this is the only fanedit of this movie I remember so I can only compare it to the original cut. it tightens up the pace very nicely, greatly enhancing the experience. personally I would have tried to cut the batman copycats, the bat bike turning against the wall, and the bat vision stuff altogether, though those ideas are minor issues for me, and may not be realistic, so all I can say is that this is currently my go-to edition.
technically speaking the edits were invisible to me, as expected. the audio was good too, although I had to turn the volume up & down all across the movie to hear the dialogue but that's normal. I was pleasantly surprised about the video quality. 2h 20min in a 4,75gb file, using the old x264 codec, but it does the job. it was probably encoded using intensive settings.
overall highly recommended with little to no issues!
For many, many years, TDK was my second favorite Batman film behind Batman '89. I decried critics and claimed that every frame was perfect. I watched it probably 50 times or more when I was in college, because it was just so great. Unfortunately, I burned myself out on it so much that I didn't watch it until about a year ago. When I did, it wasn't the perfect masterpiece I'd remembered. Sure, it was still great, but jokes didn't land like they used to for me, and something just wasn't as fun as I'd remembered.
Ryantology found the answer to that problem. He took a film that is arguably already a masterpiece (despite my jaded 50+ viewing outlook on it) and made it EVEN BETTER. The unnecessary jokes are gone, slow, dragging moments are tightened, some neat new additions are made to the score, and the removal of that hammy monologue at the end is just perfect. This is officially replacing my blu-ray copy as my go-to version of the film.
The character that benefits most from these nips and tucks is Harvey Dent. Despite having the least amount of screen time cut out of any character in the film, the removal of sillly jokes and slow, unnecessary scenes/lines from other characters makes them more human, giving Eckhardt's performance more room to breathe among less talented peers. I'd also like to mention how seamless and absolutely wonderful the use of the alternate voice takes for Ledger's Joker are. I always liked the alternate delivery better, and man, it really works.
10/10, A++, highly recommended. Probably the definitive version of this film.
All the changes made may be very subtle changes, but they still impressively manage to take one of the best DC film adaptations out there and make it even better. I really do adore The Dark Knight, but I never saw it as some utterly flawless masterpiece. This edit, though, is a masterpiece. Quite possibly one of the best I've ever seen. Brilliant work.
For little room for improvement, Ryantology upgrades the second entry of TDK trilogy to another level. This is indeed a fanfix edit. Really few and subtle changes. All removed scenes are done for good and. For my taste, the only one I could feel unnecessary and abrupt in the excision would be the scene of the Batman landing on the scarecrow's car. Besides that, excellent visual testing. Beyond shortening the running time of the film, removal of silly jokes and childish recurrent lines makes a lot of good to achieve this quality level.
Concerning soundtrack rescoring, seamless replacement and great results. Especially, the tumbler persecution and the closing part of the movie shine completely and provide a kind of track variety that maybe the theatrical version lacks. The only downside I found was the need to adjust my TV volume up and down over the viewing in order to understand some characters' voices and the availability of only 2 audio channels. Nevertheless, considering the file size 4,75 Gb is not something to be really picky about.
Narrative and enjoyment scores to the maximum for sure. It is one of my favorite movies and a modern classic. Improving source material when it's already top-notch is a major accomplishment. Congrats Ryantology for having made the ultimate version of "The Dark Knight" and sharing this piece of artwork.