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Dark City (1998)

Director: Alex Proyas     Starring: Rufus Sewell Kiefer Sutherland
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Sku: 207986121
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They Built the City to See What Makes Us Tick. Last Night One of Us Went Off.
The critically-acclaimed triumph from visionary director Alex Proyas (I, Robot, The Crow) is back with a brand new Director's 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-fi's 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.

"...a unique yet utterly convincing world.  Andrea C. Basora, Newsweek
"...immensely entertaining, as well as visually dazzling.  Andy Klein, New Times
"Fascinating, visionary filmmaking.  Marshall Fine, USA Today
"...among the most memorable cinematic ventures in recent years.  Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Obliged to go from lost soul to demigod, Sewell's performance is as fascinating as Proyas's mystical vision.  Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"...a steamy swirl that brings in everything from Franz Kafka to Vincent Price, from Fritz Lang to Star Trek...  Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"If you don't fall in love with it, you've probably never fallen in love with a movie, and never will.  Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post

Editor's Note
Upon awakening with a start in an icy bathtub in a strange room--with a woman's dead body inconveniently nearby--John Murdoch can't remember how he got there. With a police detective hot on his trail and a psychiatrist skulking around, Murdoch discovers that the key to his mystery is the presence of strange extraterrestrial creatures, the Strangers, who are experimenting with the memories of the humans in his city--from which there may be no escape. Ambitious sci-fi noir, with rich production design and a dense, Kafkaesque concept, made DARK CITY a cult classic.
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Video Features DVD, Director's Cut
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Line
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/28/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 111 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1000040288
Video UPC UPC: 00794043122965
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Dark City (Director's Cut) - DVD Review
By: Dan Schneider Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 5/21/2009 5:02 PM
Australian filmmaker Alex Proyas’s 1998 film Dark City has been compared to many prior science fiction films, from Metropolis to Blade Runner, but, simply put, it’s better than those films. The comparison to Blade Runner, especially, is inapt, because that film is all style and little substance -- a claim made of Dark City, but, in truth, the film is mostly substance, with style about the edges. Yet, the style is so memorable that viewers and critics have had a hard time realizing it is a film that is original fiction, and not based upon a comic strip, as the urban legend goes....read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Stanley Steer
Video Cast Info Dhobi Oparei
Video Cast Info Bruce Spence
Video Cast Info Ritchie Singer
Video Cast Info William Upjohn
Video Cast Info Bill Highfield
Video Cast Info Richard O'Brien
Video Cast Info Terry Bader
Video Cast Info Bill Rutherford
Video Cast Info Colin Friels
Video Cast Info Naomi van der Velden
Video Cast Info Jeanette Cronin
Video Cast Info Rufus Sewell
Video Cast Info Marin Mimica
Video Cast Info Marques Johnson
Video Cast Info Mitchell Butel
Video Cast Info Michael Lake
Video Cast Info Kiefer Sutherland
Video Cast Info Rosemary Traynor
Video Cast Info William Hurt
Video Cast Info Tyson McCarthy
Video Cast Info Greg Tell
Video Cast Info Nicholas Bell
Video Cast Info Peter Callan
Video Cast Info David Wenham
Video Cast Info Ian Richardson
Video Cast Info Glenford Richards
Video Cast Info Maureen O'Shaughnessy
Video Cast Info Cinzia Coassin
Video Cast Info Frank Gallacher
Video Cast Info Ray Rizzo
Video Cast Info Paul Livingston
Video Cast Info Laura Keneally
Video Cast Info Justin Monjo
Video Cast Info Darren Gilshenan
Video Cast Info Jennifer Connelly
Video Cast Info Alan Cinis
Video Cast Info Timothy Jones
Video Cast Info Eliot Paton
Video Cast Info Tony Mosley
Video Cast Info Edward Grant
Video Cast Info Doug Scroope
Video Cast Info Melissa George
Video Cast Info Mark Hedges
Video Cast Info Satya Gumbert
Video Cast Info Luke Styles
Video Cast Info John Bluthall
Video Cast Info Anthony Kierann
Video Cast Info Frederick Miragliotta
Video Cast Info Peter Sommerfeld
Video Cast Info Natalie Bollard
Video Cast Info Patrick Tatopoulos - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Alex Proyas - Producer
Video Cast Info Trevor Jones - Composer
Video Cast Info Alex Proyas - Story
Video Cast Info David S. Goyer - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Alex Proyas - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Dov Hoenig - Editor
Video Cast Info Liz Keogh - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Dariusz Wolski - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info George Liddle - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Andrew Mason - Producer
Video Cast Info Lem Dobbs - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Alex Proyas - Director

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...Director Alex Proyas (THE CROW) treats and photographs Sewell like a film noir figure..." 02/27/2998 p.9D

New York Times
"...Relentlessly trippy in a fun-house sort of way....A visually arresting ride that offers many unsettling surprises..." 02/27/1998 p.E8

Premiere
"...Deliciously snaky performances by Hurt and Sutherland....A trippy must-see for late-night moviegoers..." 01/01/1998 p.22

Chicago Sun-Times
"...A great visionary achievement....Original and exciting....It is a triumph of art direction, set design, cinematography, special effects -- and imagination..." 02/27/1998 p.35

Empire
4 stars out of 5 -- "This mind-wringer is sci-fi specialist Alex Proyas' best film to date....A must for anyone who takes their sci-fi strong, dark and minus sugar." 10/01/2008 p.173

ReelViews 9 of 10
The Crow will forever be remembered as the final performance of budding star Brandon Lee, who died as a result of a tragic behind-the-scenes accident. However, as intense as the hype associated with Lee's death was, it could not obscure the most impressive aspect of the 1994 feature: director Alex Proyas' startling, unforgettable vision. It's rare for any film maker, whether a veteran or a newcomer, to create the kind of compelling, endlessly-fascinating environment that Proyas brought to the screen in The Crow. Now, with his follow-up movie, Dark City, the director incredibly manages to one-up himself...If there's a flaw with Dark City (and it's a small one, to be sure), it's that the film takes a little too long forging a link between the audience and Murdoch. For the first thirty minutes, we're left floating, watching the confounding narrative unfold, marveling over the strange occurrences, and waiting for film to really grab us. Once that happens, it's difficult not to become completely engrossed. So, is the lengthy setup necessary? Almost certainly, and, as I said, any slow spots are only a tiny blemish on the face of a film that offers a gratifyingly original and stunning science fiction experience. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
``Dark City'' by Alex Proyas is a great visionary achievement, a film so original and exciting, it stirred my imagination like ``Metropolis'' and ``2001: A Space Odyssey.'' If it is true, as the German director Werner Herzog believes, that we live in an age starved of new images, then ``Dark City'' is a film to nourish us. Not a story so much as an experience, it is a triumph of art direction, set design, cinematography, special effects--and imagination...Like ``Blade Runner,'' it imagines a city of the future. But while ``Blade Runner'' extended existing trends, ``Dark City'' leaps into the unknown. Its vast noir metropolis seems to exist in an alternate time line, with elements of our present and past combined with visions from a futuristic comic book. Like the first ``Batman,'' it presents a city of night and shadows, but it goes far beyond ``Batman'' in a richness of ominous, stylized sets, streets, skylines and cityscapes. For once a movie city equals any we could picture in our minds; this is the city ``The Fifth Element'' teased us with, without coming through...Watching it, I realized the last dozen films I'd seen were about people standing around, talking to one another. ``Dark City'' has been created and imagined as a new visual place for us to inhabit. It adds treasure to our notions of what can be imagined. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Sewell,Rufus
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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