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Dark Knight in the rear-view mirror

One reason to catch “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012) on disc: You can turn on the English subtitles and finally decipher everything Tom Hardy mumbles as Bane, the scary, gas-masked nemesis who spurs Christian Bale’s Bat-comeback. Of course, this being the capper to perhaps the most successful superhero movie series ever, the Blu-ray offers three hours of bonus material as well. A segment on the film’s opening, high-altitude hijacking lays out how to dangle a full-scale plane fuselage — vertically — to create an action-performance space. It’s a reveal that’s dizzying despite everything we know about director Christopher Nolan’s preference for “real” effects. (No wonder he calls his production outfit Syncopy, between this and “Inception.”) A featurette on Batman’s spotlighted slugfest with Bane conveys how grueling the filming was, even if no one here credits the comics for the brutal move that finishes it all. There isn’t as much as you’d expect in the way of sentimental goodbyes — have to make room for the newcomers’ excitement of burly Hardy, who laughs about tangling with “weedy” Bale, and Anne Hathaway, who reinvents Catwoman. But Bale does cop to a ver-klempt moment after doffing the cowl for the final time. A deeper look back comes from a stand-alone documentary on the history of the Batmobile, featuring everyone from the current team to Adam West and even fan-reviled director Joel Schumacher (“Batman & Robin”). With “Dark Knight” risen and done, no more insistence, apparently, on ignoring what’s in the rear-view. (Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99)


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