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Alex Proyas, (The Crow) directs this futuristic thriller about a man waking up to find he is wanted for brutal murders he doesn't remember. Haunted by mysterious beings who stop time and alter reality, he seeks to unravel the riddle of his identity.
If you're a fan of brooding comic-book antiheroes, got a nihilistic jolt from The Crow (1994), and share director Alex Proyas's highly developed preoccupation for style over substance, you might be tempted to call Dark City an instant classic of visual imagination. It's one of those films that exists in a world purely of its own making, setting its own rules and playing by them fairly, so that even its derivative elements (and there are quite a few) acquire their own specific uniqueness. Before long, however, the film becomes interesting only as a triumph of production design. And while that's certainly enough to grab your attention (Blade Runner is considered a classic, after all), it's painfully clear that Dark City has precious little heart and soul. One-dimensional characters are no match for the film's abundance of retro-futuristic style, so it's best to admire the latter on its own splendidly cinematic terms. Trivia buffs will be interested to know that the film's 50-plus sets (partially inspired by German expressionism) were built at the Fox Film Studios in Sydney, Australia, home base of director Alex Proyas and producer Andrew Mason. The underground world depicted in the film required the largest indoor set ever built in Australia. Befitting a film of such ambition, the DVD includes a feast of bonus features, including audio commentaries by the director, producer, writers, and cinematographer, and also by film critic Roger Ebert, who named Dark City one of the best films of 1998. Also included is an isolated music track, an interactive game, and a photo gallery of production stills and set design sketches. --Jeff Shannon
Dark City is fascinating for those who can enjoy a good nature documentary or travelogue. The sets, shooting, and effects are all well-done and it is refreshing to see something... Read morePublished 5 days ago by rbrogan3
If one is into the "home theater" thing, this film is a "must have". It has become a "cult classic" for good reason. Dark City is a brain stimulation movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sancti-spiritus
Love this movie. Lent it to a friend once they lost it so I bought it again.Published 1 month ago by Kyle Y.
For me, the film was too dark. It was a bit like Sin City, which I watched, but this film I could only bear the first 30 minutes before turning it off. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian P
Good B movie. If you looking for a bit of a brain teaser, and you do not mind a very dark setting. This is a good movie for you to sit back and enjoy!Published 1 month ago by Travis F.
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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 11 posts
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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
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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
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
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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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