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Old 01-15-2013, 01:40 AM   #1
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Hi. I'm a newbie on this forum. I enjoyed The Dark Knight Rises immensely in the theatre and now on blu-ray. I've become a "kid" again so I've joined this forum to discuss with other "kids" about superheros.

One measure of how much I like a film is how many times I see all or parts of the blu rays/DVDs that I own. There are many films I have bought over the years which I saw the film once, and then rarely put the disc in again to watch. However, there are some films which I regularly put the disc in to watch either all or certain parts.......usually, I am particularly fond of certain scenes which have emotional/epic/dramatic moment(s) or sometimes just very decent action scenes which are prolonged.

Ever since getting TDKR blu-ray (broken bat cowl edition), I have been putting in that disc multiple times every weekend to watch several scenes over and over again. Of the 3 Nolan Batman films, TDKR blu-ray is the one I have watched the most, and that's saying a lot because I've only owned it for over a month. I think a part of it is the amazing audio quality of the DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the blu-ray and the clarity and depth of scenes shot in IMAX. Zimmer's immersive and powerful score in certain scenes is addictive for me on my home theatre.

I want to know which scenes from the TDKR you enjoy watching over and over again. Mine are the following:

1) Opening scene with Bane and the plane. Great catch-your-attention visuals, and the pounding bass when Pavel's blood gets tranfused into the dead body is pretty intense, followed by Bane's quote "Now is not the time for fear.....that comes later!" and then pushing the button to release the plane while Bane and Pavel remain suspended (and Pavel screaming like a poor baby).

2) Blake confronting Bruce and telling him about his background and knowing that Bruce was the Batman. Not a particularly long scene, but I think a dramatic moment for me. I love Gordan Levitt's portrayal of the Blake character and his speech to Bruce in that scene was very good. Although Bruce didn't say much, you can tell from Bale's face that he was connecting with Blake's speech. It was after this conversation that Bruce decided to get "out" into the world again, requesting to see Fox and Gordan in person.

3) The 2 scenes where Alfred tells Bruce that it may not be a good idea to become the Batman again (in the Bat cave, and later in Wayne manor just before they part ways). Both are dramatic moments for me. Both Caine and Bale performed beautifully.

4) The return of the Batman on the bat pod during the chase scene after Bane's hit on the stock market and up until the Bat makes its first appearance in front of the police. What can I say? It was a great extended action scene for me to see Batman back.....and in style. Again, Zimmer's accompanying score was just awesome, and I just can't get enough of it.

5) The subway scene where Selina and Batman meet for the first time and then ending with Bane breaking Batman. The music that starts when Selina starts takng Batman to Bane's hideout is amazing. Then the actual fight with absolutely no music and the punches being the only sound was just perfect. Obviously another big moment in the film was when Bane rips Batman's broken cowl off Bruce's head and then casually tossing it away.

6) The sequence starting with Bruce doing situps in prison and then ending with him successfully climbing out of the prison. Other than the ending, this extended sequence was the most dramatic moment of the film for me. During this prolonged sequence, we see Bruce failing to climb out (for the 2nd time), and then he eventually figures out how to escape (with the doctor's help). There are several dialogue exchanges between the prison doctor and Bruce which I found very enlightening:

Friend in prison: sees Bruce doing situps; "He (the doctor) says that the journey to freedom is not about strength..."
Bruce: "My body makes the jump." (while continuing to do situps).
Doctor: "Survival is the spirit.....the soul."
Bruce: stops his situps, "My soul is ready to escape as my body."
Doctor: "Fear is why you fail."
Bruce: "No, I'm not afraid.....I'm angry."

Bruce then tries for the 2nd time to escape, and fails badly. We then see him lying in bed, after dreaming about his father picking him up from the well he fell into as a kid and asking him "Bruce, why do we fall?"

We then see Bruce lying down and talking with the Doctor again.

Doctor: "You do not fear death. You thinks this makes you strong. It makes you weak."
Bruce: "Why?"
Doctor: "How can you move faster than possible?.....fight longer than possible?......without the most powerful impulse of the spirit.....the fear of death......"
Bruce: "I do fear death. I fear dying in here, while my city burns...and there's no one there to save it."
Doctor: "Then make the climb."
Bruce: laughs...."How?"
Doctor: "As the child did.......without the rope. Then fear will find you again."

This last exchange between the Doctor and Bruce summarizes how Bruce "rises" in this film.....such a dramatic moment for me. Then the awesome dramatic music starts again and we see Bruce slowly and successfully climbing out of the prison.

7) The entire last hour or so when Bruce returns to Gotham, starting with his meeting with Selina after she saves the kid from being beat up, until the closing credits. I found the build-up to the climax of the film to be top notch, and of course the sequence near the end starting with Batman towing the nuclear bomb away from the city to the second last scene with Alfred seeing Bruce and Selina in Italy was absolutely epic for me. The emotional ride from thinking Bruce was dead to the slow realization that he may be alive and then seeing Bruce sitting there was such a moving sequence for me. Gets me every time. Alfred sobbing and apologizing to Bruce's parents is another emotional highlight too.

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Old 01-15-2013, 02:06 AM   #2
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My favorite scene is easily the jump. One of the most inspirational moments I've ever seen on film. It's my favorite moment in all the trilogy.

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Old 01-15-2013, 02:33 AM   #3
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TDKR has so many high highs.

Despite its faults, these high points keep me enamoured with the film

I can watch the final ten minutes over and over. And all the moments you listed.

I also enjoy the last Bane/Batman fight. Batman overcoming Bane is so glorious. Who knew that punches to the face can feel so uplifting.

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Old 01-15-2013, 04:31 AM   #4
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My favorite scene is easily the jump. One of the most inspirational moments I've ever seen on film. It's my favorite moment in all the trilogy.
It is my favorite of the trilogy, as well! It is very triumphant, and the swelling music is epic! I really enjoy viewing it.

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Old 01-15-2013, 08:24 AM   #5
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The plane heist. Its quite an entertainment , a fun scene with some nice composing. Im not particular fan of Zimmer music , but the bombastic style really fits well in that moment. I've rewatched that scene a bunch of times.

But i usually dont pick a scene to watch over and over. I like to feel the buildups to great scenes.

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Old 01-15-2013, 09:17 AM   #6
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It's not a scene but a particular moment. At end, when Bane went insane on Batman during the last fight. The music and all, everything is perfect.

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Old 01-15-2013, 11:46 AM   #7
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Just the first chase when Batman comes out of retirement and the final chase. I don't find anything else that compelling to watch over and over.

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Old 01-15-2013, 12:21 PM   #8
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Does the entire film count?

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Old 01-15-2013, 12:37 PM   #9
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I would say the first and last fights with Bane and Bats.

The final 5 minutes of the movie.

I LOVE the sewer scene with Bane, his men and Gordon and it leads right into Blake's reveal to Bruce at the Manor. I love both scenes so i tend to watch em back to back a lot.

The prison climb.

And Batmans return on the bat-pod. (Those are the main ones. But as Anno said, does the whole movie count? hehe)

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1.) Bane vs Batman Sewers and City Hall

2.) Bane puts Daggett in his place

3.) Bruce and Ra's Al Ghul

4.) Bane's speech and army

5.) Talia after her reveal and up to "I want you to feel the heat of the 12 million souls you failed."

5.) "There's only one police in this town." (deshi DESHI basara BASARA deshi DESHI...)

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The entire movie.

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Old 01-15-2013, 02:19 PM   #12
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For me it's a toss up:

- Batman coming out of retirement

- the sewer scene : Bats and Cathy taking down the henchmen (and Batman moving sideways to avoid bullets is straight from the Dark Knight Returns ), and of course the epic fight

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- The first time we see Bruce and faintly hear his theme sucks me into the movie.

- The exchange between Bruce and Alfred in the Batcave. "There's nothing out there for me." So sad.

- "Bruce Wayne, eccentric billionaire."

- The first shot of Batman on the pod and the roaring theme.

- The sewer fight, of course.

- "Do you feel in charge?"

- The bats erupting from the pit as Bruce makes the climb.

- Bane's monologue to Bruce in the pit.

- The oh so satisfying sound of Batman breaking the tubes on Bane's mask!

- The last minutes of the movie always get me.


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Old 01-15-2013, 03:49 PM   #14
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My favorite scene is easily the ballroom masquerade, Bruce and Selina dancing and talking. Everything there is rich with perfection. I can swoon over that one for weeks.

The first fight with Bane is right up behind that. While I find it strange how amateur Batman behaves at this point in his career (probably the only thing that keeps it from outright tying with the ballroom masquerade), I still really enjoy the spectacle and the emotion of it.

When it's going down, the air is bleeding with uneasiness. It just feels like.. you know what's about to happen. Everyone in the background watching knows it too, they look so guilty. I was legitimately feeling intimidated. It was a stomach turning mixture of 'Holy sh** Bane is going to ruin him' and 'Wow, he's really clobbering the crap out of Bane', but the ultimate realization that '...My god, the clobbering isn't working, as impressive as it is'.

Edge of my seat. The whole time. Did not blink.

Most of Bane's best lines are in this fight, and Batman's appearance is captured beautifully in the dripping, dark, edgy atmosphere. They got the cape flowing around him just right throughout the punches and kicks, and especially when he's tossed over the side of the platform.

Of course there's the ferocious choreography, and the bit where Batman cuts the lights and Bane has his line about being born in the dark and grabs him anyway? Unfff. Too good.

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This sums up my point of view as well.

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I also enjoy the last Bane/Batman fight. Batman overcoming Bane is so glorious. Who knew that punches to the face can feel so uplifting.
What I loved about that fight was the way each of their blows felt like they could knock a train off it's tracks. Especially when Bane loses his cool. Wow.

What I didn't like was the lack of the involvement of a philosophical battle, or at least a scolding, throughout. We got this in the final battles with Ra's and Joker, but not with Bane. We also have it in the first battle with Bane, with Bane beating down Bruce both physically and mentally, so it was sad not to see that come full circle.

Another disappointment was the painfully generic one-liner Batman throws out to initiate the battle. It would've been a more potent emotion through the battle if they had just left it hanging with, 'So you came back to die with your city...'

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Oh oh, one more:

"Remember where you parked?"

And basically every little charming moment that makes a quiet reference to, or reflection of, parts of the previous films.

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It would've been a more potent emotion through the battle if they had just left it hanging with, 'So you came back to die with your city...'
I posted that idea in another thread a few weeks ago


I agree, it would have been perfect

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"No, I came back to stop you." means a whole lot from Batman especially with stopping the League being Bruce's final act as Batman. It didn't feel generic at all when thinking of what it means to Batman for returning and doing this one last thing as Batman.

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I've watched the whole movie quite a few times(including with family members over the holidays who all really liked it), but the stuff I keep coming back to is Catwoman and Batman's first meeting in costume, Bane and Batman's first fight, the Stadium scene, Bruce making the climb and escaping the prison, and the last 10 minutes.

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I keep coming back to the scene when Catwoman has Dagget cornered and chocking his wrist with her serrated heel, then I go away.

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Bane Plane Hijack
Batman Returns
Batman and Catwoman Rooftop Fight/The Bat Take-off
Alfred tells Bruce the truth
Catwoman leads Batman to Bane
Batman vs Bane Round 1
Bane Blackgate Speech
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There are so many moments and scenes that I love, but one that particularly stands out to me is when Foley comes out of the crowd of cops wearing his dress blues, even though Gordon said that wasn't necessary. Little moments like that can make a movie for me.

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I wonder if Nolan, having Robin being in this film, wanted to give us at least one scene of the two working side-by-side even while the audience didn't know while watching the film for the first time.

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Bane and the two idiot mooks in the sewer.
The pit climb, including the lead-up dialogue between Bruce and the doctor.
Bane Hannibal lecturing Bruce in the prison.
The bomb chase.
Bane telling the CIA agent exactly what he's going to do to the plane.
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Despite the flaws there are a few scenes I enjoy greatly:

Plane hijacking.
"Oops. Nobody told me it was uncrackable".
Sewer fight.
The jump.
Seeing what Bruce left to people.

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Definitely, especially considering Robin throws that little quip "no offence, but you got anything a little bigger in that belt?!"

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Bane breaking the Bat.

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