Scanner Darkly (Blu-ray)

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Studio Warner
SKU 215959014
UPC 883929130931
UPC 14 00883929130931
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/7/2010
Rating Rating
Animated Characters
Animated Worlds
Based On A Novel
Science Fiction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Premiere 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
Uncut 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
Empire 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
Richard Linklater
Rory Cochrane
Robert Downey
Keanu Reeves
Woody Harrelson
Cast & Crew
Rory Cochrane - Star
Robert Downey Jr. - Star
Keanu Reeves - Star
Woody Harrelson - Star
Winona Ryder - Star
Radiohead - Additional Music/Songs
Richard Linklater - Screenwriter
Philip K. Dick - Source Writer
Kari Perkins - Costume Designer
Sandra Adair - Editor
Bob Sabiston - Director of Animation
Shane F. Kelly - Director of Photography
Bruce Curtis - Production Designer
Steven Soderbergh - Executive Producer
Graham Reynolds - Composer
George Clooney - Executive Producer
Richard Linklater - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
UPC 00883929130931
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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