Christopher Nolan Director’s Collection – Better than a Dark Knight Marathon

After briefly considering the butt calluses we would collect by going to a theater and watching all three Dark Knight movies back-to-back-to-back, we opted instead for the freedom of our couches and availability of our own bathrooms, and picked up the Christopher Nolan Director’s Collection, a set of five movies on Blu-Ray.

With the price of the Dark Night marathon at about $20 per person ($5 for each of the first movies, $10 for the new one) plus snacks if any, the $40 bucks for the five Christopher Nolan DVDs is a bargain…especially since I’d been hinting for a copy of Inception for a while. And the collection includes Memento and Insomnia, two movies on my to-watch list. It does not include The Prestige, apparently due to some contractual issues.

Plus the Collection includes a coupon for a free ticket to see The Dark Knight Rises (up to $8), making this a great investment (the coupon is valid through August 5, and gave a selection of movie theaters near our zip code).

The movies in the collection are:


  • Memento (2000), MPAA Rating: R; Guy Pearce has CRS (Can’t Remember Stuff) and puts notes to himself as tattoos on his body. Any movie with Carrie Anne Moss is worth watching (even the last two Matrix movies).
  • Insomnia (2002), MPAA Rating: R; Al Pacino versus Robin Williams in a murder mystery set in Alaska. Even though it has Hillary Swank, Pacino and Williams are worth watching in most anything.
  • Batman Begins (2005), MPAA Rating: PG-13; Batman (Christian Bale) learns from and battles Raz Al Gul (Liam Neeson) and himself in this reboot of the Batman series. Features Katie Holmes before she became Mrs. Tom Cruise. Some great nods to Arkham Asylum and the questing of whether Ra’s Al Ghul survives in the end means there might be a Dark Knight 4???
  • The Dark Knight (2008), MPAA Rating: PG-13; Batman battles the Joker (Heath Ledger) and turns DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart)into Two-Face. Tom Cruise wouldn’t let his wife in this one, so Maggie Gyllenhaal takes over the roll of Rachel Dawes.
  • Inception (2010), MPAA Rating: PG-13; the dream within a dream within a dream that sparked the debate on whether the whole movie was a dream. With Leo DiCaprio.


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