Dark Knight (DVD)

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Director Christopher Nolan's sequel to his own 'Batman Begins' sees Gotham's avenging angel squaring-up to a new kid on the block - psychotic prankster, the Joker (Heath Ledger, in the role that won him a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor). In the space of a year, Batman (Christian Bale), aided by Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and new District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), has managed to rid Gotham's streets of the organised crime gangs that once ravaged the city. Things seem to be looking up, although on the personal front, Bruce Wayne discovers he has a rival in his affections for main squeeze Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) in the shape of the new D.A., who, as a political climber, likes to keep his cards close to his chest. But just when the authorities think they're finally making progress in their fight against crime, the appearance on the streets of a sinister new figure, with a demented grin and a passion for chaos, causes panic among the good people of Gotham, and leads to a battle of wits between Batman and the Joker which threatens to get extremely personal.

Product Details

Movies & TV
3 May 2010
Region 2
Warner Bros. Home Ent.
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152 min
Age Restriction
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Dark Knight
Release Year
Running Time
152 min
Action/Adventure / Action / Crime / Good Vs. Evil / Heists / Justice / Sequel / Superheroes / Theatrical Release / Thriller
To say that Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT is the best comic book adaptation does the film a bit of a disservice. It may be a Batman film, but this isn't a kid-friendly action movie full of the bams and pows of the original series. This is a pitch-black thriller with enough drama and tragedy to please even William Shakespeare, but it will certainly keep both comics fans and uninitiated audiences equally happy. THE DARK KNIGHT starts in the wake of BATMAN BEGINS: with the appearance of Batman (Christian Bale), Gotham City's criminal underworld is unnerved. They're also plagued by the new D.A., Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), who, in his quest for justice, remains above the city's corruption. Enter a new villain, the Joker (Heath Ledger), who wants to unite the criminals for a common purpose: to kill Batman.

THE DARK KNIGHT is one of the most hyped movies to date, and a lesser film would be crushed under the weight of all that expectation. Some of the publicity stems from the early death of Ledger, who turns in an excellent performance. He provides moments of humor, but this Joker is terrifying, sharing more with classic villains such as Hannibal Lechter than with his comic book predecessors. Eckhart is equally good as Dent, and Maggie Gyllenhaal deserves praise for taking over the role of Rachel Dawes from Katie Holmes. Though there's more emphasis on plot and character development than in most comic book adaptations, that doesn't mean Nolan has skimped on any of the action sequences. Each set piece is done perfectly, leaving the audience breathless. THE DARK KNIGHT is filmmaking at its best; its subject matter may be dark and depressing, but it's tough not to feel exhilarated by its artistry when the credits begin to roll.
Cast & Crew
Christopher Nolan
Michael Caine / Morgan Freeman / Christian Bale / Maggie Gyllenhaal / Gary Oldman / Nestor Carbonell / Aaron Eckhart / William Fichtner / Anthony Michael Hall / Heath Ledger / Eric Roberts / Michael Jai White
Christopher Nolan / Jonathan Nolan
James Newton Howard / Hans Zimmer
Executive Producer
Kevin De La Noy / Benjamin Melniker / Thomas Tull / Michael Uslan
Christopher Nolan / Charles Roven / Emma Thomas
Director of Photography
Wally Pfister
Lee Smith
Production Designer
Nathan Crowley
Costume Designer
Lindy Hemming
David S. Goyer / Christopher Nolan
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"The best of all the Batmans, Christopher Nolan's haunted film leaps beyond its origins and becomes an engrossing tragedy."
Roger Ebert (5 Dec 2008, )
5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n anarchic, malevolent fury of a movie....Ledger's Joker is pure, powerful, immense..."
Empire Staff (1 Sep 2008, p.56)
Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he movie exudes a predatory glamour that makes the comic-book films that have come before it look all the more like kid stuff." -- Grade: A-
Owen Gleiberman (25 Jul 2008, p.46-47)
Film Comment
"Working from Michael Mann's visual template and seemingly indebted to the hard-nosed savagery of THE DEPARTED, Christopher Nolan's second BATMAN installment has some thrilling moments..."
Kent Jones (1 Nov 2008, p.76-77)
Los Angeles Times
"Always a consummate professional, Ledger threw himself into a role he clearly relished, giving a transfixing performance..."
Kenneth Turan (17 Jul 2008, )
New York Times
"Pitched at the divide between art and industry, poetry and entertainment, it goes darker and deeper than any Hollywood movie of its comic-book kind..."
Manohla Dargis (18 Jul 2008, )
"[A] sleek detective story....Bale and Eckhart centralize the movie's thematic concerns, causing the Joker's outrageousness to stand out."
Eric Kohn (18 Jul 2008, )
Rolling Stone
Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's 'Movies Of The Year' -- "[A] Batman movie that offers enough moral relativism to give you knightmares."
Peter Travers (8 Jan 2008, p.116)
Sight and Sound
"This last development is a fine example of Nolan's flair for multivalent plot points....Nolan is aided by strong performances. Bale is focused, intense and committed to being terrifying..."
Kim Newman (1 Oct 2008, p.59-60)
USA Today
4 stars out of 4 -- "THE DARK KNIGHT is a more thrilling, intelligent, morally complex and masterfully crafted film than any summer blockbuster in recent years. It's probably the best superhero movie to date."
Claudia Puig (18 Jul 2008, )


Academy Awards
Best Supporting Actor
Winner: 2009 - Heath Ledger