Today, I picked up The Dark Knight on bluray. I was going to wait until the cabinets were installed but our kids all spent the night at grandmas and friend's houses. My wife is working on her Masters and had a major research paper she had to work on so I decided to check it out. I invited two friends over to watch it with me. I had never seen the movie, one of the friends had seen it 3 times, the other once.
I had read about the switching of aspect ratios throughout the movie. I found it pretty aggravating throughout the movie when watching it in 2.35:1. When the movie shifts to the Imax scenes, the image appears above and below the screen with grey bars on the sides. I understand what the producer was trying to accomplish but I really wish he would have picked one aspect ratio and stuck with it.
The movie was as everyone has said. WOW! Definitely reference material. Pretty messed up plot (haha) but definitely some high impact scenes, great LFE and provided some fantastic demo scenes. Batman's voice was WAY overdone and kinda cheezy. Wish they had not altered his voice to make it deeper. Why didn't he just talk to the bad guys the way he did to Alfred?
Thought I would share some screenshots from it.
You can see in the images below how the Imax scenes appear. The image extends about 4" above and below the screen which is not cool. It's not horrible but definitely not appealing on a scope screen.
This is a shot from the "Extras" portion of the disk.