Donnie Darko (director's Cut)

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Critically acclaimed director Randy Kelly brings new depth to his 2001 cult smash in this Director's Cut edition of the mysterious odyssey of suburban teen Donnie Darko.

A high school student must face his dark destiny as delusions bring him face to face with a demonic rabbit who has eerie visions of the past and deadly predictions for the future in this intricate web that will leave you questioning what is real and what is mere hallucination. Jake Gyllenhaal leads an all-star cast including Drew Barrymore, Noah Wyle, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze, and Mary McDonnell in the mesmerizing story that took audiences by storm.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40701016
UPC 024543165033
UPC 14 00024543165033
Format DVD
Release Date 9/13/2011
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
High School Experiences
Science Fiction
Teenage Fantasy Adventure
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This new and embellished version of the 2001 theatrical release, which was a cult hit, offers twenty minutes of scenes that were deleted from the original, sound improvements, new songs (such as "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS), and new special effects that give insight into Donnie's world and his theories of time travel.^Writer-director Richard Kelly's bold debut film is a social satire, a dark comedy, a science fiction time-traveling fantasy, and a suburban nightmare about an extremely intelligent, depressive, self-destructive, narcoleptic, gun-toting, sex-crazed, teenaged arsonist: Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal). DONNIE DARKO is not your typical teen comedy. But, like GHOST WORLD and RUSHMORE, it uses the trappings of the teen comedy as the entry point for a subversive and trenchant (and also wonderfully entertaining) look at American life. The difference between those films and DONNIE DARKO is that Donnie is an unlikely hero who just might save the world. ^It's October 1988, in the Virginia suburb of Middlesex. When Frank, a grotesque giant bunny (possibly imaginary), leads Donnie out of his house minutes before a plane smashes through his roof, he not only saves Donnie's life but also warns Donnie that the world is about to end. Over the next few weeks, Donnie falls in love with Gretchen (Jena Malone) and tries to figure out what his life means. Kelly's film perfectly captures the unease that is quietly scratching under the surface of suburban late 1980s life. Gyllenhaal leads an exceptional cast, bringing Kelly's twisted but humane vision to life. An exceptional performance is given by Mary McDonnell (PASSION FISH) as Donnie's mother.
Uncut "Worth seeing? About 20 times at least." 09/01/2004 p.130
Los Angeles Times "Droll, subversively hilarious, DONNIE DARKO is as amusing as it is provocative." 07/23/2004 p.E13
Sight and Sound "[T]his new cut of Kelly's audacious debut reinstates material previously available as DVD extras..." 12/01/2004 p.76-7
Rolling Stone "A visionary movie about time, life and a big goth bunny..." 02/24/2005 p.77
Premiere "[T]he film remains good cerebral fun." 03/01/2005 p.105
Movieline's Hollywood Life "DARKO is certainly deep enough to reward multiple viewings." 02/01/2005 p.90
Jake Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Name Richard Kelly
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Aaron Ryder - Executive Producer
Adam Fields - Producer
Alexander Hammond - Production Designer
April Ferry - Costume Designer
Casey LaScala - Executive Producer
Catherine Ross - Actor
Drew Barrymore - Actor
Drew Barrymore - Executive Producer
Eric Strand - Film Editor
Hunt Lowry - Executive Producer
Jake Gyllenhaal - Actor
Jena Malone - Actor
Michael Andrews - Musical Score
Nancy Juvonen - Executive Producer
Noah Wyle - Actor
Patrick Swayze - Actor
Richard Kelly - Director
Richard Kelly - Writer
Sam Bauer - Film Editor
Sean McKittrick - Producer
Steven B. Poster - Director of Photography
William Tyrer - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 2226503
UPC 00024543165033
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 253 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Independent Spirit (2002) Jake Gyllenhaal, Nominee, Best Male Lead,Richard Kelly, Nominee, Best First Feature,Richard Kelly, Nominee, Best First Screenplay
Sundance Film Festival (2001) Richard Kelly, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
ReviewSource Newsday
Review ...Like its defiant hero, Donnie Darko rebels against simplistic classifications. In varying
Reviewer Jan Stuart
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Donnie Darko, the debut feature from writer/director Richard Kelly, is part psychological thriller and part science fiction mystery. The title character (Jake Gyllenhaal), a teenager in his last year of high school, is suffering from all manner of delusions and hallucinations. He sees and does the bidding of a six-foot high rabbit wearing an insect mask, and, at times, appears completely dissociated form his surroundings. He is visiting a therapist and taking medication, but neither solution is working. Donnie is getting worse, but is it because he's descending deeper into a web of mental instability or because he's really seeing and experiencing these things? These are questions that the movie leaves unanswered until the end...One aspect of Donnie Darko's production that's definitely worth mentioning is the special effects. The movie was made on the kind of low budget typically associated with independent films, yet the visual effects are first-rate (one in particular looks like it was lifted out of James Cameron's The Abyss). With the price for this kind of CGI work in a steady decline, it is now becoming possible for all directors - not just those working with $50 million-plus budgets - to employ convincing, and occasionally eye-popping, special effects. Tools that were cutting edge a decade ago have now become commonplace. Donnie Darko proves that it's possible to do science fiction with visual effects in the independent film arena. This is just another area where the line between mainstream and indie movie-making has become increasingly blurred. Perhaps the only remaining difference is that smaller efforts like Donnie Darko use effects in service of an interesting story, while too many Hollywood productions think of the plot as a bothersome adjunct to their CGI eye candy.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review There is a kind of movie that calls out not merely to be experienced but to be solved. The plot coils back on itself in intriguing mind puzzles, and moviegoers send bewildering e-mails to one another, explaining it. Two weeks ago brought ''Mulholland Drive,'' which has inspired countless explanations, all convincing, none in agreement, and now here is ''Donnie Darko,'' the story of a teenage boy who receives bulletins about the future from a large and demonic rabbit...The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, from ''October Sky,'' as Donnie Darko, a high school student whose test scores are ''intimidating,'' whose pose is to be likable and sardonic at once, and who occasionally forgets to take his medication, for unspecified but possibly alarming reasons. He is seeing a psychiatrist (Katharine Ross), who uses hypnosis to discover that he has a nocturnal visitor who leads him on sleepwalking expeditions. One of these trips is fortunate, because while he's out of the house a 747 jet engine falls directly through his bedroom...The movie is grounded solidly in a leafy suburban setting, where the neighbors gather behind police lines while a big flatbed truck hauls the engine away and the FBI questions the Darko family. There is much unexplained...Richard Kelly, the first-time writer-director, is obviously talented--not least at creating a disturbing atmosphere out of the materials of real life. His mysterious jet engine is a masterstroke. He sees his characters freshly and clearly, and never reduces them to formulas. In Jake Gyllenhaal, he finds an actor able to suggest an intriguing kind of disturbance; the character is more curious than frightened, more quixotic than eccentric, and he sets a nice tone for the movie. But somehow the control fades in the closing scenes, and our hands, which have been so full, close on emptiness. ''Donnie Darko'' is the one that got away. But it was fun trying to land it.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Digital Surround, Audio Commentary, Production Diary, English, Spanish Subtitled, 2 Discs
Product Attributes
Actor Gyllenhaal,Jake
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Video Format DVD
Ed Gonzales, Slant Magazine ...endlessly inventive...
Jean Oppenheimer, Los Angeles New Times As emotionally rich as it is intellectually demanding.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post An engaging, time-tripping Holden Caulfield.
Andrew O'Hehir, ...bursts with noise, ideas and references, but it's fundamentally a gracefully crafted movie that's about human beings and not images.
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor ...a deliriously subtle exploration of storytelling possibilities, and a deliciously wry teen-pic to boot. Brilliant.
Jean Oppenheimer, New Times As emotionally rich as it is intellectually demanding.
Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader Kelly is a supple and courageous storyteller, boldly free-associating as he mixes parody and satire with earnest psychodrama...
Michael Atkinson, Mr. Showbiz The nerviest, oddest, most outlandish and idiosyncratic American indie debut since "Buffalo 66," Richard Kelly's "Donnie Darko" defies description.

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