RT on DVD: Dark Knight, Mummy 3 Sneak Peeks

We pick the best of this week's new releases.

This week, we dispense with the news and cut to the chase to bring you two huge new gift sets timed perfectly for this summer's Bat-mania. What will earn you more geek cred: whipping out the Batman flash drive or watching the Dark Knight prologue in high definition, awash in the glory of Blu-ray?



The Batman Begins Gift Set: It's Christmas In July!


July 18 is right around the corner, which means you'll soon see plenty of Batman merchandise coming your way (look for the animated Batman: Gotham Knight to hit shelves this week). But if you want a sneak peek at the upcoming sequel The Dark Knight, you can have it with the Batman Begins Limited Edition. Both the 2-Disc Standard and Single-disc Blu-ray releases feature the main attraction: a sneak peek at Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight! (Edit: The six-minute opening prologue originally screened in front of I Am Legend IMAX is only available on Blu-ray; a two-minute sneak peek accompanies the standard release.)


As a refresher, said prologue opens The Dark Knight with one of many sequences shot in IMAX: a full bank heist scene. We won't spoil it here, but there are robbers with clown masks, plenty of double-crosses, and your first extended look at Heath Ledger's critically acclaimed performance as the Joker.


Each version also comes with its own set of goodies, so you have a choice to make. In the standard disc release, find five collectible postcards, printed key art, $7.50 towards seeing TDK in theaters, and a 128MB branded Batman flash drive. In the Blu-ray release, you'll get lenticular 3-D art, a comic book adaptation of the TDK prologue, and a booklet detailing the making of the TDK prologue. Our advice: given the choice, opt for Blu-ray --- if only to watch the TDK prologue in as close to its intended IMAX glory as possible.




Bat-alternatives: Make it a Mummy Week


But Batman's not the only superhero making a push on DVD this week to build buzz for his summer adventure. Get a sneak peek at The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor before it hits theaters this August by picking up the newly restored The Mummy and its sequel, The Mummy Returns. (Those cheeky folks at Universal are also releasing a special edition of Boris Karloff's 1932 classic, The Mummy, with a handful of commentaries and featurettes by the likes of Rick Baker, a documentary on the legacy of the Mummy, and another doc about Universal monster movies narrated by Kenneth Branagh.)

In addition to their own respective bonus materials (a combination of previously released cast and crew commentaries, plus new storyboard-to-film comparisons and features) both The Mummy and The Mummy Returns include the three-minute Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Sneak Peek.

Here glimpse finished footage (seen in the trailer) and unfinished wire work and fight choreography from behind-the-scenes, as well as on-set snippets with director Rob Cohen, producer Stephen Sommers, and stars Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, and Michelle Yeoh. Both Mummys, the Boris Karloff version, and a new Collector's Edition of Van Helsing also come with a free movie coupon to see The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in theaters.







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Comments

thereign

lance berry

The Ruins is the only thing that interests me on this list. It was far better than people/critics thought, and poor "this-is-your-typical-teen-horror-movie" marketing is what killed it, when it deserved a far better fate.

Jul 7 - 04:43 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Im definately going to get The Batman Begins box set on Blu Ray. I would recomend Stop Loss as a rental it was pretty good. Lol a free ticket comes with new edition of Van Helsing! I wouldnt buy that if it came with 20 bucks. And maybe ill rent the Fearless director's cut, I heard Fearless was pretty good but never got time to watch it.

Jul 7 - 05:29 PM

markbart0305

Mark Bartoszek

I've read elsewhere that TKD prologue is Blu-ray exclusive and not available in the DVD boxset. Can somebody confirm if this is true?

Jul 7 - 07:48 PM

friendsfan_5

James Dickinson

That is very true....The regular DVD edition is available with a 3-minute sneek peek but only the Blu-Ray version has the first 6 minutes.

Jul 9 - 11:18 AM

markbart0305

Mark Bartoszek

I can confirm that The Dark Knight prologue is ONLY available on the Blu-ray disc, both the regular and limited editions. It is NOT available on the two-disc DVD, but you do get a two minute sneak peak of The Dark Knight. You also get the 5 postcards in the Blu-ray gift set as well. Rotten Tomatoes should check their sources before posting these details.

Jul 7 - 07:59 PM

nathan_hc

Nathan Miller

So is the IMAX prologue not actually in the theatrical release? I'm a little confused on that.

Jul 7 - 08:40 PM

americanmovie234

jon lafollette

nathan_hc,

the prologue is the first 5 min of the movie. you'll see it on the 18th don't worry, if you're really antzy you can find it online somewhere

Jul 7 - 09:42 PM

americanmovie234

jon lafollette

nathan_hc,

the prologue is the first 5 min of the movie. you'll see it on the 18th don't worry, if you're really antzy you can find it online somewhere

Jul 7 - 10:15 PM

kikiloveu

kiki kiki

This topic is discussing very hot at www.JSeniorMatch.com Some 30 40 50 baby boomers like going there for discussing.

Jul 8 - 01:49 AM

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

Thanks, markbart. I've updated the article to reflect the correction. I'd say go for Blu-ray, if you have a player; it's only $5 more on Amazon.

Jul 8 - 09:18 AM

Warheart1188

Tim Higginbotham

The Blu Ray is the better deal, given you have a Blu Ray player. I would recommend buying the BR gift set at Best Buy because it comes with a special cover or something of the "Stupid Bats" poster.

Jul 8 - 10:20 AM

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Kae LaFond

That Batsy flash drive interests me...

Jul 8 - 05:55 PM

Dav3

Dave Smith

I can't believe you people can be so easily sucked in by the marketing department at WarnerBros! The Dark Knight is coming out in two weeks, and we all know there's going to be a third movie out before you can say Batman Begins/Dark Knight special DVD set...
Can't you just wait until that inevitable trilogy pack comes out!

I am starting to get really sick of the studios ripping us off with 15 different special editions of everything.

Jul 8 - 08:39 PM

friendsfan_5

James Dickinson

That is very true....The regular DVD edition is available with a 3-minute sneek peek but only the Blu-Ray version has the first 6 minutes.

Jul 9 - 11:18 AM

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