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A Scanner Darkly (Widescreen) (2006)

Keanu Reeves , Robert Downey Jr. , Richard Linklater  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder, Rory Cochrane
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Writers: Richard Linklater
  • Producers: Palmer West, Jonah Smith, Erwin Stoff, Anne Walker-McBay, Tommy Pallotta
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JMK6LW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Scanner Darkly (Widescreen)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by writer/director Richard Linklater, Keanu Reeves, producer Tommy Pallotta, author Jonathan Lethem, and Isa Hackett Dick (daughter of Philip K. Dick)
  • "One Summer in Austin: The Story of Filming A Scanner Darkly" featurette
  • "The Weight of the Line: Animation Tales" featurette
  • Trailer

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Set in a not-too-distant future where America has lost its "war" on drugs, Fred, an undercover cop, is one of many people hooked on the popular drug, Substance D, which causes its users to develop split personalities. Fred is obsessed with taking down Bob, a notorious drug dealer, but due to his Substance D addiction, he does not know that he is also Bob. Based on a classic novel by Philip K. Dick. Starring Keanu Reeves ("Constantine," "The Matrix" trilogy), Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Winona Ryder ("Girl, Interupted," "Mr. Deeds"), Academy Award and Emmy-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Robert Downey Jr. ("Good Night, And Good Luck" "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang"), and Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee and Emmy-winner Woody Harrelson ("North Country," "The People vs. Larry Flynt"). Directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard Linklater ("Before Sunset," "Dazed and Confused"). Filmed in live-action, and then animated using the same critically acclaimed process that Linklater used in his previous film, "Waking Life."

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97 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Version of a Classic Story January 19, 2007
Format:DVD
This is a movie you definitely want on DVD - because you'll want to watch it first with just the movie playing, and then after that with the audio soundtrack that includes director Richard Linklater, actor Keanu Reeves and most importantly the daughter of Philip K Dick. The insights that she provides into the movie and the storyline are priceless.

It's important to realize that Philip K Dick usually wrote about characters, not action sequences - and specifically, he wrote about those in society who did not "fit in" well. If you look through his stories, you'll find they often feature people who are misfits, who society overlooks or forgets. In A Scanner Darkly, the featured 'oddballs' are druggies hooked on Substance D - a drug that is never really described, but apparently causes paranoia and hallucinations.

The key here is to sit down with a glass of wine, a big bowl of popcorn and settle back for a character-driven story. This isn't a Rambo or Dirty Dozen story - it's about how people relate to each other, in many subtle ways. It's a study of interactions.

I really appreciate that this was done in a combination of real life acting and animation. It floors me that in modern times anyone might look down on this because it is a "cartoon". Is a Renoir less worthy than an Ansel Adams because a Renoir was done by hand? Animation isn't inherently kiddie. Hand drawn works can contain quite mature topics. In this case it is *ideally* suited to the story - because a main aspect of the tale is that the characters never quite know what is real and what is imagination. Are the bugs really there? Can he trust what he sees? All signs point to NO. The viewer is caught up in this same confused world. If this had been live action, then 'odd things' would have instantly stood out.
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144 of 165 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's High Times for Moviegoers July 19, 2006
Here's the interesting thing about Richard Linklater's "A Scanner Darkly": for a film about heavy drug use set in the not too distant future, it's probably one of the most honest and complex anti-drug stories ever told. I say this in spite of the fact that I found the specifics of the plot incredibly difficult to grasp. All I could comprehend were the general bits of information, most of which were gathered from trailers and commercials. Apparently, a fictional drug called Substance D rules the streets of Orange County, California. It's a highly addictive, brain-frying narcotic that has a long list of negative side effects. It's also an illegal substance, one that undercover cop Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves) has gotten quite familiar with in his attempt to locate its main distributor. Upon infiltrating the home of a group of pill popping slackers, he starts using in order to blend in. Unfortunately, this drugged lifestyle eventually leaves him unable to distinguish reality from hallucinations.

Through the cinematic process of rotoscoping, Linklater has enabled the audience to feel the exact same way as Arctor does. Each frame of film was traced over and stylistically repainted, making the world the characters live in--as well as the characters themselves--look half like a cartoon and half like the physical realm. It was an absolutely incredible look, and I found that it gave the story an added dimension by representing a kind of realistic unreality (if that makes any sense at all). In that sense, it's almost symbolic that the undercover cops wear scramble suits, which are high tech cloaks with anatomical images that continuously shift from one to the next (apparently, a single suit can project millions of appearances).
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark look at the drug subculture August 13, 2006
By cassdog
I enjoyed this movie thoroughly. It is not a movie glorifying drug use. It is a disturbingly accurate portrayal of the paranoia, confusion, selfishness and loss of personality that comes with the territory of being a junky. All told in a mildly sci-fi, hallucinatory and even humorous manner with a slight twist at the end. But don't be dissuaded if this sounds too heavy. It is quite entertaining, humorous and filled with great performances.

I am a little surprised at some of the reactions to this movie from people that couldn't understand it, or had trouble visualizing the movie with the unique animation, or didn't see the change in tone to a darker story that was blaringly obvious. To me the animation style was essential and even the scatter suits were reminiscent of the visualizations one gets on psychedelic drugs. The two doctors which were competing just like the two halves of his brain was amazing. The scene where he looks around his bosses desk and his visualizations aren't quite right is spine-tingling. The confused, paranoid, stoner scenes were brilliantly funny and equally disturbing but also very easy to follow. The performances particularly by Robert Downey Jr. were dead-on accurate, extremely entertaining personalities.

So don't be dissuaded by reviewers criticizing the specifics of the arresting animation, or who were confused by the plot and therefore thought it was thin and hard to follow. The problem in these cases lies with the viewer. This is a deeply emotional, easy to follow but very entertaining look at the drug subculture.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Scanner Dorkly
Couldn't figure out how to give negative stars. For the cast and the author, you'd think this would've been blockbuster fodder. Not so much. Read more
Published 1 day ago by T. Petrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
yay
Published 5 days ago by Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Good flick
Makes you think, looses steam towards the end.
Published 7 days ago by Jacky
5.0 out of 5 stars Drug dystopia.
This movie is true to the book. Dystopia and the common person. Well done.
Published 22 days ago by guitarkeith61
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Fascinating take on subject
Published 23 days ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, just allow yourself to get into it ...
Sort of science fiction and Adult Swim animation.
Great stuff, just allow yourself to get into it and enjoy!
Great cast, interesting plot and far out script. Read more
Published 27 days ago by RockSteadyEddie
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting special effect
I believe another reviewer called it rotoscoping. I call it genius. The special animation effect served to enhance the disturbing nature of the film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angel Lynn aka Angelia Whiting
5.0 out of 5 stars Great head trip of a movie
Top notch acting from robert downy jr and woody harrelson. Very funny and interesting. And it looks cool! Great for when you're baked
Published 1 month ago by Sappity tappity
4.0 out of 5 stars Really underrated movie
I rented this because I'm a huge fan of the book, but went in having not heard much about the movie. I thought this was a fantastic rendition. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tim Hulley
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy
This movie did not do very well in theaters but holy cow. The animation is absolutely mind blowing and the story has a very deep message to it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lucas
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Difference between this one and the first Blu-Ray release
Actually one of the special features has been dropped from the second (recent) release: One Summer in Austin: The Story of Filming A Scanner Darkly (a 26-minute documentary on the making of the movie, which also featured Philip K. Dick archival interviews, as well as interviews with cast and crew).
Sep 24, 2010 by Joen |  See all 3 posts
Two actors for the same man?
Charles Freck is an entirely seperate character from Fred/Robert Arctor (Keanu Reeves)
Nov 2, 2006 by versionfiv |  See all 5 posts
what???
pay no mind that that crazy guy... think he has been taking the substance d too...
Dec 20, 2006 by carnage |  See all 2 posts
How are people posting reviews of a DVD before it comes out?
what special features... lol.
Dec 20, 2006 by carnage |  See all 5 posts
any1 know if there will be......?
i hope so. this edition is bare bones to the maxxx. PLEASE WARNER BROTHERS ON THE (deluxe/collectors/whatever other "cool" name you will use to sell your product) CRAM IT SO FULL OF CONTENT THAT IAM SWIMMING IN IT!!!
Dec 20, 2006 by carnage |  See all 11 posts
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