‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Blu-ray Release Set For December 4th

Check out the trailer for the Blu-ray release of The Dark Knight Rises, which will be available as a Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital Download on December 4th.

The conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy has grossed nearly $1.060 billion worldwide since its July 20th release, and has broken records on IMAX screens.

Details on what will be included on the highly anticipated home release have yet to be announced, but I would not count on the Director’s Cut that has been rumored to be waiting in the wings. Christopher Nolan has approval on the final cut of his films, has stated in the past that he does not overshoot on the set, so what you see in theaters is his conclusive cinematic vision.

“I tend to try and weed things out on paper because it’s crazy expensive to shoot things that aren’t going to be in the film,” Nolan told MTV in July. “It also takes up a lot of time and energy. Pretty much with all my films, there are very few deleted scenes, which always disappoints the DVD crowd.”

While speaking to GQ, The Dark Knight Rises costume designer Limmy Hemming told the magazine there was more to Bane’s origin scenes that did not make the final cut of the film, which ran a generous 165 minutes.

“The other thing that you should have seen during that sequence is him being injured in his youth. So one of the fundamental things about his costume is that he has this scar from the back injury. Even if he hasn’t got the bulletproof vest on, he still has to wear the waist belt and the braces. In that scene in the prison, where he’s learning to fight the same way Batman learned to fight, he’s wearing an early version of his waist belt. It’s showing support, but it’s not the finished one he eventually wears. He’s also wearing an early version of his gas mask, all glued together.”

Whether this footage is included on the Blu-ray remains to be seen. We can hope for a few deleted tidbits, or perhaps storyboards of un-filmed scenes from the original script, but a full-on extended version of the film is unlikely (though I would be happy to watch any extra footage regardless, the film could use a few more beats to flesh out certain parts).

Jim Kiernan
Founder and moderator of Nerdy Rotten Scoundrel. Steering this ship the best I can. Lifelong opinionated geek & pop culture enthusiast. Independent television & film professional. Born & raised New Yorker. My dog Nicholas is awesome.

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