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Dark City (Director's Cut) (2008)

Rufus Sewell , William Hurt , Alex Proyas  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (757 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland
  • Directors: Alex Proyas
  • Format: Color, Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (757 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018O4YT0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,309 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark City (Director's Cut)" on IMDb

Special Features

Audio commentaries by film critic Roger Ebert, director Alex Proyas, writers Lem Dobbs and David Goyer
Documentaries:
Introduction by Alex Proyas (4.58)
“Memories of Shell Beach” (Making of) (43:01)
“Achitecture of Dreams” (33:45)

Editorial Reviews

The critically-acclaimed triumph from visionary director Alex Proyas (I, Robot, The Crow) is back with a brand new directors cut featuring enhanced picture and sound, never-before-seen footage and three commentary tracks that take you deeper than ever before into the world of one of sci-fis most exciting and revered tales. When John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) wakes with no memory at the scene of a grisly murder, he soon finds himself hunted by the police, a woman claiming to be his wife and a mysterious group of pale men who seem to control everything and everyone in the city. Starring Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist), Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), William Hurt (A History of Violence) and Kiefer Sutherland (TVs 24).

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397 of 442 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu review only... July 26, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
I noticed the 440+ reviews here are for the film - not the Blu so I at least wanted to answer some common questions about this cut.

The director's cut is 111 minutes with the already mentioned changes listed here and everywhere - including the removal of the beginning narration, more character development scenes, etc. The transfer looks phenomenal (compared to how I saw it prior - even upscaled). I played the title on both a Panasonic plasma and a Bravia via a 80 GB PS3 and Sony BDP301. I paused the film in over 34 spots of action, dark contrasts, bright colorings and various hue changes. Virtually every frame looked excellent, especially the scenes with Jennifer Connelly singing; the majority of the colorings were in her scenes until those last beach sequences.

The special features are the same between the DVD and Blu with the exception of one of the commentaries. The 7.1 DTS HD sound was enjoyable, even though two of the channels were primarily used in the large machine sequences only.

A worthwhile Blu addition and I did not see too many failings in the grain reduction/transfer issues I had read about.
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110 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction Noir August 16, 2000
Format:DVD
'Dark City' is pure science fiction noir and a visual feast: a gloomy metropolis encrusted with bristling Gothic ornament, redesigned and reinvented in impressive FX sequences night after night. Making up original stories in the noirish setting is one difficult task, as you can tell by watching the movie. It is complicated and mysteriously complex, all to the point where, if you take your eyes of the film for one second, you can get lost. Every moment of your attention must be paid to the movie as it unfolds, otherwise you may perhaps not appreciate the quality and effort that movie brings on. Films like "Dark City" are the pinnacles of imagination and visual style--you look at them and wonder, how any human being could possibly create such breathtaking scenarios and stories. The movie is not for one second dull and dreary, and never for one moment a let down.
The premise of the movie, outlined by Kiefer Sutherland's "mad doctor" character as we descend into the "Dark City", is that a race of aliens is dying, although they are advanced enough to control spacetime through thought alone, a process known as "tuning." His character is central to the plot of the aliens' experiments with a cast of human subjects by rearranging their memories nightly - not just within an individual, but from one person to the next. The whys and wherefores revolve around one John Murdoch, played with urgency by Rufus Sewell and shadowed throughout by John Hurt's angular, intense police detective.
In this era of pretentious, over the top sci-fi films (The Matrix) Dark City stands as a triumph of imagination and will endure for years.
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179 of 204 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dark Sci-Fi Question-Reality Film March 18, 2003
Format:DVD
The trailers for Dark City suggested a film so complex and impeneterable to leave the viewer rather confused at its conclusion, yet in execution the film makes far more sense than the intriguing montage in the trailer.
Set in a dark world--literally dark, as no one seems to remember being out during the day--the film focuses on John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell), a man who awakens amnesiac to find a murdered woman nearby. Soon thereafter pursued by the police (led by William Hurt), he must solve the mystery of his missing memories and eerie pursuers.
Helped along the way by a woman claiming to be his wife (Jennifer Connelley) and a pendactic psychiatrist (Kiefer Sutherland), Murdoch learns that his pursuers are a race of aliens with the power to warp reality with their minds who continually change the city and the memories and even lives of the people inhabiting it in an experiment designed to save their lives. Murdoch has developed their same power to "tune" and save humanity from the aliens' machinations.
The film's theme of questionable reality--carried across on two levels as both human memories are manipulated and the physical world itself changed on a nightly basis--is done fairly well if somewhat less successfully than the in the Matrix.
Replete with dark imagery suiting the film noir genre and quite at home in Blade Runner, the movie makes for a stunning visual performance. The aliens are masterfully done as frightening and eerie outsiders. My only complaint is that I was able to grasp the film's actions and meanings on a first viewing with little difficulty; I had expected to come out with the sense of, "What the heck?!" that would require two or three viewings to fully digest the film's depth.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
A brilliant film from Alex Proyas, that expertly mixes noir, science fiction and themes of existentialism. A lot has been written about this great film (go read Ebert), so I won't repeat. But here are the confirmed special features for the DVD release; it's a packed-to-the-gills release, and Amazon had not updated the product page at the time of this post.

* The disc will carry both the theatrical and director's cuts of the film - each of which will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, along with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track.
* Extras will include:
- 3 commentary tracks (with director Alex Proyas, Writers Lem Dobbs, and David S Goyer, Director of Photography Dariusz Wolski, Production Designer Patrick Tatopoulous, and film critic Roger Ebert)
- An introduction by Alex Proyas
- A Memories of Shell Beach making-of featurette
- An Architecture of Dreams featurette
- Text Essays
- Neil Gaiman review of Dark City
- A production gallery
- Trailers and more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Very creative futuristic noir Movie! Loved everything about it including the way that it looked! Very good acting! A bit of a whodunit but told in the most interesting way
Published 17 hours ago by Robert Nero
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
This is dark, strange and oddly attention holding and entertaining. A friend recommended it, and I don't regret getting it.
Published 9 days ago by ManicBobo
3.0 out of 5 stars Yea just okay
Interesting idea but ultimately seems, I don't know... cheap somehow. Keifer is pretty wooden, not a memorable flick all in all.
Published 22 days ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite movie
I already own this movie and bought another copy for a gift. If you like science-fiction, I recommend this movie to add to your collection. Read more
Published 25 days ago by health conscious
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Sci Fi for 21st Century
I saw the theatrical version in a theater - and continued to ponder it over the years. Had to get a DVD, and am glad I got the Director's cut. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
Of you like modern film noir this movie is for you. Great story line, dark and unpredictable...everything I like in a new school noir movie.
Published 1 month ago by mahere
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated but very interesting
Without giving away anything, this movie was very weird for the time it was released long before many of the themes and settings became popular to explore, but I really liked the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M
4.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY CLUELESS
I was totally clueless about this movie. I never remember it being released to theaters, never remember hearing much about it and literally know nothing about the film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ex-Buyer
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Blue-ray edition is excellent ! Dark city is an neo-noir sci-fi film that has now become a cult classic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisanne
3.0 out of 5 stars weird
It is a weird but interesting story. I don't think I ever believed what was going on. Watch it when you are in the mood for something different.
Published 1 month ago by M. Bresnahan
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What I don't understand is why amazon.com puts up all the reviews for Dark City under the Director's Cut version as well. I don't want to see reviews for Dark City, I want to see reviews for Dark City (Director's Cut).
Aug 15, 2008 by Michael Daggett |  See all 8 posts
Closed Captioned or English Subtitles?
I don't know about the Standard DVD edition, but the Blu-Ray version does. As such, I would assume the DVD does too. I haven't read anything to the contrary, and usually DVD reviewers are quick to point something like that out.
Aug 9, 2008 by A. Berk |  See all 4 posts
Director's Cut Note
Although I understand that the Standard DVD doesn't have the theatrical cut, the Blu-Ray does indeed contain both cuts of the film. From the opening menu you get to choose either the Director's Cut or the Theatrical Cut. Upon choosing the Theatrical Cut you'll be taken to a menu of what is... Read more
Aug 3, 2008 by A. Berk |  See all 2 posts
AUDIO COMMENTARIES
I can't speak for the DVD release, but having just gotten the Blu-Ray release, it seems to me that it the DVD includes the two original commentaries on the Theatrical Cut of the film, as well as three "expanded" commentaries included with the Director's Cut. This means that each of the... Read more
Aug 3, 2008 by A. Berk |  See all 4 posts
Will Amazon be re-stocking this anytime soon?
Yeah, I'd like to know as well. It's been out of stock for the last 2 weeks.
Sep 8, 2008 by M. Chen |  See all 2 posts
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