In a year heaped with highly-anticipated, high0-profile franchise tentpoles, The Dark Knight Rises stood out near the top of the pile. Though the film's release was marred by an act of tragic violence, the finale to Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight Trilogy" went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide – placing it only behind The Avengers in terms of the largest box office return (so far) for 2012.
Today, The Dark Knight Rises will be available for purchase on both DVD and Blu-ray. Loaded with behind-the-scenes footage, special effects featurettes, and other glimpses into the production of the sprawling Bat-epic, the home video release of the film is a required purchase for any fan of the trilogy.
The Dark Knight Rises DVD is currently priced at $28.98; its Blu-ray/DVD combo version lists at $35.99. As ever, intrepid bargain hunters should be able to find both versions of the film at a much lower price: Amazon currently offers the DVD for $12.96 and the Blu-ray for $17.96.
Of course, the home release of any effects-heavy, large-scale production like The Dark Knight Rises is all but guaranteed to arrive with an arsenal of special features. These consist mostly of featurettes that provide behind-the-scenes explorations of the movie's intense filming with the cast and crew. The gallery below offers a glimpse of production images revealed in these short documentaries:
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These particular featurettes focus on the process of Tom Hardy stepping into the hulking swagger of Bane, the effects that went into the destruction of Gotham City (specifically the infamous collapsing football field), and the rigors of Anne Hathaway's physical performance as Selina Kyle.
Of particular interest to gear-heads (and really, anyone fascinated by Nolan's unique take on Batman's trademark vehicles) is a 13-minute documentary chronicling the creation of the now-iconic Tumbler:
The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray also includes art galleries, and two additional featurettes about Nolan's efforts to wrap up the Dark Knight Trilogy: "Ending the Knight" and "The Journey of Bruce Wayne."
While The Dark Knight Rises was generally treated well by critics (we here at Screen Rant liked it, with some reservations), the movie is the vital conclusion to the most stylistically cohesive superhero series ever made. For all of its flaws, it remains a fun and rousing adventure film. Whether you're a diehard fan or simply a completest, now is the time to pick up the tale of Bruce Wayne's final odyssey.
The Dark Knight Rises is available on DVD and Blu-Ray starting today.