Warner Bros. releases The Dark Knight: App Edition

Today Warner Bros. released an iPhone/iPad app for The Dark Knight. The app is free and lets you view the first five minutes of the movie, along with a few extras. It will cost you $9.99 to download or stream the entire movie. Along with your purchase, you’ll get access to three hours of bonus footage, as well as exclusive behind the scenes photos. Watch the video above for more information and check out the full press release after the break.

DOWNLOAD: The Dark Knight: App Edition

BURBANK, CALIF., February 16, 2011 – Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD), a market leader in video-on-demand and electronic sell-through, today announced the groundbreaking launch of the “App Editions” of feature films “Inception” and “The Dark Knight,” giving consumers around the world an entirely new way to own special edition movies with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  The “Inception: App Edition” and “The Dark Knight: App Edition” are now available on the App Store.

App Editions provide a fully-loaded, connected viewing experience that gives consumers the first five minutes of a feature film and a portion of bonus content that can include games, trivia, soundtracks and soundboards.  The entire feature film can be unlocked via an in-app purchase, which enables downloading and unlimited streaming, as well as access to the entire array of bonus content available within the App.

The “Inception” and “The Dark Knight” App Editions are available in over 30 territories, including some which previously did not have access to films through iTunes including China, Brazil and the Netherlands.  They contain fully customized menus in 16 languages including Japanese, Greek and Russian and also provide consumers movie subtitles in 34 languages ranging from Arabic to Ukrainian (streamed via WiFi). While watching the film, fans can also connect with friends by sharing their favorite movie quotes through Facebook and Twitter and watch a feed of social networking chatter directly related to the movie in real-time.

“Warner Bros. is bringing more than 100 million Apple device owners a highly innovative new way to experience their favorite films,” said Thomas Gewecke, President of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. “For many, watching a movie is a social activity and App Editions are the first mobile product to deliver this capability on a global scale. They offer a fully connected experience, allowing viewers to engage with others around the world in real-time through Facebook and Twitter.  In 2011, Warner Bros. will release a full slate of App Editions including new release and catalog films.”

“Inception: App Edition”
Nominated for eight Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “Inception” stars Leonardo DiCapiro as “Dom Cobb,” who’s a skilled thief in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception.

Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, “Inception” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Dileep Rao, and Michael Caine.  Nolan also produced the film with Emma Thomas.

“Inception: App Edition” will not only allow fans to download or stream the blockbuster film, they can also enjoy exclusive bonus materials including three never-before-released tracks from the Academy Award® nominated score composed by Hans Zimmer that can be streamed via Airplay.  The App also includes concept art, productions stills, movie poster artwork, bonus video showing a behind-the-scenes look at how Christopher Nolan’s unique vision was brought to life, and copies of “The PASIV Device Instruction Manual” and “The Cobol Job” comic.

The “Inception: App Edition” is available for free through the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore.  The entire feature film and bonus materials can be purchased through an In-App Purchase at an introductory price of $11.99 (US).

“The Dark Knight: App Edition”
The follow-up to “Batman Begins,” Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight” reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of “Batman/Bruce Wayne” in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective, but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.

The film also stars Michael Caine as “Alfred”; Heath Ledger as “The Joker”; Gary Oldman as “Jim Gordon”; Aaron Eckhart as “Harvey Dent”; Maggie Gyllenhaal as “Rachel Dawes”; and Morgan Freeman as “Lucius Fox.”  Nolan directed the film from a screenplay written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer.  The producers are Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan.

“The Dark Knight: App Edition,” protected by Widevine, allows consumers to download a permanent copy of the film to their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, or stream it through the App.  They can watch over three hours of bonus clips; explore a rich gallery of photos and trailers; test their film knowledge with interactive video trivia; listen to memorable one-liners and export them as ringtones; post Twitter and Facebook updates; and monitor relevant movie buzz in real time.

“The Dark Knight: App Edition” is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, or at www.itunes.com/appstore.  The entire feature film and bonus materials can be purchased for $9.99 (US) through an In-App Purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    NOLAN DESIGNS HIS FILMS FOR THE BIG SCREEN , NO NOT JUST THE BIG SCREEN IMAX , THIS IS JUST MONEY GRABBING FROM WARNER BROS , I BET IF NOLAN COULD SAY THE SAME HE WOULD !

    • http://twitter.com/SHotMBlog SuperherooftheMonth

      I honestly don’t see how this is “money grabbing” from WB. It costs $10 for the digital download or rental. That’s not any different from any other digital download. That said this “Dark Knight App” costs those that download it nothing — it’s a free app.

      • Anonymous

        Got to disagree , yeah the apps free but is pointless without the 10 dollar download , we have both seen TDK and INCEPTION , would you recomend anyone who has not seen either movie to watch it on an I PHONE or I PAD , They were not designed for that product , thats why i just think its misleading for WB to be selling these movies on that platform .

        • http://twitter.com/SHotMBlog SuperherooftheMonth

          Of course I wouldn’t recommend that. If I were to recommend watching TDK or Inception, I’d say watch it on Blu-Ray. Aside from the theater, that’s the best way to experience the film. That said, I don’t think most people who would buy this exclusively will watch it via portable media. They’ll buy it to watch on the plane, or between class, etc. And they’ll already own the DVD or Blu-Ray. I have TDK on my iPod (via the digital copy that came w/ the Blu-Ray) and it’s not the same, but it’s fun to have while you’re on-the-go and have nothing to do. I think they know 95% of the people who will buy this already own it on a better format.

          • http://batman-news.com Batman-News.com

            Wow, took the words right out of my mouth!

        • http://batman-news.com Batman-News.com

          Of course not, but I don’t think anyone would watch a big movie like Inception or TDK for the first time on an iPhone/iPad. These digital downloads are targeted towards people who travel. I recently watched Batman Begins on my iPad during a long car ride and it was great. Of course it’s not the same as watching the Blu-ray, but it made my trip a lot more enjoyable. Plus WB has added a lot of extras and social integration that make this a lot more than just downloading a movie. I think it’s definitely worth the $10 for people who want to experience movies on the go and don’t want to deal with ripping their own DVDs.

          • Anonymous

            Fair enough ! i can see for people who travel , or get bored on the move this is an option .

  • Julian

    I saw TDK in IMAX then a regular screen, and then a 32inch low def TV and after the low def experience I thought I didn’t like the movie. Then I got a 42inch LCD with bluray and quality stereo and it made all the difference. This movie has to be watched as big as possible. Even my 42 inch TV isn’t big enough for this movie. I really hope they release TDK in IMAX again when TDKR comes out. I will probably watch TDK in IMAX at least three more times.

    • Anonymous

      My one regret wth TDK is that i never went to see it on an imax screen, so i’d be down for a double feature with DKR.

      • Julian

        If you haven’t seen it in IMAX then you really haven’t seen it.

        • Anonymous

          I agree, when i saw it on bluray with the imax scenes i was amazed at how much bigger some of the shots were.

  • Manoschaos

    I read the title fast and thought it wrote “TDKR first five minutes” and I was like WHAT? That’s marketing suicide.

  • guest

    No offense to Batman-News but am I the only one that finds this article kind jarring? I keep seeing “Warner Bros. releases” and it makes me think a new press release has come out… sigh xD

    • http://batman-news.com Batman-News.com

      Haha sorry! I’ll probably leave “Warner Bros.” out of the headline when that press release comes out ;)

      • guest

        Are we sure there’s gonna even be a press release!? :O

        • http://batman-news.com Batman-News.com

          Usually when a major character is cast there’s a press release to go with it.

  • Jgrew030

    I downloaded the free version, sample version I guess and the behind the scenes were so blurry on the iPad

  • http://twitter.com/SHotMBlog SuperherooftheMonth

    Is there anything in the extras that you wouldn’t find on the DVD or Blu-Ray? To me, it kind of just sounds like the same thing, just minus the disc and packaging.

    • http://batman-news.com Batman-News.com

      I’ll take a look when I get home. I know there’s specific things like a soundboard, and on the iPhone version you can make ringtones out of different quotes from the movie. There are a lot of behind the scenes photos that I haven’t seen before too.