DVD Release: December 9

Action/Adventure, 152 min.

Crime is on the rise, keeping Lt. Gordon (Gary Oldman) and the Gotham City police force busier than ever. And in spite of all the help Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) gets from his trusty butler Alfred (Michael Caine) and his company’s master technician Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), even he as Batman can’t hold it all down. Amateur vigilantes try to help, but the drug dealers still run rampant. In steps the crazy bank-robbing, clown-like Joker (Heath Ledger) whose attacks are paralyzing the city as high government officials are being knocked off. But there seems to be hope. The new District Attorney in town, Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), has the confidence of the population… as opposed to Batman, whose reputation is slipping badly. Not only that, but Dent is dating Bruce’s ex-girlfriend Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and the Joker is threatening to blow up Gotham unless Batman reveals himself. Ledger’s performance is fantastic.

DVD Extras: Two-disc includes “Batman Tech: The Incredible Gadgets and Tools.”

Partial Credits: Christian Bale (I’m Not There, 3:10 to Yuma, Rescue Dawn, The Prestige, Batman Begins, American Psycho, Newsies). Heath Ledger (I’m Not There, Brokeback Mountain, Lords of Dogtown, Monster’s Ball, A Knight’s Tale, The Patriot, 10 Things I Hate About You). Aaron Eckhart (No Reservations, The Black Dahlia, Thank You for Smoking, Erin Brockovich).

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