The Dark Knight
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In a turnaround it appears that the James Newton Howard/Hans Zimmer soundtrack is once again eligible for an Academy Award nomination. It had previously been ruled out (Nov 10th) because 5 composers were named on the cue sheet; which was deemed to be too many. In response the ‘affected parties’ submitted information to the contrary, leading The Music Branch Executive Committee to conclude that Zimmer and Howard had authorship of the score, putting the music back in contention for an Oscar.
The nominations for the golden globes were announced today, and as usual are being measured as a pre-cursor to the possible nominations for the Oscars.
Heath Ledger has picked up a nomination for the best supporting actor for his role as the joker, a very strong indication that he may be in the running for the same honor at the upcoming academy awards.
More shortly as I am posting this from a moving train on an iPhone.
The exclusive Dark Knight Blu-ray and DVD packages are coming in many many different flavors; some with free Batman mask (see Target), some with a Joker or Batman mask statuette (see Best Buy), some with a miniature Bat pod (see Amazon) and some in a steel case. All of them can be grabbed from Ebay, for the obsessive collector in you.
Dark Knight Blu-ray | DVD | Special Edition Blu-ray with Bat-pod
(See our original Dark Knight DVD and Blu ray post for details)
Exclusives on Ebay
Christopher Nolan has been speaking with USA Today about the success of The Dark Knight and its potential sequel:
Nolan says he is jotting notes and doing some rough outlines for a third story, but he hasn’t yet found anything he’s willing to commit to film, despite Warner Bros.’ eagerness to get a new film underway.
“It was obvious when the box office was so big ($530 million domestically) that we had underestimated how ready fans were to reboot the franchise,” he says. “The worst thing you could do now that you’ve gotten the plane back in the air is mess up the landing.”
[Talking about sequels and a third movie] “I don’t know why they’re hard to do,” Nolan says. “Maybe there’s so much expectation to them. But I wouldn’t want to do one if it weren’t going to be as good as the first or second. That’s not respectful to the fans.“
Nolan also points out his reasons for not putting outtakes or deleted scenes on the DVD — not a single extra scene involving The Joker:
Nolan says he wasn’t keeping deleted scenes from fans. “For my past three films, I really haven’t had scenes that didn’t make it in the movie,” he says. “If it’s in the final script, I tend put it on screen.”
Any outtakes, however, were intentionally left off the DVD. “I don’t like outtakes or gag reels,” Nolan says. “I don’t think it’s respectful to the actors, who signed on to have their performance on screen, not the takes that didn’t work out. It discourages actors from going all-out if they think every mistake is going on the disc.”
This report comes from All Things Fan Girl via AICN and details the main points from the talk, covering the Blu ray, BD-Live, a live Chris Nolan commentary on Dec 18th, the continuation of the Batman story (e.g. the third movie), lack of a directors cut and shooting an entire movie in IMAX, with workarounds for the noisiness of the camera.
This is a very good read..
Went to the Dark Knight Blu Ray release event with Chris Nolan last night.
Before tonight I had never even HEARD of BD Live. Apparently it’s Xbox Live for Blu-Ray? If you have a BD Live enabled Blu Ray player or a PS3, then you can connect to the internet and partake in the potential awesomeness. The Dark Knight is Warner Brothers’ first foray into this format and it’s shaping up to be reason alone to invest in a Blu-Ray Player.
First of all, it comes with tons of content, waiting to be streamed for free– the newest Warner’s trailers, episodes of Warner Première Motion Comics (Mad Love! Shadow of Ra’s al Ghul!) and more. And because everything is streaming, you can get to the content faster and it doesn’t take up any hard drive space. One of my favorite features of TDK BD Live is the commentary option. With a computer & webcam, you can record YOURSELF giving commentary for the whole movie or just a scene here, a scene there. Then, when people go on BD Live, they can select your commentary to watch with the film. Now, it’s doubtful that I would ever watch a stranger’s commentary, but a friend’s? Certainly. Maybe even someone famous? A blogger, a writer, a director, an actor, a critic, a technician — people not involved with the film who would have no business doing commentary for the dvd, but would have an interesting perspective, making their thoughts available to the general public? Yes, I’m into that.
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The nominations list for the 51st Grammy Awards have been announced and Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard’s Dark Knight soundtrack is included in them:
Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
(Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series or other visual media.)
* The Dark Knight
James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer, composers
[Warner Sunset/Warner Bros.]
* Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
John Williams, composer
* Iron Man
Ramin Djawadi, composer
* There Will Be Blood
Jonny Greenwood, composer
Thomas Newman, composer
[Walt Disney Records/Pixar]
The cinematic re-release of The Dark Knight to coincide with the Oscars is going to take place on January 23rd, report Variety.
Warner Bros. will re-release “The Dark Knight” on Jan. 23 in a nationwide launch, guaranteeing that it will become the fourth film to take in more than $1 billion in worldwide box office.
“Knight” has cumed $530.3 million domestically and $465.9 million internationally, leaving it less than $4 million short of the billion-dollar milestone. Only “Titanic,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” have topped that mark.
“Knight” also is the second-highest domestic grosser of all time, trailing only “Titanic.”
The re-release will come six weeks after the DVD launch of “Knight,” set for Tuesday.
Dan Fellman, president of Warner’s domestic distribution, made the announcement Thursday. “We wanted to provide one more opportunity for moviegoers to experience it on the bigscreen as it was meant to be seen,” he added.
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