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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 204205314
UPC: 012569829664
UPC 14: 00012569829664
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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.

"The casting of Reeves in the lead role is inspired...  Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Utterly hypnotic. Mesmerizing and thrillingly original.  Pete Hammond, Maxim
"It's the kind of movie that gets under your skin - and stays there.  Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Editor's Note
Richard Linklater's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's classic novel is a challenging, mind-bending experience that cautions about the dangers of excessive drug use as well as the government's capacity to abuse and manipulate power. Using the same interpolated rotoscoping technique that Linklater employed in 2001's WAKING LIFE, the film is an animated, trippy descent into one man's unraveling mind. Set in the not-too-distant future where a new drug, substance D, has created an epidemic, A SCANNER DARKLY charts the mental unraveling of Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves). Arctor is an undercover cop who has been assigned to track a group of individuals who include the druggily verbose Barris (Robert Downey Jr.), the hyper-intense Luckman (Woody Harrelson), the ultra-paranoid Freck (Rory Cochrane), and the beautiful Donna (Winona Ryder). As the film unfolds and Arctor finds himself abusing substance D in order to maintain his façade, his mind begins to spin out of control, to the point where he doesn't know what's real and what isn't. Eventually, the truth comes out, leaving Arctor even more numbed. Linklater's surprisingly faithful adaptation of Dick's novel blends humor, drama, and Bob Sabiston's striking animation to deliver a thought-provoking film that will leave viewers as dazed as the film's protagonist.


Video Features Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/7/2010
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 82966
Video UPC UPC: 00012569829664
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  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review A Scanner Darkly - DVD
By: Anne Gilbert DVD Reviews
Published on: 12/8/2006 5:54 PM
Linklater returns to the same technique once again (and for the last time, from what he has said, due to rampant production difficulties) for a much more literal acid trip. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, A Scanner Darkly is a feature-length PSA on the evils of drugs and the potentially-as-damaging efforts to ferret them out of the full review
Expert Review A Scanner Darkly - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Sherry Lipp Reviews
Published on: 9/15/2010 4:33 AM
Though I’m not usually a fan of drug movies, I was curious to see Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly, because it was based on a novel by sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick. Dick is the author of the books that were later turned into the movies Blade Runner and Total Recall. A Scanner Darkly also employs a unique animation style called Rotoscope. Basically the movie is shot like a regular movie and then animated so that everything still looks kind of real. The animation gives the film a graphic novel kind of look. The story is a bit confusing, because in the drug addled world of A Scanner Darkly it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Angela Rawna
Video Cast Info Keanu Reeves
Video Cast Info Mitch Baker
Video Cast Info Robert Downey, Jr.
Video Cast Info Rory Cochrane
Video Cast Info Sean Allen
Video Cast Info Winona Ryder
Video Cast Info Woody Harrelson
Video Cast Info George Clooney - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Graham Reynolds - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Jonah Smith - Producer
Video Cast Info Philip K. Dick - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Richard Linklater - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Richard Linklater - Director
Video Cast Info Sandra Adair - Editor
Video Cast Info Shane F. Kelly - Cinematographer

Professional Reviews

4 stars out of 4 -- "One doesn't leave the movie with a mind blown by visual bedazzlement but with a soul shattered by the profound sense of tragedy Linklater and company so beautifully put across." 07/01/2006 p.72

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 5 -- "Embedded in the visionary headtrip of A SCANNER DARKLY is a hotly political call to arms." 07/13/2006 p.125

Box Office
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he animation is at once startlingly realistic and surreal, conveying the story's heightened atmosphere of paranoia." 07/01/2006 p.60

New York Times
"Mr. Linklater uses the animation technique called rotoscoping to translate Mr. Dick's worldview, mostly to fine expressive effect." 07/07/2006 p.E10

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Linklater's skewed sensibilities interlock lovingly with Dick's paranoid sci-fry..." 09/01/2006 p.39

Sight and Sound
"[T]his feature-length hallucination of a flick pulsates with enticing contradictions and wayward logic." 09/01/2006 p.68

4 stars out of 4 -- "[O]ne of cinema's funniest, most frightening, and ultimately most moving meditations on the chemically altered life." 09/01/2006 p.116

Film Comment
Ranked #12 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006." 01/01/2007 p.36

4 stars out of 5 -- "Among the finest Philip K. Dick-derived films, this finds Richard Linklater assembling a fistful of mainstream rebel icons..." 06/01/2010

ReelViews 7 of 10
If ever there was a movie more destined to become a cult phenomenon, I don't know if I can name it. Combine the name of the novel's author with the subject matter and the stylistic choices made by director Richard Linklater in bringing it to the screen, and it's a safe bet that A Scanner Darkly has no mainstream appeal. Unlike Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), Steven Spielberg (Minority Report), and Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall), Linklater has chosen not to massage the story to make it more accessible. Not only has he remained largely faithful to the source material, but he has distanced himself from the majority of movie-goers by employing rotoscoping, transforming live action performances into animated ones by hand-tracing each frame of film. - James Berardinelli 9 of 10
"You're either on it, or you haven't tried it," states one its of adherents in Richard Linklater's visually stunning, darkly comic adaptation of Philip K. Dick's cult sci-fi novel, A Scanner Darkly. Linklater's second experiment in rotoscope animation after 2001's Waking Life, a meditation on philosophy, the new film is a perfect match of style and content...This is a Linklater film, which means pacing is slack, to the detriment of the film as a whole. Most of his movies suffer from that, with his approach to editing and structure being lackadaisical. In this case, the film slows in some places, nearly to a halt. It's frustrating, but wait it out. The whole is worth it; it's a grand and elegant portrait of paranoia and malfeasance set amongst society's seedy underbelly. - Pam Grady

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