I already own Batman Begins and The Dark Knight on Blu-ray and I was considering grabbing The Dark Knight Rises too, more out of some ridiculous urge to complete the set than any desire to watch it again, but I'm not about to buy the first two again unless there's a pretty good reason to do so.
Now there's news of an "Ultimate Collector's Edition" box set set for release in September priced at $99.97, which looks kind of tempting, but is it worth it?
This new set contains six discs and a selection of "memorabilia", including three Mattel Hot Wheels vehicles (a Batmobile, a Batpod and a Tumbler), newly commissioned collectible art cards by Mondo and a 48-page hardcover book. The book sounds somewhat appealing but Hot Wheels toys and art cards just seem like easy bait to reel in consumers rather than actual added value.
The discs included in the set break down as follows,
- Disc 1 – Batman Begins Feature and Special Features
- Disc 2 – The Dark Knight Feature
- Disc 3 – The Dark Knight Special Features
- Disc 4 – The Dark Knight Rises Feature
- Disc 5 – The Dark Knight Rises Special Features
- Disc 6 – Bonus Disc of New Special Features
So that's five discs that are the same as the existing individual releases and the existing trilogy box set – which is currently available for around $65 less than this new set and comes with a book too – and one disc of new special features.
The new special features are listed as follows,
- The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy – The inside perspective on the fascinating story behind the creation of one of the most celebrated franchises and how it changed the scope of movie making….forever. Full of never-before-seen footage, rare moments, and exclusive interviews with Guillermo Del Toro, Damon Lindelof, Michael Mann, Richard Roeper, Zack Snyder and others.
- Christopher Nolan & Richard Donner: A Conversation – For the first time, Directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Donner (Superman) sit down to discuss the trials and triumphs involved in bringing the two most iconic superheroes of all time to the big screen, and how Superman influenced Nolan when developing Batman Begins.
- IMAX® Sequences: The Dark Knight; The Dark Knight Rises – See your favorite scenes as they were intended in the original IMAX© aspect ratio
It seems a little odd that the new features so strongly rest on other voices, big names to draw us in, such as Zack Snyder, Guillermo Del Toro, Michael Mann and of course, Richard Donner. I'm a little skeptical that The Fire Rises will go anywhere as deep as I'd like to in speaking to those directors. I'd love to see a discussion between Mann and Nolan about the merits of film versus digital, for instance, but I doubt we'll see anything that meaty here. I'd love to be proven wrong of course.
The main draw on this disc and in this set in general seems to be the conversation between Nolan and Donner discussing their work. It does seem to comes down to whether this is really worth the rather substantial price bump for you.
I really don't think it is for me. Personally I think I'll just be purchasing the individual disc of The Dark Knight Rises (it's currently pretty cheap in the UK, and region free to boot) or maybe pass on my individual discs of the first two onto a friend or family member and pick up the box set that's already out. Warner Brothers need to offer a little more than what we're getting here in order for me to double or even triple dip on this one.
If you lay down the extra cash for the "Ultimate" set do let me know if there's anything that I'm really missing out on in those new features.