Dark City

Directed By: Alex Proyas Starring: Rufus Sewell Kiefer Sutherland

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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.


Studio New Line
SKU 207986121
UPC 794043122965
UPC 14 00794043122965
Format DVD
Release Date 4/28/2009
Rating Rating
Film Noir
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Alex Proyas
Rufus Sewell
Kiefer Sutherland
Cast & Crew
Stanley Steer - Star
Dhobi Oparei - Star
Bruce Spence - Star
Ritchie Singer - Star
William Upjohn - Star
Bill Highfield - Star
Richard O'Brien - Star
Terry Bader - Star
Bill Rutherford - Star
Colin Friels - Star
Naomi van der Velden - Star
Jeanette Cronin - Star
Rufus Sewell - Star
Marin Mimica - Star
Marques Johnson - Star
Mitchell Butel - Star
Michael Lake - Star
Kiefer Sutherland - Star
Rosemary Traynor - Star
William Hurt - Star
Tyson McCarthy - Star
Greg Tell - Star
Nicholas Bell - Star
Peter Callan - Star
David Wenham - Star
Ian Richardson - Star
Glenford Richards - Star
Maureen O'Shaughnessy - Star
Cinzia Coassin - Star
Frank Gallacher - Star
Ray Rizzo - Star
Paul Livingston - Star
Laura Keneally - Star
Justin Monjo - Star
Darren Gilshenan - Star
Jennifer Connelly - Star
Alan Cinis - Star
Timothy Jones - Star
Eliot Paton - Star
Tony Mosley - Star
Edward Grant - Star
Doug Scroope - Star
Melissa George - Star
Mark Hedges - Star
Satya Gumbert - Star
Luke Styles - Star
John Bluthall - Star
Anthony Kierann - Star
Frederick Miragliotta - Star
Peter Sommerfeld - Star
Natalie Bollard - Star
Patrick Tatopoulos - Production Designer
Alex Proyas - Producer
Trevor Jones - Composer
Alex Proyas - Story
David S. Goyer - Screenwriter
Alex Proyas - Screenwriter
Dov Hoenig - Editor
Liz Keogh - Costume Designer
Dariusz Wolski - Director of Photography
George Liddle - Production Designer
Andrew Mason - Producer
Lem Dobbs - Screenwriter
Alex Proyas - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
Catalog ID 1000040288
UPC 00794043122965
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
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.
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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Director's Cut
Product Attributes
Actor Sewell,Rufus
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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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