"The Avengers" and "The Dark Knight Rises" are easily the two biggest movies of the year, so it follows hat they just won't leave the headlines. Now that both are winding down their runs at the box office, fans look to the home video releases for each, and both have made news this week.
Marvel's successful crossover will arrive on September 25th, and, when it does, it'll now only arrive solo across various media, including DVD, Blu-ray, and streaming platforms. The studio had planned to release a "Phase One" box set that would have included "The Avengers" alongside the four films that preceded it in "Iron Man," "The Incredible Hulk," "Iron Man 2," "Thor," and "Captain America."
The discs (and numerous other goodies) would have come housed in an attaché case resembling the one seen in "The Avengers." This unique release hit a legal snag, however, when Marvel failed to acquire the rights to the case's design from its original creator. As such, the mega box has been delayed until next year, when it'll arrive in a different configuration (and likely just in time for "Iron Man 3").
On the DC side of the fence, rumors abound that "The Dark Knight Rises" might receive a director's cut when it lands on home video later this year. Nuke the Fridge is reporting that the film may have as many as 30 additional minutes that could further explore Bane's origins and his training with Liam Neeson's Ra's Al Ghul.
Of course, those familiar with Christopher Nolan's work are aware that he's never done a director's cut, so this would be a first if it's indeed true. Some have speculated that it could be more likely to happen in this case since Nolan had to get the film in right at 165 minutes for it to fit on an IMAX platter for its theatrical release.
With that in mind, perhaps it's possible that Nolan did sacrifice part of his film at the altar of IMAX and always had home video in mind for an extended cut. Expect this rumor to be confirmed or denied once Warner Brothers officially announces the film's home video release.
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