, the bonuses better be good. After all, why pony up for something you already own just to get a few toys and some minor EPK material? Hopefully, Warners will do what they did with their amazing ‘Matrix’ box set from a few years back really trick these titles out. If any recent franchise deserves such thorough treatment, it’s Nolan’s revision of the entire comic book concept.