Warner Unveils Specs, Box Art for Dual 'Batman Begins' Blu-rays

Posted Tue Apr 8, 2008 at 08:00 AM PDT by Peter Bracke
Batman Begins

Warner has unveiled specs and box art for the upcoming dual Blu-ray releases of 'Batman Begins', which will hit stores this July with picture-in-picture and an exclusive peek at the upcoming 'The Dark Knight.'

As we have previously reported, the $200 million-grossing Christopher Nolan re-invention will hit Blu-ray on July 8 in two versions -- a standard Blu-ray, and a 'Limited Edition Gift Set' featuring the same single-disc as the standard version plus deluxe packaging and a variety of collectibles.

Both editions will share identical disc specs, featuring 1080p/VC-1 video and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround (48kHz/16-bit) audio, plus Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (640kbps) and subtitle options in English, French, and Spanish.

Extras will mirror the previous HD DVD version, including a dozen making-of featurettes, a still gallery and "Confidential Files' with text and images, the "Tankman Begins" MTV spoof, and theatrical trailers. The Blu-ray will also feature the "In-Movie Experience" picture-in-picture commentary (Profile 1.1-enabled) found on the HD DVD.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray is the complete 6-minute prologue to the upcoming theatrical sequel 'The Dark Knight' (set to hit theaters July 18), which premiered on the internet earlier this year to great acclaim.

Among the goodies found only in the Gift Set are a 'Batman Begins' motion art lenticular, a 32-page 'Dark Knight' booklet (with script pages, exclusive photos and storyboards), five collectible Batman Begins postcards, an exclusive DC Comic Book Adaptation to the upcoming sequel 'The Dark Knight'' plus $7.50 in Movie Cash towards buying a 'Dark Knight' ticket.

Finally, Warner has unveiled the box art for both Blu-ray versions:

As previously announced, Warner has set a suggested retail price of $28.99 for the standard Blu-ray, and $49.99 for the Gift Set.

You'll find specs for 'Batman Begins' and 'Batman Begins (Limited Edition Gift Set)' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under July 8.

We've also set up a dedicated thread for the Dark Knight's Blu-ray debut in our Forums area -- click the following link to discuss both 'Batman Begins' Blu-ray releases.

Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Batman Begins (Blu-ray)
Batman Begins (Limited Edition Gift Set) (Blu-ray)
Batman Begins (HD DVD)
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