(some spoilers ahead)
The Dark Knight Trilogy is something special in terms of blockbuster films today. Not only it is entertaining and epic, it was complex, realistic and intelligent and challenged how the general audience thinks whenever watching films. The Dark Knight Rises is a fitting ending to this revered trilogy. While I don't think it's as good as the masterpiece that is The Dark Knight, it is still a really great film. From its complex story and monumental production value, this is a high class film. Now that it's out on Bluray and DVD, is it worth the money to buy?
Rises starts off eight years later after Harvey Dent's death in The Dark Knight. Gotham has been at peace with little to no crime but the cause of it is based off a lie. Bruce Wayne is now a shut but still desires to be Batman, even if the city doesn't need him anymore. After a mercenary called Bane terrorises Gotham, Bruce becomes Batman again to stop him. I've already said that this is a great film so I'm not going to sugar coat it, giving it more praise but instead pointing out its faults. Rises had a lot of weight of hype and anticipation to carry as its predecessor was an enormous success and is considered a blockbuster masterpiece, setting the standards for super hero films and big budget films in general. While it does live up to the hype to an extent, it unfortunately doesn't have much of the complexity and suspense that The Dark Knight did so great. It instead went back to the similar plot Batman Begins had so it does feel like a retread if your expecting something different, like how The Dark Knight was so different from Batman Begins. The film has so many characters adding to the 2+ hour runtime, it gets quite bloated at some points. Thankfully, it does pick up in the second half. There are also some questionable plot points and while they are acceptable, it is still easy to ponder of. Oh and a little warning, be ready for Bane's voice as it is ridiculously loud and if your sound system isn't good enough, it will crackle.
Rises is definitely a Bluray purchase as the film looks crisp and sharp. My only tiny problem is that it keeps changing format sporadically throughout. One moment its in 16:9 then widescreen in the next and I don't know why it does that but you get used to it quite easily. But the main reason to get the Bluray is its staggeringly impressive bonus features, chock full of behind the scenes and making of. The behind the scenes are the highlights, showing how impressive and painstakingly grand the production is and how they develop the story and its characters. It shows you how they made the set pieces, detail by detail, from the plane stunt at the beginning to how they made "The Bat" fly and they talk about how Rises connects with its predecessors in addition to very interesting commentaries from Nolan, the cast and the crew.