'The Dark Knight Rises' Runs Almost 3 Hours and Weighs Roughly 600 Pounds

'The Dark Knight Rises' Runs Almost 3 Hours and Weighs Roughly 600 Pounds

Jul 03, 2012

Dark Knight Rises posterIt’s July – and that means we’re getting close to the official release of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Expect a virulent case of Bat-mania to take over your favorite movie sites in the coming days as we all get ready for what we hope will be a satisfying conclusion to Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

To get things rolling, we’ve got several new pieces of Bat news today – including a cool feature on what it takes to get the film up and running in IMAX, an updated (and more detailed) plot synopsis, and an unwatermarked version of the MTV Movie Awards trailer for the film. Enjoy.

During the years I spent working as a theater manager, I discovered one thing that's endlessly fascinating to people: the projection booth. I’m not sure why people are so intrigued by the hot and noisy little rooms where projectors run the movies, but I guess it’s because that’s “where the magic happens.” All I know is this – people constantly asked for tours of the booth and were endlessly amazed at the giant films on platters.

Showing a film in 70mm IMAX isn’t a whole lot different than running a normal print, but this video from New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center theater will give you an inside look at what goes into creating the IMAX experience.

The main difference is one of size. Everything seems to be bigger on the IMAX. 70mm film frames are enormous compared to the standard 35mm, so naturally, the whole print of a movie is also exponentially larger. With The Dark Knight Rises set to run for two hours and forty-five minutes, it has to be placed on a larger than average platter just to hold the film.

The title will arrive at theaters on 50 individual reels, which are then fed onto the platter and spliced together (in a process known as “building a print”) into one continuous whole. A standard 35mm film, for comparison, tended to be nine reels or less. It will reportedly take between 10-12 hours to build the screening print – which is significantly longer than it takes to build a standard one (depending on projectionist skill level, most traditional films can be assembled for screening in under 2 hours). When it’s done, the film on the platter will weigh in excess of 600 pounds.

All the effort will be worth it, though, because seeing Nolan’s final tour of duty in Gotham City in full IMAX promises to be a breathtaking experience. If you have the opportunity to see the film in IMAX, don’t hesitate to take it. In the meantime, check out this video chronicling how the print will be assembled at Liberty Science Center. [via /Film]

New Plot Details

As we get closer to the film’s July 20th release date, Warner Bros. has released an updated plot synopsis for The Dark Knight Rises. It’s different from the previous one in that it offers up some details about the plot. Check it out below:

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane. [via ComicBookMovie.com]

MTV Awards Trailer Gets Official Release

Finally, we close this Bat-travaganza with the official release of the Dark Knight Rises MTV Movie Awards show trailer. This clip has been kicking around online for awhile, but now you can watch it without the watermarks. If you haven’t seen it or just want to see it again, scroll down for the goodness. [via ComicBookMovie.com]

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