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Christopher Nolan’s Dark Night Trilogy Is Being Remastered For A 4K Release

by on July 16, 2017

Juan Carlos Ropel, July 16, 2017

The Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan is one of the best-selling movie sagas in the history of cinema, making a grand total near to $2.5 billion in theaters and over $500 million on DVD/Blu-ray sales to-date. Now, in an added twist to the entertainment power of these movies, Christopher Nolan has made it public that he’s releasing all three  films in remastered 4K UHD versions with stunning HDR

The director himself, Christopher Nolan, has confirmed that he is working alongside Warner Bros in a remastering of his three films of The Dark Knight. The announcement was made by Nolan to the Italian media BadTaste during the promotion of his latest film, Dunkirk, where he is casting some actors from his previous works, such as Tom Hardy:

According to Nolan’s own words:

The wonderful thing about 4K technology is it gets closer to the resolution that we shot the films in. Finished films or 35mm have at least 6k resolution, IMAX films have 18K. So as home video formats keeps evolving, 4K — particularly 4K with HDR — it allows us to give somebody at home an experience that’s much closer to the what it was like to see the original film process as projected on film. And I think that’s a very exciting prospect…”


Sadly he did not mention an estimated release date or how long the remastering process will take, although he warned that there is still a long way to go:

“It’s a long, complicated process that we’re doing right now, but I think the results I’m seeing are very pleasing and very spectacular.”

We also don’t yet have word if the 4K UHD Blu-ray releases of these movies will come with the full HDR package of both the standard HDR10 that comes with virtually all UHD Blu-ray disc releases and Dolby Vision HDR, which produces notably superior visual results in the media players and 4K TVs that support the more complex high dynamic range format. Watching any of the three Nolan Dark Knight movies in any HDR format on an HDR 4K TV would be impressive but watching them with DV enabled would be impressive as hell, based on what we’ve seen so far with the Dolby Vision HDR format.

The trilogy of Nolan’s Batman, which is played by Christian Bale, started with Batman Begins (2005), which narrates the first steps of Bruce Wayne as Batman to avenge the death of his parents. The saga continued with The Dark Knight (2008), for many the best tile of the trilogy, mainly because of the fantastic role played by Heath Ledger as The Joker. And finally came The Dark Knight Rises (2012), with another great performance of Tom Hardy interpreting Bane.

So far, including theaters and home entertainment, the trilogy has made over $3.4 billion, a sum that definitely will go higher when the 4k HDR Blu-Ray comes out.


The newest film from Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk, will hit theaters on July 21.

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  • Evan
    July 17, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I wonder how much of remastering is up to the directors input. Because if they have to be hands on like this, I assume not many directors are going to have time to dedicate to it.


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