Focus Points (HD):
The sole supplement located on disc one, these 18 short behind-the-scenes peeks (to avoid plot spoilers, I will not list the titles here) run anywhere from 39 seconds up to nearly nine minutes. The viewer is given three options: you can access them during the movie when a spinning gold disc pops up in the left hand corner of the screen, you can watch them individually by selecting one from the pop-up menu or you can simply watch them as one 64-minute mini-doc.
All are quite interesting to watch covering aspects such as shooting with IMAX cameras, creating the music score as well as stunt and effects work. Yet, I can't help but feel I was watching a preview of a much-bigger making-of documentary. I also can't figure out why Warner simply did not do these as an In-Movie Experience picture-in-picture feature instead of this cumbersome technique. When you select to view the Focus Points to play along with the film, the disc stops the feature, takes you out of the film to view the featurette and then plops you back at the point you stopped at to watch the short. Given the advances of Blu-ray interactivity, this is a backwards step.
The Incredible Gadgets and Tools (HD): One of two specials on the disc that are produced by The History Channel. This 46-minute special looks at the Caped Crusader's gadgets and suit from the Nolan films, while also showing their real-life counterparts. The special isn't bad, but this is hardly what I would consider an important supplement as it seems to be more about real-life applications and less about Batman.
The Psychology of The Dark Knight (HD): The second of two History Channel specials, also clocking in at 46 minutes, is the better of the two. This special looks at the psychology of the Caped Crusader as well as some of the more popular villains in the Batman Universe. Since the Nolan films have made psychology such a major factor, I found this special to be fascinating and could actually see myself sitting down to give this a second spin somewhere down the road, something I rarely do with bonus features.
Gotham Tonight (HD):
These six shorts, which can be played individually or as one 47-minute segment, were shown on Comcast Cable's On Demand section this past summer as a promotional tie-in to the new movie. Hosted by Anthony Michael Hall (Farmer Ted!) and featuring many of the cast members of the film, these serve as a nice bridge of events that take place between Dark Knight and Batman Begins.
There are four still galleries to browse through here. You have the option of either still-stepping each section or you can let them run on their own as a slideshow. Joker Cards (9:44) is a rather disturbing (but pretty cool) collection of the Joker's "calling cards." Poster Art (1:36) displays the film's theatrical one-sheets. Production Stills (12:00) offers both behind-the-scenes and publicity photos of the cast and crew, while Concept & Art (7:44) looks at the various clown masks used by the Joker and his gang, the new Bat-Suit, Bat Weapons and the Bat Pod.
Theatrical trailers and TV Spots (HD):
Now this is more like it, Mr. Wayne. The logo teaser and two kick-ass theatrical trailers are included along with a half-dozen well-produced television spots from when the film arrived in theaters. All look great.
At the time of writing, I could not access the Warner BD-Live site. Chances are full access will not be granted until the December 9 Blu-ray street date arrives.
The insert packaged with The Dark Knight, however, promises some pretty cool upcoming features associated with BD-Live:
My WB Commentary:
If you are like me and wanted both an audio and picture-in-picture commentary for this release, you're in luck. This feature will allow the viewer (that has a webcam) to create your own visual commentary and share it with friends. This could prove to be really fun if you have some drinks while you are doing it.
Live Community Screenings:
Warner has recently announced 100,000 lucky folks that register online will have the chance to watch the film as Christopher Nolan provides live commentary. And if you miss your chance to experience that, this feature will allow you to set up an online screening of the film with your friends.
This looks to be similar to what BD-Live sites from Sony and Universal currently offer: exclusive footage, photos, trailers, etc.