The PlanetaHD site from Spain is reporting the first detailed information about the audio and supplements to be included on Warner's 'The Dark Knight' Blu-ray Disc release. The highly anticipated title will have a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack and will be issued in a two-disc edition.
In addition to the movie itself, the first disc will include the "Gotham
Discovered: The Creation of a Scene" extra where Director Christopher Nolan and his collaborators unveil details on the planning of the movie, including stunt double work, how the filming in IMAX was done and information about the new Bat-suit, Bat-pod, etc.
The second disc will include the following documentaries: "Batman
Technology: Gadgets and Tools" (in HD), "Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight" and "The World of Batman Seen Through Real Life Psychotherapy" (in HD), 6 clips from the Gotham Cable Premier's newscast: "Tonight in Gotham", plus art galleries on the Joker's letters, conceptual art, posters, production stills, trailers, and TV spots.
I Dont trust Warner with the audio department, especially with the credit crunch. I'll definately wait until somone confirms officially it has lossless, even on a title like this I'll wait, because there's a high chance it will be dolby digital, like most of their other titles.
It's too bad that the best film of the year is being released on Blu-Ray by the studio with the worst track record for quality. I'll believe this announcement when it matches the press release from Warner. Even then...I'll believe it when I'm holding the disc in my hand on December 9th.
Number of WB (not New Line) releases with 7.1 audio: 0.
Number of WB (not New Line) releases with DTS HD MA: 0.
Source format for The Dark Knight: 5.1
Yeah, indeed a real shocker that The Dark Knight has 5.1 Dolby TrueHD...
thanks god for the HD audio...yes it's Batman but you never know with Warner. I'm curious to find out if and how many deleted scenes/footage included in the extras. Although folks say Nolan's releases are his director's cut it woudl be interesting to see what did not make the final cut.
Im still getting this movie of course, but seriously, if New Line releases all have 7.1 DTS-MA, why cant Warner put out something with 7.1?
Seriously, the biggest grossing movie in a long time, and they dont even bother with all the bells and whistles. 5.1 is "good enough" but that doesnt mean they shouldnt have tried to make it the ULTIMATE Bluray. They should have put more effort.
Surely they'll have some sort of Heath tribute? It's obvious from the trailes that many takes and deliveries of his lines and scenes were filmed. For such an iconic character and because Nolan said he wanted to honor Heath, you'd think they'd at least have all that on the disc.
Hoping we get same Picture quality or better than those Imax preview in the Batman Began BD disk. If is as good or anywhere close, we will see best video transfer in blu-ray hands down! and please be full screen !
Haha.. I guess they must save something for double dip. That's Warner for you. Perhaps it's not meant to be experienced in 7.1. Anyway, I am glad it supports HD Audio. Two discs? Well, I don't care but the one with movie MUST have dual layer for best picture possible. Can't wait for more details, and December... always a great month!
TrueHD 5.1 is hard to get excited about. It's what I expected from Warner, and it appears to be what they will deliver. There is certainly nothing wrong with TrueHD 5.1, but for such a frontline title, you'd think they might have pulled out a few stops. Is that double-dip I hear?
While it remains to be confirmed if this is the definitive extras listing, what has been listed seems to fall a little short, in my opinion:
No Heath Ledger tribute/docu? Surely WB would want to cash in on that.
No deleted scenes? I smell a double-dip "Directors Cut" in 2009.
The #1 thing that has me concerned is no mention of a commentary! C'mon Warner, people do appreciate these, and if you actually do include one, make sure people with Profile 1.0 players have access to it. I was well pissed off with the PiP "features" from Batman Begins. There was NO REASON these could not have been made accessible to Profile 1.0 equipment.
KingLeer, you do realize that Batman Begins did not have any deleted scenes, right? What
makes you think The Dark Knight is going to have any? Also, you realize that this has not
been officially announced by Warner which means there could easily be more extras that were
not mentioned. Also, the "Director's Cut" you mentioned will not happen because that is not
how Christopher Nolan works. As mentioned by somebody else, the way the film comes out is
the way the film was meant to be seen by Chris Nolan. He films only what he wants/needs.
And to everybody complaining about no 7.1 surround sound, if the movie wasn't made with
the intention of using 7.1 surround sound why do you want them to fake a 7.1 surround
soundtrack? I want to have it as was intended by Chris Nolan and that appears to be 5.1.
To all those complaining about the lack of 7.1 soundtrack, remember this:
1. Rarely if ever will you get a 6.1 or 7.1 track unless the film was actually mixed that way in the first place. TDK was mixed in 5.1, and that's simply how it remains.
2. If you have a 7.1 setup (as I do), most modern receivers/processors have no problem converting a 5.1 track to 7.1. Processing like Dolby Prologic IIx gives you very natural side and rear separation with a nicely expanded surround soundstage .... You'd swear the film was mixed that way to begin with.
"I have no doubt this will be -AGAIN!- in VC-1.. without DTS, and Not in IMAX. Shame on you warner... SHAME on YOU! hd-dud is done, why do you still stick to that terrible vc-1?!!!! "
DirtHerder, what's so bad about VC-1?
Logically and objectively, not some infantile "HD DUD" reason.
It will use VC-1, it won't have DTS-MA (Warner have never used it, as far as I know, someone correct me if I'm wrong. They obviously haven't got a "deal" with DTS, and have with Dolby) and it won't be "in IMAX", whatever that's supposed to mean.
I hope it has a commentary track or a PiP track like Batman Begins. A Heath Ledger tribute would be nice too. I'd also like a little more info on the third film too: new heroes (please not robin), villains, gadgets, etc...
7.1 would have been nice - just to make sure that we don't have to buy it again later on. If it wasn't mixed that way, then whatever. 5.1 is still sweet. I don't like TrueHD quite as much as DTS-HD or PCM though.
Either way, Warner is still sticking to their "same old, same old" mentality.
dont you guys get it. there doing the same thing as superman. superman returns at first didnt hyave true hd but then had a rerelease with it. they will do the same thing here and it might even have more extras on it