The Dark Knight Rises has been open for a couple of weeks now and breaking box office records all over... But what I want to know is which is the best format to see it in - Imax, 35mm or digital?

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  • Comment number 173. Posted by Matt

    on 29 Aug 2012 03:40

    Given I am a big Batman fan I felt this did not follow Dark Knight and Bane (the supposed villain) is undermined!

    The film is full of blockbuster gimmicks to try and keep the plot going and the action sequences are dense and dull (several police chase Batman over Bane who has just crashed the stock market?)

    There are infinite plot holes too! Batmans back is broken yet he is healed after being strung up and slapped on the back? Tell that to the paraplegics!

    In the comic, Bane is a all about pain. He is a master tactician and he is also the only villain to work out that Wayne is Batman through intellect.

    I saw his brute strength, but his intellect is undermined when it turns out he is following orders and is a member of the League of Shadows and thus, was informed of Bruce Wayne's identity.

    This is poor for an avid fan! In fact I have re-wrote the film as top how I would have done it and have found that my version would have made this finale better!

    The ending for me was just Nolan flicking V's at the audience. If he left it at Alfred sitting at his table, and smiling, without a cut away to Bruce, that would have had more of an effect than the multiple points made, that give more evidence of Batmans survival, than his demise.

    I seriously wish I could talk to Nolan because I would have got him to remake this attrocities again!

    What was the purpose of Talia? There was none. The giant nuclear device? Nothing but a gimmick to give the ending a countdown! And that stupid bloody policeman who believe Jim Gordon, after being shot at and having policemen killed, laughs at I'm for telling him there's a brute of a man and an army ready to attack Gotham?

    This film is full of fluff!

    This really makes me want to sit Nolan down and force him to watch the original Star Wars trilogy till he understands how to make it work!

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  • Comment number 172. Posted by Harry Limes Shadow

    on 28 Aug 2012 16:00

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    I felt that the violence in TDKR was toned down considerably after the last one, which was very much a grown-ups film and was at the very extreme of what a 12A would allow. By comparison TDKR was family friendly, when i sore it there were many children in there and not once did i hear any screaming or crying from kids who had clearly gotten more than they bargained for. I would even question whether a 12A certificate was necessary, would a PG not suffice.

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  • Comment number 171. Posted by Teerapong

    on 27 Aug 2012 10:24

    Hello from Thailand. I saw it twice, first time on IMAX and second in a normal cineplex. The beauty of the film works best on IMAX. Unfortunately there was obviously some technical problem with the IMAX theater and the audience waited 10+ mins before we could go in. Not sure if this had anything to do with the sound but obviously the score just totally drowned the dialogues (maybe we sat too close to the side?). However, both my wife and I watched it again a week later in smaller theater and we totally could hear the dialogues.

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  • Comment number 170. Posted by Joydivision

    on 26 Aug 2012 21:43

    I saw it at the second screening on the opening day on what I imagine was digital seeing as the cinema no longer has projectionists and loved it. Understood Tom Hardy perfectly although he sounded like Gandalf to me...

    Saw it at the Glasgow IMAX Aug 13th and was absolutely blown away. Scenes like the opener and the Batpod chase were just mesmerising. Every time you saw the city, it was blown up full screen. the only way to see this is at the IMAX IMO

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  • Comment number 169. Posted by gfelixprufrock

    on 25 Aug 2012 17:21

    Oh, and no-one seems to be talking about this, although it was a hot topic with reference to The Dark Knight - surely the film was too dark and sinister and the violence too 'real' to deserve a 12A certificate. You feel every blow as much as in The Raid!

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  • Comment number 168. Posted by gfelixprufrock

    on 25 Aug 2012 17:17

    I was determined to see this film for the first time in imax because I thought that The Dark Knight was a far more enjoyable experience in that format; but to some extent I thought this might be a certain 'intangible' heightening of all the visceral elements. Seeing The Dark Knight Rises in that format convinced me of just what a difference imax really makes - because in the non-imax-camera shots after the first scene I was initially wondering why the film was 'out of focus' and dull in colour! It was only after I'd realised that these were the non-imax shots that I began to notice the changing aspect ratio between the two kinds of shot. Luckily I found the film so immersive and brilliant that 'imax-spotting' never became a distraction. I'm thinking about seeing the film again in a normal film print just to see how the experience compares - because part of the joy of the film for me was how bowled over I was by the imax-camera scenes.

    As an aside, I thought the film was fantastic - the best of the three Nolan Batman films. While the Dark Knight was great I thought it a little too episodic and too much of an intellectual exercise with the dialogue a little bit too aphoristic and 'telling the audience what to think', this film had much more of an emotional core, balanced its many major characters' arcs extremely adeptly, and had a very organic-seeming plot development. As well as looking incredible...

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  • Comment number 167. Posted by givemepies

    on 25 Aug 2012 15:59

    Well, I saw it at the Glasgow Imax (first time at any Imax cinema) and I loved it. It really is as spectacular as everyone says. At first I thought that I might be distracted when the aspect ratio switched from rectangular to square for the Imax sequences, but I hardly noticed. As for the issue of Bane's voice, I really don't know what all the fuss is about. All his dialogue was perfectly audible.
    The best movie of the three, and a perfect end to the story.

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  • Comment number 166. Posted by mike

    on 14 Aug 2012 20:03

    I went to the theater with great expectations - and was quite disapointed :(

    Its a actionfilm. Its a new Batman movie. Its this and that. But its definitively not more or better than or even closely what "The Dark Knight" was (which is brilliant). Again: hate to say it, but it was only ok-ish and therefore not enough! And although I would go to see it again iff I hadn't seen it yet (since I just have to see certain movies, no matter the quality/critiques), I think it was not worth it.

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  • Comment number 165. Posted by gunnerwarhorse

    on 13 Aug 2012 18:28

    Went to see a 70mm? print (I think - omnimax screen in Antrim), it looked superb - I still favour digital over 35mm - the picture was unblemished, detailed and the action sequences smooth. However to be honest if it's a good film, I tend to forget and get absorbed in the movie - my brain adjusts to the bigger size very quickly, and I don't notice it again. So, I ask, is it worth the extra money for the first 10 mins effect?

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  • Comment number 164. Posted by Bob

    on 12 Aug 2012 00:38

    "I think Jim Gordon's reaction to the new Bat Signal nullifies that idea"

    As do interviews given by cast members, but they were not necessary. One only has to see the film. Sorry to be so blunt, but it's basic stuff. You made a mistake, Dr., because you are in awe of Nolan. Indeed, in your "review", you simply sang his praises. I know you try not to spoil films but please try to review them. We are all over the novelty of not seeing Batman until well into the film. We were over it a few days after BB came out. It's like REM (I love 'em) going on about how they once had a mandolin on a hit single.

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