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Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut [Blu-ray] (2001)

Jake Gyllenhaal , Jena Malone , Richard Kelly  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,208 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Directors: Richard Kelly
  • Writers: Richard Kelly
  • Producers: Aaron Ryder, Adam Fields, Casey La Scala, Christopher Ball, Drew Barrymore
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,432 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In the tradition of Urban Legends and Final Destination, Donnie Darko is an edgy, psychological thriller about a suburban teen coming face-to-face with his dark destiny. Jake Gyllenhaal leads a star-filled cast (including Drew Barrymore, Noah Wyle, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze and Mary McDonnell) as a delusional high-school student visited by a demonic rabbit with eerie visions of the past - and deadly predictions for the future. This "excitingly original" (Entertainment Weekly) nail-biter will keep you on the edge of your seat until the mind-bending climax.

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132 of 145 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie - Transfer to Blu-Ray Not So Good. December 1, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First I would like to say that this review is more targeted at the Blu-Ray transfer of this movie. When I first found out this movie was available on Blu-Ray I had to have it since it's one of my favorite movies. I already owned the DVD, and was happy with the quality of the video on my up-converting DVD player. I figured the Blu-Ray would have to look better since it advertised as HD 1080p. Unfortunately that was not the case; in fact the DVD looks better up-converted than the Blu-Ray does. How does that happen? It appears the studio did very little to prepare this film for Blu-Ray. If anything they made it worse by trying to doctor it up rather than spend the money to re-master it properly. The movie has a lot of dark scenes which are almost all grainy and not very detailed. The light scenes are not as noticeable but you can still see it unless you're sitting a good distance from your TV. I guess the point I'm trying to make would be to hang on to your DVD until they fix the Blu-Ray transfer. At the new price it's worth buying if you don't already have the DVD, but don't "up grade" to this from your DVD.
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322 of 363 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have DVD February 17, 2003
By pm444
I missed this film in its theatrical release (apparently it received limited distribution), but since it requires at least two viewings, it's well-suited for DVD. It's difficult to describe the story or even characterize it by genre, which shows how original the film is. Simply put, it's about time travel, but it's about a lot more than that, too.
The acting is consistently outstanding, with a list of well-known names in the cast, along with less familiar ones. Jake Gyllenhaal gives an amazing performance that is so convincing, you forget that he is acting; he IS Donnie Darko. While the story is mainly told through his eyes, the other characters are surprisingly sympathetic as well. This is not an easy feat for a script to accomplish, especially when the viewer must focus so much attention on every event. It would have been easy to create a one-dimensional hero and a bunch of villains, but writer/director Richard Kelly doesn't take the easy way out.
Instead, we get a highly intelligent and challenging film that engages us as much as it baffles us, that injects enough humor to keep us from stress-overload, and most importantly, makes us want to watch it again and again, even after we know what's going on. In this sense, "Donnie Darko" succeeds where other films have fallen short: for example, I enjoyed the complexities of "Memento", but I was not able to identify or even care very much about any of the characters. The same was true of "The Usual Suspects". Both are excellent films, but I viewed both from a distance, more analytically than emotionally.
I did not view "Donnie Darko" from a distance. I was drawn into the world that it creates, and enjoyed it enough to return more than once.
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358 of 415 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably original August 12, 2002
Any form of media that makes you think has succeeded in what it set out to do.Donnie Darko is a film that succeeds on every conceivable level. The script is original and entirely unpredictable. There isn't a single bit of action or dialogue, not one frame that can be anticipated. The characters, too, are refreshingly well-conceived and highly unique. And it's a treat to see actors we know well (Drew Barrymore, who also produced, and Noah Wyle) stretch well beyond our usual expectations. There is great humor in this film as well as great sorrow. And, ultimately, it's impossible to say if the entire scenario takes place within the dreams of a brilliant but possibly schizophrenic young man or if, as he so desperately wishes, he has, through physics, managed to reverse time.
Jake Gyllenhaal gives a stunning performance as Donnie. Even his body language--incurving shoulders, questioning eyes, uncertain smiles--reveal a vast, searching intelligence. Mary McDonnell gives yet another in a roster of thoughtful portrayals--this time as the despairing mother of brilliant and troubled Donnie, simultaneously loving and hating him for being emotionally beyond her reach. And Jena Mallone is just wonderful, one of the truest, most authentic young actors around today.
This is filmmaking at its best--an adventure for the mind--not to be missed.
Most highly recommended.
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101 of 114 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes less is a lot more ... February 20, 2005
By m-chan
My rating and the following refers specifically to the Director's Cut. I would rate the original theatrical release five stars.

This director's cut brought to mind William Faulkner's line about writers often having to "kill their darlings" in order to meet the demands of a work's wholeness and integrity. Evidently, Richard Kelly was forced to kill his darlings with the theatrical release, and the result was close to perfection, if not perfection itself. The film's emotional force was stunning; its mysteries challenging; its pace so good that hitting pause to get more popcorn was impossible to do; its soundtrack (to my mind) a tour de force. It worked terrifically as a film experience, being a beautiful "whole" work of art. Extras that included Roberta Sparrow's book were great ... who really wanted to read the book during the movie anyways? (Which we can now do in the DC.)

Which does not mean a director's cut had no hope of working. Or even, maybe, revisions to the soundtrack (although I really think that was touchy business better left untouched). There were some good scenes deleted from the original, mainly between family members, and they didn't seem major pace-cutters. Fortunately, we do get those scenes here, but we also get the overwhelming force of the director's enthusiasm ... and WAY too much embedded detail of his personal vision.

On the upside, there's a nifty freedom to that enthusiasm which translates well into the Darko world IF you are also enthusiastic and into "playing" with Darko. In other words, if you love Donnie Darko already, you may find this cut a lot of fun. The pacing's completely blown, and the ending comes across flat compared to the original.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie! Both versions have pros and cons...
After reading a number of reviews about this movie (both the original theatrical release and director's cut) and finding them somewhat mixed, I ordered both versions to judge for... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Barbara LeMay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie - the orginal version, not so the Director's Cut
This a great movie, one of those that will blow you away and have you thinkign about it long after the credits roll. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
I loved it! everything was in great condition and came on time, i recommend! This is a great movie with great cast!
Published 23 days ago by Nicole Padres
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Tale with Stars!
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this story of a teenager who is showing signs of mental illness. He also seems to be experiencing a rift in time, but it's not until the very end where... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathryn Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic
we watch this every Halloween - its weird. wonderful, touching, poignant and sad. What a GREAT FILM. A MUST HAVE!
Published 1 month ago by Lorraine A. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING

Published 1 month ago by Bret D. Bosher
4.0 out of 5 stars Make sure you know which version you are getting!
I really like Donnie Darko. I bought this as a replacement for a DVD I had gotten before and lost.

When I watched it, I realized I wasn't watching the same movie I had... Read more
Published 1 month ago by myReviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to explain why I love this film so much.
The director's cut is my favorite version. The story didn't seem to need filling out when I first saw this movie... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ProfHarryHill
4.0 out of 5 stars Hell yeah
Great movie. To bad i lost it already... But good prices, and great movie to watch if youve never seen it before.
Published 1 month ago by Designer and The Rye
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying.
I forget the actual theatrical ending of Donnie Darko but it was good enough to make me want to own it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. McCollum
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Avoid Donnie Darko Blu-Ray
wrong. Donnie Darko used VERY fast film-stock normally used for night photography. The DP liked the way it looked....

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(Note: Since first writing this review, I have received the following interesting email. "The reason the picture... Read more
Feb 13, 2009 by Amazon Customer |  See all 7 posts
the end????
Check out The author of the site has a very comprehensive explanation of the movie. I didn't understand a lot of it, and I've seen the film many times.
Jan 24, 2008 by J. Mitchell |  See all 6 posts
Disc 2 of the Donnie Darko Blu-ray edition
DVD. Its the same special features dvd from the directors cut pack.
Oct 15, 2010 by Brandon T. Hernandez |  See all 2 posts
Which version is the Blu-ray cut?
The Blu-ray has both the Directors cut & the Original versions
Oct 23, 2009 by J. A. |  See all 3 posts
But this isn't the version with the extra 20 minutes that some of the...
Hi Alex,

The Special and Directors Edition are the same. It runs at 133 minutes.

The Theatrical version runs at 113 mins.
19 days ago by Runil Motwani |  See all 2 posts
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