Dark City

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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.

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Studio New Line
SKU 207986121
UPC 794043122965
UPC 14 00794043122965
Format DVD
Release Date 4/28/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Sewell,Rufus
Link Search Link
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ReviewSource ReelViews
Review 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.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ``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.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Director's Cut
Product Attributes
Actor Sewell,Rufus
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Andrea C. Basora, Newsweek ...a unique yet utterly convincing world.
Andy Klein, New Times ...immensely entertaining, as well as visually dazzling.
Marshall Fine, USA Today Fascinating, visionary filmmaking.
Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle ...among the most memorable cinematic ventures in recent years.
Rita Kempley, Washington Post Obliged to go from lost soul to demigod, Sewell's performance is as fascinating as Proyas's mystical vision.
Stephen Holden, The New York Times ...a steamy swirl that brings in everything from Franz Kafka to Vincent Price, from Fritz Lang to Star Trek...
Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post If you don't fall in love with it, you've probably never fallen in love with a movie, and never will.

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